Robinson happy with return to form

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Catalan coach Trent Robinson felt Remi Casty had a big game

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Catalan coach Trent Robinson felt Remi Casty had a big game

Catalan coach Trent Robinson was delighted to see his side return to winning ways with a hard-fought 38-34 victory over Challenge Cup finalists Leeds in Perpignan.

The Dragons went into the match on the back of successive defeats to Huddersfield and Hull and having lost three of their last four in the Stobart Super League, but they were celebrating at full-time on Saturday after holding off a superb comeback from Leeds.

Robinson admitted it was not a perfect performance from his side, but was happy just to get the victory that keeps alive their hopes of a top-three finish. He said: "Everybody wants to pick up those two points and it was important after two losses for the team to feel that win again."

He added: "Some of the things in our defence were disappointing and we made some dumb choices but we saw some attack that we haven't seen in nearly four weeks from us.

"It's a shame we couldn't stick with it for 80 minutes but that was pleasing. At this stage of the season it is about keeping the plays that you like and replacing the plays that you don't. It was a tense time for us at the end, we got the scores and then they got the chance to come back at us again and again and again, even in the last few minutes."

Robinson paid tribute to his forwards and also singled out Leeds stand-off Stevie Ward, 18, for huge praise.

"I thought Remi (Casty) and Greg (Mounis) had big games, I thought (Jamal) Fakir was coming back into a bit of form too, they all worked hard carrying the ball forward and I felt our ruck defence was good," he said.

Regarding teenager Ward, Robinson added: "Stevie Ward is an awesome, awesome player. It's great to see a young player coming through like that from Leeds and in our competition. It was impressive to see him shrugging off seasoned players like he did out there, he looks the goods."

Leeds coach Brian McDermott admitted the loss was not the best preparation for their trip to Wembley next weekend but was able to take some positives out of the performance. He said: "We had a couple of blokes with bumps and bruises out there so we were forced into making some positional changes like we did.

"We would have preferred to have played back home this week, so coming here was not ideal, but the positives are that we came through injury free and found a way of getting back into the contest which I was most pleased with because in the first half we weren't in the contest."

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