Rugby League - Frayssinous impressed by Dragons display

Catalan Dragons coach Laurent Frayssinous was left delighted that his side had put in a professional performance in a 92-8 hammering of the York City Knights.

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Rugby League - Frayssinous impressed by Dragons display

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Thomas Bosc kicked seven conversions for Catalan Dragons

The home side had it all their own way in from the seventh minute after trailing to an early Tom Carr penalty. Eloi Pelissier and Thomas Bosc were the Knights' tormentors as the Dragons raced into a 46-2 half-time lead, second-rower Kevin Larroyer scoring four tries to add to efforts from Daryl Millard, Morgan Escare (two) and Bosc.

Bosc also added seven conversions from eight attempts to seal Catalan's place in the Tetley's Challenge Cup quarter-finals, and Frayssinous said: "I'm very happy because we needed to bounce back today from our poor performance last week against Wakefield and we were very hard on the players this week."

He added: "We told them that they had to respect the opposition no matter who we play and that we had to bounce back. I'm happy with the scoreboard but really happy with the performance."

Frayssinous paid particular tribute to back-rower Larroyer, adding: "The style of the Catalans is to play with vision and play where the space is, in the first half that was on our right side and Kevin was very successful there, however he has put in a lot of hard work and today he got his rewards."

York coach Gary Thornton refused to let the scoreline cloud the performance his side put in.

"Although we didn't have the ball very often, I thought our performance when we did have it was pretty good. I was pleased with that, but defensively, they were far too strong for us," he said.

"The likes of Leon Pryce, Thomas Bosc and Eloi Pelissier killed us around the ruck, they do everything so quickly and some of the skill levels within the Catalans are absolutely fantastic and I was in awe of some of it.

"They are very skilful, very athletic and defensively we just couldn't handle them. I said to my boys that when we get the ball, let's try and play football and I think we did that."

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