Rugby League - Frayssinous revels in debut win

Catalan Dragons coach Laurent Frayssinous dedicated his first Super League win to everyone who has shown belief in him and his players.

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Rugby League - Frayssinous revels in debut win

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Laurent Frayssinous enjoyed an excellent start to his spell in charge of Catalan

The rookie got off to the perfect start to his coaching career with a 32-24 win at Hull KR. Brought in to replace Trent Robinson, Frayssinous was without two of his key players in Scott Dureau and Lopini Paea. But their team-mates vowed they would do everything they could to make the pair proud.

"We had a meeting and said we wanted them to be proud of what we did on the pitch," Frayssinous said. "The players showed that today and its a good sign of the camaraderie within the squad. That win is dedicated to all the guys who believe in this team. I feel very happy to get my first win as coach."

He continued: "I was pleased with the performance we put in for the first 50 minutes of the game. After that we didn't respect the ball so we are not very happy about that. But two points is two points and I think we deserved the win."

After going up 26-2 just after half-time, Catalan seemed to be in cruise control. But three tries from Rovers made things a little uncomfortable for the coach. Frayssinous said that was down to his decision to have a six-week pre-season, which he hopes will pay dividends later in the campaign.

"I think at the end we were tired," he said. "The benefit of our short pre-season will come at the end of the season. We travel every two weeks and the travel is tough. The combinations on the pitch could have been better but mentally they were ready to play. We will be fresher later in the season."

Rovers coach Craig Sandercock was left to reflect on another slow start. After winning all three pre-season games, he hoped his side had built up enough momentum to defeat the Dragons, but a poor first half proved costly for the second-year coach.

"Too many errors, forced offloads and penalties cost us," Sandercock said. "We worked hard in pre-season not to do those things in the friendlies. It was very disappointing because I really fancied our chances.

"The play count was two to one in their favour. They got the advantage and rolled on with it."

Sandercock was pleased with the efforts of his players as they rallied to close to within eight points. He said: "The second half was something we should have done in the first half. The effort from the boys is undisputed. They tried hard but the first half cost us dear with the possession we gave away."

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