Quite often, it is the halves of a team that often receive more plaudits but Catalan Dragons coach Laurent Frayssinous heaped praise on his forwards and the way they laid the platform for his other players, in his side’s come-from-behind victory over the Bradford Bulls.
Trailing 10-0 at one stage, Frayssinous was pleased with the character and resolve shown by his side to come back and win the game.
“I am happy that we had the character to come back from 10-0 down again but there were different circumstances this time,” said Frayssinous.
“Against Wakefield and Widnes we were not in the games mentally, but Bradford started really well and we had to play well to stay with them.
“I want to give credit to my forwards, who I thought were excellent. I felt that once we got on a roll in the second half, we got on top of Bradford.
“I have to give Louie Anderson a big rap. He ran some excellent lines and defended really well on the edge.”
Bulls coach Francis Cummins was a bit disappointed with his side’s second half, as they just could not get a roll-on when required, due to the Dragons repeat sets on several occasions.
“In the second half they had a lot of double sets and they scored off the back of them. We didn’t see the ball,” said Cummins.
“We showed in the first half that, if you have good ball, you can test the Catalans but those double sets really took it out of us in the second half because we only had three props.
“We started to chase the game and force the ball and that makes it a really tough game to play.”