Losing any game is never fun, but when you come so close only to be let down by some casual errors that ultimately cost you the game, it makes it harder to deal with – a feeling that London Broncos coach Tony Rea felt following his side’s loss.
They led from the front for the majority of the game, but it was a late run by their opponents the Catalan Dragons that resuled in two tries by Zeb Taia, that resulted in the loss for London.
“We were at our best in terms of our effort and energy but our execution let us down from start to finish,” said Rea.
“I think every player across the board made an error at some stage and that is very frustrating.
“You are happy to lose if you have given your best but I do not think we did tonight. We stayed strong as a team and had a fantastic attitude but that was not enough.
“I thought Catalan played error-free rugby for the whole game and that proved the difference.”
For the Dragons, whilst they may only be on top of the table for 24 hours, coach Laurent Frayssinous praised his side’s courageous efforts.
“It was a very scrappy game and we were certainly not at our best,” said Frayssinous.
“But I said before the game that the team that showed the most hunger would be the team that won and that was us.
“I thought our forwards were immense and that was a real strength for us, especially as the game wore on in the second half.
“Easter is always a tough period for us because of the travel and the most important thing was just to get the two points.”