Kevin Sinfield

They may have won the game 27-12, but Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott was very critical at the penalty count in the game, but despite having Ryan Bailey sent off in the second half, Leeds held firm.

Critical of the fact that in his view, Catalans receive more penalties than any other team in the competition, McDermott said that even his time at other clubs, showed that they get the rub of the green more often.

“I don’t think the sending off had a bearing on the result of the game to be honest with you, but it showed how much character we have in the squad,” said McDermott.

“Catalans get awarded more penalties than anyone else in the competition, and they have done for the last two years.

“I coached the London team for four years and they were awarded the least amount of penalties for four consecutive years. That is a big issue when you come to Catalans.

“To be consistently awarded the most penalties when they play at home, I think that would need addressing. At one point the penalty count was 15-3, I thought we did remarkably well to overcome that.

“I’d like to be clear, I don’t think that Catalans play well due to them getting penalties, they are a very good team.”

With the final penalty count being 16-8, Catalans coach Laurent Frayssinous said that the penalties Leeds gave away, came from them trying to slow down the Dragons attack and that all were justified.

“I think if you watch the game back, all the penalties were deserved – they came here and tried to slow us down,” said Frayssinous.

“They were cautioned twice for this and I have spoken to the referees about why this happened with no sin-binning. It is their call and we

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