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Rugby League – Super League: Hull KR winners, Dragons continue their flawless

Free notice for the Catalans Dragons who remain undefeated this season after this timid but important victory against Hull KR. Undisciplined, the Dracs once again owe their success to their defense.

The Catalans Dragons confirmed on Saturday afternoon by beating the Robins of Hull their excellent start to the season by signing a five out of five. A victory that is in line with recent performances with a discipline finally mastered compared to 2022, even if everything was not perfect yesterday, and above all, an irreproachable defense of the man. KR’s English only managed to get through twice, the last of which was late in the game. And for the fourth consecutive game, the Catalans did not try in the first half. César Rougé on Ryan Hall, Tom Johnstone just before the break, or Arthur Mourgue, saved their team in turn. A burst of energy needed to counter English attacks. A formidable KR formation around the hills.

At the break, the blood and gold could congratulate themselves for leading 10-0 without really having been above their rivals. An Adam Keighran interception for Tom Johnstone and a pass to Tyrone May’s foot that was not negotiated allows Tom Davies to send his team into the dressing room with a nice plus ten. “I’m not happy with the performance and our indiscipline. We deviated from our standards with too many errors, like the offside at the start of the match.” Steve McNamara reacted about a match “hard, physical, with very large contacts for eighty minutes”.

Four players released by protocol in KR

Two opportunistic feats against a formation that saw four of their own leave by protocol during the first forty minutes (Abdull, Hadley, Lewis, Halton). Fortunately for the Robins, Mikey Lewis will resume in the second half, leaving the English with just one rotation on the bench for the entire second half.

On the Dracs side, Benjamin Garcia upped the aggression slider early on, aided in his quest by Jordan Dezaria and Mika Goudemand. A second interception saw the Dracs land another blow to the back of the Robins (16-0). But the robin is tenacious and three minutes later, Jez Litten goes over the turn of blood and gold held before serving to Rowan Milnes. With now more than ten small points ahead, the Catalan coaching staff decided to put Julian Bousquet and Mike McMeeken back in the fight. Quickly “Ju” Bousquet is very active. His progress unlocks an action, which Tyrone May powers for Tom Johnstone’s hat-trick (20-6). Then Bousquet offered his first achievement of the season at the foot of the posts. A test that rewards the enormous work of their forwards. “Fortunately the midfielder did a great job because we weren’t doing well in the organization of the game”, He recognized César Rougé who assumed he had skipped the six again for his team around the hour of play, earning a well-deserved scolding from Mike McMeeken.

This free warning may allow the Dragons to better prepare for the future and restore order when necessary. The Dragons players, undefeated like those of Warrington, had in mind, leaving the stadium last night, the next appointment and the reunion with their worst enemies from Leeds next Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in Headingley.

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Author: Bruno Onteniente

Source: L Independant

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