Catalans Dragons head coach Steve McNamara confirms huge blow

Catalans Dragons head coach Steve McNamara has confirmed a major blow for one of his men after last night’s victory over Hull KR.

Dean Whare was taken off inside the first ten minutes to be replaced by Tyrone May who played almost the full 80 minutes at centre.

And, the prognosis from McNamara isn’t too good.

“It looks like he’s torn his pec. The opposite one, not the one he did last season in the Grand Final,” McNamara said.

“It’s disappointing for him, but we will get that treated as soon as we can.”

The first points of the night came courtesy of a Sam Tomkins penalty goal in the eighth minute before the Dragons crossed on the right edge through Fouad Yaha.

Tomkins again converted to make it 8-0, but KR sniffed out a comeback when Will Dagger was dumped on his head by Mitchell Pearce, who subsequently was given a yellow card.

KR took advantage of the extra men as a slick move from Dagger and Shaun Kenny-Dowall helped send Ryan Hall over the corner.

Tomkins added another penalty just after the half-hour mark, but Rovers struck before half-time through Kenny-Dowall.

10-10 at the break helped set up a tense second-half, but Joe Chan’s try on 62 minutes settled proceedings.

Tomkins’ third penalty in the 70th minute shifted the game to a two-score ball game and Hull had no answer.

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