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“If things went our way…” – Adrian Lam left “frustrated” following defeat

In a big game for league leaders Catalans Dragons and third place Leigh Leopards, the first half was a surprising one yesterday.

Against a Leigh side missing stars due to suspensions, Catalans started strong.

They led 12-0 after five minutes after tries for Arthur Mourgue before Ben Garcia capitalised on a kick.

Mourgue’s tally for the day was extended to 10 points when he propelled the Dragons 14-0 ahead after 10 minutes with a penalty.

By the quarter mark, they led 20-0 with Tom Johnstone scoring from an Adam Keighran offload.

However, a quick fire double for Ed Chamberlain, both assisted by Lachlan Lam gave the Leopards hope.

It was then game well and truly on when the league’s top scorer Josh Charnley touched down from a brilliant ball.

Ben Reynolds’ three conversions meant that a 20-0 deficit had been turned into just a 20-18 lead for the Dragons at the break.

At the start of the second half, the Dragons added to their lead with Arthur Romano crossing.

That made it 26-18 but quick fire scores from Edwin Ipape and Tom Briscoe gave Leigh a shock lead.

Sadly, it didn’t last long with a captain’s knock from Ben Garcia giving Catalans the lead. A simple yet decisive try.

Tom Johnstone though wrapped things up with a second.

That wrapped up a classic encounter 38-30 in favour of the Dragons.

Speaking after the game Adrian Lam said he was both frustrated and proud of his side:

“Frustrated really. I am frustrated. We focused all week on getting a good start and we didn’t do that,” he said on the club’s Facebook page.

“To give them a 20 point head start and get that back by halftime was incredible and showed a lot of courage.

“It is sort of mixed emotions really.

“Frustrated but also proud of the courage and character they showed to give themselves a chance.

“I think we led with 12 minutes to go.

“That’s what we’re trying to be as a team, to give ourselves a chance and a couple of things go our way we could have taken the game.”

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