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McNamara praises “spectacular” second half as Catalans come from behind to beat Leeds

Victorious Head Coach Steve McNamara saw his Catalans Dragons record their ninth successive win in the Betfred Super League. Moreover, it was two wins in as many weeks for the Dragons over the Leeds Rhinos as they remain top of the table.

But the match possessed some game breaking moments, particularly two nearly moments from Josh Drinkwater as he saw a couple of tries disallowed.

Having his say on the incidents, McNamara said “I thought that when Josh supposedly levels the score, if we score that and kick the goal then we go ahead but then I think from the back of that, we conceded a try from a ball steal.

“The same happened again and we ended three scores down by half-time so I think it was a really big play and I do not think we dealt with the disappointment of not scoring that very well.

“We had to rely on half-time to do that and it is something we need to fix.

“As for his second effort, I think the referee gave a knock on then I think came in with a forward pass.

“I think that was one of those situations where that he probably realised he got wrong but he already called it and I was happy with the response.

“That was the important thing, not the fact we never scored but our response from that not being given. So, that is a positive but it would have certainly made things easier if Josh had scored that try.”

It may not have been pretty with McNamara calling for improvement himself. That said, he remains happy with his side for their “spectacular” comeback.

He added, “I thought we were very soft in the first half. I think that if the first half carried on longer, we would have been in more trouble.

“The disappointing bit for me is that we had to wait until half-time to turn that game around but we managed to in the second half in a pretty spectacular fashion.”

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