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Rohan Smith gives his verdict on controversial Catalans try

At halftime Leeds Rhinos trailed 22-8 against the Catalans Dragons.

The Rhinos would go on to win the game with five second half tries to claim a brilliant 32-22 win at a point where many would have written them off.

Leeds could have felt hard done by at halftime after two controversial tries were scored against them.

One could have been a double movement call and the other came from Catalans giving away a six again but instead of suffering from the rule the Dragons actually benefited from it as the forced an error from Rhyse Martin.

Despite this, Leeds coach Rohan Smith believed his side were well in the game.

When asked about whether he felt his side were in it at the break, he said:

“One hundred percent. At halftime I thought we were attacking well. We were troubling them and we scored a couple and had one or two other close calls.”

He went on to speak about his side’s defence and the tries they conceded including his assessment of the potential double movement from Mitchell Pearce:

“Defensively I thought we were pretty sound in the first half despite conceding four tries. One of those was an attacking error, two others were on the last play when we lacked a bit of awareness on the run on last plays and the other one was a tough to call double movement that went up no try.

“The scoreline is not always reflective. Everyone always wants to talk about the result or the score. It is not always a reflection of the game.

“It was a good close game in the first half.”

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