Sam Tomkins explains why Catalans Dragons lost to Castleford Tigers as he points to remarkable statistic

Catalans Dragons’ inconsistent form continued last night as they lost 18-8 to Castleford at the Jungle making it back to back defeats to the Tigers this season.

It’s been a tough spell for the French side with so many players out injured putting a real strain on their squad which has resulted in an up and down spell which has seen the Dragons battered by Salford, surrender a 30-6 lead against Leeds Rhinos and of course lose to the Tigers last night.

But in this spell, Catalans have also beaten fellow top four occupiers Huddersfield as well as a character driven win over Wakefield last week.

It’s raised questions over whether the Dragons can return to Old Trafford where they lost to St Helens in last year’s Grand Final.

Speaking on Channel 4 ahead of Huddersfield’s battle with Salford today, Tomkins remained calm about Catalans position and form with time to build form back up for the play-offs with the Dragons pretty much safe inside the top four at this stage.

“We’d like to be a little higher in the league,” Tomkins said on Channel 4, “We’ve been a bit inconsistent this year. The last month’s been challenging with injuries and suspensions.

“We’re still confident when we get a few troops back in the group. There’s plenty of time, we’re not playing great but we’re still in fourth. There’s plenty of potential there.”

He also went on to explain why the Dragons came up short against the Tigers last night in that 18-8 defeat describing Castleford as the better side.

He said: “We weren’t very good with the ball. We had 20 sets with the ball in the second half and only completed half of those. We made 10 errors in the second half.

“Castleford are a good side and with a bit of ill discipline they kicked a few penalties and that stretched them too far away from us.”

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