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Catalans worthy winners - Chester

Hull KR coach Chris Chester admitted his team got what they deserved after they lost 32-24 against Catalans Dragons in Super League.

Half-back Todd Carney inspired the French side on his return after six games out as tries from Jason Baitieri, Gadwin Springer, Michael Oldfield, Eloi Pelissier, Benjamin Garcia and Elliott Whitehead secured victory.

Maurice Blair, Ben Cockayne, Kieran Dixon and Josh Mantellato crossed for Rovers, but they came up short and Chester said: "I thought the best team won. We dropped far too much ball in the second half.

"I thought there was a time in the first half, especially when we scored our second try, that I thought Catalans were out on their feet and we just made crucial errors at key points in the game.

"I thought we put in a good team performance. I wouldn't necessarily single anyone out, but as a whole I'm really proud of my players and the squad. This is a tough place to come.

"I thought our forwards pack was pretty dominant at times, but we live to fight another day. We have a big game next Friday against Wigan and we need to improve to get a result next weekend."

Chester gave a debut to new arrival Dane Tilse and said: "I thought he played well, a little bit rusty but he only got off the plane on Tuesday morning and I thought it was a brave effort from Dane and a brave effort from my team.

"We kept fighting right to the end and maybe, with the right bounce of the ball, we could have come away with the spoils. But full credit to Catalans - they deserve the win."

Catalans coach Laurent Frayssinous was pleased to see the products of his side's youth system once again contribute.

After Stan Robin deputised for axed full-back Morgan Escare last time out, three of the try-scorers were among the all-French replacements picked out by Frayssinous for praise.

The coach said: "I really appreciate the attitude of the boys, the way that they didn't take any short cuts or use excuses about injuries - especially before the game with Willie Tonga pulling out late.

"The good thing is that we won the two points, even if the combinations weren't the best. We still have room for a big improvement from tonight but the attitude was right.

"The whole club should be proud. I have to give a big rap to Julian (Bousquet), Benjamin, Gadwin and Eloi.

"The way the club is working, we started with the under-19s last September and the outcome is Fouad (Yaha) playing today for the first team.

"We have a philosophy to have young French players playing in the French competition (Elite 1) and Stan Robin showed that last weekend and tonight that was Gadwin Springer, who came from that team to play for us."


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