Cummins Reviews Catalans Defeat

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9th June 2018

Interim Head Coach Francis Cummins expressed his disappointed with the defeat to the Catalans Dragons, but believes he saw enough in the performance on Saturday to move forward into Salford next week.

The Vikings went down 32-12 to the Dragons at the Stade Gilbert Brutus, but took an early 10-0 lead and had two efforts chalked off by the video referee. 

Cummins, in charge of the Vikings for the first time, says that the Vikings let their opponents off too easily during certain aspects of the game.

"I’m obviously disappointed at the moment," he said.

"I thought we started the game well, and we was in a really good position. We had a couple more opportunities for tries and could have easily been up by 20 points but it wasn’t to be in the end.

"In terms of effort, I think we’re there and we worked really hard tonight, but I think we let Catalans off at certain points of the game. They were able to play the game that they had planned to."

The Interim Head Coach was quick to praise the younger members of his side after the game, such as the Chapelhow twins and Owen Farnworth, who went up against a strong Catalans pack. However, Francis says the squad had some tough lessons to learn in Perpignan.

"I’ve got some young men in the middle there who are learning their trade, and I’m proud of their efforts, but you can’t keep giving them the ball and rolling back that quick," he said.

"They strangled us and it almost felt like we was playing uphill at times. Tonight I’ve learned what I probably knew beforehand, in that I’ve got a committed group of young men and they’re trying to improve all the time. I think if we make sure we don’t make the same mistakes again we’ll be okay." 

The Vikings were backed by a strong following to the south of France after selling out the club's ticket allocation, and Cummins was quick to say their efforts had not gone unnoticed. 

"They (the fans) were fantastic," he said.

"We've all had a rough time at the minute, but seeing them in town today and seeing how vocal they were at the ground, we are desperate to get them a win. Once we do get that win, I think we'll be okay."

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