Match Reaction…

NATHAN Brown said he was unimpressed with the officiating in tonight’s clash but praised Catalans and his youngsters.

And following the 22-12 defeat he pointed to how those kidsare getting better week in week out.

“I don’t think anyone would argue the team isn’t competing really hard,” he said. “At the moment we are a really small team. But they had a certain set of tactics that slowed the game up and unfortunately the man in the middle didn’t recognise it.

“They feigned injury and every scrum they packed wrong to change it; you have to say that is great coaching but the bloke in the middle was poor. But our lack of size showed and in terms of field position we spent most of the game in our half.

“To our credit we hung on in there. Louie (McCarthy-Scarsbrook) got pulled up inches short and then, as is the case with most young players learning a passing game, they like throwing long passes. If it was a short pass we probably score don’t we? But you can’t fault the boys’ effort and commitment.”

He continued: “Alex Walmsley is getting better, Adam Swift, Mark Percival – the younger kids are getting more time than they thought and that is good for the back end of the year.

“Those kids will improve. Adam Swift was better from this week to last week and Percy going to be good long term player for the Club; Joe Greenwood too. Sometimes the pace of the game catches them up but they are getting better and the rewards will come from that.

“We have to take some confidence from tonight – we withstood a lot of pressure and did the same against Hull KR. We need to tidy up a few areas, and momentum in our attack to help our kicking game. We are having a lot of defensive practice at present! We are trying hard but we need to get smarter.”

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