Robinson revels in magic Dragons

Daryl Millard (left)

Daryl Millard (left)

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Catalan Dragons coach Trent Robinson hailed his players' natural instincts as they came from 26-8 down to gain a dramatic 34-32 win over St Helens and go top of Super League for the first time in their seven-year history.

The Dragons scored three tries in eight minutes to claw their way back into the game and, trailing by four points as the hooter was about to sound, played like the Harlem Globetrotters to keep the ball alive and score the all-important try through Daryl Millard.

"I won't claim that," said Robinson. "It's what they do when they are kids in the park. There was a lot of good instinctive play at the end."

The Catalans outscored their hosts six tries to five to maintain the only 100% record in Super League but Robinson was not entirely happy with his side's performance.

"We were playing poor," he said. "St Helens were totally dominant and we just didn't have any flow to our game.

"As soon as we started to win a couple of plays, there was a bit more flow to our sets. That's when (Ian) Henderson started to pick up the tempo as well.

"We're still not a big team on the basics but it showed we can do stuff that other teams can't do. We can play with momentum and produce ad-lib footie."

St Helens coach Royce Simmons, whose side conceded 36 points against Hull KR last Sunday, was once more critical of their defence but also pointed the finger at referee James Child and said he would be raising his performance with RFL officials chief Stuart Cummins.

"It started to go wrong when he awarded four penalties in a row against us," said Simmons. "We didn't have much ball from that stage onwards. Some of the penalties were an absolute joke.

"If it's going to cost me money, I don't care. Stuart will be hearing from me. There were some really tough calls. I'm very disappointed with the referee's performance."


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