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Catalans dedicate vital win to Walters

by Gary Michaels 02/08/2010 12:46:55 PM Comments (0)

Catalans Dragons assistant boss Laurent Frayssinous dedicated the side's vital 24-22 win over Bradford to coach Kevin Walters, who returned to Australia following the death of his father.

Former Brisbane Broncos half-back Walters will attend the funeral of Kevin Snr before returning to Perpignan to resume the reins ahead of the Challenge Cup semi-final with Warrington.

In his absence the Dragons recorded back-to-back victories for the first time this Super League season thanks to tries from Setaimata Sa, Sebastien Raguin, Steve Bell and Olivier Elima.

And after doing boss Walters proud, Frayssinous was quick to send the club's best wishes to the 42-year-old Queenslander.

"The win against Bradford was a thank-you to Kevin," said Frayssinous.

"Hopefully it will give him a boost for the funeral, which is going to be tough for him."

Ex-Newcastle centre George Carmont ensured Wigan put one hand on the league leaders' shield as they triumphed 26-12 against reigning Super League champions Leeds.

Carmont scored one of four tries for Michael Maguire's men at Headingley and their victory, coupled with Warrington's defeat at home to St Helens, means they are now just a point away from securing top spot.

And after seeing his side's rollercoaster season take another turn for the worse, Leeds boss Brian McClennan questioned his team's appetite.

"They had nice shape off the ball, but I don't think we worked hard enough off the ball to give ourselves enough chances," said McClennan.

"It was a tough old game. It was hard to get any momentum, it was pretty scrappy. We never really got going. Our execution was down a bit and they did that well.

"We need to do that a bit better. When they got out to an eight-point lead we were still in it, but we didn't play smart enough from then on and they got the jump on us.

"Of the 17 boys we had out there, we didn't have everybody playing at their best."

Huddersfield confirmed their place in the end-of-season play-offs with a thumping 58-6 victory over Wakefield.

Joining Huddersfield in the play-offs will be Hull KR who sealed their place in the top eight with a 28-26 win over Castleford.

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