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Dureau injury sours Catalan win

Tom Reynolds 11/07/2011 03:17:38 PM Comments (0)

Catalan coach Trent Robinson has challenged his side to prove they are not a one-man team after Scott Dureau inspired the Dragons to a 38-18 Super League thrashing of Leeds.

Former Newcastle Knights' halfback Dureau was in scintillating form as the Dragons marched to a sixth win from their past seven games in toppling the 2009 Super League champions.

However the joy of moving to within a point of the top three was tempered by the sight of 24-year-old Dureau limping off prematurely and leaving the ground on crutches with an ankle problem.

But Robinson urged his side to use the expected absence as a point of inspiration as they look to continue their finals charge.

"Obviously, it's not ideal to see a halfback limping off and we don't want to see Scott out," said Robinson.

"But in some ways, I think it gives us an opportunity to prove that we are not a one-man team and to show other people what we can do without him. I think it is a good chance for the rest of the boys to show what they can do."

Elsewhere, South Sydney-bound Wigan coach Michael Maguire breathed a big sigh of relief after the Warriors went top of the ladder, courtesy of a 38-6 win over Harlequins.

Warrington had temporarily taken top spot earlier in the weekend by beating Huddersfield 28-16, but a halftime spray from Maguire ensured Wigan responded with a win of their own.

Maguire was left unimpressed as his side - who lead Warrington by a solitary point at the head of the standings - laboured to see off struggling Quins.

"It was a tough old day and we made a bit of a meal of it," said Maguire.

"In the first half, we were off the pace and I told them at halftime what needed to be done.

"I was never really worried as I knew what we were capable of doing, but we had to work very hard."

Warrington coach Tony Smith was left with mixed feelings following his side's victory.

The Wolves opened up a 22-0 advantage, thanks to two tries from former Canberra star Joel Monaghan, but the Giants responded to give Smith's side a scare after the break.

"We had opportunities to put the game to bed and we got a bit anxious and tried to force things instead of being patient," Smith said.

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