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Frayssinous lauds strong start

Catalan Dragons coach Laurent Frayssinous was left delighted at his side's first half-performance in their 46-4 win against London Broncos.

The victory means the French side are all but certain to be in the end-of-season playoffs and Frayssinous was pleased to see them allay any nerves with a strong start.

Morgan Escare profited the most with a hat-trick of first-half tries to all but secure the Super League points in Saturday's meeting in Perpignan.

"That is the most clinical we have been probably this season, we have worked hard on that, so that is why it is pleasing," he said after 34 of their points came in the opening half.

"No matter what the scoreboard says and no matter what our position is, we have been clinical in attack and in our defence too.

"We asked plenty of questions which is good, our defence was good and our patience was good and that is how you win footy games."

Frayssinous did find some areas for concern, though adding: "The only disappointing aspect is that you want to do it for 80 minutes and today we couldn't do that.

"We knew at one stage that we would be tired because we have worked the players hard over the last two weeks, so we expected a drop-off in performance towards the end.

"In the second half we went back to what we have done in the past, with some errors, no patience and inviting teams to attack over and over again at us. It is something we need to get out of the habit of doing."

Having won their first game of the season at the 24th time of asking last time out, relegated London could not make it back-to-back victories.

Coach Joey Grima said: "We made some really simple errors in the first half that invited pressure on us and at half-time it was an easy team-talk to do really.

"I asked them to get a hold of the ball, stop making so many unforced errors and wanted us to put some pressure on the Catalan, which is exactly what they did.

"We were fortunate enough to have a bit of a breeze at our back in the second half and when they turned over a ball close to their line, we were able to capitalise on that and we had four sets in their 20 metre zone.

"The boys did everything I asked of them in the second half and they got back into a kind of tennis match which was set for set for set. That was pleasing."