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Robinson hopes for better times ahead
Catalan Dragons coach Trent Robinson is hoping Friday night's 13-10 victory over Hull KR in testing conditions at MS3 Craven Park will help spark his side back into life.
It looked as though the Dragons were headed for their third successive defeat as they trailed 10-6 with just five minutes to play, but a Clint Greenshields try and a penalty and drop goal from Scott Dureau saw them snatch victory.
"We won a tight game," said Robinson, whose side had lost to Salford and Wigan in their previous two matches. "It was awful weather and I believe it has been like that for a while. We left France where it was 30 degrees and sunshine so as you'd expect, we don't train often in the wet conditions. But we were disappointed with the way we handled the ball."
He added: "Having said that, there were plenty of positives for both sides to take from this game. We haven't defended like that for a long time and hopefully that will provide us with the spark we have lacked in recent weeks. There was plenty of energy and we scrambled well with good intent."
Rovers will wonder what they have to do to beat the Dragons. Before this match they had kept the French side to 20 points twice this season and lost both times, and it was a similar story tonight.
Not for the first time this season, Dureau was the Catalan match-winner late in a game away from home. He also landed a touchline conversion after the hooter to seal victory at St Helens.
His angled drop goal broke Rovers hearts just as it looked as though they were going to take a point from the game, although Robinson was also keen to hail the contribution of Super League's oldest player Steve Menzies in the victory.
"The way Steve Menzies flew out of the line and threw himself to block Michael Dobson's drop goal attempt was superb," said Robinson. "He was disappointed with himself for conceding a penalty for backchat moments before.
Rovers coach Craig Sandercock admitted he was proud of his side's efforts in adversity in the defeat. He was down to 16 men after Kris Welham broke his leg in the fifth minute, and then Rhys Lovegrove ruptured his medial ligaments nine minutes into the second half to compound Sandercock's problems.
"I am disappointed to have lost but I am proud of what we produced against a class Catalan side," Sandercock said. "It was a close game shown by the scoreline and it could have gone either way. It's not down to me, it's down to the players, they are the ones producing on the park. For some reason it fell apart tonight.