Catalan Dragons coach Laurent Frayssinous praises Leon Pryce after 22-12 win over St Helens
Last Updated: 12/04/13 11:37pm
Laurent Frayssinous: Leon Pryce has "x-factor"
Catalan coach Laurent Frayssinous was full of praise for stand-off Leon Pryce after he returned to St Helens to get the better of his former club as Dragons won 22-12.
Pryce combined with his half-back partner Thomas Bosc to guide the Dragons to a 22-12 win over Saints at Langtree Park and Frayssinous was delighted with his performance.
"Everybody knows what Leon can do," he said. "He provides the x-factor but what he has done for the club since Scott Dureau has been ill has been magnificent.
"He said last December 'I won't let you down' and hasn't. He's a great guy. He controls the team."
The French side held off a late challenge from Saints after prop Mickael Simon was sin-binned for a professional foul and Frayssinous praised his side's determination.
"The fightback from St Helens was terrific but we did enough with our defence at the end," he added.
"It was a tough game but our forwards played well. That's our strength at the moment. We spent a week here to try and come up with a good performance and we did that.
"The first half was a good arm wrestle which we won but we were a bit anxious in the second half, a bit scratchy.
"It was a tough game but our forwards played well. That's our strength at the moment. We spent a week here to try and come up with a good performance and we did that."
"I'm really happy for the work the boys did, especially with 12 men. They wanted to do it for Mickael.
"St Helens had a lot of quality players injured and I thought the quality of our bench was the difference."
Saibnts coach Nathan Brown was philosophical in defeat after his young charges, deputising for injured senior players such as James Roby, Jonny Lomax, Tony Puletua and Willie Manu, took the fight to the Dragons.
"I can't fault the guys' efforts and commitment," he said. "Alex Walmsley was great and is getting better, Mark Percival and Adam Swift are getting better.
"The game time the youngsters are getting is invaluable for them and their rewards will come. Obviously we'd like them to come this year but sometimes it takes a bit of time.
"We should get a lot of confidence out of tonight. We withstood a lot of pressure.
"If we can tidy up a couple of areas and try to gain a little momentum in attack, we will be quite confident we should do okay.
"We're trying hard, we just need to get a bit smarter."