Super League: Craig Sandercock delighted after Hull KR beat Catalan Dragons
Last Updated: 22/06/13 9:56pm
Hull KR coach Craig Sandercock was delighted as his side secured a vital 22-21 victory over Catalan Dragons in Toulouse, which moved them above St Helens and into seventh place in Super League.
Vincent Duport's second try of the game late on gave Catalan a five-point lead before Greg Eden's third try allowed Michael Dobson to kick the match-winning conversion five minutes from the hooter.
Sandercock was pleased with the application shown by his side. "It's pleasing and I'm happy for the boys," he said. "They tried really hard today and, although we weren't at our best, they never gave up and I'm more happy for the boys than anything else.
"It was a really entertaining game that seemed to fly by, but those last five minutes were probably the slowest five minutes of my life. That's rugby league."
The game was staged at Toulouse's Stade Ernest Wallon with the French side looking to promote rugby league outside of their Perpignan base, and Sandercock was full of praise for the venue.
"I think the ground and the atmosphere helped the game," he said. "The ground is absolutely impeccable and we love playing on a dry surface and I'm pretty sure Catalans do too, and I think that added to the spectacle."
Dragons head coach Laurent Frayssinous was left disappointed at his side's inability to close out the win despite leading by five points heading into the last five minutes.
"We are all frustrated after that and disappointed to lose today," Frayssinous said. "In the end I have to ask the question 'did we deserve to lose or did we deserve to win?' And if you look at the game as a whole, there are some good signs and some bad signs.
"Defensively we were pretty good. On the other side, we didn't do enough to win, but we have to move on."
Frayssinous refused to directly blame the officials for their handling of the game, with the Dragons having three tries disallowed by the video referee and Rovers being awarded a controversial first try when Eden capitalised on Thomas Bosc's reverse kick after it was fumbled by Dobson to race the full length of the field to touch down.
"You know the rules of the game like me, and you, me and everybody here made his own opinion of the decisions," Frayssinous said. "Rugby league rules are simple rules - unlike rugby union. Their rules are pretty complicated. It's up to everyone to make their own opinion to the no tries or tries."