Rugby League - Dragons were too good - Gentle

Hull coach Peter Gentle acknowledged his team were a distant second best after Saturday night's 30-4 defeat against Catalan Dragons in Perpignan.

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Rugby League - Dragons were too good - Gentle

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Vincent Duport, left, scored twice for Catalan

The Black and Whites arrived in the south of France with nine wins from 10 games and a brilliant victory over Leeds under their belts. And, with Catalan unable to name Dream Team scrum-half Scott Dureau, they would have fancied their chances of carrying on their run.

But the game did not go to plan for the visitors and Gentle was far from happy with his players' display. "We were second best in all departments tonight and they were just too good for us," he said.

"Our completion rate was horrendous, terrible - whichever you want to call it. There wasn't one part of our game that we were on top of and the scoreline reflects that."

Gentle went on to praise the the hosts, saying: "They were very good tonight, but we gave them plenty of opportunities. They're a very talented side and always have the ability to hurt us and if you keep putting your chin out, you're going to get hit. And we did that plenty of times."

Hull also had absentees of their own - Tom Briscoe and Mark O'Meley were injured and Ben Galea pulled out sick - and were made to feel the pinch early on as Freddie Vaccari nipped in at the corner. Thomas Bosc, deputising for Dureau in the halves and as a kicker, added the extras but Hull hit back instantly as Tom Lineham dotted down.

Daniel Holdsworth was unable to add the extras, though, and that was the end of Hull's scoring.

Morgan Escare added a second score when he spied a gap and went for it, before sloppy play from the visitors presented Vincent Duport with a chance he did not pass up. With Bosc faultless with the boot, the lead edged out to 18-4 at the break and shortly after it the Dragons touched down for a fourth time.

Hull did not help themselves by kicking out on the full from the restart and destructive forward Kevin Larroyer smashed his way through the middle of them. Bosc again added the two points and when Duport repeated his earlier trick with seven minutes remaining, it rounded things off and gave Bosc the chance to finish with five goals from as many attempts.

Catalan coach Laurent Frayssinous was full of praise for his young players following the emphatic home win. "It's a good result for us," he said. "I'm very happy. I've been waiting for a big performance from us against a top-four side at home for a long time. Tonight we got it, especially defensively - we were pretty good with that."

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