Catalans Dragons 62 Doncaster 6 - Doncs show pride in Perpignan

Dons' head coach Richard Horne (Picture: Andrew Roe)
Dons' head coach Richard Horne (Picture: Andrew Roe)
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Doncaster head coach Richard Horne was pleased with how his side applied themselves in the first half despite ultimately falling to a heavy defeat in the last 16 of the Coral Challenge Cup.

Cup holders Catalans were always going to have too much for the League One side, and so it proved, Brayden Williame crossing four times in a one-sided game.

They turned up for each other, worked hard for each other and especially into the wind too

Richard Horne

Doncaster were level at 6-6 when Jordan Howden put in a kick and Connor Bower outjumped the Dragons defence to touch down. Matty Beharrell converted. Horne said: “I thought the first half the players put so much effort and energy into it that it hurt us in the second,” he said. To be 18-6 down at half-time, I don’t think anyone would have expected that.

“I’m really proud of them. They turned up for each other, worked hard for each other and especially into the wind too, we didn’t have much opportunity of getting out of our own end.”

Catalans, who face Super League champions Wigan at Barcelona’s Nou Camp Stadium next week have concerns over Sam Tomkins’ fitness after he left the game with back spasms.