Frayssinous: Defeat was out of our control

Catalans head coach Laurent Frayssinous admitted he was ’embarrassed’ by his side’s performance as they went down 44-0 to Hull FC.

The Dragons, badly suffering after a number of key injuries, have seen their top four hopes all but vanish in the last two months after a poor run of form.

Their latest defeat made their play-off hopes deteriorate even further. But despite his frustration at a poor performance, Frayssinous has refused to rule out his side’s chances.

“It’s an embarrassing scoreline, to lose by 44 points,” he said. “There was a big gap between the two teams tonight, and it’s out of our control at the moment.

“The fact we’ve got so many injuries is making it hard for us to be in the top four over the next few weeks, but you never know.”

However, Frayssinous was quick to praise a number of his players – including former Australia international Dave Taylor, who played most of the game with a broken rib.

“Yes, Dave had a broken rib,” Frayssinous confirmed. “It was brave from him, brave from Remi (Casty) who has played with a bad knee and there were others out there too. One thing we do have is some brave players.”

A full report will be in Monday’s League Express.