McNamara frustrated with Catalans form

Catalans Dragons coach Steve McNamara admits he and his players are frustrated by the way they are playing after they scraped through to the sixth round of the Challenge Cup on Sunday.

The Dragons were given an almighty scare by League 1 side York in front of a bumper crowd of 3,081, eventually winning 34-22.

“That’s where the team is, which is frustrating because we know we can do a lot better,” said McNamara.

“We’re not playing very smart, although we’re trying really hard. There are lots of things we need to change at the club but when you’re not playing as you’d like, your confidence is down.

“I thought we were close to getting it back at stages today, but credit to the opposition, they fought really hard and I was impressed with them. It’s all about next week now.”

But McNamara paid compliments to the Knights after their gutsy display.

“We’re really frustrated with how we’re playing but a lot of that was down to what York did and we’re pleased to get out of here with a win.

“I don’t think we were in danger of losing the game at any stage, but they kept it close and stayed in it. Every time we looked like we’d move away from them, they found their way back into the contest.”