Seaside special aims to maintain Dragons challenge

Catalans legend Thomas Bosc took the players to the beach as he led a recent training session.

But this was no return to the bad old days of leisurely seaside parties for Aussie veterans, since the assistant coach had his players running, swimming and competing in a Baywatch-style competition in an effort to maintain fitness and build team spirit.

The Dragons are preparing to visit Leigh on Saturday having won seven out of eight Super League matches.

And Bosc told League Express: “It might look like we were having fun, but we’re deadly serious when it comes to continuing our recent run of form and these things are essential for team bonding.

“We had a Baywatch-style session in the sea which got really competitive, and the boys enjoyed doing something different.

“They have been fighting hard for each other on the pitch so we want that kind of spirit off the field too.

“Our video review sessions have been very happy in recent weeks, which is not always the case, so it is important to enjoy times like these.”

The Dragons have had their best-ever start to a Super League season, and Bosc has been at the club for all 15.

He added: “The real challenge is to keep that winning roll going and while we’ve had some fun, the time for relaxing is at the end of the season. We haven’t achieved anything yet and it is crucial that we keep our focus.

“I can feel the confidence from the boys and we have shown that we can now compete with every team, but there is a long way to go yet.”

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