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We paid the price for a very poor start to the game: Keiron.

CATALANS 33 ST HELENS 26 ST HELENS coach Keiron Cunningham conceded his side's poor start proved costly as they crashed to a 33-26 Super League defeat to Catalans Dragons in Perpignan on Saturday.

Winger Adam Swift scored four tries for the Saints but finished on the losing side as Zeb Taia scored a crucial try four minutes from time to earn victory for the French club.

"It was a very tough game for us, we paid the price for a pretty poor start to the game," Cunningham said.

"That was the hottest part of the day and we always say that if you make errors then you have to pay the piper and we paid in a big way towards the end of the game."

Cunningham's concerns about the heat would not have been eased as Jordan Turner left the field shortly before half-time with suspected heat stroke and the Saints boss clearly felt let down by his younger players during a close game.

"I feel that we could have won that game, we certainly had the opportunities but we made silly mistakes and some of our younger players were undisciplined. Some of them will be lucky to play for the club over the next few weeks," he added.

Catalans coach Laurent Frayssinous was left delighted after his side recorded their fifth home win of the campaign with a side that contained Scott Dureau and Todd Carney for only the second time this season.

"In the context I'm really proud of the team with that performance. The way the players responded in the second half was excellent," Frayssinous said.

"It could have been very easy to throw the game away after some things didn't go their way but they used that energy in a positive way and produced a good win."

Frayssinous went on to praise his forwards for winning the battle against their Saints counterparts.

He added: "For our forwards to produce a performance like that to match the St Helens forwards is a great performance for them. The likes of Remi Casty, Olivier Elima, Jason Baitieri and Ian Henderson all played excellently.

"Henderson played 80 minutes again for us, he was outstanding. I have to praise Todd Carney and Scott Dureau too, neither were 100 per cent fit but put their hands up to play and help their team-mates.

"I think you saw what a strong group the players are."

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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:May 11, 2015
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