Brian Carney reflects on the Dragons' Challenge Cup final win, and what he hopes to see from Catalans in the future...
Bravo to Catalans for winning their first bit of silverware! Their success against Warrington represents a high point in a season that started off so badly for them, you had feared that another fight for survival and a Million Pound Game was on the cards.
I hope that the whole organisation is savouring the title; it does not come round often in a career, and for some players it never comes. But I hope they also have one eye on the future. I do not want to take anything away from the Dragons, as it was a monumental effort to get to Wembley and win it, but I would like to take time to separate the achievement and the victory.
The achievement was brilliant, and the players are right to be proud of it. Let's dive a little deeper into the performance.
If they were to review that game they would be shocked at the amount of chances they gave the Wolves. After a near-flawless first half with the ball, time and time again in the second stanza they coughed up cheap possession, and invited the Wolves to attack their line.
Catalans were helped by the fact that no matter how many chances they offered, Warrington just were not able to get back into the game. Essentially the Dragons were the better of two teams performing below their best.
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