Steve McNamara pleased with halves after Catalans strengthen lead at top of Super League

James Maloney of Catalans scoring a try

Catalans coach Steve McNamara picked his halves and Ben Garcia out for praise as they strengthened their position at the top of the Super League table with a big win at Huddersfield.

The Dragons eased to a 50-12 win over the Giants at the John Smith’s Stadium on Thursday night, with half-back James Maloney having a tally of 22 points.

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He said: “Our halves are playing in sync at the minute and I thought Ben Garcia did a great job as a hooker.”

McNamara insists his team do not have disciplinary problems but he accused them of “stupidity” after having three players sin-binned.

McNamara was delighted with the ease with which they carved out a 10th win of the season, seven of which have come on English soil, but unhappy over the yellow cards handed out to Jason Baitieri, Josh Drinkwater and Gil Dudson.

He added: “I’m clearly not happy with having players in the sin-bin, we need to have a look at that.

Baitieri was sin-binned in the first half following persistent team infringements and the Catalans ended the game with 11 men after Drinkwater and Dudson saw yellow over separate incidents.

McNamara said: “I don’t think we have a discipline issue. We got warned and didn’t heed the warnings, so it was a little bit of stupidity.

“I don’t think we have an issue long term, but tonight we put ourselves under pressure after some stupid decisions on the back of being warned.

“But the movement in defence was great, even when we were down to 11 men.

“I was a little bit critical the last two weeks because I didn’t think we had an edge and we challenged the group to get back to something like normal. I thought we were back to normal in defence and we scored some nice tries.”

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  1. They’re well rid of Israel Folau, a man so desperate to be reunited with his family in Australia he broke his contract, the contract with the very people who handed him a lifeline he didn’t deserve, to be reunited in that well known suburb and hotbed of rugby league Ichikawa city, Chiba Prefecture in the Kantō region of Japan! I hope the Dragons sue him!

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