‘It’s got to sink in’: Salford City Reds coach Phil Veivers blasts his side’s failure to learn after Catalan thrashing

By Mark Shales

The failure to learn from last week’s mistakes was to blame for Salford City Reds’ second consecutive defeat according to head coach Phil Veivers.

Catalan Dragons became the second club is as many weeks to put 40 past the Reds in a one-sided affair in Perpignan, despite playing 77 minutes with 12 men.

Salford picked up their first points of 2013 when fullback Jack Murphy converted Niall Evalds’ lone consolation try,  but Veivers was far from impressed.

“It’s two weeks in a row that we’re talking about the same mistakes, it’s got to sink in shortly,” he told Sky Sports.

“Possibly that is down to inexperience within the squad.

“But you cannot excuse the amount of dropped balls we came up with, the amount of cheap penalties we conceded and how we finished our sets, especially in the second half.”

Catalan ran in three tries in the first half, Remi Casty, Vincent Duport and veteran Steve Menzies – Super League’s oldest player – giving the Dragons a slender 10-point lead at the break.

But second half scores from Ian Henderson, Olivier Elima and Daryl Millard plus a second for Duport saw Catalan run away with the game – Thomas Bosc kicking six from seven.

The rout was completed with the Dragons a man down after prop Julian Bousquet saw red just three minutes in for a dangerous high tackle on Salford’s Theo Fages.

The French teenage halfback sat out the remainder of the game after being stretchered off, and Veivers blasted the Catalan thuggery

“I was disappointed with the cheap shot on the little half-back who got took out by the big number 21 (Bousquet),” he added. “It was a very cheap shot.

“I thought it was outlawed in this game and the referee dealt with it correctly.

“It had a big bearing on the game for us, having four forwards on the bench detracted from the way we wanted to play.”

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