Simmons hails winning mentality

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Royce Simmons heaped praise on his players after they overcame a string of injuries to key players to past an emphatic win in the south of France.

He hailed the contribution of Kyle Eastmond, who scored a hat-trick of goals to add to tries from Chris Flannery, Ade Gardner, James Graham and Scott Moore in a 22-16 victory.

He said: “I thought it was a really good win, we lost Leon Pryce early on in the game, Scott Moore just after, Chris Flannery was out there with a stomach bug and Louis [McCarthy-Scarsbrook] had a shoulder injury and I couldn’t get him off because we had run out of troops.”

Simmons added: “To hang in there against a side that is playing good footy in some good field positions was a tremendous effort, win and it was a really good match.”

The St Helens coach was impressed with the Catalan players who have to undertake the same arduous journey his players had to every two weeks.

“It was a really tough trip over here and it took us nearly 12 hours from back home, but we can’t use that as an excuse because Catalan do it every second week.

“I really feel for them, it’s a big trip for them, and they have a hard visit every second week, for them to win away from home is going to be a tremendous effort for them, but they will win because they are a good side.”