Catalans Dragons Head Coach Steve McNamara said he is proud of how his side toughed it out against Leeds Rhinos.
The Dragons started well, going into an 18-0 lead, but they had to be defensively resolute to keep the Rhinos at bay.
It was a performance that eased McNamara’s concerns after their game against Salford.
He said: ” It was always going to be tense, its a semi final. I knew we were ready to play, and ready to start.
“The decision last week gave everyone clarity and I could sense by the way players trained this week.
“We needed this game. If Leeds had have come back, then it would have hurt us.
“We will need to be even better next week.”