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Last Updated: Sunday, 29 July 2007, 17:23 GMT 18:23 UK
Noble left dejected and dismayed
Brian Noble
Noble said his players were caught "like rabbits in the headlights"
Brian Noble says Wigan's Challenge Cup loss to Catalans represents one of the lowest moments in his career.

"It's up there with my worst days in the game," said the Warriors coach after the 37-24 defeat.

"I am very low and very dejected. I'm dejected for the Wigan club and the fans and players in particular.

"We've every right to be disappointed with what we dished up today. I am despondent and some of the players are pretty shattered - and why not?"

Noble admitted the game was lost in the opening quarter, admitting: "You don't expect that in a Challenge Cup semi-final. We got caught like rabbits in the headlights.

It's not very nice losing big games like this

Brian Noble

"I still thought we had a chance at half-time but we just couldn't defend our line hard enough in the second half.

"It's not very nice losing big games like this. We didn't help ourselves, which is probably the most frustrating thing about it all."

Television pictures from the dressing room at half time showed Noble giving his team a strong talking-to, but he denied having been too hard on them.

"I wasn't furious, we just talked about things we weren't doing - that can happen in the anxiety of the semi-final," he said.

"In the first 25 minutes we had no field position at all. In the second half, given an even wind, we might have got back into the game."

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