Former NRL star James Maloney has played a starring role for Catalans Dragons in a crushing 50-12 win over Huddersfield in the Super League.

The former Penrith playmaker scored 22 points as the French team ran in eight tries to two and extended their winning run in the league to seven matches on Thursday.

Coach Steve 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.

“I’m clearly not happy with having players in the sin bin, we need to have a look at that,” he said.

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.

“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,” McNamara said.

“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.

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

Maloney scored a try and kicked nine conversions in the lop-sided contest.

Maloney consolidates top spot for Catalans
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