AuthController auth/register invlid input

I have a fresh install of Laravel 5.1 and was working on getting auth/register working to work through the process of creating a new user.

I have created the view for user registration with an action of POST to /auth/register. The first thing to test is errors so I submitted the form with empty input fields and as expected this did not pass validation. In AuthController

protected function validator( array $data)

returns false as expected and the best that I been able to ascertain is in /vendor/laravel/framework/src/Illuminate/Foundation/Auth/RegistersUsers.php there is

public function postRegister(Request $request)
    $validator = $this->validator($request->all());
    if ($validator->fails()) {
            $request, $validator


    return redirect($this->redirectPath());

I am pretty sure that the controller is throwing an exception.

Do I have to override postRegister or can I catch the exception that is being thrown by the current definition of postRegister and if I can catch that exception how do I go about catching the exception.

I want to be able to return the registration with errors for the fields with invalid input.

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