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Super League match preview: Catalan Dragons vs Castleford Tigers

Date: Saturday 13th September
Venue: Stade Gilbert Brutus
Kick-off: 5pm

Teams

Catalan 19 man squad: Escare, Pomeroy, Oldfield, Bosc, Elima, Henderson, Lima, Taia, Anderson, Maria, Pelissier, Whitehead, Millard, Bousquet, Baitieri, Duport, Cardace, Garcia, Williams

Castleford 19 man squad: Dixon, Shenton, Webster, Dorn, Sneyd, Lynch, Milner, Huby, Millington, Hauraki, Massey, Clark, Holmes, Wheeldon, Ellis, Channing, Clare, Finn, Jewitt

Preview

Castleford Tigers travel to the south of France on Saturday evening for what could potentially be the biggest game in the club’s history.

Should St Helens lose to Huddersfield Giants on Friday, Castleford have the opportunity to lift the League Leaders Shield with a win over Catalan Dragons at the Stade Gilbert Brutus. Should they finish at the top of the Super League table, it would cap off what has been an extraordinary season for Daryl Powell’s men. The Tigers finished last season in 12th place and were 200/1 outsiders for the Shield after being fancied by some pundits to be relegated.

On the other hand, Castleford could still finish as low as 5th depending on the outcome of the final round of fixtures this weekend. A win against the Dragons would guarantee a top 2 finish however and will be a big advantage going into the play-offs.

Catalan have secured their play-off place but results this weekend will decide whether they finish 7th or 8th. They currently sit 7th on the same number of points as Widnes in 8th, who travel to Salford on Friday. A 7th place finish would set up an away fixture with Leeds Rhinos in the first round of the play-offs next weekend and will be the outcome if Catalans can continue their impressive home record this season, which has seen them only lose 3 games in Perpignan, and defeat the Tigers.

Castleford make 2 changes to the team that narrowly beat Wakefield last weekend. Forwards Gareth Carvell and Frankie Mariano miss out due to injuries and are replaced in the squad by the experienced Craig Huby and Grant Millington.

The Dragons also make 2 changes from last weekend, as joint captain Greg Mounis and Lopini Paea are replaced by Jeff Lima and Jason Baitieri.

Castleford won the reverse fixture 32-6 back in February, and will be hoping for a similar result which could see them top the Super League on Saturday.

Prediction

Castleford to win but it may not be enough to win the League Leaders’ Shield

Trainee sports journalist at News Associates, Manchester, UK.

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