Catalans host Hull FC at the Stade Gilbert Brutus on this late afternoon Super League kick-off. Following last night’s results, Catalans still languish in that last spot in the table and Hull slip to fifth.
A win by more than four points would move the Black and Whites up to fourth. Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the clash.
Luke Walsh announced his retirement during the week and Catalans went straight out into the market to find his replacement.
They found Josh Drinkwater, who is included in the 19-man squad, but the Dragons are still awaiting his registration to be completed.
Further changes include Thibaud Margalet, Fouad Yaha, Lucas Albert and Paul Aiton moving out of the squad, with returns for Brayden Wiliame, Remi Casty and Louis Anderson.
Catalans 19-man squad: Mead, Broughton, Wiliame, Langi, Casty, Moa, Anderson, Garcia, Bird, Bousquet, Simon, Duport, Baitieri, McIlorum, Tierney, Jullien, Maria, Gigot, Drinkwater.
Coach Lee Radford has made two changes to his side that beat Leeds last week.
Hakim Miloudi and Danny Washbrook come in with Chris Green and Jezz Litten making way. Albert Kelly is included after last week’s online video controversial was dealt with internally by the club.
Hull FC 19-man squad: Shaul, Faraimo, Tuimavave, Griffin, Talanoa, Kelly, Sneyd, Taylor, Houghton, Hadley, Minichiello, Bowden, Connor, Washbrook, Manu, Paea, Lane, Miloudi, Matongo.
KEY BATTLE- David Mead vs Jamie Shaul
Both fullbacks play in a similar mould: they are attacking and try their very best to support their halfbacks.
David Mead has arguably been on of Catalans’ best players this season and Jamie Shaul has not quite found his feet in 2018 yet.
It will be interesting to see which fullback wins this battle. On their day, they can both be match winners.
THE IMPORTANT DETAILS
Date: Saturday 28th April 2018
Venue: Stade Gilbert Brutus
Kick-off: 5.00pm BST
Referee: James Child
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