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Challenge Cup Quarter-Final Preview: Hull KR v Catalans Dragons

Date: Thursday, 25 June

Kick-off: 8pm

Venue: KC Lightstream Stadium

Teams

Hull KR 19 man squad: Maurice Blair, John Boudebza, Ben Cockayne, Jordan Cox, Kieran Dixon, James Donaldson, James Greenwood, Graeme Horne, Albert Kelly, Kevin Larroyer, Shaun Lunt, Tyrone McCarthy, Josh Mantellato, Tony Puletua, Liam Salter, Ken Sio, Dane Tilse, Adam Walker, Kris Welham.

Catalans 19 man squad: Morgan Escaré, Ben Pomeroy, Scott Dureau, Olivier Elima, Ian Henderson, Rémi Casty, Zeb Taia, Louis Anderson, Greg Mounis, Eloi Pelissier, Elliott Whitehead, Ben Garcia, Julian Bousquet, Antoni Maria, Jason Baitieri, Stan Robin, Fouad Yaha, Tony Gigot, Krisnan Inu.

Preview

Catalans Dragons will need to turn their disastrous away record around on Thursday night if they are to progress to the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup.

The Dragons’ impressive home record is overshadowed by poor performances away from the Stade Gilbert Brutus and they face a tough trip to Hull KR in the first Challenge Cup quarter-final on Thursday.

Catalans have only won away at Wakefield on their travels this season and are without Jeff Lima and Thomas Bosc who picked up injuries in last Saturday’s 32-12 home win over the Wildcats.

Ian Henderson, Julian Bousquet and Zeb Taia all return for the visitors having been rested last week, but head coach Laurent Frayssinous is unable to recall long-term absentees Vincent Duport, Michael Oldfield, Willie Tonga or Todd Carney.

Hull KR stole the show in the last round of the Challenge Cup with a memorable 16-12 win against Wigan. The Robins also overcame Bradford in the fifth round, and following a comfortable 36-10 win over Warrington last week, will fancy their chances of making the semi-finals.

Rovers are boosted by the return of hooker Shaun Lunt and prop Dane Tilse, with Greg Burke and Aaron Ollett dropping out of the 19-man squad which beat the Wolves last Friday.

The sides have met twice already this season, with Hull KR putting in a strong second-half display to beat the Dragons 50-20 at the KC Lightstream Stadium in March.

Catalans did avenge that defeat with a 32-24 home win, but will need to be at their best to progress on Thursday.

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