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SUPER LEAGUE PREVIEW: Hull KR vs Catalans Dragons

James Webster’s Hull KR will be looking to halt Catalans Dragons’ winning run when the two sides meet at the KC Lightstream Stadium on Thursday night, live on Sky.

LAST TIME OUT

Hull KR enjoyed a comfortable win at Headingley on Friday night, as Leeds Rhinos’ woes continue, with the visitors running out 30-10 winners to move above the Rhinos into 10th place. Shaun Lunt was instrumental in the win, as he came off the bench to replace the injured Terry Campese early in the contest after playing just 20 minutes so far in 2016. His return will be a massive boost, and Webster will be hopeful that the win away to the Champions will kick start the Robins’ season.

Catalans Dragons are in a rich vein of form, going into their trip to Hull off the back of four straight victories. Their latest was a hard fought home victory against a young Widnes Vikings side, as they kept a firm grip on fourth spot with a 21-8 win. They have also won three away games on the bounce, with their only defeat in England coming at the DW Stadium against Wigan Warriors in round one. If the French outfit can continue their good form on their travels, it could finally be the season that they challenge for the Super League title.

KEY BATTLE

The battle in the middle could be key to the outcome of this contest, and Rovers will have their work cut out against the dominant pack of the Dragons. The French outfit boasts a star studded middle unit, packed with former NRL stars such as Dave Taylor, Glenn Stewart and Willie Mason. KR will be hoping that Dane Tilse, Mitch Allgood, Chris Clarkson and co. are up to the task, and that they can replicate the fighting spirit and togetherness which was on show at Headingley. If they can do just that, they may cause another upset and pick up the two points.

PREDICTION

Webster seems to have brought in a great work ethic since taking the reins from Chris Chester, as the players are willing to fight for one and other. The victory at Leeds will fill the camp with confidence, however they are coming up against a Catalans side who are bang in form. Laurent Frayssinous looks to have found the formula to winning on the road, making the Dragons a dangerous side and a threat to the teams at the top. Catalans Dragons by 14.

SQUADS

Hull KR 19 man squad:

The news that Terry Campese is set for a six to eight week lay-off with a hamstring injury is a big blow to the hosts, however they will be delighted with the return of John Boudebza to the 19 man squad. Thomas Minns also returns in place of youngster Joe Wardill, who didn’t feature last week.

Mitch Allgood, Maurice Blair, John Boudebza, Chris Clarkson, Ben Cockayne, Kieran Dixon, James Green, James Greenwood, Graeme Horne, George Lawler, Shaun Lunt, Matty Marsh, Thomas Minns, Kieran Moran, Robbie Mulhern, Ken Sio, Iain Thornley, Dane Tilse, Adam Walker

Catalans Dragons 19 man squad:

Krisnan Inu and young halfback Stan Robin are named in the 19 man squad for the French side, replacing injured duo Todd Carney and Paul Aiton. Remi Casty and Justin Horo are also injured and unable to make the trip.

Tony Gigot, Jodie Broughton, Krisnan Inu, Vincent Duport, Pat Richards, Richie Myler, Louis Anderson, Glenn Stewart, Jason Baitieri, Dave Taylor, Julian Bousquet, Eloi Pelissier, Greg Mounis, Thomas Bosc, Olivier Elima, Morgan Escaré, Antoni Maria, Stan Robin, Willie Mason

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