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SUPER LEAGUE PREVIEW: Catalans Dragons vs Hull KR

Catalans Dragons will be looking to recover from their Magic Weekend defeat to Wakefield Wildcats when they welcome Hull KR to Stade Gilbert Brutus, who will be reeling from their derby defeat to Hull FC.

Last time out

In the most dramatic game of Magic Weekend, Catalans Dragons were beaten by a 50 metre drop-goal from Jacob Miller as they lost 25-24 to Wakefield Wildcats. It was a loss which denied Laurent Frayssinous’ men a chance to go top of the Super League table, as they failed to capitalise on Warrington Wolves’ defeat.

Hull KR were beaten by their city rivals Hull FC for the second time this year, as the black and whites went top of the division with a 28-16 win. It was their fourth defeat in their last six games as they remain outside the top eight, with only eight regular season rounds remaining.

In the last meeting of the two clubs, Catalans were comfortable victors with a 40-0 triumph at the KC Lightstream Stadium.

Key Battles

Missing men: Both Terry Campese and Richie Myler will be missing from the halves for their respective clubs, meaning there will be a lot of pressure on their halfback partners come Saturday evening. KR’s Albert Kelly is a strike player when at his best with his ability to take on the defensive line and create something out of nothing, while the Dragons’ Todd Carney can control the game with his attacking nous and intelligent kicking game.

Forward momentum: Catalans’ success this year has come off the back of their forward pack gaining a go forward, with the likes of Dave Taylor, Remi Casty and Glenn Stewart eating up metres. Dane Tilse, Maurice Blair, Chris Clarkson and co. have their work cut out in the battle up the middle, if they allow the French pack to lay down a platform their strike players could flourish.

Wide threat: Jodie Broughton ended his two game drought with a double in Catalans’ defeat to Wakefield, but before that he had crossed for eight tries in three outings. Ken Sio may have drawn a blank in the derby defeat, but he still has four tries in as many games going into the trip to France. If the ball finds its way to either of these wingers, we could see some spectacular finishes.

Prediction

The last time the Robins came away from Perpignan with two points was back in 2013 when they edged a thriller 22-21. However, it is more likely to be a repeat of the 40-0 win for Catalans earlier in the year. Catalans Dragons by 20.

Squads

Catalans Dragons 19 man squad: Tony Gigot, Jodie Broughton, Vincent Duport, Pat Richards, Todd Carney, Louis Anderson, Remi Casty, Glenn Stewart, Justin Horo, Jason Baitieri, Dave Taylor, Julian Bousquet, Eloi Pelissier, Greg Mounis, Thomas Bosc, Fouad Yaha, Antoni Maria, Lucas Albert, Romain Navarrete

Hull KR 19 man squad: Ken Sio, Iain Thornley, Albert Kelly, Adam Walker, Shaun Lunt, Maurice Blair, Chris Clarkson, Kevin Larroyer, James Donaldson, James Green, Dane Tilse, John Boudebza, James Greenwood, Matty Marsh, George Lawler, Robbie Mulhern, Joe Wardill, Joe Cator, Will Jubb

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