Can the Vikings Down the Dragons In Perpignan?

Catalan host Widnes at the Stade Gilbert Brutus in Perpignan on Saturday, in the opening round of this year’s Super Eights.

These sides met in the league just two weeks ago, and they face off once more in Perpignan on Saturday for the third time this season.

The Dragons won the first meeting in the south of France back in April, but Widnes dominated proceedings in round 23, coming out on top and pretty fresh with 32-4 victory.

And that result was the epitome of Catalan’s recent form, which has seen them lose five successive games and slip out of the top four.

The Dragons have since been replaced by St Helens, and Laurent Frayssinous’ men will need to rediscover their early season form if they are to keep up the pace with the Saints.

Denis Betts’ boys sit in seventh, but could move up to sixth with a win, should Castleford lose to Hull on Friday.

The Vikings have secured contract extensions for both Corey Thompson and Hep Cahill this week, as the club look to kick on from making the top eight.

Thompson has scored two tries against the Dragons already this season, while Cahill has been a mainstay in his side’s pack throughout the season.

If Catalan are to take two points on Saturday, the performance of prop Dave Taylor will undoubtedly be key. ‘The coal train’ has tallied a try in each of his last two performances against this weekend’s opposition.

Catalan Dragons 19-man squad: Gigot, Broughton, Duport, Carney, Anderson, Aiton, Casty, Stewart, Horo, Baitieri, Taylor, Bousquet, Pelissier, Mounis, Bosc, Elma, Yaha, Escare, Garcia

Widnes Vikings 19-man squad: Ah Van, Brown, Buchanan, Burke, Cahill, J Chapelow, Dean, Farrell, Hanbury, Heremaia, Houston, Leuluai, Manuokafoa, Marsh, Mellor, Runciman, Thompson, White, Whitley

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