MATCH PREVIEW | Leeds Rhinos vs Catalans Dragons

The Dragons travel to Headingley to face the new-look Rhinos



Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos are bottom of the table and staring straight at relegation. After a loss to St Helens last weekend, the Rhinos made a desperate move by replacing Matt Parcell and Tui Lolohea with the more experienced Shaun Lunt and Robert Lui. Only time will tell if the move pays off.

Catalans Dragons

The Dragons suffered a crushing 50-10 loss to Hull FC in Perpignan last week, and will be looking to get back to winning ways against Leeds. A win would see them consolidate fifth spot and put serious pressure on Wigan



Leeds Rhinos

Following a hectic week that saw the departure of Matt Parcell, Tui Lolohea and club captain Kallum Watkins, the Rhinos will be relying on Robert Lui and Shaun Lunt to have an instant impact.

Leeds  19-man squad: Walker, Briscoe, Hurrell, Handley, Myler, Cuthbertson, Singleton, Merrin, Dwyer, Sutcliffe, Ferres, Oledzki, Smith, Donaldson, Newman, Albert, Seumanufagai, Lunt, Lui

Catalans Dragons 

Lucas Albert and Arthur Romano have returned to the nineteen man squad.

Catalans 19-man squad: Broughton, Mead, Wiliame, Langi, Smith, Casty, Moa, Garcia, Bousquet, Simon, Jullien, Da Costa, Goudemand, Albert, Maria, Romano, Yaha, Kasiano, Tomkins



The two sides have had some memorable meetings in recent times. Last season’s fixture at Headingley was a thrilling spectacle with the Dragons narrowly taking the two points. The tables have turned somewhat with the historically dominant Rhinos now struggling and the Dragons having trophy ambitions.




Robert Lui (Leeds Rhinos) v Sam Tomkins (Catalans Dragons)

Leeds need Lui to immediately make a difference in an under-performing side. Failure to do so could see the Rhinos exit Super League this season. Sam Tomkins on the other hand is an example of a player who has settled into a new team well. The former Wigan man has been a pretty key part of a Dragons side that is turning heads this season with a very attractive style of rugby league. It will be interesting to see the two players do battle on Sunday.




Date: 30/06/2019
Venue: Emerald Headingley Stadium
Kick-off: 15:00


The Dragons should be too much for the Rhinos to handle. Catalans win 30-10.



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