Jack Walker previews Catalans Dragons vs St. Helens. This is what we have to look forward to as third and first in the Betfred Super League go head to head.
Venue: Stade Gilbert Brutus
Kick-off: 17:00 BST
Last Five Meetings
St. Helens 48-2 Catalans Dragons (20/11/20)
St. Helens 50-14 Catalans Dragons (28/04/19)
Catalans Dragons 18-10 St. Helens (06/04/19)
Catalans Dragons 22-26 St. Helens (08/09/18)
St. Helens 16-35 Catalans Dragons (05/08/18)
Saturday evening’s hosts could hardly be in less consistent form, having alternately won and drawn their last four matches. Their impressive 38-18 away victory against Wakefield Trinity was sandwiched by two home defeats to Warrington Wolves; one of which in the Challenge Cup quarter finals, before the French side got back to winning ways with a hard-fought 27-10 triumph over Hull FC at the KCOM Stadium.
The visitors to the Stade Gilbert Brutus this weekend, meanwhile, are flying. Saints have made a perfect start to 2021, winning all six of their league games so far, and made the last four of the Challenge Cup after a close shave against Huddersfield Giants – edging the encounter 23-18.
It’s been over two years since Catalans last beat the current cream of the crop, but the 18-10 victory back in April 2019 will breed fire into the Dragons’ hearts – as will the stunning 35-16 win on their way to Cup glory in 2018. St. Helens, though, are a different beast now. They’ve scored a staggering 156 points and conceded just 34 – that’s less than one converted try per game – as they look to go about bossing the Super League yet again.
Hopefully Catalans can give them a run for their money to give us another enthralling meeting, and I’m sure they will, but the unchanged Saints should have enough.
St. Helens by 10.