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31 Aug 2018 by Ash Wheldon

2018 Super League – Castleford Tigers vs Catalans Dragons Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Saturday 1st September, 19:30

Where? The Mend-A-Hose Jungle

What channel is it on? Castleford Tigers vs Catalans Dragons will not be televised live

Where can I stream the match? N/A

Are tickets still available? https://tigers.mysportstickets.co.uk/

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

CASTLEFORD TIGERS

Head Coach: Daryl Powell

Squad: Clare, Clark, Eden, Gale, Holmes, Maher, Massey, Mata’utia, McMeeken, McShane, Millington, Milner, Moors, Roberts, Shenton, Trueman, Wardle, Watts, Webster

Unavailable: Alex Foster, Greg Minikin, Matt Cook, Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e, Jesse Sene-Lefao, Jamie Ellis

  • Castleford secured an important win in their last fixture as they defeated top 4 rivals Warrington. The Tigers were too good for the Wolves and went two points clear of them in the table as a result of the 28-18 victory.

  • In a massive boost for the Tigers, Daryl Powell has Luke Gale and Ben Roberts at his disposal again after long-term injuries whilst Adam Milner is also fit again. Jamie Ellis, Kieran Gill and Calum Turner make way.

  • Castleford are unbeaten in four of their last five home fixtures and will be hoping to continue that run here to edge closer to securing a semi-final berth.

CATALANS DRAGONS

Head Coach: Steve McNamara

Squad: Albert, Belmas, Bird, Bousquet, Casty, Da Costa, Drinkwater, Duport, Edwards, Garcia, Gigot, Goudemand, Jullien, Langi, Margalet, Mead, Moa, Tierney, Wiliame

Unavailable: Jodie Broughton, Louis Anderson, Mickael Simon, Fouad Yaha, Jason Baitieri, Michael McIlorum

  • Catalans made history last week as they won the Challenge Cup, the first time a non-English side have lifted the famous trophy. They proved too good for Warrington as they held on to claim a superb and momentous victory.

  • Jason Baitieri and Fouad Yaha drop out of the squad through injury whilst Michael McIlorum and Mickael Simon are afforded a rest.

  • With the Cup in the bag for the Dragons, attention now turns back to the league. Catalans are in eighth spot and can’t qualify for the semi-finals but will be hoping to end the season on a high after three consecutive Super League defeats.

THE PREDICTION

Catalans will have to overcome a week of partying having won the Challenge Cup last week with some players bound to be nursing a sore head. The achievement for the Dragons cannot be understated and they will have had every right to celebrate their success. They travel to Castleford for this league encounter with the Tigers having plenty on the line. They are looking to secure their place in the top 4 whilst the Dragons are already out of semi-final contention. After the energy-sapping contest last week, Catalans will struggle to back up here with Castleford claiming an important win.

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