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09 Feb 2018 by TSZ

2018 Super League – Catalans Dragons vs St Helens Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Saturday 10th February, 17:05

Where? Stade Gilbert Brutus

What channel is it on? Sky Sports Arena

Where can I stream the match? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

Are tickets still available? https://www.dragons-billetteri...

THE LOWDOWN

CATALANS DRAGONS

Head Coach: Steve McNamara

Squad: Squad: Albert, Baitieri, Bird, Bousquet, Broughton, Casty, Da Costa, Duport, Garcia, Jullien, Margalet, Maria, McIllorum, Mead, Simon, Thornley, Tierney, Walsh, Wiliame

Unavailable: Louis Anderson, Paul Aiton, Samisoni Langi, Sam Moa

  • Catalans produced a terrible second half display as they conceded 28 points to end up on the wrong end of a heavy scoreline in their opening game of the season as Widnes beat them 40-12.
  • Steve McNamara has been forced into making three changes to his squad with Paul Aiton and Samisoni Langi picking up knocks last week whilst Sam Moa is banned. Greg Bird, Alrix Da Costa and Thibaud Margalet are their replacements.
  • Catalans have scored a minimum of 24 points in six of their last seven Super League fixtures against Saints but will need a huge improvement on last week’s effort to improve that record.

ST HELENS

Head Coach: Justin Holbrook

Squad: Amor, Barba, Douglas, Fages, Grace, Knowles, Lomax, Makinson, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Percival, Peyroux, Richardson, Roby, Smith, Swift, Taia, Thompson, Walmsley, Wilkin

Unavailable: Ryan Morgan

  • St Helens got their season off to the perfect start as they demolished last season’s beaten Grand Finalists Castleford in dominant fashion, running out 46-6 victors.
  • Justin Holbrook makes just the one enforced change from last week’s 19-man squad with Ryan Morgan making way for Adam Swift due to injury. Ironically, Swift’s return could be good for Saints as he’s scored 12 tries in his last eight Super League games against the Dragons.
  • After last week’s impressive performance, Saints head to the South of France confident of beating a side they have only beaten once in the last five Super League games away from home.

KEY STATS

  • Catalans Dragons have won 4 of the last 5 home Super League meetings between the two sides
  • There has been a total of 314 points scored in the last 6 Super League meetings between the two sides at an average of 52.3 per game
  • Catalans Dragons have scored a minimum of 24 points in 6 of the last 7 Super League meetings between the two sides
  • St Helens' Adam Swift has scored 12 tries in the last 8 Super League meetings between the two sides
  • The first try has been scored inside the opening 10 minutes in the last 5 Super League meetings between the two sides

THE PREDICTION

St Helens produced arguably the performance of the round on the opening weekend whereas it was the opposite for Catalans as their shoddy display at Widnes got a lot of air time for the wrong reasons. With confidence already low, Catalans will not be relishing facing Saints after their thumping win over Cas. Despite having the better of recent encounters when on home soil, another big defeat is on the cards for Catalans here.

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