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09 Jun 2018 by Ash Wheldon

2018 Super League – Catalans Dragons vs Widnes Vikings Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Saturday 09th June, 17:00

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-billetterie.com/uk/meeting/732/dragons-vs-widnes/stade-gilbert-brutus-perpignan/09-06-2018/18h00

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

CATALANS DRAGONS

Head Coach: Steve McNamara

Squad: Anderson, Bird, Bousquet, Casty, Drinkwater, Edwards, Garcia, Gigot, Goudemand, Jullien, Langi, Maria, McIlorum, Mead, Moa, Simon, Tierney, Wiliame, Yaha

Unavailable: Paul Aiton, Lucas Albert, Thibaud Margalet, Jason Baitieri, Jodie Broughton

  • Catalans’ good form continued as they progressed to the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup after knocking Huddersfield out last week. That followed an impressive win in the previous week over Leeds as they ran out 33-20 over the Rhinos.

  • New signing Kenny Edwards will make his Super League debut for the Dragons after his arrival from the Parramatta Eels. Jodie Broughton has picked up a knock so misses out with Fouad Yaha replacing him in the 19.

  • Catalans have won their last four matches in all competitions whilst the Dragons have also won four of their last six Super League matches on home soil.

WIDNES VIKINGS

Head Coach: Francis Cummins

Squad: Ah Van, J. Chapelhow, T. Chapelhow, Craven, Farnworth, Gilmore, Hanbury, Hauraki, Heremaia, Ince, Johnstone, Leuluai, Marsh, Mellor, Olbison, Runciman, B. Walker, Whitley, Wilde

Unavailable: Stanton Albert, Krisnan Inu, Keanan Brand, Gil Dudson, Chris Dean, Chris Houston, Lloyd White, Alex Gerrard, Wellington Albert, Hep Cahill

  • Widnes’ 6-19 defeat to Wakefield last time out was the straw that broke the camel’s back as Denis Betts was relieved of his duties as head coach. Francis Cummins has been named as interim head coach.

  • Weller Hauraki is in line to make his debut after he arrived at the club this week with Greg Burke and Ed Chamberlain going to Salford as part of the deal.

  • Widnes have lost their last eight Super League matches whilst they have failed to win on the road all season in the league including at Magic Weekend.

THE PREDICTION

Widnes will be hoping a new head coach can provide them with a vital boost to try and pull themselves off the foot of the table but Francis Cummins faces a tough first game in charge as his side travel to the South of France to face an in-form Catalans. The French outfit have hit a purple patch with four consecutive wins with the two that came in Super League propelling them up to 9th place in the table which has given them a shot at breaking into the top 8 and subsequently, avoiding the Middle 8s. Widnes might get a new coach ‘bounce’ but it might not be enough to see off the Dragons who are solid on home soil, especially combined with Widnes’ abysmal away record.