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29 Mar 2018 by TSZ

2018 Super League – Salford Red Devils vs Catalans Dragons Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 30th March, 15:00

Where? The AJ Bell Stadium

What channel is it on? Salford Red Devils vs Catalans Dragons will not be televised live

Where can I stream the match? N/A

Are tickets still available? https://www.salfordreddevils.n...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

SALFORD RED DEVILS

Head Coach: Ian Watson

Squad: Bibby, Burgess, Evalds, Flanagan, Hauraki, Johnson, Jones, Kopczak, Lannon, Littlejohn, Lui, Mossop, Olpherts, Nakubuwai, Sa’u, Tasi, Tomkins, Welham, Wood

Unavailable: Manu Vatuvei, George Griffin, Tyrone McCarthy

  • After an impressive win against Hull FC, Salford failed to capitalise on that result and wasted the opportunity to win back-to-back games since May 2017. The Red Devils spurned plenty of chances as they were overturned by Widnes in a 24-16 defeat.
  • Ian Watson has made just one change from last week’s squad with Tyrone McCarthy making way for Luke Burgess after he recovered from injury.
  • Salford’s away woes continued last week but they now return to home soil where they have won two from three this season including the last two on the bounce with Catalans’ visit representing a great opportunity for their third consecutive home win.

CATALANS DRAGONS

Head Coach: Steve McNamara

Squad: Aiton, Baitieri, Bird, Broughton, Bousquet, Casty, Da Costa, Garcia, Gigot, Jullien, Langi, Margalet, McIllorum, Mead, Moa, Simon, Tierney, Wiliame, Yaha

Unavailable: Luke Walsh, Louis Anderson, Vincent Duport, Lucas Albert, Iain Thornley

  • Despite another poor performance which ultimately resulted in another loss for Catalans, Steve McNamara lives to fight another day but this weekend could be do-or-die for the head coach.
  • Catalans were comfortably beaten by Hull FC last week with the Dragons going down 42-16. The scoreline would have been worse had it not been for a couple of late consolation tries for the Dragons who remain rooted to the bottom of the table with just one win from seven.
  • Michael McIlorum is named in the 19-man squad despite pulling out in the warm-up last week. Benjamin Jullien and Alrix Da Costa return with Lucas Albert and Iain Thornley the men to make way.

THE PREDICTION

This game should see two teams fighting to improve but on last week’s evidence, both have plenty of improving to do and quickly. Salford had enough territory to beat Widnes but their execution was poor as well as their decision-making and they surrendered their lead late on. Catalans were poor throughout in their loss to Hull and it’s hard to see where they go under current head coach Steve McNamara. With a combined three wins from 14 games for these teams, it isn’t likely to be a classic and could come down to which team wants it most but Salford should have the edge at home.

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