2018 Super League – Catalans Dragons vs Hull FC Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Saturday 28th April, 17:00 (UK)

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 STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

CATALANS DRAGONS

Head Coach: Steve McNamara

Squad: Anderson, Baitieri, Bird, Bousquet, Broughton, Casty, Duport, Garcia, Gigot, Jullien, Langi, Maria, McIlorum, Mead, Moa, Simon, Tierney, Wiliame,

Unavailable: Paul Aiton, Fouad Yaha, Lucas Albert, Iain Thornley, Thibaud Margalet, Alrix Da Costa

  • Catalans were given a scare by League 1 side York last week in their Challenge Cup encounter but the Dragons managed to hang on for the win. It was a welcome win for the French side after they were hammered 41-0 by Castleford in their last Super League contest.
  • Luke Walsh has been forced into early retirement after he was unable to overcome an ankle injury. The Dragons have moved quickly to replace him with the signing of Josh Drinkwater who is awaiting RFL clearance to make his debut with Catalans leaving a gap in their 19-man squad for him.
  • The win last week was just the third from 12 games in all competitions for the Dragons. They remain rooted to the foot of the Super League table with the worst attack in the league, scoring just 142 points from their 11 games.

HULL FC

Head Coach: Lee Radford

Squad: Bowden, Connor, Faraimo, Griffin, Hadley, Houghton, Kelly, Lane, Manu, Matongo, Miloudi, Minichiello, Paea, Shaul, Sneyd, Talanoa, Taylor, Tuimavave, Washbrook

Unavailable: Brad Fash, Chris Green

  • Hull won a thrilling contest against Leeds last week. The Black and Whites were 14-0 up before going behind to a solid fightback by the Rhinos but Marc Sneyd’s late drop goal secured a 19-18 victory for his side.
  • Lee Radford makes two changes to his 19-man squad with Chris Green missing out through injury along with Jez Litten. Danny Washbrook returns whilst Hakim Miloudi also receives a call-up.
  • Hull have won five of their last six matches as they head to the South of France in good form. Their win against Widnes in their last away game was just their second away from home all season but they will view this as a great chance to improve that record.

THE PREDICTION

Catalans return to Super League action after they managed to see off York in the Challenge Cup last week with them hosting Hull FC. The Black and Whites were in Super League action last week as they defeated reigning champions Leeds Rhinos in a nail-biting affair. Catalans were soundly beaten in their last Super League game with Steve McNamara still under intense pressure to retain his job as his side prop-up the table. Hull have jumped into fourth place after an inconsistent start to the season and will be seeking a big win here to continue their good form as Lee Radford’s side look to keep up the pace with the front-runners as we approach the midway point of the regular season.