2018 Super League – Hull KR vs Catalans Dragons Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Thursday 15th February, 19:35

Where? KCOM Craven Park

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? http://www.tickethour.co.uk/hk...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

HULL KR

Head Coach: Tim Sheens

Squad: Atkin, Blair, Carney, Clarkson, Jewitt, Kavanagh, Lee, Lunt, Marsh, Masoe, McGuire, Minns, Mulhern, Oakes, Quinlan, Salter, Shaw, Tickle, Walne

Unavailable: Nick Scruton, George Lawler, Danny Addy, Josh Johnson, James Donaldson, Andrew Heffernan, James Greenwood

  • Hull KR put in a much improved display from their opening round loss against Wakefield but ultimately fell short against defending champions Leeds Rhinos.
  • Tim Sheens’ injury list is growing with James Greenwood and Andrew Heffernan added to the list. New signing Danny Tickle is named in the 19-man squad for the first time and could make his debut with youngster Will Oakes also named.
  • Catalans couldn’t take advantage of St Helens going down to 12 men following Morgan Knowles’ red card in the 52nd minute as they were defeated 12-21.

CATALANS DRAGONS

Head Coach: Steve McNamara

Squad: Aiton, Albert, Baitieri, Belmas, Bird, Bousquet, Broughton, Casty, Da Costa, Duport, Garcia, Margalet, Mead, Simon, Thornley, Tierney, Walsh, Wiliame, Yaha

Unavailable: Louis Anderson, Samisoni Langi, Sam Moa, Benjamin Jullien, Michael McIllorum

  • Steve McNamara has had some mixed news on the squad front this week, losing hooker Michael McIllorum to injury but seeing Paul Aiton return in the same position. Lambert Belmas has been a late addition to the 19-man squad with Benjamin Jullien failing to overturn a suspension.
  • Catalans have won 11 of the last 14 games between the two sides but will be short on confidence having lost their opening two matches this season.
  • Rovers will be hoping for their first win of the season here but face a side that they have conceded at least 20 points or more against in 15 of the last 16 meeting in all competitions.

KEY STATS

  • Catalans Dragons have won 11 of the last 14 meetings between the two sides in all competitions
  • There has been a total of 313 points scored in the last 6 meetings between the two sides in all competitions at an average of 52.2 per game
  • Catalans Dragons have scored 20 points or more in 15 of the last 16 meetings between the two sides in all competitions
  • There has been a total of 55 tries scored in the last 6 meetings between the two sides in all competitions at an average of 9.2 per game
  • Catalans Dragons have scored the first try in 5 of the last 6 meetings between the two sides in all competitions

THE PREDICTION

At least one of these sides will pick up their first point or points of the season in a match-up between two of Super League’s early strugglers. Hull KR nearly pulled off a huge win last week but were toppled by Leeds late on. Catalans were also denied despite facing 12 men for 28 minutes. Neither side inspire belief but Catalans might just have the edge having dominated recent meetings between the two.