2018 Super League – St Helens vs Catalans Dragons Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Thursday 03rd May, 19:45

Where? Totally Wicked Stadium

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.saintsrlfc.com/tic...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

ST HELENS

Head Coach: Justin Holbrook

Squad: Amor, Barba, Costello, Douglas, Fages, Grace, Knowles, Lomax, Lees, Makinson, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Morgan, Percival, Peyroux, Richardson, Smith, Taia, Thompson, Wilkin

Unavailable: Alex Walmsley, Matty Lees

  • St Helens were reduced to 12-men in the first half against Salford last week but it didn’t stop them hammering their hosts. Matty Lees was sent off for a dangerous tackle but Saints still ran in 11 tries as they condemned the Red Devils to a 10-60 defeat.
  • Despite being stretchered off in the win last week, star man Ben Barba has been named in the 19-man squad alongside skipper James Roby who returns from a rib injury. Adam Swift has also recovered from injury to take his place with Lees suspended and Matty Costello also dropping out.
  • St Helens have scored 126 points in their last two games and will fancy another big score against Catalans. Saints are averaging a massive 32.9 points per game in attack this season whilst the Dragons are conceding 26.6 on average.

CATALANS DRAGONS

Head Coach: Steve McNamara

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

Unavailable: Paul Aiton, Fouad Yaha, Lucas Albert, Thibaud Margalet, Mickael Simon, David Mead

  • Catalans are finally off the bottom of the Super League table after a surprise win over Hull FC last week. The Dragons were helped by new signing Josh Drinkwater who added more structure to the French side’s attack as Tony Gigot’s late drop goal sealed a 25-24 win.
  • Mickael Simon and David Mead both sustained injuries in the win last week and drop out of the 19-man squad as a result with Alrix Da Costa and Iain Thornley taking their places.
  • With just their third win of the season, Catalans now sit level on points with two other teams outside of the top 8. Whilst it would take a string of good results to avoid the Middle 8s, Catalans have something to build on following last week’s win.

THE PREDICTION

St Helens produced another brilliant attacking display as they notched 60 points for the second time in two games. After posting 66 against Huddersfield, Salford were on the receiving end of 60 points last week and that was with Saints playing more than a half with 12-men. Catalans are their next opponents and Saints will fancy another big score, especially with skipper James Roby back in the mix. The Dragons will be keen to build on last week’s win over Hull and that might see some renewed effort from the French outfit. However, this is the worst possible game to back up that win with Saints far too good at the moment.