2019 Super League – Catalans Dragons vs Castleford Tigers Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Catalans Dragons vs Castleford Tigers taking place? Monday 22nd April, 17:00

Where is Catalans Dragons vs Castleford Tigers taking place? Stade Gilbert Brutus

What channel is Catalans Dragons vs Castleford Tigers on in the UK? Sky Sports Arena

Where can I stream the match in the UK? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

Where can I get tickets for Catalans Dragons vs Castleford Tigers?

Catalans Dragons – https://www.dragons-billetterie.com/uk

Castleford Tigers – https://tigers.mysportstickets.co.uk/

THE TEAM NEWS

CATALANS DRAGONS

Head Coach: Steve McNamara

Squad: Albert, Baitieri, Bird, Bousquet, Casty, Da Costa, Edwards, Gigot, Goudemand, Jullien, Kasiano, Langi, Mead, Moa, Romano, Tierney, Tomkins, Whitley, Wiliame

Unavailable: Jodie Broughton, Mickael Simon, Michael McIlorum, Fouad Yaha, Ben Garcia, Matty Smith

  • Catalans bounced back from their disappointing golden point defeat against Hull FC as they were big winners over London Broncos to keep themselves in the hunt for a top 5 spot and now host one of their rivals for that in Castleford.

  • The Dragons were strong defensively as they kept the Broncos scoreless in the first half before allowing just one try in the second half as the French side were able to claim a comfortable 6-39 victory.
  • Matty Smith is still unfit for action despite being named in the squad for the London game and drops out on the 19 here along with Lambert Belmas with David Mead back from injury and Brayden Wiliame available following the completion of his one-match ban.

CASTLEFORD TIGERS

Head Coach: Daryl Powell

Squad: Aston, Clare, Clark, Clarkson, Eden, Egodo, Maher, Massey, Mata’utia, McMeeken, McShane, Milner, Minikin, Moors, Peachey, Shenton, Smith, Trueman, Watts

Unavailable: Luke Gale, Jamie Ellis, Jordan Rankin, Alex Foster, Matt Cook, Grant Millington, Cheyse Blair, Oliver Holmes, Jesse Sene-Lefao

  • Castleford almost blew a huge lead over local rivals Wakefield but managed to hang on to claim the two competition points which keeps the Tigers in the hunt at the top of the Super League table.

  • Despite racing into a 22-0 lead and heading into the final quarter with a 28-8 scoreline in their favour, the Tigers allowed Trinity to bag three tries to close the gap to just two points but they did just enough to see out the game.

  • Jesse Sene-Lefao and Oliver Holmes suffered injuries last week and will miss out here whilst youngsters Jacques O’Neill and Calum Turner are also left out but Paul McShane is back from a ban and is joined in the 19-man squad by Chris Clarkson, Lewis Peachey and Tuoyo Egodo.

THE PREDICTION

Catalans secured a priceless away as they proved to be far too good for London and will now look to make it back-to-back wins as they host Castleford. The Tigers will travel with numerous players out injured and will need to dig deep to find a result in the south of France. They almost surrendered a big lead against local rivals Wakefield on Thursday and that energy-sapping effort may have taken a lot out of them with Catalans able to find more to claim the win on home soil.