2019 Super League – Catalans Dragons vs Leeds Rhinos Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Catalans Dragons vs Leeds Rhinos taking place? Saturday 23rd March, 17:00

Where is Catalans Dragons vs Leeds Rhinos taking place? Stade Gilbert Brutus

What channel is Catalans Dragons vs Leeds Rhinos 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 Leeds Rhinos?

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

Leeds Rhinos – https://tickets.therhinos.co.uk/PagesPublic/ProductBrowse/ProductAway.aspx?ProductSubType=AL

THE TEAM NEWS

CATALANS DRAGONS

Head Coach: Steve McNamara

Squad: Albert, Baitieri, Belmas, Bousquet, Casty, Da Costa, Edwards, Gigot, Goudemand, Langi, Maria, Romano, Smith, Tierney, Tomkins, Whitley, Wiliame, Yaha

Unavailable: Jodie Broughton, David Mead, Ben Garcia, Mickael Simon, Michael McIlorum, Benjamin Jullien, Greg Bird, Sam Moa

  • Catalans claimed their first away win of the season as they produced a gutsy fightback late in the game to defeat Hull KR last week and will be hoping that can be the catalyst to kick-start their season.

  • The Dragons lost Sam Moa, Greg Bird and Benjamin Jullien to injuries during the contest with Rovers and are all unavailable with the French side looking thin on the ground in the pack as a result.

  • Lambert Belmas and Antoni Maria come into the squad with Steve McNamara only naming 18 players for the time being as the Dragons look to push through Sam Kasiano’s registration which would be a huge boost considering who they have out.

LEEDS RHINOS

Head Coach: David Furner

Squad: T. Briscoe, Donaldson, Dwyer, Ferres, Handley, Holroyd, Hurrell, Jones-Buchanan, Lolohea, Merrin, Myler, Oledzki, Parcell, Peteru, Singleton, Smith, L. Sutcliffe, Walker, Watkins

Unavailable: Dom Crosby, Stevie Ward, Adam Cuthbertson, Carl Ablett

  • Leeds' season took another turn for the worse as they allowed London to score two late tries and condemn them to another defeat which means the Rhinos have won just one of their seven matches.

  • The Rhinos may turn to youth as they look to change their fortunes with some of their more experienced players struggling for form with Tom Holroyd retaining his place in the 19-man squad and Cameron Smith is also called-up.

  • Kallum Watkins returns to the squad having missed the last two games through injury but Adam Cuthbertson is out and Carl Ablett is still unavailable whilst Harry Newman misses out despite a couple of decent performances.

THE PREDICTION

Catalans secured a much-needed win over Hull KR with the Dragons showing plenty of resilience to earn their first away win of the season. Leeds on the other hand have hit rock bottom and last week's late defeat to London will be tough to overcome with the Dragons able to go back-to-back. They will have to overcome the loss of three forwards that all went down injured against Hull KR but could be boosted by Sam Kasiano making his debut after he arrived from Melbourne. It’s difficult to see where Leeds’ next win comes from but they will be facing a severely under-strength Dragons and if they cannot find a way to win in this one, David Furner’s future could be under serious threat.