Catalans Dragons vs Huddersfield Giants Preview

The Lowdown

CATALANS DRAGONS

  • Catalans head into this game needing to respond after their disastrous Challenge Cup exit, with the French side falling to a 62-0 humiliation at the hands of Hull FC.
  • The Dragons fielded a severely depleted squad against the black and whites because of a mountain of injuries but are able to recall several of their star players for this game.
  • Influential captain Greg Bird returns to the squad as well as Tony Gigot, Krisnan Inu, Paul Aiton and Ben Garcia, all of whom will provide a big boost for Catalans should they take to the field.

Head Coach: Laurent Frayssinous

Squad: Tony Gigot, Krisnan Inu, Fouad Yaha, Luke Walsh, Richie Myler, Sam Moa, Paul Aiton, Remi Casty, Greg Bird, Julian Bousquet, Ben Garcia, Vincent Duport, Mickael Simon, Iain Thornley, Lucas Albert, Alrix Da Costa, Paul Seguier, Ugo Perez, Jordan Dezaria

Unavailable: Justin Horo (Injured), Luke Burgess (Knee), Jason Baitieri (Wrist), Jodie Broughton (Injured), Brayden Wiliame (Injured), Louis Anderson (Injured), Thomas Bosc (Injured)

HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS

  • Huddersfield have produced some improved performances in recent weeks but have failed to turn those efforts into wins with just one win from their last six games.
  • Rick Stone is unable to call on the services of captain Danny Brough after he picked up yet another suspension. His loss has forced Huddersfield into the loan market, bringing in Martyn Ridyard from Leigh.
  • A win for Huddersfield would leave them just a point behind their opponents. On the flip side, a defeat could leave the Giants with a mountain to climb in order to avoid playing in the Middle 8s for the second season running.

Head Coach: Rick Stone

Squad: Jake Mamo, Jermaine McGillvary, Leroy Cudjoe, Lee Gaskell, Aaron Murphy, Sam Rapira, Ryan Hinchcliffe, Shannon Wakeman, Dale Ferguson, Kruise Leeming, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Oliver Roberts, Paul Clough, Nathan Mason, Sam Wood, Darnell McIntosh, Alex Mellor, Adam O'Brien, Martyn Ridyard

Unavailable: Danny Brough (Suspended), Tom Symonds, Ukuma Ta’ai, Michael Lawrence, Tyler Dickinson, Mikey Wood, Matthew English, Daniel Smith


Analysis - what to expect
An important game for both sides and one which could play a big part in their league placing come the end of the regular season. Huddersfield cannot afford to lose any many more matches if they are to finish in the top 8 and a game against a direct rival for one of the final spots presents a significant opportunity for them to stay in contention. However, the team news in this game could be crucial and the inclusion of Bird may give Catalans the edge to overcome a Brough-less Huddersfield side.