Catalans Dragons vs Hull FC Preview

The Lowdown

CATALANS DRAGONS

  • Catalans' woes continued as they were hammered 50-12 away at Salford to fall to their six consecutive loss in all competitions as they continue their search for a new head coach.
  • Interim coaches Jérôme Guisset and Michael Monaghan are able to call upon Greg Bird after his one-match ban but must do without Brayden Wiliame.
  • Catalans need a win here to give themselves a chance of getting back into the top 8 and will hope their home record against Hull again comes into effect, with the Dragons claiming the spoils in five of the last seven contests between the two at the Stade Gilbert Brutus.

Head Coach: Jérôme Guisset and Michael Monaghan

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

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

HULL FC

  • Hull fell to a disappointing defeat at home to Leigh as the black and whites failed to respond to their poor showing in their previous game when they were nilled by St. Helens.
  • Lee Radford ruled out Marc Sneyd before the Leigh game but the scrum half made a surprise appearance, with the Hull coach confirming after the game he expects his playmaker to miss the next eight weeks through injury.
  • Hull are able to welcome back Gareth Ellis but injury doubts remain over their captain as well as winger Fetuli Talanoa, with both needing to prove their fitness before the game.

Head Coach: Lee Radford

Squad: Josh Bowden, Jake Connor, Jack Downs, Gareth Ellis, Brad Fash, Chris Green, Josh Griffin, Danny Houghton, Albert Kelly, Sika Manu, Steve Michaels, Mark Minichiello, Nick Rawsthorne, Jamie Shaul, Fetuli Talanoa, Carlos Tuimavave, Jansin Turgut, Danny Washbrook, Liam Watts

Unavailable: Dean Hadley (Jaw), Marc Sneyd (Foot), Scott Taylor (Elbow), Mahe Fonua (Hamstring), Jordan Thompson


Analysis - what to expect
Both sides head into this game with injury problems, with many players who could be involved either out or playing through the pain barrier. That doesn’t help when both look low on confidence with their recent form highlighting this. It could be a scrappy game with the team with the better fitness seeing the game out in what could be very humid conditions. Catalans are struggling with a lack of direction at the minute and coupled with Hull's solid away form, the black and whites are just given the nod to grind out a result here.