Catalans Dragons vs Leigh Centurions Preview

The Lowdown

CATALANS DRAGONS

  • New Catalans head coach Steve McNamara was unable to inspire his side to a win in his debut game in charge as his side fell to defeat away at Warrington last weekend.
  • McNamara is boosted this week by the return of Justin Horo, Krisnan Inu and influential captain Greg Bird as Catalans' injury list has significantly reduced from just a few weeks ago.
  • The Dragons are currently in 10th place in the Super League table, four points behind 8th placed Wigan with a win absolutely imperative if the French side are to qualify for the Super 8s.

Head Coach: Steve McNamara

Squad: Paul Aiton, Louis Anderson, Jason Baitieri, Greg Bird, Julian Bousquet, Jodie Broughton, Remi Casty, Alrix Da Costa, Vincent Duport, Ben Garcia, Tony Gigot, Justin Horo, Krisnan Inu, Thibaut Margalet, Sam Moa, Richie Myler, Mickael Simon, Luke Walsh, Fouad Yaha

Unavailable: Luke Burgess (Knee), Thomas Bosc (Injured), Brayden Wiliame (Injured), Iain Thornley (Injured)

LEIGH CENTURIONS

  • Leigh fell to a disappointing defeat away at Widnes last week with that result enough to consign the Centurions to bottom place in the Super League table.
  • Neil Jukes includes new signing Daniel Mortimer after the halfback arrived from Australia this week. Dayne Weston has failed to overcome an ankle injury and will retire after this game.
  • Leigh could be the first Super League team to be confirmed in the Middle 8s this weekend, with the Centurions now looking to build some momentum in their task to stay in the league.

Head Coach: Neil Jukes

Squad: Jamie Acton, Mitch Brown, Lachlan Burr, Ben Crooks, Matty Dawson, Josh Drinkwater, Matty Fleming, Adam Higson, Harrison Hansen, Liam Hood, Sam Hopkins, Antoni Maria, Daniel Mortimer, Cory Paterson, Eloi Pelissier, Ben Reynolds, Glenn Stewart, Danny Tickle, Atelea Vea

Unavailable: James Clare (Knee), Dayne Weston (Injured), Gareth Hock (Injured), Gregg McNally (Injured), Ryan Hampshire, James Green, Dave Thompson, Micky Higham, Nick Rawsthorne

Analysis - what to expect
Catalans will be hoping their 'new coach bounce' comes a week late after Steve McNamara had his first full week in charge of the Dragons. His men face a Leigh side who will be certain of a place in the Middle 8s if they lose here, but that could also be confirmed if results go against them elsewhere this weekend. Catalans are in a poor run of form and have only won one of their last nine league games. However, bottom placed Leigh's form is arguably worse with just two wins in their last 13 Super League matches. The return of Greg Bird is huge for Catalans and with them approaching something close to a fully fit squad, they should claim a much needed win in their battle for the top 8.