Salford Red Devils vs Catalans Dragons Preview

The Lowdown


  • Salford's fine season continued as they rose to 2nd in the Super League table with a victory over Leigh Centurions at Magic Weekend, which was their eight win in their last nine league matches.
  • Ian Watson has been able to name an unchanged squad thanks to being relatively injury-free heading into the weekend's double-header that could go a long way to defining Salford's season.
  • A win here as well as defeating Warrington on Monday would all but seal a top 8 spot ahead of the split in round 23 but more importantly, give Salford a good footing in their quest to finish in the top 4.

Head Coach: Ian Watson

Squad: Ben Murdoch-Masila, Craig Kopczak, Gareth O'Brien, Greg Johnson, Jake Bibby, James Hasson, Josh Jones, Junior Sa'u, Kris Welham, Kriss Brining, Lama Tasi, Logan Tomkins, Mark Flanagan, Michael Dobson, Niall Evalds, Olsi Krasniqi, Rob Lui, Ryan Lannon, Weller Hauarki

Unavailable: Todd Carney (Injured), George Griffin (Injured), Jordan Walne, Adam Walne, Lee Mossop


  • Catalans' poor form continued with a defeat at the hands of Huddersfield at Magic Weekend and that loss saw head coach Laurent Frayssinous relieved of his duties.
  • Interim coaches Jérôme Guisset and Michael Monaghan have named an 18-man squad as they hope to have Greg Bird's one-match ban overturned. Brayden Wiliame is the only other change to last week's squad, replacing the injured Ben Garcia.
  • Catalans have lost their last four Super League matches and now find themselves outside of the top 8 in the table, one point behind Warrington in 8th.

Head Coach: Jérôme Guisset and Michael Monaghan

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

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

Analysis - what to expect
These two sides meet with them both heading in different directions in the Super League table. Salford are a team in form and will be looking to consolidate their place in the top 4, whereas Catalans are on the lookout for a new head coach after mutually agreeing to part ways with Laurent Frayssinous this week after their poor form continued. Salford last tasted defeat on home soil on the 11th February in their opening game of the season against Wigan, and with Catalans being notoriously poor on their travels, only complacency should stop them adding another win here.