2019 Super League – Catalans Dragons vs Hull KR Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Catalans Dragons vs Hull KR taking place? Saturday 31st August, 17:00 (UK)

Where is Catalans Dragons vs Hull KR taking place? Stade Gilbert Brutus

What channel is Catalans Dragons vs Hull KR 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 Hull KR?

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

Hull KR – https://www.tickethour.co.uk/hkr-ww/showProductList.html

THE TEAM NEWS

CATALANS DRAGONS

Head Coach: Steve McNamara

Squad: Albert, Baitieri, Belmas, Bird, Bousquet, Edwards, Gigot, Goudemand, Jullien, Kasiano, Langi, Maria, McIlorum, Mead, Romano, Simon, Tierney, Wiliame, Whitley

Unavailable: Sam Moa, Jodie Broughton, Sam Tomkins, Fouad Yaha, Ben Garcia, Remi Casty

  • Catalans served up another poor display as they lost at home to London to leave their play-off hopes hanging by a thread but a win here over relegation threatened Hull KR will put them right back in the hunt.

  • A week off will have done the Dragons the world of good as they look to regroup whilst Michael McIlorum will return from suspension to provide them with a big boost on both sides of the ball.

  • Jason Baitieri is also back after a long injury lay-off but Ben Garcia and captain Remi Casty are both out with knocks whilst there is also no place in the squad for Alrix Da Costa who is replaced by Samisoni Langi who passed a late fitness test to feature against London.

HULL KR

Head Coach: Tony Smith

Squad: Addy, Atkin, Crooks, Dagger, Drinkwater, Hadley, Harrison, Hauraki, Keinhorst, Lewis, Linnett, Litten, Masoe, McGuire, Mulhern, Murray, Shaw, Tomkins, Trout

Unavailable: James Greenwood, Matt Parcell, Adam Quinlan, Craig Hall, Mitch Garbutt

  • Hull KR failed to turn up as they put in a shocking display in their relegation four-pointer against Wakefield last time out and must now contend with what looks to be sweltering conditions in the south of France as they face Catalans.

  • Rovers suffered a big blow against Trinity with influential fullback Adam Quinlan picking up an adductor injury that could end his season whilst his potential replacement has also been ruled out of this game.

  • Craig Hall will sit out along with prop Mitch Garbutt in two further blows for Rovers with Will Dagger set to deputise at fullback and he is joined in the squad by youngster Mikey Lewis who recently made his Super League debut and Owen Harrison.

THE PREDICTION

Catalans could not have performed any worse in their last two matches as their play-off hopes took a big hit. They can still make the top 5 but will need to show a great improvement on those last two efforts. They host struggling Hull KR who are missing some key players for this game and the return of Michael McIlorum could help the Dragons win. The conditions are set to play a big part with temperatures set to hit the 30s and that could give the French side another advantage.

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