2020 Super League – Catalans Dragons vs Leeds Rhinos Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Catalans Dragons vs Leeds Rhinos taking place? Saturday 14th March, 2020 – 17:00 (UK)

Where is Catalans Dragons vs Leeds Rhinos taking place? Stade Gilbert Brutus

What is the expected weather for Catalans Dragons vs Leeds Rhinos? 15c in clear skies

What channel is Catalans Dragons vs Leeds Rhinos on? Catalans Dragons vs Leeds Rhinos will be shown live via Sky Sports red button

Where can I stream Catalans Dragons vs Leeds Rhinos? Catalans Dragons vs Leeds Rhinos will be streamed live on the Sky Sports YouTube channel

Where can I get tickets for Catalans Dragons vs Leeds Rhinos? Click here for the official Super League ticket section

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Leeds Rhinos 48-8 Catalans Dragons

THE TEAM NEWS

CATALANS DRAGONS

  • Catalans continued their solid start to the season as they were able to see off the challenge of Salford in last week's encounter and they will be hopeful of making it four wins from five as they host Leeds.
  • The Dragons will be without in-form fullback Sam Tomkins after he was banned for a trip against Salford and despite appealing the severity of the grading, the review panel deemed that it was correct meaning his two-game suspension will stand.
  • Benjamin Jullien also missing out through injury while Arthur Romano is dropped from the 21-man squad with Joel Tomkins and David Mead back in contention after injury issues and there is also a place for Lucas Albert.

21-man squad: Albert, Baitieri, Bousquet, Casty, Da Costa, Drinkwater, Folau, Garcia, Kasiano, Langi, Maloney, Maria, McIlorum, Mead, Mourgue, Seguier, Simon, Tierney, J. Tomkins, Whitley, Yaha

Unavailable: Sam Moa (Injured), Mickael Goudemand (Injured), Tom Davies (Injured), Benjamin Jullien (Injured), Sam Tomkins (Suspended)

Questionable: David Mead (Injured), Joel Tomkins (Injured)

LEEDS RHINOS

  • Leeds were far too good for Toronto as they racked up 66 points to make it 102 points scored in two matches whilst conceding just 12 but this will be a bigger test for them as they head to the south of France to face another side that have lost just once this season in Catalans.
  • The Rhinos could name the same 17 as last week with Richie Myler set to continue in the fullback role in Jack Walker's absence although Tom Briscoe will be hoping to make his long-awaited return from a serious knee injury.
  • He is included in the 21-man squad for the first time this season at the expense of Liam Sutcliffe who aggravated a knee injury of his own when featuring for Featherstone on dual-registration last week.

21-man squad: L. Briscoe, T. Briscoe, Cuthbertson, Donaldson, Dwyer, Gale, Greenwood, Handley, Holroyd, Hurrell, Lui, Martin, McLelland, Mellor, Myler, Newman, Oledzki, Prior, Seumanufagai, Smith, A. Sutcliffe

Unavailable: Kruise Leeming (Injured), Dom Crosby (Injured), Stevie Ward (Injured), Jack Walker (Injured), Liam Sutcliffe (Injured)

Questionable: Joe Greenwood (Match Fitness), Tom Briscoe (Injured)

THE PREDICTION

Catalans and Leeds have lost one game apiece so far this season and the two teams will now meet in an intriguing clash that will be played in front of an empty stadium because of coronavirus. The Rhinos have been very impressive in their last two games and although the Dragons will offer more than Toronto did last week, the Rhinos should be able to edge this with Sam Tomkins’ absence difficult for the Dragons to overcome.

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