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

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THE FACTS

When is Leeds Rhinos vs Catalans Dragons taking place? Wednesday 30th September, 2020 – 18:00 (UK)

Where is Leeds Rhinos vs Catalans Dragons taking place? Emerald Headingley Stadium

What is the expected weather for Leeds Rhinos vs Catalans Dragons? 18c, rain

What channel is Leeds Rhinos vs Catalans Dragons on? This game will not be shown live on TV

Where can I stream Leeds Rhinos vs Catalans Dragons? Season ticket holders can stream the match via the OurLeague app

Where can I get tickets for Leeds Rhinos vs Catalans Dragons? This match will be played behind closed doors

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

THE TEAM NEWS

LEEDS RHINOS

  • Leeds Rhinos were able to beat Hull KR for the second week in succession as they ran in over 40 points once again in their Super League clash which backed up their comfortable win in the Challenge Cup in the previous week.
  • Leeds improved their win percentage to 70% following that success but they will be hard pushed to earn a fourth consecutive league win as they rest almost their entire first team squad ahead of the weekend’s Challenge Cup semi-final.
  • Only Luke Briscoe and Adam Cuthbertson remain from last week’s 17 while Brad Dwyer, Bodene Thompson and Konrad Hurrell return from self-isolating. Cameron Smith and Jack Walker are also back in the mix following injury lay-offs.

21-man squad: L. Briscoe, Broadbent, Cuthbertson, Dwyer, Edwards, Evans, Ferres, Hall, Harrison, Hurrell, McConnell, McLelland, Mustapha, O’Connor, Smith, A. Sutcliffe, Tindall, Thompson, Walker, Walters, Whiteley

Unavailable: Dom Crosby, Stevie Ward

Questionable:

CATALANS DRAGONS

  • Catalans Dragons had to overcome some logistical problems just to make it in time for kick-off in last week’s clash with Warrington Wolves and despite the French side producing a solid first half effort, they were unable to stay in the contest in the second period.
  • The Dragons were forced to alter their travel plans when their chartered flight was unable to land before in Perpignan to pick them up so they had to drive to Toulouse and fly from there instead.
  • Catalans went toe-to-toe with the Wolves in the first half as they went in level at the break but the Dragons eventually lost by 14 points, although they have the luxury of naming an unchanged squad for this clash.

21-man squad: Baitieri, Belmas, Bousquet, Casty, Da Costa, Davies, Drinkwater, Folau, Garcia, Goudemand, Jullien, Kasiano, Langi, Maloney, McIlorum, Moa, Mourgue, J. Tomkins, S. Tomkins, Whitley, Yaha

Unavailable: Mickael Simon, David Mead, Lucas Albert, Lewis Tierney

Questionable:

THE PREDICTION

Leeds Rhinos have positioned themselves in a strong position in the hunt for the play-offs but they look willing to sacrifice the win in this one as they attempt to protect their squad ahead of their Challenge Cup semi-final at the weekend. They have named an almost unrecognisable 21-man squad for this clash with Catalans Dragons and in a game that the French side need to win, it looks a tall order for what will be an extremely under-strength Leeds side. Catalans have lost their last three in all competitions but showed some good signs in last week’s first half against Warrington Wolves. If the Dragons can maintain that level of performance for the full 80, they are likely to be too good for the Rhinos in this one and they can win by at least 14 points.

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