October 08, 2021 9:37 AM
Ash Wheldon

2021 Super League Grand Final – Catalans Dragons vs St. Helens Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Catalans Dragons vs St. Helens taking place? Saturday 9th October, 2021 – 18:00 (UK)

Where is Catalans Dragons vs St. Helens taking place? Old Trafford

Where can I get tickets for Catalans Dragons vs St. Helens? Click here for the official Super League ticket section

What channel is Catalans Dragons vs St. Helens on? Sky Sports Arena

Where can I stream Catalans Dragons vs St. Helens? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via the Sky Go app

THE TEAM NEWS

CATALANS DRAGONS

  • Catalans Dragons booked their spot in the Super League Grand Final for the first time thanks to a comfortable success over Hull KR in their semi-final clash and the French outfit will be out to make history.
  • Having won the League Leaders’ Shield, the Dragons will now look to add the major prize to their trophy cabinet but their chances could well hinge on the fitness of recently crowned Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel Sam Tomkins who will need to overcome injury to line-up at fullback.

21-man squad: Mourgue, Davies, Langi, Whare, Yaha, Maloney, Drinkwater, Dudson, McIlorum, Bousquet, Whitley, McMeeken, Garcia, Jullien, Goudemand, Laguerre, J. Tomkins, Chan, Kasiano, S. Tomkins, Dezaria

ST. HELENS

  • St. Helens now stand 80 minutes away from defending their Super League crown for the second time in succession with the three-peat very much on for the reigning champions after brushing Leeds Rhinos aside last week.
  • Saints had little trouble in securing their spot at Old Trafford but this will be a tougher test against a team that they have lost to on two occasions so far this season, although coming into this with what should be a settled side is a bonus for them.

21-man squad: Coote, Makinson, Naiqama, Percival, Grace, Lomax, Walmsley, Roby, Lees, Thompson, Knowles, Mata’utia, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Amor, Paasi, Welsby, Smith, Batchelor, Dodd, Wingfield, Davies

THE PREDICTION

The Super League season will reach its conclusion with what should be a thrilling Grand Final between Catalans Dragons and St. Helens. 15 years since they were handed a place in the league, the French outfit have the chance to make history here and stop St. Helens from achieving the same. Saints are looking for a third straight Super League title but they will not have things their own way in this contest. They have lost two of their three games against the Dragons this season, including when they blew an 18-point lead late in their Magic Weekend clash in September. That will give Catalans plenty of belief and if Sam Tomkins is fit enough to take his place in the side, the Dragons can push Saints all the way and will look a good thing with a +8.5 start on the handicap.

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