Super League match preview: Catalan Dragons v Hull KR

Date: 25/4/15

Venue: Stade Gilbert Brutus

Kick off: 17:00 (GMT)

Referee: Richard Silverwood

Teams:

Catalan Dragons: 1 Morgan Escaré, 4 Willie Tonga, 5 Michael Oldfield, 6 Todd Carney, 7 Scott Dureau, 8 Olivier Elima, 9 Ian Henderson, 10 Rémi Casty, 11 Zeb Taia, 12 Louis Anderson, 14 Thomas Bosc, 16 Eloi Pelissier, 17 Elliott Whitehead, 18 Benjamin Garcia, 20 Damien Cardace,
21 Julian Bousquet, 22 Gadwin Springer, 24 Jason Baitieri, 27 Fouad Yaha

Hull KR: 6 Maurice Blair, 24 John Boudebza, 17 Greg Burke, 23 Terry Campese, 2 Ben Cockayne,   1 Kieran Dixon, 26 Sonny Esslemont, 20 James Green, 12 Graeme Horne, 7 Albert Kelly, 11 Kevin Larroyer, 4 Josh Mantellato, 13 Tyrone McCarthy, 21 Aaron Ollett, 28 Connor Robinson, 5 Ken Sio,
32 Dane Tilse, 8 Adam Walker, 19 Kris Welham

Last 10 meetings:

Hull KR 50-20 Catalan (SLR5 15/3/15)

Hull KR 14-32 Catalan (SLR26 7/9/14)

Catalan 37-24 Hull KR (SLR10 21/4/14)

Catalan 21-22 Hull KR (SLR19 22/6/13)

Hull KR 24-32 Catalan (SLR1 3/2/13)

Hull KR 10-13 Catalan (SLR18 22/6/12)

Catalan 20-12 Hull KR (SLR7 17/3/12)

Catalan 56-6 Hull KR (SLPOE 17/9/11)

Catalan 28-30 Hull KR (SLR26 3/9/11)

Hull KR 18-31 Catalan (SLR3 27/2/11)

Preview

Catalan Dragons host Hull KR on Saturday night on the back of two straight defeats and have only managed two wins from their last eight games.

The French side have been struggling with injuries of late, but are boosted by the return of star stand-off Todd Carney, who had his ribs broken in the draw with Salford in early March.

Full back Morgan Escare also returns to the squad after missing Sunday’s 38-14 defeat away at Huddersfield through injury. He replaces Stan Robin in Laurent Frayssinous’ squad.

However, Vincent Duport, Greg Mounis and Ben Pomeroy are all sidelined for the visit of Rovers, while Jeff Lima is suspended.

Prop forward Gadwin Springer has been called into the 19-man squad; the 22 year-old made his Dragons debut last year against St Helens.

Catalan’s under-19 utility back Fouad Yaha is again named in the preliminary squad and will be hoping to make his debut having not featured in last week’s defeat to the Giants.

Dane Tilse is set to make his Hull KR debut against the Dragons in France. The 6’5″ prop joined the Robins on a two and a half year deal earlier this month from Canberra Raiders. Tilse replaces Mitch Allgood who is out with a shoulder injury.

Chris Chester has made a further three changes to his squad that beat Bradford Bulls in last week’s Challenge Cup 5th round tie. James Donaldson is suspended after kicking Adam O’Brien in the victory at Odsal.

A knee injury rules out Liam Salter while Shaun Lunt stays at home to be with his wife as she is about to give birth.

21 year-old hooker Connor Robinson comes into the squad and will be hoping to make the second Super League appearance of his fledgling career.

Maurice Blair and James Green both return to the squad for the in-form Robins, who have won four of their last five games in all competitions.

Second-rower Kevin Larroyer is set to feature against his parent club – the French international is on loan at Rovers from Catalan.

The Dragons have had the edge of Rovers in recent games, winning seven of the two sides’ last ten contests. However, Rovers put 50 points on the French side last month and come into the game in better form.

Prediction: Dragons by 12

Catalan are a different proposition at home than on the road and with the likes of Carney and Escare returning, they should be posting plenty of points on Saturday. Shaun Lunt is a big miss for Rovers too, and I can still see the scoreboard attendant being kept very busy in this one.

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