Super League Super 8s Preview: Catalans Dragons v Castleford Tigers

Date: 22/08/15

Venue: Stade Gilbert Brutus

Kick Off: 17:00 (GMT)

Referee: Ben Thaler

Catalans Dragons: 1 Morgan Escaré, 3 Ben Pomeroy, 6 Todd Carney, 7 Scott Dureau, 8 Olivier Elima, 9 Ian Henderson, 11 Zeb Taia, 12 Louis Anderson, 14 Thomas Bosc, 15 Jeff Lima, 16 Eloi Pelissier, 17 Elliott Whitehead, 18 Ben Garcia, 21 Julian Bousquet, 23 Antoni Maria, 24 Jason Baitieri, 28 Tony Gigot, 30 Krisnan Inu, 31 Jordan Sigismeau

Castleford Tigers: 5 Justin Carney, 12 Matt Cook, 1 Luke Dorn, 21 Liam Finn, 7 Luke Gale, 26 Ashley Gibson, 11 Oliver Holmes, 8 Andy Lynch, 13 Nathan Massey, 24 Mike McMeeken, 35 Paul McShane, 10 Grant Millington, 9 Adam Milner, 16 Junior Moors, 6 Ben Roberts, 4 Michael Shenton, 34 Gadwin Springer, 3 Jake Webster, 19 Scott Wheeldon.
Last 10 Meetings:

Castleford 36-28 Catalans (SLR13 3/5/15)

Catalans 13-12 Castleford (SLR2 14/2/15)

Catalans 28-6 Castleford (SLR27 13/9/14)

Castleford 32-6 Catalans (SLR2 23/2/14)

Catalans 39-30 Castleford (SLR15 18/5/13)

Castleford 17-17 Catalans (SLR4 24/2/13)

Castleford 26-46 Catalans (SLR26 2/9/12)

Catalans 28-20 Castleford (SLR3 18/2/12)

Catalans 54-20 Castleford (SLR19 25/6/11)

Castleford 34-24 Catalans (SLR5 12/3/11)

Castleford Tigers travel to the Stade Gilbert Brutus on Saturday to take on Catalans Dragons in what is a must-win game for Daryl Powell’s men.

The Tigers currently sit in 5th place in the Super 8s table, two points behind Huddersfield Giants and St Helens who are 3rd and 4th respectively.

However, Perpignan hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for Cas in recent years, their last win in the South of France came way back in March 2010.

Prop forward Gadwin Springer is in line to face his former club for the first time since his move to the Jungle earlier this summer.

Another recent recruit, hooker Paul McShane, is also in Daryl Powell’s squad having missed last week’s nail-biting victory over Warrington Wolves.

Scott Wheeldon also makes the trip over the Channel, with Michael Channing and Ryan Boyle dropping out of the 19-man squad.

Powell, the reigning Super League Coach of the Year, revealed that he and his players will be travelling to and from France on game day: “Usually with this trip Thursday gets taken up with travel and you have one session the day before, generally in pretty extreme heat,” the 50 year-old told the Pontefract and Castleford Express.

“You try and keep the boys out of the sun but just walking around in it takes its toll.

“By going there and back in the same day obviously you have to get up a bit earlier, but I don’t see any reason why we can’t manage it.”

Meanwhile, the Dragons, who sit 10 points off the top four with five games to play, are still beset by injuries.

Captain Remi Casty is ruled out while Vincent Duport, Michael Oldfield, Greg Mounis and Fouad Yaha are all sidelined for the visit of the Tigers.

Head coach Laurent Frayssinous makes just one change from the squad that lost to Huddersfield last week with Ben Pomeroy returning from a one-match suspension to replace Willie Tonga.

Defeat for the hosts will certainly end their slim hopes of reaching the play-offs, however only Leeds Rhinos and Huddersfield Giants have won at the Gilbert Brutus since the start of August last year.

Castleford go into the game in better form than their hosts, having won eight of their last 10 Super League matches, including their opening two Super 8 games. In contrast Catalans have triumphed just once in their last half dozen league matches.

Justin Carney, who is in great try scoring form at present with six tries his last four games, has notched up four touch downs in his last two appearances against Catalans.
Prediction: Dragons by 12 – Five straight home wins over Cas for the Dragons suggests that the Tigers don’t like travelling to Perpignan and the weather forecast is for a hot evening which will make life even more uncomfortable for the visitors. There is virtually no pressure on the home side either, so they can be expected to throw the ball around and heap pressure on the Tigers’ defence with their expansive style.


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