St Helens v Catalans Dragons preview

Catalans Dragons travel to St Helens on Thursday night knowing that a win would move them level on points with Super League leaders Warrington Wolves.

The hosts sit 6th in the table after an inconsistent start to the season, but were victorious against the Wolves last time out despite being without several first-teamers.

Kieron Cunningham’s men are boosted by the return to the squad of prop Lama Tasi, while youngsters Jake Spedding, Morgan Kowles and Jack Ashworth retain their places following last weeks triumph at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

The visitors will be without Eloi Pellissier for the trip to Langtree Park; the hooker has been given a two-game ban for a dangerous tackle on Hull KR’s Adam Walker last week. Under 19’s hooker Alrix Da Costa comes into Laurent Frayssinous’ 19-man squad.

The Dragons are boosted by the return to the squad of half back Todd Carney, Justin Horo and skipper Remi Casty who replace Morgan Escare, Antoni Maria and Stan Robin.

Squads:

St Helens 19-man squad: 3. Jordan Turner, 7. Luke Walsh, 8. Alex Walmsley, 9. James Roby, 10. Kyle Amor (pictured), 12. Jon Wilkin, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Lama Tasi, 15. Greg Richards, 16. Andre Savelio, 19. Theo Fages, 20. Joe Greenwood, 21. Matty Dawson, 22. Jack Owens, 23. Shannon McDonnell, 27. Jack Ashworth, 28. Morgan Knowles, 29. Ricky Bailey, 33. Jake Spedding.

Catalans Dragons 19-man squad: 1. Tony Gigot, 2. Jodie Broughton, 3. Krisnan Inu, 4. Vincent Duport, 5. Pat Richards, 6. Todd Carney, 7. Richie Myler, 8. Louis Anderson, 10. Rémi Casty, 11. Glenn Stewart, 12. Justin Horo, 13. Jason Baitieri, 14. Dave Taylor, 15. Julian Bousquet, 17. Gregory Mounis, 18. Thomas Bosc, 19. Olivier Elima, 28. Alrix Da Costa, 29. Willie Mason.

Form

Catalans come into the game on the back of five straight wins and seven victories in their last eight – including their last four away fixtures.

Meanwhile, Saints are without a win at Langtree Park since March 11th when they dispatched Wakefield, and their inconsistent form has seen them win three and lose three of their last six matches.

Last six games head to head

Catalans Dragons 26-16 St Helens 8/8/15

Catalans Dragons 33-26 St Helens 9/5/15

St Helens 18-7 Catalans Dragons 6/2/15

St Helens 30-12 Catalans Dragons 2/10/14

Catalans Dragons 42-0 St Helens 14/6/14

St Helens 40-22 Catalans Dragons 14/3/14

Prediction: Dragons by 6 – This is an intriguing match up and could go either way. The Dragons have been on form of late and seem to have finally beaten their usual travel sickness with a good run of away victories. Todd Carney’s return is huge and will help offset the loss of Pellissier. While it is foolish to write-off Saints, as we saw last week, Catalans should have just too much for them on Thursday night.

 

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