Catalans Playoff Push
Catalans Dragons moved into the top four over Easter and cemented that position with a 21-8 home win over early pace-setters Widnes Vikings last time out. This week they travel to a Hull KR side which recovered from a dreadful Good Friday collapse against local rivals Hull FC to pull off a stunning 30-10 victory at Headingley against Leeds Rhinos just a week later. Everyone seems to be beating Leeds at the moment (except Saints and Huddersfield) but nevertheless a win over the champions in their own back yard is something that would have seemed impossible when Rovers took just one point from their first six Super League games.
Yet building on that win won’t be straightforward for James Webster’s men. In years gone by they might have been fancied to see off an inconsistent, travel-sick Dragons outfit at the KC Lightstream Stadium. Yet Laurent Frayssinous’ side seem made of sterner stuff in 2016 and have already earned road wins at both Wakefield and Salford. Todd Carney is again out but the French side are boosted by the return to their ranks of Krisnan Inu following his suspension, and Louis Anderson. A win could see them climb as high as third depending on what happens to the Vikings in their home clash with Castleford, and will keep the top four claims of Hull FC on hold for another week.
Of the clubs who have played nine league games as opposed to ten only Warrington have scored more tries than the Dragons, although it is fairly workmanlike with only Saints having produced fewer offloads and only the troubled Huddersfield Giants having made fewer metres overall. Defensively the Dragons have a steel about them with Glenn Stewart and Eloi Pellisier both among the league’s top five tacklers and should, should they play to their potential, prove too strong for a Rovers team still trying to establish itself again.
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