Hull KR vs Catalans Super League Round 5 Preview

Super League's new boys take a trip to the south of France to face a struggling winless Dragons side, Perpignan has always be a tricky place to find a win, even more so when this game is regarded as a must win for the French side.

The last time these two sides met was in round 6 of the Middle 8's, the Rovers narrowly missing out on the win, 20-19 was the final score, the Rovers last victory over Catalans is almost exactly 3 years ago, March 15th 2015 in a 50-20 victory, however, that victory came at home, Hull haven't picked up a win in France since the 22nd of June 2013 in another tight game finishing 22-21.

Catalans know just how valuable a win from this game could be, a loss would see the Dragons potentially 4 points behind the team sitting one spot above them in 11th, this is demoralising for the squad to look at and really dents their chances of avoiding the bottom four and Middle 8's. A win for the Robins is going to be equally as important as they look to take points from the sides around them, 2 points today would see them sit nicely in the middle of the table with three or four other teams also on 4 points.
Catalans Dragons - David Mead, Iain Thornley, Brayden Williame, Fouad Yaha, Remi Casty, Paul Aiton, Sam Moa, Louis Anderson, Benjamin Garcia, Greg Bird, Julian Bousquet, Mickael Simon, Jason Baitieri, Thibaud Margalet, Michael McIlorum, Lewis Tiermey, Benjamin Jullien, Lucas Albert, Tony Gigot.

Hull Kingston Rovers - Adam Quinlan, Thomas Minns, Andrew Heffernan, Ryan Shaw, Danny McGuire, Nick Scruton, Shaun Lunt, Mose Masoe, Maurice Blair, James Greenwood, Ben Kavanagh, Chris Clarkson, Tommy Lee, Robbie Mulhern, Liam Salter, Chris Atkin, Jordan Walne, Danny Tickle, Justin Carney.

The Dragons have always been a substantially better home team than they have away, the pressure is really on them to perform in this fixture, a loss would as good as ruin their chances of a spot in the 8 for me as teams are already 2 and 3 wins ahead of them. I think the combination of their home record against Rovers and the significance of this fixture to all involved I'm going to have to back the Dragons here by a margin of 6-12 points.



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