Written by Callum Walker
Friday 13th November, 19:45, Play-Offs, Halliwell Jones Stadium, Catalans Dragons versus Leeds Rhinos
It is perhaps a little harsh that Catalans are playing their home play-off tie at the home of the Warrington Wolves, but 2020 has been a funny old season all round. The Dragons have played the least games out of any side this year with just 12 and have played just one game in the past six weeks – a 42-24 loss to Salford. Leeds, meanwhile, have played six games in that time, including a narrow 20-18 triumph over Wakefield last time out.
Matt Whitley, Jason Baitieri, Sam Tomkins and Joel Tomkins are brought back into the Catalans squad as Benjamin Jullien, Lucas Albert, Arthur Romano and Joe Chan are omitted.
|21 Man Squad|
|Jason Baitieri||Julian Bousquet|
|Remi Casty||Tom Davies|
|Josh Drinkwater||Israel Folau|
|Ben Garcia||Mickael Goudemand|
|Sam Kasiano||Samisoni Langi|
|James Maloney||Michael McIlorum|
|David Mead||Sam Moa|
|Arthur Mourgue||Paul Seguier|
|Mickael Simon||Joel Tomkins|
|Sam Tomkins||Matt Whitley|
Coach: Steve McNamara
Matt Prior, Konrad Hurrell, Tom Briscoe and Richie Myler return for Richard Agar’s side, but Adam Cuthbertson, Tom Holroyd and Alex Mellor are out.
|21 Man Squad|
|Tom Briscoe||James Donaldson|
|Brad Dwyer||Rhys Evans|
|Brett Ferres||Luke Gale|
|Ash Handley||James Harrison|
|Konrad Hurrell||Kruise Leeming|
|Rob Lui||Rhyse Martin|
|Richie Myler||MIkolaj Oledzki|
|Matt Prior||Ava Seumanufagai|
|Cameron Smith||Alex Sutcliffe|
|Liam Sutcliffe||Bodene Thompson|
Coach: Richard Agar
Leeds were on the receiving end of a 34-6 hammering by the Dragons when they last met in September. That was the French side’s fourth victory in six games against the Rhinos.
Catalans Dragons by 8