Catalans against St. HelensSuper League
Saturday, May 22nd, 5:00 p.m.
Stade Gilbert Brutus
St. Helens travels to France to take on the formidable Catalans at the Sky Sports Arena on Saturday.
Both Catalans and St. Helens played with the Dragons against Hull FC on Monday, while Saints 2021 played theirs The Dragons have played six of their first eight games in England and coach Steve McNamara is looking forward to two home games with Saints on Saturday.
« The last time we fought was when we played at home – we didn’t play quite as well as we wanted – so we want to remedy this this time. »
« It’s the current champion in this week and we have Wigan the week after. We all know the schedule, but the focus is on this week and on playing well again. «
The Catalans know that they are proud against St. Helens on their defense, need to be at their best. They haven’t conceded more than two tries this season and have conceded two goals after beating Hull KR 25-0 and Salford 28-0.
However, the Dragons have some formidable gamebreakers like Sam Tomkins, James Maloney and Tom Davies in good shape.
The Dragons are fresh from this impressive 27:10 win over Hull and Saints coach Kristian Woolf expects his team’s unbeaten record to be put to the test.
» When you play against a team that is full of quality and confidence at the same time, it’s very difficult, but we’re really looking forward to it.
« It’s a good challenge for us. Forget the trip because other teams made the same trip and went over there and won and the Catalans have to do that trip every week. «
The Saints will go to Stade Gilbert Brutus that day and right after that Leave the final whistle but have to undergo a quarantine period on their return.
Morgan Knowles, who made his comeback on Monday after a thumb injury against Salford, says the team are ready for a quick turn.
« We have talked as a group and it’s kind of a smash-and-grab mentality – hop on, hop off, and do the job! « Knowles told Saints TV.
» This is probably going to be the biggest game we play had so far. The [Catalans] have done very well this year, so we expect a tough fight. «
The Catalans pushed Gil Dudson back from suspension, replacing front rower Jason Baitieri, who was injured in the Hull win.
St . Helens will remain unchanged from the team that played the double against Salford. Jack Welsby remains in the three-quarters in the absence of injured England international Tom Makinson.
St Helens 21-man squad: 1 Lachlan Coote, 3 Kevin Naiqama, 4, Mark Percival, 5 Regan Grace, 6 Jonny Lomax, 7 Theo Fages, 8 Alex Walmsley, 9 James Roby, 11 Joel Thompson, 13, Morgan Knowles, 14 Sione Mata’utia, 15 LMS, 16 Kyle Amor, 17 , Agnatius Paasi, 18 Jack Welsby, 19, Aaron Smith, 20, Joe Batchelor, 21 Lewis Dodd, 22 Josh Simm, 25 Dan Norman, 29 Ben Davies
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