Hull host Catalans to open Challenge Cup Quarter Finals

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Hull FC play host to Catalans Dragons on Thursday in the first of the Challenge Cup Quarter Finals.

The home side are looking to bounce back after their 55-2 thrashing to Huddersfield Giants at Magic Weekend.

While the Dragons come in off the back of a well earned 25-18 win over Wakefield Trinity at Magic Weekend.

The last time the two sides met was at the KC Stadium, and the Dragons ran out 37-6 victors.

Hull have made three changes from that game at Anfield with Bureta Faraimo, Andre Savelio and Jez Litten all coming into the squad. Joe Westerman is out with a knee injury, whilst Kieran Buchanan and Masi Matongo miss out on selection.

The Dragons make two changes as Sam Tomkins and Michael McIlorum are both available for selection again. Lambert Belmas and Benjamin Jullien are the players to miss out.

Key Battles

Shaul vs. Tomkins- A full back who is touted for England in the future against a seasoned international. Make no mistake, these are two quality full backs. Both could hold the key to unlocking the game.

Taylor vs. Moa- Two hard hitting props that know how to get a try. Both players have been instrumental for their respective clubs success and the battle between the forwards will almost certainly involve these two.

Prediction

Given everything that has happened in the last few weeks, Hull will be looking for a reaction, but with the Dragons naming close to a full strength side, I can see the Dragons winning this one, by 10.

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Steven Hughes

I am a freelance journalist based in Liverpool, specialising in football, darts and rugby league
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