Dragons host Hull in playoff battle

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Catalans Dragons host Hull FC at the Stade Gilbert Brutus as the two sides look to cement their playoff positions.

In a Super League season which is tighter than never before, each point and each win is critical.

The Dragons will be hoping to improve on last weeks showing as they were beaten 30-12 by bottom club London Broncos last Saturday.

The Black and Whites on the other hand, picked up a real statement victory as they won 31-18 at playoff rivals Castleford Tigers.

Catalans are without Jason Baitieri after he received a one match ban for a dangerous tackle last week. But they do welcome back Sam Moa and Micky McIlorum.

As for Hull, they make three changes as Sika Manu, Josh Griffin and Josh Bowden are all available again. They replace Mark Minichello, Jack Brown and Jez Litten.

The match kicks off at 6pm UK time.

Key Battles

Sam Moa vs. Scott Taylor- Moa comes up against his former club, and without a doubt, his biggest competition from the opposition comes from Taylor, who has been a pivotal part of the Black and Whites rise under Lee Radford. Both are huge threats through the middle.

Tony Gigot vs. Jake Connor- Two vital players for both teams and immensely talented individuals. Both are also notorious losing their tempers and causing trouble, so if anything does spill over, don’t be surprised if either of these two are involved.

Prediction

The last time the two teams played here, Marc Sneyd won it in Golden Point Extra Time and it wouldn’t surprise me if something similar happened here. But I do think the away side are in better form so I will go for them for the win.

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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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