Thursdays night Super League playoff semi-final matchup sees the playoff dark horses fresh off a 19-0 victory over the much-fancied Warrington Wolves travel to the south of France to play league leaders Catalans Dragons. The Dragons come into this game as the favorites especially after having the week off, they also have the advantage of playing at home in Perpignan.
Catalans deservedly finished top of the pile ahead of defending champions St.Helens after a tough season of Covid affected travel between England and their home in the south of France. They boast several representative players in their ranks including the likes of England’s Sam Tomkins and former NSW origin rep James Maloney. A Grand Final victory would do wonders for rugby league in France especially with fellow French team Toulouse the favourites to come up from the Championship.
The 21 man squad is as follows;
Mourgue, Davies, Langi, Whare, Yaha, Maloney, Drinkwater, Dudson, Mcllorum, Bousquet, Whitley, McMeeken, Garcia, Jullien, Goudemand, Laguerre, J.Tomkins, Chan, Kasiano, S.Tomkins, Dezaria.
Hull KR has had the most dramatic turnaround after finishing bottom of the league in 2020 to making the playoffs under the guidance of coach Tony Smith. They have a great blend of youth and experience in their ranks with the likes of ‘The Big Red Machine Kane Linnett who played over 180 games in the NRL and young dynamic half-back Mikey Lewis. The Robins key man is Jordan Abdull who has been in inspirational form this year with him been nominated for the prestigious Man of Steel award.
Hull KR 21 man squad ;
Crooks, SKD, Hall, Abdull, Vete, Sims, Takarangi, Linnett, Litten, Lawler, KIng, Storton, Dagger, Lewis, Keyes, Maher, Johnson, Mustapha, Tate, Whur, Keinhorst.