Hull KR vs Catalans Dragons: Team news, match preview and score prediction

In a repeat of last year’s Super League semi-final, Hull KR host Catalans Dragons in a game which always seems to produce exciting rugby league.

This time, Hull KR are desperate for a win after their form has recently dropped off a cliff shortly after the revelation that Tony Smith will be leaving at the end of the year. It’ll be tough for them against a Dragons side who have started making headway up the table especially with a big win over Warrington last week.

So, can KR get back on track against the Dragons.

Team News:

The Robins have lost another player potentially for the season following Jordan Abdull’s injury with Brad Takairangi also been hit with a long term injury. Making matters worse, there’s no Matt Parcell despite signing a new deal just last week.

The Dragons have named an unchanged 21-man squad for the game. There’s still no Josh Drinkwater, Mike McMeeken, Samisoni Langi and Dean Whare through injury.

Match Preview – Key Battles:

Lachlan Coote vs Sam Tomkins: Two of the most experienced fullbacks in the league who contested last year’s Grand Final meet again here. The perfect fullbacks who can organise and create, the one who gets in control of this game may lead their side win.

Ryan Hall vs Tom Davies: Both of these players will be hoping to feature on the wing for Shaun Wane’s England side come the World Cup. Both strong hard working wingers who can also score tries for fun, they could come up with the big moments in attacking positions but also could give their team the ground work they need to get in control of the game.

Elliot Minchella vs Ben Garcia: Hull KR and Catalans will both look to these two to lead the way. Great leaders and workers, they embody what their respective teams are all about with Minchella playing expansive rugby and Garcia being uncompromising down the middle

Where the game will be won and lost:

Hull KR’s defeat to Castleford last week saw them nilled in consecutive league games. In fact, they’ve scored just 4 points in the last 240 minutes of rugby which is unlike them. Their attack needs to find its usual rhythm otherwise the Dragons could get on top of the Robins in the middle which could make it a long old afternoon for Hull KR.

Score Prediction: Hull KR 10-22 Catalans Dragons

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