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Paul Cooke labels Super League side “the real deal”

“Are they the real deal?” is a question that has been asked frequently in the 2023 Betfred Super League campaign about a great number of teams. Before a ball was kicked the question was asked of Ian Watson’s Huddersfield Giants and has sadly been answered with an emphatic no. Warrington Wolves and Daryl Powell were next and they have had a wobble themselves lately.

Even last year’s Grand Finalists Leeds Rhinos have gone from being convincing one week to certainly not the next.

Hull KR looked the real deal earlier this season but have struggled to find that consistency again after an injury crisis. Meanwhile, Salford Red Devils and certainly now the second place Leigh Leopards have been in the conversation.

But one team who was written off at the start of the year has quietly gone about their business and climbed their way up to top spot.

That is Steve McNamara’s Catalans Dragons who have been branded by Paul Cooke as the real deal.

“Why not. They look like the real deal to me,” he said on OurLeague.

“There was a game earlier in the season which got me thinking they could be up their this year.

“It was when they went to Wigan Warriors away and won.

“They were without a lot of their star players and their key players and they showed up to the DW Stadium with the right attitude and grinded out a win.

“They were a side who looked like they would get better as the season went on because they would bring back their star players.

“Now when they’re having injuries they’re replacing them with young French players who are now Super League players in their own right.

“You’re no longer replacing Mitchell Pearce with someone you don’t trust.”

He went on to add: “They’re the best team in the league for me. Especially when they get in front. There is no team that it is tougher to go behind against at the moment.”

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