Catalans out to ‘break the mould’ by reaching Grand Final

Catalans will seek to make more history when they take on reigning champions St Helens on Friday night for a place in the Super League Grand Final.

Victory in the second semi-final at the Totally Wicked Stadium would enable the Dragons to become the ninth different Grand Finalist in 22 years, with a chance to become only the fifth team to win it.

Following their historic Challenge Cup final triumph in 2018, it would also cement the French club’s place among the game’s elite and realise the ambition of coach Steve McNamara.

“That has been our aspiration,” McNamara said. “In 2017 we were involved in the Million Pound Game and we were losing at half-time so we were 40 minutes from being in the Championship.

“From that game, we won the Challenge Cup, played a historic game in Barcelona which felt like a Cup final and now we’re one step away from the Grand Final.

“This is the next step for this team. There are only four teams who have ever won the Grand Final and one of those (Bradford) is in the Championship.

“For me, that’s a blight on the game, it’s about time someone broke that mould and hopefully we will have a crack at that next week.”

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