SL Preview: Castleford v Catalan

Catalan will be without suspended pair Julian Bousquet and Brent Webb for their trip to Castleford on Sunday.

Half-back Scott Dureau is still missing, although he is due back in Perpignan to resume training. Lopini Paea is recovering from surgery too, although Greg Mounis returns following a finger injury.

Castleford playmaker Rangi Chase is also out through suspension.

Tigers fans’ will be hoping for a positive result on the field, after an interesting week off the pitch that saw the resignation of chief executive Steve Ferres.

Castleford 19-man squad: Carney, Shenton, Webster, Dixon, Ellis, Walker, Clark, Huby, Gilmour, Hauraki, Millington, Emmitt, Milner, Massey, Holmes, Thompson, Tansey, Mason, O’Brien.

Catalan 19-man squad: Blanch, Pryce, Taia, Bosc, Elima, Henderson, Casty, Menzies, Anderson, Mounis, Barthau, Pelissier, Larroyer, Millard, Pala, Simon, Fakir, Baitieri, Duport.

Prediction: The absence of Chase might make Castleford’s task too much – away win.

Stats:

Catalan Dragons have won their last three meetings with Castleford, with the Tigers’ last victory against the Dragons coming at home, 34-24, on 12 March, 2011.

Super League summary:

Castleford won 6
Catalan Dragons won 8
Castleford highest score. 34-28 (H, 2006), 34-18 (MM, 2010), 34-24 (H, 2011) (Widest margin. 34-18, MM, 2010)
Catalan Dragons highest score. 54-20 (H, 2011) (Widest margin. 51-14, H, 2006)

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