Super League preview: Catalan v Huddersfield

2013 minor premiers Huddersfield will start as favourites in their match against winless Catalan.

The Giants have found Perpignan a tough place to go in recent years though, having come away defeated on two of their last three visits.

Paul Anderson will be hoping winger Aaron Murphy can continue his scoring streak against the Dragons, which has seen him cross the try-line on his last three appearances against the French side.

Daryl Millard, Ben Pomeroy, Antoni Maria, Olivier Elima and Louis Anderson all come into the Catalan squad, whilst Josh Johnson for Michael Lawrence is Huddersfield’s only change.  

Catalan

Squad: Escare, Pryce, Pomeroy, Oldfield, Bosc, Elima, Taia, Anderson, Mounis, Maria, Pelissier, Whitehead, Millard, Pala, Simon, Paea, Baitieri, Baile, Garcia.

Last match: Lost 40-22 away at St Helens

Huddersfield

Squad: Grix, McGillvary, Cudjoe, Wardle, Murphy, Brough, Robinson, Crabtree, Kopczak, Ferres, Chan, Bailey, Faiumu, Ta’ai, Wood, Broughton, Kaufusi, Fairbank, Johnson.

Last match: Won 66-18 away at Bradford

Previous ten meetings

Huddersfield 60, Catalan 16 (SLR20, 28/6/13)

Catalan 20, Huddersfield 28 (SLR13, 27/4/13)

Huddersfield 36, Catalan 18 (SLR23, 5/8/12)

Catalan 27, Huddersfield 20 (SLR13, 5/5/12)

Huddersfield 28, Catalan 20 (SLR18, 18/6/11 at The Shay, Halifax)

Huddersfield 30, Catalan 16 (CCR5, 22/5/11)

Catalan 13, Huddersfield 12 (SLR13, 30/4/11)

Catalan 12, Huddersfield 26 (SLR27, 4/9/10)

Huddersfield 48, Catalan 6 (SLR9, 2/4/10)

Huddersfield 6, Catalan 16 (SLPSF, 25/9/09)

Super League summary

Catalan won 7 (includes win in 2009 play-offs)

Huddersfield won 11

Catalan highest score: 48-0 (H, 2008) (also widest margin)

Huddersfield highest score: 60-16 (H, 2013) (also widest margin)

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