Opposition Profile – Catalans Dragons

Remi Casty in the match Leeds Rhinos Vs Catalans Dragons at Emerald Headingley Stadium, Leeds

For the second time in 2019, Catalans Dragons will visit Emerald Headingley Stadium to take on the Rhinos. Steve McNamara’s side come into the game in fifth spot in the league and will be looking to pick up two points to strengthen their chances of securing a play off spot at the end of the season.


Form

Since Catalans Dragons were last at Emerald Headingley, they have won three out of four matches. They have been scored twenty tries in those games, notably winger Jodie Broughton crossing for a hat trick in a 44-10 win against Wakefield Trinity at the Stade Gilbert Brutus. Their only loss came away to Salford, who ran out 40-14 winners.

Over the course of the season, Catalans have produced big results against St Helens and Warrington but have also suffered disappointing losses to Hull FC, who have scored 50 points twice against Catalans in the Challenge Cup and the league. The 51-8 loss to Lee Radford’s side in the Cup sent the Dragons on a five match losing streak that ended with a win against Wakefield.

Their recent success has sees McNamara’s side in the play offs spots. They are level on 26 points with Wigan and are just two points ahead of sixth placed Salford and seventh placed Castleford, so a win against the Rhinos is important in helping their ambitions to feature in the play offs for the first time since 2014.


Previous Meetings

When Catalans first walked out at Emerald Headingley in 2006, they were blown away by Brian McClennan’s Rhinos, who won 60-12 in the final game of that season. Over the next two years, Catalans’ scoreline would remain in single figures against Leeds, who won 54-8 in 2007 and 34-6 in 2008, with Danny McGuire the only player to score in both matches.

Leeds continued to win into the new decade, taking both home and away results in 2010 despite results drawing closer, notably in 2013 when Leeds needed late tries from Danny McGuire and Mitch Achurch to save a 20-12 result.

Ali Lauitiiti (pictured above) facing the Dragons in 2009, when Leeds won 42-14 to continue their winning record at home.

In 2015, a hat trick from Tom Briscoe helped the Rhinos to a 36-22 win. Mitch Garbutt also scored his first Leeds try since signing from Melbourne Storm.

Previous Meetings at Emerald Headingley

Leeds Rhinos 31 Catalans Dragons 12 (Round 20, 30/06/19)

Leeds Rhinos 25 Catalans Dragons 28 (Round 4, 20/06/2018)

Leeds Rhinos 46 Catalans Dragons 10 (Round 4,10/03/17)

Leeds Rhinos 12 Catalans Dragons 24 (Round 17,03/06/16)

Leeds Rhinos 36 Catalans Dragons 22 (Round 23, 26/07/15)

Leeds Rhinos 20 Catalans Dragons 24 (Play Offs, 20/09/14)

Leeds Rhinos 32 Catalans Dragons 31 (Round 18,29/06/14)

Leeds Rhinos 20 Catalans Dragons 12 (Round 26,30/08/13)

Leeds Rhinos 34 Catalans Dragons 18 (Round 12,20/04/12)

Leeds Rhinos 30 Catalans Dragons 06 (Round 14,13/05/11)

See more classic clashes between the two sides at Emerald Headingley here.


Record against the Rhinos

Catalans’ first win came in 2016, thanks to a late Eloi Pelissier interception try sealing a 24-12 victory. That season the Dragons won both home and away fixtures for the first time and repeated the feat last season.

Leeds have won both fixtures against the Dragons on six occasions (2006, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2017) and remained unbeaten at Emerald Headingley from 2006 to 2015, scoring over 390 points.

Liam Sutcliffe kicked the winning penalty goal for the Rhinos in 2014. His conversion in the final minute secured a 32-31 victory and an eighth home win of the season.

Both sides have met three times in the Play Offs. Leeds have won two of those fixtures, at Headingley in 2009 and at the Stade Gilbert Brutus in 2012. Both results ended 27-20, with Danny McGuire scoring tries in both matches. The Dragons’ only play off win came in 2014; Sam Williams crossing for the game clinching try despite replays suggesting the half back was offside.


In the News

Sam Tomkins and Michael McIlorum will miss the trip to Leeds after picking up bans in the win over Warrington Wolves last Saturday. Tomkins will miss the next three matches and McIlorum will be unavailable for the next two.

Half back Matty Smith has signed for Warrington on loan for the remainder of the season. Smith joined the Dragons at the start of the season and has played 16 times but will move to the Wolves, who lost Blake Austin to injury last weekend.


Key Players

Fouad Yaha

Position: Wing

Tries: 13

Metres: 1262

Clean Breaks: 13

Errors: 11

Remi Casty

Position: Prop

Appearances: 23

Tackles: 652

Metres: 1333

Missed Tackles: 34


Last Time Out

When Catalans visited Emerald Headingley at the end of June, Leeds were clinical as they picked up their seventh win of the season. Adam Cuthbertson, Brad Singleton, Jack Walker, Tom Briscoe and Konrad Hurrell all scored for the Rhinos, with Richie Myler kicking a drop goal to seal a 31-12 victory.

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Team News

Lewis Tierney, Benjamin Jullien, Lambert Belmas and Lucas Albert all return for the Dragons’ trip to Emerald Headingley on Friday night. Only Greg Bird and the banned Sam Tomkins and Michael McIlorum miss out from last week’s team, with Brayden Williame, Kenny Edwards and Mickael Simon escaping suspension.


More Information

Secure your tickets for Friday night’s double header, which sees the Under 19s take on Widnes Vikings U19s prior to the main Super League clash against the Dragons.

Match tickets start from just £12 for juniors, from £16 for concessions and from £24 adults. Book before midnight the day before the game to guarantee the best price for your ticket and save £3 on match day prices.*

Book online at tickets.therhinos.co.uk, call the Ticket Office on 0371 423 1315 or buy in person at the Ticket Office at Emerald Headingley Stadium.