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Catalans and St Helens clash in Perpigan live on Sky Sports on Saturday

We break down the buzz and team news ahead of Saturday’s three Betfred Super League games, including the clash between Catalans Dragons and St Helens, live on Sky Sports

Catalans Dragons vs St Helens (5pm UK time, live on Sky Sports)

It was a typically cold February night as St Helens and Catalans kicked off the 2022 Super League season at the Totally Wicked Stadium, but on the pitch there were times when it reached boiling point with one or two clashes as the hosts won. 28-8.

Keeping a cool head will therefore be paramount as last year’s grand finalists meet again in the south of France on Saturday night live on sky sports – and that’s before you take into account that the temperature in Perpignan is forecast to be just under 30 degrees Celsius when the match kicks off.

Catalans Dragons vs St Helens

July 2, 2022, 4:55 p.m.

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However, Saints head coach Kristian Woolf, a man accustomed to the warmth of his childhood in rural Queensland, is confident the reigning champions will be able to handle the conditions, citing how they coped well with wingers in the final victory of the Betfred Challenge Cup last year. about the Castleford Tigers.

“We’re going to come up with a little plan that takes that into account in terms of how we play, but every year you come across this at this time of year,” Woolf, whose team also beat the Catalans 36-20 in the quarter-finals of the Cup in April, he said.

“I remember the Challenge Cup final last year and, coming from Australia, I didn’t think it would be this hot here. I think it’s the hottest I’ve ever been and that could be because I got used to the English weather, but it’s not going to be as hot as that day.

“We certainly had a great performance that day, we handle the heat very well and we’re a team that bases our game on how fit we are, how hard we can play and back each other up in tough situations and come out of the end of it.”

Catalans Dragons' Gil Dudson was sent to the sin-bin against St Helens after an incident 15 seconds into the start of the 2022 Super League season!

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Catalans Dragons’ Gil Dudson was sent to the sin-bin against St Helens after an incident 15 seconds into the start of the 2022 Super League season!

Catalans Dragons’ Gil Dudson was sent to the sin-bin against St Helens after an incident 15 seconds into the start of the 2022 Super League season!

The Saints are without Will Hopoate for the trip to the Stade Gilbert Brutus, but welcome Sione Mata’utia and James Bell back to the 21-man squad as they look to build on last week’s 42-12 win at home to the Saints. Leeds Rhinos.

The Catalans, meanwhile, are without Arthur Mourgue, Tom Davies, Mike McMeeken and Jordan Dezaria, although Dean Whare is available again after 14 weeks out through injury, as the hosts look to bounce back from the 17-gold points loss. 16 at Castleford Tigers.

“We should have easily finished the game in normal time,” Dragons coach Steve McNamara said.

“I think the game was there, we competed hard in the first half, it was a tough game and in the second half we built a six-point lead and had numerous chances to go further.

Summary of the Betfred Super League match between Castleford Tigers and Catalans Dragons.

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Summary of the Betfred Super League match between Castleford Tigers and Catalans Dragons.

Summary of the Betfred Super League match between Castleford Tigers and Catalans Dragons.

“Even when it leveled out, we had plenty of chances and we should have done it. [better] in regulation time and even in extra time we didn’t handle it very well”.

named squads

Catalan Dragons: Samisoni Langi, Dean Whare, Fouad Yaha, Mitchell Pearce, Josh Drinkwater, Gil Dudson, Michael McIlorum, Julian Bousquet, Matt Whitley, Benjamin Garcia, Alrix da Costa, Benjamin Jullien, Paul Seguier, Mickael Goudemand, Matthieu Laguerre, Arthur Romano, Tyrone Mayo, Dylan Napa, Joe Chan, Sam Kasiano, Sam Tomkins.

Saint Helena: Jack Welsby, Tommy Makinson, Regan Grace, Jonny Lomax, Alex Walmsley, James Roby, Matty Lees, Sione Mata’utia, Joe Batchelor, Morgan Knowles, Joey Lussick, Curtis Sironen, Agnatius Paasi, Jake Wingfield, James Bell, Josh Simm, Ben Davies, Konrad Hurrell, Dan Norman, Jon Bennison, Dan Hill.

Hull FC-Leeds Rhinos (3:00 p.m.)

Rohan Smith hopes his Leeds players will start heeding some important lessons after three more members of the Rhinos squad were suspended following the loss to St Helens.

Highlights from the Super League match between St Helens and Leeds Rhinos.

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Highlights from the Super League match between St Helens and Leeds Rhinos.

Highlights from the Super League match between St Helens and Leeds Rhinos.

Zane Tetevano (five games), Harry Newman (three games) and Bodene Thompson (two games) will miss several games, starting with Saturday’s trip to Hull FC.

Leeds have the worst disciplinary record in the Super League this year and head coach Smith has asked his players to learn from these bans.

“The players can definitely learn from things,” Smith said in his weekly pregame news conference.

“Most players grow and evolve over time and it’s up to the individual to learn from situations and move on.”

Highlights from the Betfred Super League match between Warrington Wolves and Hull FC.

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Highlights from the Betfred Super League match between Warrington Wolves and Hull FC.

Highlights from the Betfred Super League match between Warrington Wolves and Hull FC.

However, Jack Walker, Cameron Smith, Jack Sinfield and Morgan Gannon are back in contention for Leeds, while Mikolaj Oledzki could make his 100th appearance for the club.

Hosts Hull FC will have a youthful look for their side in the injury-enforced absences of Adam Swift, Luke Gale and Manu Ma’u, as well as the suspension of Mitieli Vulikijapani.

The Black and Whites were eliminated 4-0 by Warrington Wolves in Round 16 and head coach Brett Hodgson is bracing for a backlash from the Rhinos as his team plays its first game at MKM Stadium in six weeks.

“They will be desperate,” Hodgson said. “We can see where they sit in the table, and they will see this as an opportunity to get two points and come here and upset us.

Hull FC head coach Brett Hodgson was unable to criticize the efforts of his players in their narrow loss to Warrington.

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Hull FC head coach Brett Hodgson was unable to criticize the efforts of his players in their narrow loss to Warrington.

Hull FC head coach Brett Hodgson was unable to criticize the efforts of his players in their narrow loss to Warrington.

“We know their strengths and we know we have to be good on both sides of the ball this week.”

named squads

FC helmet: Josh Griffin, Darnell McIntosh, Ligi Sao, Danny Houghton, Chris Satae, Jordan Lane, Joe Lovodua, Kane Evans, Brad Fash, Jack Brown, Jordan Johnstone, Connor Wynne, Cameron Scott, Jacob Hookem, Jamie Shaul, Scott Taylor, Charlie Severs , Harvey Barron, Denive Balmforth, Davy Litten, Matty Laidlaw.

Leeds Rhinos: Jack Walker, David Fusitu’a, Liam Sutcliffe, Ash Handley, Blake Austin, Aidan Sezer, Mikolaj Oledzki, Kruise Leeming, Matt Prior, James Bentley, Rhyse Martin, Brad Dwyer, Richie Myler, Cameron Smith, Morgan Gannon, Sam Walters, Jarrod O’Connor, James Donaldson, Max Simpson, Jack Sinfield, Zak Hardaker.

Toulouse Olympique vs Hull Kingston Rovers (20:00 British time)

Sylvain Houles remains optimistic Toulouse can climb out of the Super League relegation spot, but knows they cannot afford to continue dropping points with 11 rounds of the regular season remaining.

Summary of the Betfred Super League match between Wigan Warriors and Toulouse Olympique.

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Summary of the Betfred Super League match between Wigan Warriors and Toulouse Olympique.

Summary of the Betfred Super League match between Wigan Warriors and Toulouse Olympique.

A 40-6 loss to Wigan Warriors left the French side six points behind 11th-place Wakefield Trinity at the bottom of the table.

Head coach Houles, who is welcoming Mitch Garbutt, Romain Navarette and Justin Sangare to visit Hull KR on Saturday, is confident Toulouse can make up that gap.

“We know what we have to do,” Houles said. “The guys need to know exactly what we’re expecting and do it together.

“It’s hard when you lose, but we know we have good enough players to do it, but we need to start winning very quickly.”

Summary of the match of the Betfred Super League between Hull KR and Huddersfield Giants.

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Summary of the match of the Betfred Super League between Hull KR and Huddersfield Giants.

Summary of the match of the Betfred Super League between Hull KR and Huddersfield Giants.

Missing injured duo Ryan Hall and George King, the Robins head to France with their sights set on rebounding from a 38-10 loss at home to the Huuddersfield Giants last Sunday and head coach Tony Smith wants see more of what his team showed. in the first half of that match.

“I thought it was a very good first half of rugby league, two competitive teams,” Smith said. “I think our defense was excellent in the first half.

“That’s the kind of game you want to be a part of. Unfortunately in the second half we didn’t have the same kind of intensity.”

named squads

Toulouse Olympics: Latrell Schaumkel, Mathieu Jussaume, Paul Marcon, Corey Norman, Lucas Albert, Romain Navarrete, Harrison Hansen, Dominique Peyroux, Anthony Marion, Joseph Bretherton, Joseph Paulo, Mitch Garbutt, Chris Hankinson, Justin Sangare, Guy Armitage, Matty Russell, Olly Ashall -Bott, Nathan Peats, Lambert Belmas, Tony Gigot, Daniel Alvaro.

Kingston Rovers Helmet: Lachlan Coote, Ben Crooks, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Albert Vete, Matt Parcell, Dean Hadley, Matty Storton, Jez Litten, Korbin Sims, Elliot Minchella, Jimmy Keinhorst, Will Dagger, Mikey Lewis, Rowan Milnes, Will Maher, Ethan Ryan, Sam Wood, Greg Richards, Frankie Halton, Will Tata.

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