13th November 2020, 15:49 | super_league
Leeds Rhinos and Catalans Dragons will look to join Hull FC in progressing to the last four of the Betfred Super League Play-Offs this evening as they clash at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, live on Sky Sports Arena and Mix from 7:45pm.
Hull FC’s victory – from sixth place in the Betfred Super League table – means they will face Wigan Warriors at the DW Stadium next weekend with the winner of this evening’s Leeds and Catalans game facing a trip to the Totally Wicked Stadium to face last year’s Grand Final winners – St Helens.
The Rhinos certainly boast the advantage in terms of Betfred Super League Play-Off experience having gone on to win the Grand Final a record eight times. They have featured in ten of the 22 Grand Finals since Super League’s inception and haven’t lost one since 2005.
As for Catalans, they are yet to make a Betfred Super League Grand Final but have featured in the Play-Offs on a handful of occasions. They have twice fallen to Leeds in the Play-Offs by a 20-27 score line.
Both sides have seven wins apiece in this fixture since the beginning of the 2015 season, but Catalans do have a slight edge in recent seasons having won four of the last six meetings between the clubs as well as the only meeting this season back in September.
Leeds are looking to build on their Coral Challenge Cup Final success from earlier this season and come into this week’s fixture on the back of two wins in their last three Betfred Super League outings.
The Dragons have won three of their last four in the league, including a 6-34 victory over Leeds at the backend of September. However, they were 42-24 losers in their most recent outing against Salford Red Devils 11 days ago.
Leeds welcome back Matt Prior, Konrad Hurrell, Tom Briscoe and Richie Myler who have all been isolating for the last fortnight due COVID-19 protocols. However, Adam Cuthbertson, Tom Holroyd and Harry Newman miss out.
The Rhinos are also without Richard Agar who is currently also self-isolating, and the team will be led by Assistant Coach James Webster.
Leeds Rhinos: Jack Walker, Tom Briscoe, Konrad Hurrell, Ash Handley, Rob Lui, Luke Gale, Ava Seumanufagai, Kruise Leeming, Matt Prior, Rhyse Martin, Brad Dwyer, Liam Sutcliffe, Richie Myler, Mikolaj Oledzki, Bodene Thompson, Rhys Evans, Cameron Smith, James Donaldson, Alex Sutcliffe, James Harrison, Brett Ferres.
Catalans Dragons: David Mead, Samisoni Langi, Israel Folau, Fouad Yaha, James Maloney, Josh Drinkwater, Rémi Casty, Michael McIlorum, Sam Moa, Matt Whitley, Joel Tomkins, Benjamin Garcia, Julian Bousquet, Mickael Simon, Tom Davies, Mickael Goudemand, Paul Seguier, Jason Baitieri, Arthur Mourgue, Sam Kasiano, Sam Tomkins.