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8 Sept: Super 8s: Catalans Dragons v St Helens KO 5.30pm (UK time) (TV)

Who will win?  

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  1. 1. Who will win?

    • Catalans Dragons
      9
    • St Helens
      10
    • Draw
      0

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  • Poll closed on 09/08/2018 at 04:15 PM

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I can see the Dracs up for this! And winning by 8pts to put Saints into a crisis ahead of the SFs. 

Feel the pack is strong and with Gigot back they will have enough in the backs to win this. 

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Hoping that Catalans season has fallen or is falling by the wayside in light of their first piece of silverware and some cracks can be papered over by the Saints. 

Even if the above happens, I expect Catalans’ forwards to still be too dominant for Saints’ powderpuff forward line. 

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My suspicion would be that McNamara was very happy for the team to have a period of celebration after Wembley, and accepts that the team at Castleford would thus not have been in red hot form.

Now, however, it will be back to serious business, and he will want to make maximum use of the last few games in the Super 8s to do at least two things: first, he will want to retain the confidence gained from the run of form up to and including Wembley, and use that to make the collective mentality of the team very positive going into 2019; and second, he will want to give game time to a few, less experienced French players.  Regarding the latter point, 'few' is the operative word.  Field too many and you get thrashed, as at the Halliwell Jones in the Super 8s fixture, but one or two per game surrounded by strongly performing first team regulars (French and overseas) will be a very positive environment in which to blood youngsters (after all, Goudemand did very respectably at Wembley!)

He may also want to give a run or two to both Anderson and Duport; that might seem a bit sentimental (and indeed is), but it could also be good for the team's collective psychology.

Meanwhile, at some point, there must surely be a Saints' reaction to recent on-field mediocrity.  I suspect that they have earmarked their visit to Perpignan as a good chance to turn things around a bit.

All of which leads me to suggest a close game and - why not? - a draw!

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BarbaMoM and Roby are out for St Helens.

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Saints will struggle without Roby; most of their attack starts with him and he usually puts in 50+ tackles per game.

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Just now, Man of Kent said:

Nice step by Bird. Easy essai for Mead. 4-0

Good work by Taia to hold back Bird's ball-carrying arm, but all to no avail on the next play.

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19 minutes ago, Evil Homer said:

Why is Iain Thornley playing? Very disappointing.

Hi EH. We’ve been worried about you since Catalan hit some form... enjoy the Cup win? 😉

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That was more forward than the Saints one, amazingly Clarke doesn't cream his pants over that one. 

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