Dragons vs St Helens : Match Preview



The context

Today is the big day at Brutus! The Dragons host St Helens in the Challenge Cup Quarter-Finals on Saturday, April 9. Kick-off at 3.30pm CEST at the Gilbert Brutus Stadium. 

Steve McNamara's men have the ambition to secure a place in the last four of the competiton for the first time since 2018 while the Saints will want to keep the Challenge Cup trophy for a second consecutive season.

After having beaten Championship leaders Featherstone in the previous round on March 26, the Catalans face the reigning champions who knocked Whitheaven out 46-4 to reach the quarter-finals of the competition.

The squad

Steve McNamara has named his squad to face the Saints.

Samisoni Langi, Alrix Da Costa, Dean Whare and Julian Bousquet will miss the game through injury

Fully recovered from an ankle injury, Arthur Mourgue has been named in the squad for the first time this season. After having missed the last game at Huddersfield, Micky McIlorum and Benjamin Jullien are back in the squad.

Back from suspension, Mitchell Pearce and Jordan Dezaria are also available to face the Saints.

Throwback | Our last Challenge Cup game against St Helens

In August 2018, the Dragons produced a stunning performance to beat St Helens in the Challenge Cup semi-finals at Bolton thanks to a 36-15 victory that sent the Catalans to Wembley!

St Helens (0) 16
T : Mark Percival 2, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook
G : Danny Richardson 2

Dragons Catalans (27) 35
T : Lewis Tierney, Ben Garcia 2, Tony Gigot, Sam Moa
G : Josh Drinkwater 7
DG : Tony Gigot

Dragons : Gigot, Tierney, Mead, Wiliame, Yaha, Langi, Drinkwater, Simon, McIlorum, Moa, Jullien, Garcia, Casty | Subs : Anderson, Bousquet, Baitieri, Edwards


Latest meetings

Both teams have already faced each other 4 times in Challenge Cup with 3 wins for the Saints and 1 for the Dragons, back in 2018. 

Head-to-head | 43 games :
16 wins for the Dragons
27 wins for the Saints

Last 5 meetings:
10.02.22 | St Helens 18 - 8 Dragons | Totally Wicked Stadium
09.10.21 | St Helens 12 – 10 Dragons | Old Trafford
04.09.21 | St Helens 30 - 31 Dragons | St James' Park
07.08.21 | St Helens 34 – 12 Dragons | Totally Wicked Stadium
22.05.21 | Dragons 20 – 16 St Helens | Gilbert Brutus Stadium

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Challenge Cup Quarter-Finals (CEST)

Friday 8 April
8.45pm | Hull KR 34 - 10 Castleford

Saturday 9 April
3.30pm | Dragons v St Helens
6.00pm | Huddersfield v Hull FC

Sunday 10 April
3.30pm | Wakefield v Wigan