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Castleford Tigers v Catalans Dragons Preview
The Castleford Tigers welcome the Catalans Dragons from the South of France to West Yorkshire for a matchup between 2 conflicting styles that helps create a difficult to predict game.
The Castleford Tigers play a highly structured game that relies on everybody knowing there exact role in the side and with their key playmakers making sure the right plays are employed at the right time but the Dragons play an off the cuff style that rely on their playmakers seeing what is in front of them and using their instinct to create opportunities.
More often than not, when you have too differing styles such as this, it leads to an entertaining game and that is often the case when these 2 teams meet.
Unfortunately for neutrals however, the Tigers tend to be strong at home whilst the Dragons tend to be worse on the road but if both are anywhere near their best, the quality out on the field could lead to a must watch game that will be in the balance throughout.
No matter if you know it as the Jungle or Wheldon Road, the Tigers home ground is one of the most historic in the competition but it is also one of the most rundown and in need of modernising.
The ground also has one of the smallest pitches but that does play into the hands of the hosts who know the ground the best but perhaps the best feature of the ground is the great atmosphere that often greets the players and whilst the lack of away fans does limit that, the Tigers fans will still get behind their team.
Castleford Tigers v Catalans Dragons Prediction
Here at RLBet, we give out predict for who we think will win and also what we think the winning margin will be but don’t forget that the unpredictable nature of the Super League, this should only be seen as our view.
Score Prediction: Coming Soon
As is often the case with the English teams and the Catalans Dragons, there is little history between the 2 teams outside of the Super League era but that doesn’t mean that their hasn’t been some points of interest during that era.
Early on in the existence of Catalans, the French club were granted immunity from relegation for their first 3 years in a decision that proved to be the best for not just the Dragons but also for Cas and most importantly for the game overall but it has led to a small one way rivalry between a section of Tigers fans and the Dragons.
That is because it was the Tigers who were one of the clubs to be relegated during that era after they lost one of the biggest spectacles ever to be seen in the Super League as they went to their near neighbours Wakefield and in front of a packed house, the match proved to be the inspiration for the Million Pound Game as the winners of that game would stay up, with the losers relegated.
Cas went on to lose and found themselves dropping out of the top flight despite finishing 2nd bottom, with Les Dracs been the club below them.
In the end however, that worked in the favour of the Tigers however as they managed to regroup out of the top flight, build some confidence in the club and build for a much better future.
Most Cas fans moved on from that point of contention as they were promoted the next season before finishing bottom of the table the next season, with only a rule changed saving them.