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Catalans Dragons v Castleford Tigers Preview
The Catalans Dragoons welcome the Castleford Tigers to the Stade Gilbert Brutus in the South of France for a game that has a long history of been one of the most exciting of the season.
With the Catalans Dragons you just never know what you are going to get.
They often play with little to no structure and with their ongoing problems with discipline, you never know whether a key player will see out the full 80 minutes and for how long the hosts will have to play without a full 13 out on the field.
If the Dragons are one of the most unpredictable sides in the competition, when it comes to the Tigers you know exactly what you are going to get 99% of the time.
The Cas Tigers play a highly structured and highly organised style that when played to the best of their capability makes them a hugely difficult side to defeat and makes them one of the strongest teams in the competition.
The Stade Gilbert Brutus, in the French city of Perpignan, is the home of the Catalans Dragons and what a home it has proven to be for the hosts.
Matches in the south of France tend to be amongst the most action packed and incident filled of all matches, with high scoring affairs and plenty of sin-binning’s the norm.
Whilst that is arguably a hindrance to the hosts, it does also keep the home faithful fully engaged and that leads to some of the most vocal and colourful support in the competition.
The trip over to the channel can be a difficult one for away teams, with a change in temperature and playing conditions as well as the unfamiliar surrounds of playing in France but Castleford are one of those sides who seemingly find the tradition straightforward.
Catalans Dragons v Cas Tigers 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 the case with most teams, there has been only a limited number of major matches between these 2 teams but one thing that did go down in history came soon after the Dragosn first entered the Super League.
Upon their entry, Les Dracs were given a 3 year grace period from relegation and in their first year they finished bottom of the table. That meant it would be the team to finish in second from bottom who was to get related in 2005 and after the iconic ‘Battle of Belle Vue’, it was the Tigers who went down.
That led to a number of Cas fans who could see the bigger picture from Les Dracs establishing themselves at the top of the European game not accepting that result and that led to a one sided rivalry between the 2 clubs.
In the end, it proved to be not only a catalyst for success for both Catalans and the French national team but it also proved to be a good thing for Cas, who went unbeaten in the 2nd flight, got promoted and established themselves as a top club again.