Catalans Dragons boss Steve McNamara expects a reaction from his side when they entertain Hull FC in the Betfred Super League on Saturday (Catalans 1/4, Hull FC 10/3, tie 22/1 – Match Betting).
McNamara labelled his side’s defeat to Huddersfield Giants last weekend as one of their poorest performances for a “long, long period of time”, with the 22-14 loss leaving Catalans four points adrift of leaders St Helens.
They face a Hull outfit this weekend who are fifth in the standings, four points behind the Perpignan giants, and McNamara is expecting a much-improved showing from his players.
“We were hugely disappointed with our performance last week,” he told Hull Live. “We’ve lost games in recent times but we’ve probably not performed as poorly as that for a long, long period of time. We’re looking to respond from that this week.”
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The Black and Whites are without Jake Connor through injury and his absence is a blow after his kicking was the difference when the two sides met recently, a clash which ended 14-8 in Brett Hodgson’s side favour.
Connor is expected to be out for at least 10 weeks with a knee problem, which weakens the visitors, but McNamara is readying his side for another tough battle regardless.
When asked about the recent defeat against Hull, the Dragons boss added: “It was a really high quality game. Both teams played really strongly and Hull got on the right side of the victory which was important for them.
“It showed in that game, it was two really good teams playing against each other and I think it will be the same again this week.”
Catalans are 7/2 to be crowned Grand Final winners this year, Hull are available at 16/1.
There were two games on Friday night with Bevan French’s hat-trick helping Wigan win 30-12 at Salford Red Devils, a result which has seen the Warriors rise to second, two points behind leaders St Helens and two points ahead of the Dragons.
Huddersfield Giants were also in action and racked up their fifth Betfred Super League win on the bounce, overpowering Leeds 30-16, to go third, three points off top spot.
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