//Dragons to make most of Hull injuries

Dragons to make most of Hull injuries

Catalans Dragons became the first team to beat St Helens last week and they are now looking to back that result up against Hull FC on Saturday.

The Dragons ran in three tries on the way to beating Saints 18-10 and with them again looking like candidates for the Super 8s, they are 8/15 to pick up a sixth victory of the season.

Hull FC are 17/10 to claim a victory and, after a dreadful start to 2019, their form has picked up recent weeks, winning five of their last seven including coming away from Salford with a 23-16 success last week.

The Dragons have been boosted by the return of versatile back David Mead and back-rower Ben Garcia after both missing the last seven weeks, while ex-Hull prop Sam Moa will be looking to make an impact against his former club.

Jake Connor‘s return is timely for the visitors after missing the last five games with a knee issue and he will add an extra ball-playing option in the back-line.

However, it is up front where Hull could struggle against a big home pack. Lee Radford has six of his forwards currently sidelined and recently had to bring former captain Gareth Ellis out of retirement.

The Airlie Birds have a poor record in Perpignan, failing to win on their last two visits to the south of France and that run looks set to be extended on Saturday.

A mild day is forecast and that could suit the visitors as they look to move the home forwards around by giving the ball a bit of air.

That could open the field for the likes of Tony Gigot and Sam Tomkins, who have the talent to both exploit the space themselves or feed Mead and Lewis Tierney, both 10/1 in the first tryscorer market.

While history and injuries suggest Hull are the outsiders, their recent form hints that they should give their opposition a close run. That means the handicap betting might well be worth a visit and the Dragons – 8 at 11/10 looks tempting.

2019-04-12T17:21:22+00:00 April 12th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , |