With the Super League season well underway, Warrington Wolves Assistant Coach, Andrew Henderson, discussed the fortunes of Catalans Dragons in the tournament.
Looking forward to the next round of fixtures on Betfred’s The Last Tackle, Henderson discussed the success of the South French side, who currently sit at the top of the Super League and next face Salford Red Devils.
“It’s going to be a difficult game for Salford, there’s no doubt about it, but they need a response, and that is what the coach needs to look for there,” he said.
“Are they going to be good enough on the night to take on the red-hot Catalans side? At this time who knows. One thing they can pin their hopes on is that Catalans haven’t played the last week, which could have knocked their rhyme a bit.
“But Catalans for me are playing great rugby league football, you can see the team cohesion there and I think they will be difficult to beat on Thursday night.”
Catalans Dragons have experienced a string of successes over the past few years, having captured the Challenge Cup in 2018, and some believe that the club may be on course to claim its first Super League trophy.
“If they win their next two games they won’t be far off mathematically from finishing in the top two,” Henderson noted, adding that it would be a “remarkable achievement for Catalans Dragons, and it’s great to see that rugby league is expanding and doing well in other areas of the world.”
Commenting on the excitement of the Rivals Round last weekend, Henderson shared his views on St Helens’ clash against Wigan Warriors, as well as the Hull derby between Hull FC and Hull KR.
For the former Scotland international and London Broncos coach, St Helens were one of the more captivating teams across the weekend, with the match seeing the Merseyside team cruising to a 26-2 victory over their Greater Manchester rivals.
“Both sets of fans were buying into it, you had some real big collisions and a contest – it got tasty at times and you could argue some players got a little bit over the top at times – but it had all the classic ingredients of a derby match.
“Saints for me were controlled in their performance, defensively they were very good – there’s a reason they’re defensively the best team in the competition, I think they’re conceding only 10 points a game at the moment, and obviously they made it very difficult for Wigan to score points.”
Source – Betfred YouTube Channel