Home team Score Away Team


  • Puletua, Locke (2), Sau, Fages, Evalds,
    Goals: Chase (2), Locke (3),
34 - 22

Catalans Dragons

  • Henderson, Mounis, Duport, Oldfield,
    Goals: Bosc (3),
  • First Utility Super League
  • 15th Aug 2014
  • KO 20:00
  • Att: 6,000

Super League: Salford Red Devils v Catalan Dragons preview

Last updated: 14th August 2014  

Olivier Elima Catalan Dragons 2014

Olivier Elima: Back in the Catalan Dragons squad after an injury layoff

Kevin Locke Salford City Reds Super League

Kevin Locke: Named in the Salford Red Devils squad for the visit of Catalan Dragons

Related links



Also see

Catalan Dragons will aim to consolidate their place in the Super League playoffs when they travel to face Salford Red Devils on Friday evening.

Laurent Frayssinous’ Dragons find themselves well-poised in seventh, but a top-eight finish is not guaranteed with four rounds of regular-season action remaining.

Widnes Vikings – level on points with the Dragons – currently occupy the final playoff spot, but Hull KR stand only three points adrift with 10th-placed Wakefield Wildcats a further point behind.

The Dragons have endured a difficult patch of late though, winning just three of their last five Super League outings and they will be desperate to return to winning ways following successive defeats.

Similarly, back-to-back league defeats means Salford hold little more than an outside chance of a playoff berth, with six points and four teams between them and the all-important eighth place.

But with eight points still on offer to the end of the season, Salford coach Iestyn Harris is eager to see his side finish with a flourish.

“Finishing with a total of 25 points is now the target, and should this be sufficient, dependent upon other results, to move into the top eight, all well and good,” ” he told the club’s official website.

“If not, then there will be some satisfaction in ending the season with a bang and so going into the close season with that momentum.”


Salford have won their last two home meetings with Catalans, with the Dragons’ last away win against the Red Devils coming with a 44 - 18 win back in September 2011. 

Ahead of the trip to the AJ Bell Stadium, Dragons head coach Frayssinous has made three changes to his squad.

Vincent Duport makes a welcome return from suspension while Olivier Elima and Ben Garcia, who have recovered from injury, are also in line to make their returns.

The pivotal trio come into the travelling party at the expense of Lopini Paea, Mickael Simon and Antoni Maria.

Meanwhile, Salford are boosted by the inclusion of New Zealand full-back Kevin Locke after a series hampered the start to his Super League career.

Despite being named in Harris’ 19-man squad for the trip to Wigan - a game Salford lost 45-4 - two weeks ago, Locke failed to make the matchday 17 but could be in line for a return to action on Friday.

Salford squad: Fages, Rapira, Evalds, Sa'u, Johnson, Tasi, Chase, J. Walne, Walton, Locke, Lee, Caton-Brown, Ashurst, Puletua, Hansen, Morley, J. Griffin, Tomkins, Dixon

Catalan squad: Escare, Pryce, Pomeroy, Oldfield, Bosc, Elima, Henderson, Lima, Taia, Anderson, Mounis, Pelissier, Whitehead, Millard, Bousquet, Baitieri, Duport, Garcia, Williams

First Utility Super League Table

First Utility Super League Table - March 1 2015
Pos Team P Pts
1 St Helens 3 6
2 Leeds Rhinos 3 6
3 Catalans Dragons 3 4
4 Warrington Wolves 3 4
5 Wakefield Wildcats 3 4
6 Widnes Vikings 3 3
7 Wigan Warriors 3 3
8 Hull FC 3 2
9 Hull K R 3 2
10 Salford Red Devils 3 2
11 Castleford Tigers 3 0
12 Huddersfield Giants 3 0
Forthcoming First Utility Super League Fixtures
First Utility Super League
Thursday 5th March
20:00Hull FC vs Leeds Rhinos
Friday 6th March
20:00Wakefield Wildcats vs St Helens
20:00Huddersfield Giants vs Widnes Vikings
20:00Castleford Tigers vs Wigan Warriors
Saturday 7th March
15:30Catalans Dragons vs Salford Red Devils
Sunday 8th March
15:00Warrington Wolves vs Hull K R
Thursday 12th March
20:00Huddersfield vs Castleford
Friday 13th March
20:00Warrington vs Leeds
20:00Wigan vs Hull
20:00Widnes Vikings vs St Helens

Experts & Blogs



Read the thoughts and opinions of Stevo with skysports.com