Catalans Dragons v Castleford Tigers: Super 8s preview
Last Updated: 17/09/16 5:03pm
Castleford are aiming to spoil Gregory Mounis' celebrations when the Tigers clash with Catalans Dragons on Saturday, live on Sky Sports.
Mounis will play his 300th professional game when the sides meet in the south of France, having announced earlier this week he will retire at the end of this season.
The 31-year-old has played 272 games for Catalans, to go with his 27 caps for France, and will make his final appearance on home soil against the Tigers.
He is the last Dragons player still at the club who featured in their first-ever Super League game against Wigan in February 2006, and Catalans coach Laurent Frayssinous paid tribute to the veteran.
"It's an honour to have played with Greg and then to have coached him," said Frayssinous. "He has always embodied the values of the club.
"He is a tough player, who always wants to put the club first, especially when we have injury crises with many players sidelined."
The Dragons are aiming for an eighth successive home win over the Tigers, whose last win in Perpignan came in 2010.
Frayssinous has made two changes to his 19-man squad. Injured duo Jason Baitieri and Fouad Yaha drop out of the squad and are replaced by Lucas Albert and Dave Taylor who is back from suspension.
Castleford coach Daryl Powell, who has lost Rangi Chase this week though suspension, says his side are aware of the challenge that awaits them.
"Catalans are a good side, a big physical side and generally what's happened is we beat them at home, they've beaten us away," said Powell.
"That's the way it's been since I've been at the club and we need to flip that and be outstanding.
"They are a bit of a different animal in France, they started this season winning games consistently over here on their travels but the back half of the season they have dropped off a bit and lost a few games at home too so we need to add to that which is always tough as they are physically challenging."
Catalans Dragons: Paul Aiton, Lucas Albert, Louis Anderson, Julian Bousquet, Jodie Broughton, Rémi Casty, Alrix Da Costa, Vincent Duport, Olivier Elima, Ben Garcia, Tony Gigot, Justin Horo, Greg Mounis, Richie Myler, Eloi Pelissier, Paul Séguier, Jordan Sgismeau, Glenn Stewart, Dave Taylor.
Castleford Tigers: Matt Cook, Ben Crooks, Brandon Douglas, Luke Dorn, Conor Fitzsimmons, Paddy Flynn, Luke Gale, Ryan Hampshire, Oliver Holmes, Will Maher, Mike McMeeken, Paul McShane, Adam Milner, Greg Minikin, Larne Patrick, Andre Savelio, Denny Solomona, Gadwin Springer, Jake Webster.
Watch Catalans Dragons v Castleford Tigers on Saturday from 5pm on Sky Sports 3. Catch all the action for £6.99 with a NOW TV day pass.