In a game that they were out classed for the majority, Catalan Coach Steve McNamara will be looking for his stars to perform in the south of face as they welcome Huddersfield Giants to the Stade Gilbert Brutus.
Close season signings Sam Tomkins (pictured), Matty Smith and Matt Whitley will make their official home debuts as McNamara names only one change from last week’s squad as youngster Arthur Romano comes into the match day 19 in place of Papua New Guinea skipper David Mead who is unavailable due to Family reasons.
That means former Australian international Greg Bird and winger Jodie Broughton still haven’t recovered from their respective injurie issues.
For their visitors, Huddersfield Head coach Simon Woolford will also be looking for a response from his players after their surprise opening loss to Salford Red Devils last weekend.
Still without club captain Leroy Cudjoe and former Golden boot nominee Jermaine McGillvary through injury and missing powerhouse Tongan forward Ukuma Ta’ai due to his ongoing visa issues, boss Woolford has left out half back Lee Gaskell in favour of the returning Aaron Murphy, while youngsters Sam Hewitt and Izaac Farrell have also been called into the squad.
Speaking to Sky sports, Huddersfield’s new half back Matt Frawley believes the Giants can only improve;
“We just need to improve on what we didn't do as well last week. We missed a few opportunities; our end of sets was pretty poor – that's on me and Izaac Farrell to fix. If we can work on those things, and in defence there's a couple of things we need to work on, and if we can pinpoint a few of those areas and we can finish well, it will put us in good stead.”
Catalans (from): Tony Gigot, Brayden Wiliame, Lewis Tierney, Samisoni Langi, Matty Smith, Remi Casty, Micky McIlorum, Sam Moa, Kenny Edwards, Benjamin Garcia, Julian Bousquet, Mika Simon, Benjamin Jullien, Matt Whitley, Alrix Da Costa, Mickael Goudemand, Jason Baitieri, Arthur Romano, Sam Tomkins
Huddersfield 19-Man squad: Darnell McIntosh, Jordan Turner, Akuila Uate , Matt Frawley, Kruise Leeming, Suaia Matagi, Aaron Murphy, Alex Mellor, Michael Lawrence, Adam O'Brien, Oliver Roberts, Matty English, Scott Grix, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Adam Walne, Sam Hewitt, Innes Senior, Izaac Farrell, Joe Wardle