It’s still going to heat up!

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It’s much more than a derby that awaits the players in this Franco-French Super League duel. Like the muscular and bumpy first leg, Act II (8:30 p.m.) promises to be thick.

The Catalans Dragons are back at Ernest-Wallon, the temple of Stade Toulousain. Here again? Yes, on June 22, 2013 Bernard Guasch organized a relocation to the setting which brought together 12,000 people and a 22-21 defeat against Hull KR. This time, it’s the match everyone is waiting for on the TO side. “Welcoming the French powerhouse of the Super League, which is living its seventeenth European campaign this season, is an event for the club”announced President Bernard Sarrazain, when his trainer Sylvain Houlès spoke last Friday: “From the most important game”.

The TO, which is heading towards relegation, intends to have no regrets and finish at home with a good note, before going to Hull FC and St-Helens. The 18-10 won by the Dracs in the first leg testifies to the low margin as soon as the two entities meet. Except that this time, exit: Pearce, McMeeken, McIlorum, Kasiano, Mourgue, Dezaria, Romano and Jullien who had played a key role in the first leg. Exit also Julian Bousquet and Mathieu Cozza, Ten Dragons less, including five holders of the last SL final and the trio Bousquet, McIlorum, Kasiano that Toulouse would have had a hard time containing.

Once again, it will be a question of supremacy today, the time of eighty minutes, of rivalry also between competitors in the France team. Éloi Pélissier, facing Alrix Da Costa and perhaps also César Rougé. Mika Goudemand and Paul Séguier against Romain Navarrete and Lambert Belmas. Face-to-face that Laurent Frayssinous will appreciate seven weeks before the opening of the World Cup for the Blues (France – Greece in Doncaster).

“The derbies are always complicated and we know that the TO will want to save their season against us. They like to play in attack and move the defenses. This is our problem at the moment and it will have to be corrected as soon as ‘mail”admits Mika Goudemand, called to enter the post of pillar today.

Like his teammates, the former SOA player reminds us that the team must “focus on itself”because “the classification means nothing against them. It will be tough, we know each other well and they will be there, at the rendezvous of this derby”.

Upset and withdrawn, the Catalans Dragons are in a hurry to react after Brutus’ 46-14 against Salford. If the smiles accompanied the session yesterday morning, described as studious, the looks were not deceiving. The tension is there, the challenge also for the Dragons who need a victory to ensure their participation in the final stages and two, to have a quarter at Brutus. “It was complicated to see the images again, it’s time for action because it can go so fast. A good match and the season is restarted”, concludes Goudemand.

In both camps, the coaches will activate the various levers, the time of a derby and this duel like no other where it is the Dragons who have the most to lose.

An Australian in Carcassonne

Corey Mulhall, a formidable 27-year-old defender, 1.92 m, accusing 100 kg on the scale, who can play in all positions in the pack is announced by the Canary leaders. Another Australian who can play open and at the back is wanted by Carcassonne.

Romain Khedimi joins his brother

After Mathieu, it’s Romain’s turn to join Carcassonne. This young player (20 years old) steeped in talent thus leaves the reserve of the Dragons to try his luck in the Champion club of France. He will bring to the Canaries all his ardor and his power either in the 2nd or in the 3rd line. Thibault Franck, also from the Dragons reserve, is integrated into the Carcassonne group.

They are no longer Carcassonne

Arnaud who goes to Villeneuve, Belhadri to Baho, Francis who returned to Australia, Pelligra who joined London, Tuilagi who returns to XV in the club of Trèbes and Mr. Simon who puts an end to his career will no longer be in the squad of the Canaries.

It’s still going to heat up!