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Dragons to take down Airlie Birds

Dragons to take down Airlie Birds

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Catalans Dragons can go a step closer to retaining their Challenge Cup crown on Thursday night when they travel to Hull FC in the quarter-finals of the competition.

Catalans to win @ 21/20

The Dragons are in flying form at present, with head coach Steve McNamara working wonders down in Perpignan this season.

Catalans are on a four-game winning streak and go into Thursday’s encounter on the back of a 25-18 victory over Wakefield Trinity at Anfield.

Full-back Sam Tomkins and hooker Micky McIlorum are both available, which will come as another big boost for McNamara with their experience key in guiding the team around the field.

The Dragons will be full of confidence ahead of a return to the KCOM, having secured a 37-6 win over Hull FC just earlier this month.

As for the 2016 and 2017 back-to-back champions the Airlie Birds, they were thumped 55-2 in their last outing against Huddersfield and their Challenge Cup journey could be brought to an end on Thursday night.

Halifax RLFC to win @ 23/20

Halifax will be looking to do a double over Bradford Bulls in the space of a month when the two West Yorkshire sides go head-to-head again on Sunday.

In what was a tight affair, Fax managed to come away from Odsal with the two points in the Championship on May 18, after a 21-14 win.

It should be another fierce encounter this weekend with plenty of local pride at stake.

Although Bradford did beat old rivals Leeds Rhinos on the way to the quarter-finals, this could be the end of the line for the Bulls on Sunday.

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Warren Ashurst Warren has been a sports journalist for over 25 years, both written and broadcast. Having worked as a radio commentator, he has a wealth of experience of seeing top-level sport first hand and specialises in football, golf and cricket.

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