Salford vs Catalans Group Information
The Salford Red Devils welcome back some key players, including Jack Ormondroyd, Kallum Watkins and Mark Flanagan, while the Catalans Dragons will do without Sam and Joel Tomkins for Monday's Super League clash
Last update: 02/11/2010, 10:49 am
The Catalans' Sam Tomkins will no longer be involved with Salford on Monday
Salford has striker Mark Flanagan returning from injury and second rower Jack Ormondroyd is available to duel with Catalans Dragons on Monday after missing the Coral Challenge Cup final due to coronavirus.
Seb Ikahihifo, Kris Welham and Kallum Watkins are also returning after sitting out the last game against St. Helens.
The Dragons are without brothers Sam and Joel Tomkins, Matt Whitley and Jason Baitieri, but Captain Remi Casty and center Samisoni Langi have recovered from an injury.
The Catalans have been hardest hit by the effects of Covid-19 – they have played five fewer games than most of their rivals and seven players recently tested positive for the virus – and they have done more than any other club to keep it going Season to ensure match.
McNamara, whose squad is still in fourth place despite just 12 games, says their determination to hit the current 15-game threshold to qualify for the play-offs remains intact and they make a debut at the Grand Final focus on November 27th.
"We'll do whatever it takes, that's what we said from the start," he said. "Clearly, we're one of the teams with a chance of winning the grand finale.
"We have to start all over again on Monday and, whatever the format, we will give ourselves a great opportunity to start this year."
"It's exciting. I think everyone who watched the game on Friday night saw Saints and Wigan raise the standard and show that the play-offs are coming.
"It's a touching distance and if you want to compete and play well, that's the level you have to reach.
"We have Salford and Saints here on Thursday and they are all systems to us. The intent is to get into the top four and tomorrow's game is important for us to do that."