Catalans Dragons coach Steve McNamara has lavished praise upon youngster Arthur Mourgue, saying he has “God-given talent” (Match Betting – Catalans Dragons 2/7, Hull KR 3/1, tie 25/1).

The 22-year-old has made a big impact this season, playing in a variety of positions.

The Frenchman has filled in at scrum-half, full-back and hooker, and will play at stand-off on Saturday in the absence of regular James Moloney, due to suspension.

His form has contributed greatly to Catalans’ season thus far, as they find themselves top of the Betfred Super League table, ahead of defending Grand Final winner St Helens (Grand Final Winner – Catalans 11/4, St Helens 7/4).

On Saturday, they face Hull KR in Betfred Super League in what has been a hastily arranged fixture.

The Perpignan outfit were due to play Challenge Cup runners up Castleford Tigers but Daryl Powell’s men had to withdraw following a Covid-19 outbreak.

The Robins, who have been out of action for five weeks due to similar issues, agreed to step in and ease their fixture pile-up.

With Tony Smith’s men likely to display signs of rustiness, it should be an ideal fixture for the table-toppers.

Ahead of the game, McNamara has been talking up the influence of Mourgue (11/10 Anytime Tryscorer) and says he can continue to have a huge impact.

“We’re really pleased with him. His progression has been great,” McNamara said.

“He’s a really sensible, professional young man who is performing well. There are parts of his game that he’d want to keep improving but he’s learning three or four different positions.

“That’s his biggest value to us. He’s got something there in terms of his speed, power, and his agility, he’s a God-given talent and his value to the team is growing.”

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