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07 Apr 2018 by TSZ

2018 Super League – Catalans Dragons vs Wigan Warriors Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Saturday 07th April, 17:15 (UK)

Where? Stade Gilbert Brutus

What channel is it on? Sky Sports Arena

Where can I stream the match? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

Are tickets still available? https://www.dragons-billetteri...

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

CATALANS DRAGONS

Head Coach: Steve McNamara

Squad: Aiton, Anderson, Baitieri, Bird, Broughton, Bousquet, Casty, Garcia, Gigot, Jullien, Langi, Margalet, McIlorum, Mead, Moa, Simon, Wiliame, Thornley, Yaha

Unavailable: Luke Walsh, Vincent Duport, Lucas Albert

  • Steve McNamara lives to fight another day as his side overcome their disappointing Good Friday result against Salford with a comfortable win over Huddersfield on Monday. The Dragons won just their second game of the season with a 27-6 scoreline.
  • Catalans make just one change to the squad that faced Huddersfield with Ben Garcia replacing Alrix Da Costa.
  • The 27 points that Catalans posted against Huddersfield was their highest of the season so far and was also the first time that they have scored more than 18 points in a game.

WIGAN WARRIORS

Head Coach: Shaun Wane

Squad: Bateman, Burgess, Clubb, Farrell, Flower, Gildart, Hamlin, Isa, Leuluai, Marshall, Navarrete, O’Loughlin, Powell, Sarginson, Sutton, Tautai, J. Tomkins, S. Tomkins, Williams

Unavailable: Morgan Escaré. Tom Davies

  • Wigan bounced back from their disappointing loss at local rivals St Helens on Good Friday with a thumping win over Hull KR on Easter Monday. The Warriors took a while to get going but were too good for Rovers, running out 44-6 winners.
  • Sean O’Loughlin and Taulima Tautai return to the squad having sat out that win with Tom Davies and Josh Ganson dropping out of the squad.
  • Wigan have the best points per game record in the league so far this season with an average of 30.8. They now face the second worst defence in the league with Catalans conceding an average of 24.7 points per game.

THE PREDICTION

Catalans won just their second game of the season against Huddersfield on Monday but now face free-scoring Wigan as they look for back-to-back wins. The Warriors have only lost two games all season whilst the Dragons have won just two, highlighting the challenge that the French outfit face. Rumours have surfaced this week of a potential end-of-season switch for Wigan’s Sam Tomkins, ironically to their opponents in this game. However, that is likely to be at the back of the mind of him and his teammates’ as they look to continue their impressive record this season with another big win likely.

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