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14 Sep 2018 by Ash Wheldon

2018 Super League – Wakefield Trinity vs Catalans Dragons Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 14th September, 19:45

Where? Beaumont Legal Stadium

What channel is it on? Wakefield Trinity vs Catalans Dragons will not be televised live

Where can I stream the match? N/A

Are tickets still available? https://trinity.mysportstickets.co.uk/

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

WAKEFIELD TRINITY

Head Coach: Chris Chester

Squad: Arona, Arundel, Ashurst, Batchelor, Crowther, England, Grix, Hampshire, Hirst, Horo, Huby, Johnstone, Jowitt, Lyne, Miller, Pauli, Randell, Tupou, Wood

Unavailable: Danny Kirmond, David Fifita, Ben Jones-Bishop, Chris Annakin

  • Wakefield fell short in their attempt to topple Wigan last week with the Warriors showing too much class for Trinity. They competed well but errors were their downfall as they went down 25-10.

  • In two changes to last week’s squad, Anthony England and Max Jowitt come into the side for Chris Annakin and Ben Jones-Bishop.

  • Wakefield will see this as a perfect opportunity to rise to fifth place but must put their inconsistent form behind them having won just three of their last six matches.

CATALANS DRAGONS

Head Coach: Steve McNamara

Squad: Albert, Baitieri, Belmas, Bird, Da Costa, Drinkwater, Duport, Edwards, Garcia, Gigot, Goudemand, Jullien, Margalet, Mead, Moa, Perez, Simon, Tierney, Wiliame

Unavailable: Jodie Broughton, Louis Anderson, Samisoni Langi, Remi Casty, Julian Bousquet, Michael McIlorum

  • Steve McNamara was left fuming after his side were beaten late on by St Helens in a controversial game. McNamara didn’t hold back with his comments aimed at referee Liam Moore after his side were narrowly beaten 22-26.

  • Top scorer Fouad Yaha has left the club to make the switch to rugby union with immediate effect. Samisoni Langi, Remi Casty, Julian Bousquet and Michael McIlorum all picked up knocks last week and are replaced by Thibaud Margalet, Ugo Perez, Ben Garcia and Lambert Belmas.

  • Catalans have now lost their last five Super League matches and that run might be extended here as they travel without a couple of key players.

THE PREDICTION

Catalans will still be licking their wounds after a defeat at home to St Helens last week, one which felt very unjustified to the French club. They will be looking to bounce back here but are missing several key players which can play into the hands of Wakefield who are looking to go into fifth place. Trinity fought hard against Wigan last week but made too many errors to cause any real problems whilst Catalans were impressive and will feel they only lost because of some poor refereeing decisions. They can bounce back here but it will be difficult, particularly without influential captain Remi Casty. Wakefield will look to take full advantage and will seize their opportunity to take fifth place in the Super League table.

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