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10 Aug 2018 by Ash Wheldon

2018 Super League – Warrington Wolves vs Catalans Dragons Preview

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AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 10th August, 19:45

Where? The Halliwell Jones Stadium

What channel is it on? Warrington Wolves vs Catalans Dragons will not be televised live

Where can I stream the match? N/A

Are tickets still available? https://shop.warringtonwolves.com/match-tickets.aspx

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

WARRINGTON WOLVES

Head Coach: Steve Price

Squad: Akauola, K. Brown, M. Brown, Charnley, Clark, Goodwin, Hill, Hughes, G. King, T. King, Lineham, Livett, Patton, Philbin, Pomeroy, Roberts, Smith, Thompson, Westwood

Unavailable: Ben Currie, Ryan Atkins, Mike Cooper, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Stefan Ratchford

  • After losing to a penalty by Danny Richardson from his own half on the hooter, Warrington bounced back in the best possible fashion by hammering Leeds to qualify for the Challenge Cup final last week.

  • Steve Price has chosen to rest a few of his players after that game with Mike Cooper, Ben Murdoch-Masila and Stefan Ratchford all left out. Bodene Thompson will make his debut after signing from Leigh.

  • Warrington only lost three home games in the regular season whilst drawing with their opponents in this game in Round 21.

CATALANS DRAGONS

Head Coach: Steve McNamara

Squad: Albert, Baitieri, Belmas, Casty, Da Costa, Duport, Edwards, Garcia, Goudemand, Langi, Margalet, Maria, Mead, McIlorum, Perez, Simon, Thornley, Wiliame, Yaha

Unavailable: Jodie Broughton, Greg Bird, Lewis Tierney, Benjamin Jullien, Josh Drinkwater, Louis Anderson, Julian Bousquet, Tony Gigot, Sam Moa

  • Catalans produced one of the best display’s in their existence as they shocked St Helens in last week’s Challenge Cup semi-final. That came on the back of resting some important players at Wigan the week before and despite playing with 12-men for over 40 minutes, only lost 25-20.

  • Steve McNamara has rested numerous players after last week’s brilliant effort with the likes of Josh Drinkwater and Tony Gigot missing out for the Dragons.

  • Catalans’ defeat to Wigan was their first in six league matches but the Dragons only won two away games throughout their regular season campaign.

THE PREDICTION

In a dress rehearsal for the Challenge Cup final at the end of the month, Warrington face Catalans with both teams choosing to rest some of their stars. The Dragons have rested significantly more following their sensational win last week but will travel to Warrington with nothing to lose. The Wolves need a win to keep in touch with second-placed Wigan to try and earn a home semi-final in the play-offs whilst the Dragons are too far back to threaten. Last week’s effort is likely to have taken a lot out of those who back up and although they’ll be game, the home side will have too much.

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