2018 Super League – Catalans Dragons vs Wigan Warriors Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Saturday 18th August, 17:15

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-billetterie.com/uk

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

CATALANS DRAGONS

Head Coach: Steve McNamara

Squad: Albert, Anderson, Baitieri, Belmas, Bousquet, Da Costa, Drinkwater, Edwards, Gigot, Goudemand, Jullien, Langi, Maria, McIlorum, Moa, Thornley, Tierney, Wiliame, Yaha

Unavailable: Jodie Broughton, Greg Bird, Remi Casty, Ben Garcia, Mickael Simon, David Mead

  • Catalans were hammered last week as they fielded an inexperienced side in order to rest some of their first team stars after their Challenge Cup semi-final exploits. The Dragons went down 56-6 against Warrington as they conceded 10 tries in the process.

  • Remi Casty, Ben Garcia, Mickael Simon and David Mead are all rested ahead of the Challenge Cup final although more players may also be left out come kick off after 11 first-teamers were given a break last week.

  • Catalans have put all of their eggs in the Challenge Cup basket with their attention expected to be on next week rather than a league game with little on the line as the Dragons have no realistic chance of making the top 4.

WIGAN WARRIORS

Head Coach: Shaun Wane

Squad: Bateman, Clubb, Davies, Escaré, Flower, Greenwood, Hamlin, Isa, Kibula, Leuluai, Marshall, Mullen, Navarette, Patrington, Powell, Sarginson, Sutton, Tomkins, Williams

Unavailable: Joe Burgess, Dom Manfredi, Liam Farrell, Sean O’Loughlin, Oliver Gildart, Chris Hankinson, Taulima Tautai, Liam Paisley

  • Wigan were given a scare by Castleford last week having gone in 20-0 up at the break. The Warriors were dominant in the first half but allowed the Tigers back into the game in the second half and just managed to hang on 24-22.

  • Shaun Wane makes just one change to last week’s 19-man squad with Craig Mullen coming in for Josh Woods.

  • Wigan have won their last two matches having lost the previous two and last week’s win saw them extend their lead in second place to three points.

THE PREDICTION

Catalans host Wigan with the Dragons likely to be distracted by the Challenge Cup final next week. They rested a host of stars last week and will rest some again this week as they have little to play for in the league whereas they could lift their first piece of silverware at Wembley next week. The Warriors claimed an important win last week to maintain their spot in second place and will extend that three-point lead even further over at least one of Castleford and Warrington with those two set to face each other on Friday night. Catalans may well field more of their first-teamers this week but their attention will rightly be focused on next week with Wigan able to capitalise.