2018 Super League – Wakefield Trinity vs Catalans Dragons Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Saturday 07th July, 18:30

Where? The Mobile Rocket 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/events/home/Catalan_Dragons_56

THE LOWDOWN

WAKEFIELD TRINITY

Head Coach: Chris Chester

Squad: Annakin, Arona, Ashurst, Caton-Brown, England, Fifita, Finn, Hampshire, Hirst, Horo, Johnstone, Jones-Bishop, Jowitt, Lyne, Miller, Pauli, Randell, Tupou, Wood

Unavailable: Jordan Crowther, Joe Arundel, Craig Huby, Danny Kirmond, James Batchelor

  • Wakefield pushed league leaders St Helens all the way last week but their comeback effort wasn’t quite enough to claim the win. Despite trailing 20-6 at the break, Trinity hit the front midway through the second half but couldn’t hang on as Saints claimed a 34-30 win.

  • James Batchelor misses out with a head knock and is replaced in the 19-man squad by Justin Horo.

  • Wakefield have won six of their nine home games in the league this season and the three losses only came by a combined nine points.

CATALANS DRAGONS

Head Coach: Steve McNamara

Squad: Anderson, Baitieri, Bird, Bousquet, Casty, Drinkwater, Edwards, Garcia, Gigot, Goudemand, Jullien, Langi, McIlorum, Mead, Moa, Simon, Tierney, Wiliame, Yaha

Unavailable: Paul Aiton, Lucas Albert, Thibaud Margalet, Jodie Broughton, Antoni Maria

  • Catalans’ remarkable turnaround continued last week as they produced a great win against Castleford, scoring more points in a single game than they have managed so far this season. The Dragons ran in 44 points with them only conceding 16 in the process.

  • Sam Moa has completed his ban and replaces Vincent Duport in the only change to Steve McNamara’s squad.

  • Catalans have won five of their last six Super League matches whilst they picked up their only league away win in their last encounter on the road against Leeds.

THE PREDICTION

Catalans continue to climb up the table as their good run of form was maintained with a brilliant win over Castleford last week. They sit just two points behind their opponents in this one with a win here really dragging Wakefield back into the mix to drop into the Middle 8s. Trinity were impressive in defeat against St Helens last week and will feel aggrieved that several decisions went against them that could have seen them topple the league leaders for the second time this season. They now return to home soil where they are difficult to beat but face an in-form team who will be keen to go level on points with the team they face here. This could go either way but Wakefield’s home record just gives them the edge but it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Dragons win again too.