2018 Super League – Wigan Warriors vs Catalans Dragons Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Friday 27th July, 20:00

Where? The DW Stadium

What channel is it on? Wigan Warriors vs Catalans Dragons will not be televised live

Where can I stream the match? N/A

Are tickets still available? https://www.eticketing.co.uk/wiganwarriors/EDP/Event/Index/1898

THE STATISTICS

THE LOWDOWN

WIGAN WARRIORS

Head Coach: Shaun Wane

Squad: Bateman, Clubb, Davies, Escaré, Flower, Greenwood, Hamlin, Hankinson, Isa, Kibula, Leuluai, Marshall, Navarette, Patrington, Powell, Sarginson, Tautai, Tomkins, Woods

Unavailable: Joe Burgess, Ryan Sutton, George Williams, Liam Farrell, Sean O’Loughlin, Oliver Gildart

  • Wigan were beaten by local rivals St Helens last week as Saints opened up a 10-point gap over the Warriors. Saints defended very well to keep Wigan at bay and whilst the Warriors did a decent job defensively themselves, it wasn’t enough as they went down 6-14.

  • Wigan make just one change to their squad with Liam Paisley dropping out in place of another youngster, Ollie Patrington.

  • The Warriors’ loss last week was their second in a row and their third in five matches. They retain their spot in second place but have Warrington and Castleford just a point behind them ahead of the league split.

CATALANS DRAGONS

Head Coach: Steve McNamara

Squad: Albert, Anderson, Baitieri, Belmas, Bird, Bousquet, Broughton, Da Costa, Edwards, Gigot, Goudemand, Langi, Maria, McIlorum, Moa, Perez, Thornley, Wiliame, Yaha

Unavailable: Paul Aiton, Thibaud Margalet, David Mead, Remi Casty, Ben Garcia, Mika Simon, Lewis Tierney, Benjamin Jullien, Josh Drinkwater

  • Catalans secured their Super League status for another season after they comfortably beat Salford last week. The Dragons maintained their fine run of form thanks to an eight-try display with four coming from winger Fouad Yaha in a 44-10 win.

  • The Dragons have made numerous changes to their squad with one eye on the Challenge Cup semi-final. They have chosen to rest David Mead, Remi Casty, Ben Garcia, Mika Simon, Lewis Tierney, Benjamin Jullien and Josh Drinkwater with Lucas Albert, Antoni Maria, Iain Thornley, Mickael Goudemand, Lambert Belmas, Ugo Perez and Alrix Da Costa coming into the 19.

  • Catalans head to the DW Stadium full of confidence with them unbeaten in eight of their last nine contests with the Dragons not tasting defeat in their last five matches.

THE PREDICTION

Catalans’ turnaround has been spectacular and they now have a Challenge Cup semi-final to look forward to after retaining their Super League status last week. They send an under-strength squad to Wigan with that game in mind, presenting Wigan with a good chance to bounce back from two straight defeats. The second of those came against local rivals St Helens last week with the league leaders again setting the benchmark for the rest of Super League. Wigan battled hard but were always second best. With Warrington and Castleford just a point behind the second-placed Warriors, they will need to get back to winning ways but should do on home soil with last week’s defeat their first at the DW this season.