2019 Super League – Wakefield Trinity vs Catalans Dragons Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Wakefield Trinity vs Catalans Dragons taking place? Thursday 21st February, 19:45

Where is Wakefield Trinity vs Catalans Dragons taking place? The Mobile Rocket Stadium

What channel is Wakefield Trinity vs Catalans Dragons on in the UK? Sky Sports Arena

Where can I stream the match in the UK? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match online via Sky Go

Where can I get tickets for Wakefield Trinity vs Catalans Dragons?

Wakefield Trinity – https://trinity.mysportstickets.co.uk/

Catalans Dragons – https://www.dragons-billetterie.com/uk

THE TEAM NEWS

WAKEFIELD TRINITY

Head Coach: Chris Chester

Squad: Arona, Arundel, Ashurst, Batchelor, Brough, Crowther, England, Fifita, Hampshire, Hirst, Horo, Johnstone, Jones-Bishop, King, Kopczak, Lyne, Miller, Tupou, Wood

Unavailable: Pauli Pauli, Tyler Randell, Craig Huby, Danny Kirmond

  • Wakefield showed a good response to their disappointing display in their opening round defeat at London by pushing St Helens close but ultimately slipped to their second consecutive defeat with a late try sealing their fate.

  • Wakefield will be without the services of prop Craig Huby after he was ruled out for up to four months with a shoulder injury whilst captain Danny Kirmond is also out after he picked up a knock.

  • James Batchelor returns to Chris Chester’s 19-man squad after he overcame an injury that kept him out of the St Helens fixture and he is joined by Keegan Hirst who may get a chance in the front row.

CATALANS DRAGONS

Head Coach: Steve McNamara

Squad: Baitieri, Casty, Edwards, Garcia, Gigot, Goudemand, Jullien, Langi, Maria, McIlorum, Mead, Moa, Simon, Smith, Tierney, Tomkins, Whitley, Wiliame

Unavailable: Greg Bird, Jodie Broughton, Julian Bousquet

  • Catalans got their first win of the season when they hosted Huddersfield last time out and will now be looking for their first away win as they look to become a stronger team on their travels this season.
  • The Dragons have re-signed winger Fouad Yaha after his move to rugby union didn't work out and may come straight into the side if his move is ratified by the RFL in time for this game.
  • Steve McNamara has only named an 18-man squad in the hope Yaha will be registered and that squad contains David Mead after he was left out for personal reasons against Huddersfield whilst prop Julian Bousquest is out.

THE PREDICTION

This is an intriguing affair to kick-off Round 3 of Super League with both teams able to claim the win. It could be a tight contest with both teams going toe-to-toe up front and with Wakefield having a few injuries in the pack, Catalans might be able to utilise their big and dynamic forwards to roll up the pitch. Wakefield will need a repeat of the effort shown against St Helens but they may struggle to match that intensity and the Dragons can take advantage to claim the win.