Catalan Dragons vs Wigan Warriors Preview

The Lowdown

CATALAN DRAGONS

  • Catalans were behind for the vast majority of the game but scored with the last play to snatch a dramatic win against Leigh and give themselves a chance of climbing into the top 8.
  • The win against Leigh came at a cost as a fiery encounter saw the Dragons lose three players to suspension with Greg Bird, Ben Garcia and Fouad Yaha all picking up bans with Richie Myler and Mickael Simon also receiving knocks.
  • If the French side can claim a win here, they will close the gap on Wigan to just two points but face an uphill task against a team that have won 13 of the last 15 Super League games between the two sides.

Head Coach: Steve McNamara

Squad: Paul Aiton, Lucas Albert, Louis Anderson, Jason Baitieri, Lambert Belmas, Julian Bousquet, Jodie Broughton, Remi Casty, Alrix Da Costa, Nabil Djalout, Vincent Duport, Tony Gigot, Justin Horo, Krisnan Inu, Thibaut Margalet, Sam Moa, Paul Seguier, Luke Walsh, Brayden Wiliame

Unavailable: Greg Bird (Suspended), Ben Garcia (Suspended), Fouad Yaha (Suspended), Luke Burgess (Knee), Thomas Bosc (Injured), Richie Myler (Shoulder), Mickael Simon (Injured), Iain Thornley (Injured)


WIGAN WARRIORS

  • Wigan's run of league matches without a win ended on eight games as they saw off a spirited Widnes side to claim their first Super League win in nine.
  • Wigan will have to manage the game without head coach Shaun Wane who will be remaining at home to have a hip operation. On the field, Taulima Tautai returns after overcoming a calf problem.
  • Wigan have scored the final try of the game in eight of their last 11 Super League games which could be crucial here with Catalans also showing their mettle late in their game with Leigh last week.

Head Coach: Shaun Wane

Squad: John Bateman, Joe Burgess, Tony Clubb, Tom Davies, Liam Farrell, Callum Field, Anthony Gelling, Oliver Gildart, Willie Isa, Thomas Leuluai, Michael Mcilorum, Frank-Paul Nuuausala, Sean O'Loughlin, Sam Powell, Ryan Sutton, Taulima Tautai, Sam Tomkins, Jack Wells, George Williams

Unavailable: Ben Flower (Achilles), Morgan Escaré (Knee), Dom Manfredi (Knee), Jake Shorrocks (Knee), Joel Tomkins (Groin), Liam Marshall, Lewis Tierney


What to expect?

If Catalans and Wigan had both failed to win last weekend, they would have been heading into this game with just one win between them in their last 19 Super League matches combined. As it is, they both won their games but three from 19 doesn't paint it in a much better light. Both are short of form but it remains to be seen how last week's wins will work out for the respective sides. Catalans go into the game in a worse state having been forced into five changes from last week's team which will leave Wigan will fancying their chances against the leakiest defence in Super League and should confirm their Super 8s spot here.