Wigan Warriors vs Catalans Dragons Preview

The Lowdown

WIGAN WARRIORS

  • Wigan's form dramatically improved over the Easter period but that largely coincided with the return to fitness of some of their regular starters as the absentee list has reduced.
  • They are still without a number of players however and were hit with the news that Tony Clubb will have a kidney removed due to a complication and he is ruled out for some time.
  • Joel Tomkins has a foot problem while Anthony Gelling is suspended but they do welcome back Michael McIlorum and Joe Burgess after the duo were left out as a precaution on Easter Monday.

Head Coach: Shaun Wane

Squad: Joe Bretherton, Tom Davies, Morgan Escaré, Liam Farrell, Ben Flower, Liam Forsyth, Nick Gregson, Willie Isa, Thomas Leuluai, Liam Marshall, Michael McIlorum, Romain Navarrete, Frank-Paul Nuuausala, Sean O'Loughlin, Sam Powell, Ryan Sutton, Taulima Tautai, George Williams

Unavailable: Joel Tomkins (Foot), Anthony Gelling (Suspended), Tony Clubb (Kidney), Oliver Gildart (Back), Jack Wells (Ankle), Sam Tomkins (Ankle), Dom Manfredi (Knee), John Bateman (Shoulder), Jake Shorrocks (Knee), Lewis Tierney (Knee), Callum Field, Josh Ganson

CATALANS DRAGONS

  • Laurent Frayssinous' men have turned things around in recent weeks with three wins on the spin and the destruction of Salford on Easter Monday was their best performance of the season so far.
  • They have two injuries to contend with as regular starters Kristian Inu and Justin Horo are both out injured so they are replaced in the 19-man squad by Alrix Da Costa and Ugo Perez.
  • The Dragons have had the most balanced schedule in recent weeks as their first match over Easter fell on the Wednesday so their fitness levels have not been as depleted as many other teams.

Head Coach: Laurent Frayssinous

Squad: Paul Aiton, Lucas Albert, Louis Anderson, Lambert Belmas, Thomas Bosc, Julian Bousquet, Remi Casty, Alrix Da Costa, Vincent Duport, Ben Garcia, Tony Gigot, Thibaut Margalet, Sam Moa, Richie Myler, Ugo Perez, Mickael Simon, Iain Thornley, Luke Walsh, Fouad Yaha

Unavailable: Justin Horo (Injured), Krisnan Inu (Injured), Luke Burgess (Knee), Jason Baitieri (Injured), Greg Bird (Thumb), Jodie Broughton, Brayden Wiliame, Paul Seguier


Analysis - what to expect
The Easter period served both of these teams well in helping get their season's back on track and snap negative streaks. Wigan's team news is pretty neutral based on recent weeks but Catalans are missing a couple of regulars which may affect them, and combined with home advantage, that should see Wigan win a third game in a row.