2020 Super League – Wakefield Trinity vs Catalans Dragons Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Wakefield Trinity vs Catalans Dragons taking place? Sunday 9th February, 2020 – 15:00 (UK)

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

What is the expected weather for Wakefield Trinity vs Catalans Dragons? 10c with light rain expected

What channel is Wakefield Trinity vs Catalans Dragons on? Wakefield Trinity vs Catalans Dragons will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Wakefield Trinity vs Catalans Dragons? Wakefield Trinity vs Catalans Dragons cannot be streamed live in the UK

Where can I get tickets for Wakefield Trinity vs Catalans Dragons? Click here for the official Super League ticket section

What was the outcome in the last meeting? Catalans Dragons 44-10 Wakefield Trinity

THE TEAM NEWS

WAKEFIELD TRINITY

  • Wakefield were poor as they made too many errors in their loss to Hull KR and they will be keen to put that effort behind them as they host Catalans but the injury-hit side will have to dig deep to overturn last week’s loss.
  • It could not have been a worse start to the season for Trinity who lost Danny Brough to a potentially serious knee injury and he will be sidelined for the foreseeable future with Ryan Hampshire set to slot in to the halves.
  • Moving Hampshire will mean a gap at fullback that is likely to be filled by Max Jowitt whilst Connor Bailey and Joe Arundel will also hope to force their way into the side after they were named in the 21-man squad with Titus Gwaze the other man to make way along with Brough.

21-man squad: Arundel, Ashurst, Atkins, Bailey, Batchelor, Hampshire, Johnstone, Jowitt, Kershaw, Kirmond, Kopczak, Lyne, Miller, Navarrete, Pitts, Tangata, Tanginoa, Tupou, Westerman, J. Wood, K. Wood

Unavailable: Ben Jones-Bishop (Illness), David Fifita (Injured), Tinirau Arona (Injured), Alex Walker (Injured), George King (Injured), Chris Green (Injured), Jordan Crowther (Injured), Yusuf Aydin (Injured), Danny Brough (Injured)

Questionable: Reece Lyne (Injured)

CATALANS DRAGONS

  • Catalans were comfortably beaten by Huddersfield in their first game of the new season as their campaign got off to a disappointing start and they will be keen to put that behind them in their first away game of the year.
  • New signing Israel Folau was left out for the Dragons last week and he will once again sit this contest out following another week of persistent media attention surrounding his arrival in the south of France.
  • Catalans are already without numerous players and the decision to leave Folau out of their squad leaves them light in the outside backs, particularly with David Mead collecting a knock last week that rules him out of this game with Antoni Maria called-up in his place.

21-man squad: Albert, Baitieri, Bousquet, Casty, Drinkwater, Garcia, Jullien, Kasiano, Langi, Maloney, Marguerite, Maria, McIlorum, Mourgue, Romano, Seguier, Simon, J. Tomkins, S. Tomkins, Whitley, Yaha

Unavailable: Sam Moa (Injured), Lewis Tierney (Injured), Alrix Da Costa (Injured), Mickael Goudemand (Injured), Tom Davies (Injured), David Mead (Injured), Israel Folau (Rested)

Questionable:

THE PREDICTION

Wakefield and Catalans both put in poor performances on the opening weekend of the new season and will need to show a lot more than they did in round 1. Wakefield lacked creativity last week and that is likely to be the case again this week with the loss of scrum-half Danny Brough to injury. There will be a lot of pressure on the shoulder of the new pairing in the halves but this is likely to be a scrappy contest which should see fewer than 44.5 points.

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