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23 Jun 2017 by TSZ

Warrington Wolves vs Catalans Dragons Preview

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The Lowdown

WARRINGTON WOLVES

  • Warrington's miserable run continued as they were knocked out of the Challenge Cup against Wigan to all but consign the Wolves to a season without silverware.
  • Tony Smith is forced into a change with Stefan Ratchford missing due to picking up a suspension last weekend but captain Chris Hill is recalled after serving his own suspension.
  • Warrington have failed to win any of their last six games in any competition and are running out of games to lift themselves into the top 8 before the end of the regular season.

Head Coach: Tony Smith

Squad: Ryan Atkins, Daryl Clark, Mike Cooper, Will Dagger, Brad Dwyer, Kurt Gidley, Chris Hill, Jack Hughes, Jack Johnson, Benjamin Jullien, George King, Tom Lineham, Declan Patton, Kevin Penny, Joe Philbin, Andre Savelio, Ashton Sims, Joe Westerman, Sam Wilde

Unavailable: Stefan Ratchford (Suspended), Toby King (Hamstring), Ben Currie (Knee), Ben Westwood (Hand), Rhys Evans (Shoulder), Harvey Livett (Hamstring), Matty Russell (Knee), Kevin Brown (Foot), Dominic Crosby

CATALANS DRAGONS

  • Catalans finally appointed a new head coach this week in the form of Steve McNamara, the former England boss. He arrives from New Zealand Warriors having joined them as an assistant coach at the start of the season.
  • McNamara is handed a timely boost ahead of his first game in charge as he is able to call upon previously injured quartet Justin Horo, Jodie Broughton, Jason Baitieri and Ben Garcia.
  • Catalans have lost seven of their last eight Super League games but will hope the arrival of a new coach can help the Dragons to an important win as they look to close the gap on the top 8.

Head Coach: Steve McNamara

Squad: Paul Aiton, Louis Anderson, Jason Baitieri, Julian Bousquet, Jodie Broughton, Remi Casty, Alrix Da Costa, Nabil Djalout, Vincent Duport, Ben Garcia, Tony Gigiot, Justin Horo, Thibaut Margalet, Sam Moa, Richie Myler, Mickael Simon, Iain Thornley, Luke Walsh, Fouad Yaha

Unavailable: Jordan Dezaria (Suspended), Luke Burgess (Knee), Thomas Bosc (Injured), Brayden Wiliame (Injured), Greg Bird (Injured), Krisnan Inu (Injured)

Analysis - what to expect
It's not far off last-chance saloon for both of these sides as the end of the regular season draws to a close, with the pair currently sitting outside of the top 8. Having won the League Leaders Shield last season, Warrington face the prospect of having to fight to retain their Super League status in the Middle 8s. Catalans too need to string some wins together to avoid the same fate. Providing there is a winner in this game as well as the Huddersfield vs Wigan encounter, the gap on the top 8 will be no greater than two points.

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