Written by Callum Walker
Saturday 12th September, 17:00, Super League Round 12, Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan, Catalans Dragons versus Wigan Warriors Match Preview
It will be the first game with spectators since March as Catalans open the gates to 5,000 fans ahead of the eagerly-anticipated clash with Wigan. The Warriors sit in third, having dropped two places following their surprise loss to Hull KR in round 11. Catalans, however, are in fourth, four points behind Wigan, but having played three games less. The French side are on a three-game winning streak whilst Wigan’s own three-game winning streak ended last week.
Catalans are without Sam Moa, Micky McIlorum, Josh Drinkwater, David Mead and Tom Davies as Samisoni Langi, Lambert Belmas, Julian Bousquet and Lewis Tierney come in.
|21 Man Squad|
|Lucas Albert||Jason Baitieri|
|Lambert Belmas||Julian Bousquet|
|Remi Casty||Alrix Da Costa|
|Israel Folau||Ben Garcia|
|Mickael Goudemand||Benjamin Jullien|
|Sam Kasiano||Samisoni Langi|
|James Maloney||Antoni Maria|
|Arthur Mourgue||Arthur Romano|
|Lewis Tierney||Joel Tomkins|
|Sam Tomkins||Matt Whitley|
Coach: Steve McNamara
Adrian Lam has reshuffled his squad following last week’s defeat to Hull KR with Sean O’Loughlin, Ethan Havard, Joe Bullock and George Burgess coming in for Ben Flower, Liam Byrne, Amir Bourouh and Chris Hankinson.
|21 Man Squad|
|Jake Bibby||Joe Bullock|
|Joe Burgess||George Burgess|
|Mitch Clark||Liam Farrell|
|Bevan French||Oliver Gildart|
|Joe Greenwood||Zak Hardaker|
|Jackson Hastings||Joseph Havard|
|Willie Isa||Thomas Leuluai|
|Dom Manfredi||Sean O’Loughlin|
|Oliver Partington||Sam Powell|
|Joseph Shorrocks||Harry Smith|
Coach: Adrian Lam
Wigan ran out 46-12 winners the last time these two sides met back in 2019. In fact, the Warriors have lost just once in their past 12 games against Catalans.
Catalans Dragons by 12