Friday, 8 March 2013

Wigan v Catalan preview

Tonight sees Wigan host French side Catalans Dragons in a match that each year I put up with games against Leeds and Huddersfield because of consistently for mixed results.

In 2011 at the DW, Wigan were outplayed on a rainy night in April losing 47-28 but since then the Warriors are unbeaten in 3 games including two crushing Play-off wins (44-0, 46-6) and the last home league game exactly a year ago finishing 36-12.  This means that Catalans will be eager to ruin Wigan's record and push themselves to the top of the Super League.

Even though we are only in week six, this game can mean a lot as tonight's winners could go top and in doing so tighten up the top 4 with some big games in the coming weeks.

Wigan have doubts over O'Loughlin and Tuson but still name the same nineteen that beat Casteleford on Sunday, Catalan welcome back Anderson while Baile and Vaccari look set to make their first appearances of the season. Two major injuries may hamper the French with Webb and Dureau out long term.

Wigan: Burke, Charnley, Crosby, Dudson, Farrell, Flower, Green, Hughes, McIlorum, O'Loughlin, Powell, Richards, Smith, Lloyd, Taylor, Thornley, L Tomkins, S Tomkins, Tuson.
Catalans: Blanch, Pryce, Bosc, Elima, Henderson, Casty, Menzies, Anderson, Mounis, Pelissier, Larroyer, Millard, Pala, Simon, Fakir, Baitieri, Duport, Vaccari, Baile.

As my predictions have been mixed this season and the inconsistent form in Wigan v Catalan games in the past I am going to say Wigan 36 Catalans 18.