Friday, 16 August 2013

Warriors Travel To France to Face Dragons

The trip to Wembley is only a week away as Wigan make the long trip to Perpignan to face Catalan in what is a critical game in the chase for the League Leaders Shield and the play-offs despite some fans suggesting the game is nothing in comparison to the Challenge Cup Final.

Due to a bad run of form, Wigan need to win on Saturday to have any chance of retaining the LLS and face Catalan who like themselves have had mixed form but came away from Bradford last week with a 22-23 victory to surely confirm a play-off place.

Catalan are sat in sixth but with Saints two points ahead in 5th and Bradford only six points and a slight points difference behind in ninth, a win is a must to try and secure a home draw in the play-offs while for Wigan, the joy of seeing rivals Warrington stunned by Widnes last night means a win pushes them back to second place ahead of the double-header with  Hull.

Both sides have injury concerns with Catalan missing Louis Anderson, Jason Baitieri Zeb Taia, Mickael Simon, Daryl Millard, and Rémi Casty while Wigan are without Sean O'Loughlin and Darrell Goulding but Sam Tomkins does travel amid rumours that he will be announced next week as a signing for the NRL's New Zealand Warriors.

Catalan -Brent Webb, Damien Blanch, Leon Pryce, Thomas Bosc, Scott Dureau, Olivier Elima, Ian Henderson, Steve Menzies, Greg Mounis, Antoni Maria,  Eloi Pelissier, Kevin Larroyer,  Julian Bousquet, Jamal Fakir, Lopini Paea, Vincent Duport, Frédéric Vaccari, Elliott Whitehead, Benjamin Garcia.

Wigan -Greg Burke, Josh Charnley, Dom Crosby, Gil Dudson, Liam Farrell, Ben Flower, Anthony Gelling, Blake Green, Harrison Hansen, Jack Hughes, Michael McIlorum, Lee Mossop, Pat Richards, Matty Smith, Scott Taylor, Iain Thornley, Logan Tomkins, Sam Tomkins, Chris Tuson.

Recent meetings have seen Wigan come out top including earlier this season as they won 38-0 at the DW but this time I think will be closer so I am going for Catalan 18 Wigan 30