SL Preview: Catalan v Wakefield

Catalan Dragons will look to get back to winning ways when they take on Wakefield in Perpignan on Saturday.

Laurent Frayssinous’ side drew 17-17 with Castleford last week, while Richard Agar’s men lost a tight one 18-16 to Huddersfield.

Agar gets to have a closer look at some of the players who may play for him during France‘s World Cup campaign at the end of the year.

Catalan duo of Scott Dureau and Lopini Paea are both still recovering from surgery, while Julian Bousquet is still suspended.

Zab Taia, 28, has flown back to Australia for family reasons and will also miss the fixture.

But Brent Webb is set to make his return to the side following his suspension and young international forward Antoni Maria is also named in the 19-man squad.

The Wildcats have made two changes to their line-up with the injured Danny Kirmond and Vince Mellars dropping out. Replacing them are Matty Wildie and Kyle Trout with the latter featuring for Doncaster the previous two weeks. Reece Lyne is also out of the game with Lee Smith taking his place

Catalan Dragons 19-man squad: Webb, Blanch, Pryce, Bosc, Elima, Henderson, Casty, Menzies, Anderson, Mounis, Maria, Pelissier, Larroyer, Millard, Pala, Simon, Fakir, Baitieri, Duport

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 19-man squad: Mathers, Fox, Collis, Smith, Cockayne, Sykes, Smith, Poore, Aiton, Raleigh, Lauitiiti, Washbrook, Wood, Amor, Wilkes, Mariano, Trout, Wildie, Annakin

Prediction: Can’t see past a Catalan win here they will be too powerful for Wakefield.

Super League summary:

Catalan Dragons won 8
Wakefield won 9
Catalan Dragons highest score: 42-22 (A, 2011) (Widest margin: 34-10, H, 2012)
Wakefield highest score: 40-20 (H, 2007) (Widest margin: 38-14, A, 2011)

 

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