Wigan Warriors vs Catalans Dragons Super League Round 23 Preview


Wigan will be looking to close the gap on nearest rivals St. Helens when they host in form Catalan dragons this Friday evening (kick off 8pm)

Having secured their top eight position the dragons rest a number of key players with David Mead, Remi Casty, Ben Garia, Mickael Simon, Lewis Tierney, Benjamin Jullien and Josh Drinkwater all being rested .

Wigan have a successful track record against the dragons having won nine of the previous ten encounters.They bring Ollie Partington into the mix whilst ex Swinton three quarter Chris Hankinson retains his place after an impressive debut .

Iain Thorniley and Michael Mcillorum will be fired up against their former team mates and the dragons still have in form Kenny Edwards ,Brayden Wiliame and Samsoni Langi available for this clash whist in form young winger Fouad Yaha will be looking to add to an impressive run of tries .

In this game it’s likely that the visitors will miss their playmaker Josh Drinkwater a little too much and on a scorching Friday evening expect Tom Davies and Liam Marshall to take full advantage .

I’m predicting a close first twenty before the forward pack of Wigan start to dominate. Tony Clubb and Ben Flower are real tough customers and once Wigan get the ball wide I expect them to take full advantage with a 24-28 victory

Watch out for the two Frenchmen in the Wigan team of course with Morgan Escare and Romaine Navarette looking to impress as we move into the later phases of the season

Wigan Warriors (from): Bateman, Clubb, Davies, Escare, Flower, Greenwood, Hamlin, Hankinson, Isa, Kibula, Leuluai, Marshall, Navarette, Partington, Powell, Sarginson, Tautai, Tomkins, Woods.

Catalans Dragons (from): Broughton, Thornley, Wiliame, Yaha, Langi, Moa, Anderson, Bird, Bousquet, Baitieri, McIlorum, Albert, Maria, Da Costa, Belmas, Perez, Gigot, Goudemand, Edwards.

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