Super League match preview: Catalan Dragons v Wakefield Wildcats

Date: 20/6/15

Venue: Stade Gilbert Brutus

Kick Off: 17:00 (BST)

Referee: Phil Bentham

Teams:

Catalan Dragons: 1 Morgan Escaré, 3 Ben Pomeroy, 7 Scott Dureau, 8 Olivier Elima, 9 Ian Henderson, 10 Rémi Casty, 12 Louis Anderson, 13 Greg Mounis, 14 Thomas Bosc, 15 Jeff Lima, 16 Eloi Pelissier, 17 Elliott Whitehead, 18 Ben Garcia, 20 Damien Cardace, 23 Antoni Maria, 24 Jason Baitieri, 27 Fouad Yaha, 28 Tony Gigot, 30 Krisnan Inu

Wakefield Wildcats: 26 Chris Annakin, 28 Joe Arundel, 14 Pita Godinet, 24Tom Johnstone, 21 Max Jowitt, 31 Ben Kavanagh, 25 Ian Kirke, 12 Danny Kirmond, 4 Reece Lyne, 9 Paul McShane, 6 Jacob Miller, 19 Jon Molloy, 5 Richard Owen, 2 Chris Riley, 15 Matt Ryan, 8 Nick Scruton, 16 Mickael Simon, 7 Tim Smith, 13 Danny Washbrook

Last Ten Meetings

Wakefield 4-40 Catalan (SLR8 2/4/15)

Catalan 40-6 Wakefield (SLR21 19/7/14)

Wakefield 56-14 Catalan (SLR4 9/3/14)

Wakefield 30-12 Catalan (SLR14 4/5/13)

Catalan 29-22 Wakefield (SLR5 2/3/13)

Catalan 34-10 Wakefield (SLR19 30/6/12)

Wakefield 32-22 Catalan (SLR9 31/3/12)

Wakefield 22-42 Catalan (SLR15 29/5/11)

Catalan 14-38 Wakefield (SLR2 19/2/11)

Catalan 30-23 Wakefield (SLR18 19/6/10)

Preview:

Catalan Dragons will be hoping to cement their place in the top 8 with a win against basement side Wakefield on Saturday.

The Dragons currently sit 7th in Super League, three points above 9th place Widnes Vikings, while the Wildcats find themselves nine points adrift of Salford at the foot of the table.

It will be a very difficult task for Wakefield in Perpignan as Laurent Frayssinous’ men have a formidible record at the Stade Gilbert Brutus, only losing there to Leeds Rhinos this season.

Frankie Mariano, Chris Dean and Kevin Penny were among the try scorers the last time the West Yorkshire side earned a win in the South of France almost four and a half years ago.

Frayssinous has named new signing Krisnan Inu in his provisional squad for Saturday’s game, while Jeff Lima returns following his four match suspension.

However the hosts are still without Todd Carney, Willie Tonga, Michael Oldfield and Vincent Duport.

Wakefield conceded fewer than 30 points last week for the first time since Round 5, a sign that new coach Brian Smith is having a positive effect on the squad.

He will be without Dan Smith (rib) and Stuart Howarth (wrist) for the trip to France after both picked up knocks in defeat last time out to Salford.

Better news for 61 year-old Smith is the return to the squad of Richie Owen, who missed out against the Red Devils, while Reece Lyne is back after missing the last two rounds.

18 year-old Max Jowitt is also included in Smith’s squad, while Mickael Simon will line up against his former club.

Catalan will be hoping to maintain their good form on home soil with a sixth win from their last seven home games.

Wakefield last tasted victory in the Challenge Cup in April and haven’t won in Super League since Round 2 – 15 games ago – which is the club’s worst winless run in the competition.

19 year-old outside back Tom Johnstone will be hoping to add to his six tries in seven games for the Wildcats, while captain Danny Kirmond has scored a four pointer in each of his last two games.

This season’s top goal kicker, Scott Dureau, will make his 75th Super League appearance for Catalan against Wakefield.

Elliott Whitehead has been in top form again this season and the NRL-bound second rower has notched up six tries in his last three appearances for the Dragons against Wakefield.

Prediction – Dragons by 28: Catalan usually win at home and against this season’s whipping boys they shouldn’t have too many problems. They have won their last two meetings by an aggregate scoreline of 80-10. But Brian Smith’s arrival will have boosted Wakefield, so they won’t just roll over, however it is hard to see them getting near the Dragons in this.

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