Preview: Catalan Dragons v Warrington Wolves
Fifth take on seventh in the Super League this Friday as Warrington Wolves travel to the south of France to take on the Catalan Dragons.
Both teams will be looking to bounce back from defeats last weekend, as the Dragons went down 38-16 to Huddersfield and the Wolves suffered a surprise 40-26 defeat at home to Wakefield.
Warrington are boosted by the return of experienced trio Michael Monaghan, Trent Waterhouse and Simon Grix, although they’ll be without full back Matty Russell after the Scotland international suffered a concussion in the loss to Wakefield.
Catalan welcome back loose forward Greg Mounis from suspension in their only change, and are still without the services of Vincent Duport, who serves the final match of his 3 game suspension, and the injured Olivier Elima, who signed a new 2 year deal with the club this week.
Out of sorts Warrington will be looking to regain form ahead of the important Challenge Cup semi-final against Leeds Rhinos next weekend. The team still has aspirations for a top 4 finish in the league, and with a daunting final 4 fixtures against Castleford, Huddersfield, St Helens and Wigan, Friday’s game is a must win in order to gather some crucial points.
Catalan on the other hand will be looking to tie down their play-off spot. Whilst they currently sit comfortably in 7th place, Widnes, Hull KR, Wakefield and Salford are all finding some late season form and vying for a top 8 finish.
Home advantage shouldn’t be underestimated, with the Dragons having won 9 of their 11 home games in the Super League this season. They haven’t beaten Warrington in the last 4 games between the sides however, most recently going down 42-10 to the Wolves at the Halliwell Jones stadium in May.