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Super League preview: Dragons vs Wildcats

Date: Saturday 19th July

Venue: Stade Gilbert Brutus

Kick-off: 5pm

TEAMS

Catalan Dragons: Escare, Pryce, Pomeroy, Oldfield, Bosc, Elima, Henderson, Lima, Taia, Anderson, Maria, Pelissier, Whitehead, Millard, Simon, Bousquet, Paea, Baitieri, Williams

Wakefield Wildcats: Mathers, Lyne, Sykes, Anderson, McShane, Lauititi, Kirmond, Washbrook, Wildie, Ryan, Moore, Tautai, Keinhorst, Sammut, Scruton, Riley, Owen, Gilmour, Smith

PREVIEW

Wakefield travel to France on Saturday looking to extend the unbeaten run they are currently enjoying under new manager James Webster. The Australian coach replaced Richard Agar last month and has overseen wins against Wigan Warriors and Leeds Rhinos, which has wrestled them into 10th position with seven rounds remaining.

Just two points from the playoffs, Wakefield’s win last time out against Widnes was hard-fought, but will give Wildcats great confidence as they face Catalan Dragons, who lie in seventh place. Club captain Danny Kirmond is available following an ankle injury which forced him to miss the last two fixtures. Jarrod Sammut has been recalled after dual registration with Championship side Featherstone Rovers. Those changes force Andy Raleigh and Chris Annakin to miss out.

Dragons have not experienced the highs that Wildcats have in recent weeks, with two defeats in their last three games. Wigan eased past them 37-16 last Saturday and that has forced head coach Laurent Frayssinous to make four changes. The game against Warriors saw Vincent Duport and Gregory Mounis handed bans, the former three games for a dangerous challenge on Joshua Charnley and the latter suspended for two games after a throw on John Bateman.

With Damien Cardace and Benjamin Garcia also missing out, Lopini Paea, Thomas Bosc and Antoni Maria are called up, as well as prop Mickael Simon. The 27 year old recently announced he has agreed to join Wildcats at the end of the season, signing a two year deal. Catalans will need to improve their performance, if they want to overturn Wakefield who are in great form.

 

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