Widnes Travel to Perpignan for Tough Catalan Test

Widnes travel to Perpignan this evening to face Catalan in the south of France. The away side will be looking to bounce back from a winless Easter, while Catalan will hope to consolidate their home form.

Widnes suffered two straight defeats against both Warrington and St Helens over the Easter period, and will have it all to do again if they are to beat the Dragons on home soil.

Denis Betts’ men are still without captain Kevin Brown for today’s tie, but are bolstered by the return of centre Charly Runciman, who has made a good start to his first full season in Super League.

As for the home side, their Easter crusade saw them defeat both Castleford and Salford, and are back at the Stade Gilbert Brutus this evening. Laurent Frayssinous’ side have Morgan Escare back in their ranks, and the young full-back scored a magnificent try against Castleford on Easter Monday.

In the corresponding fixture last season, Catalan took the two points in a 32-16 victory at the Stade Gilbert Brutus. In fact, Widnes haven’t won in the south of France since their return to the Super League, tallying four consecutive losses against the French outfit away from home.

But Widnes have shown already this season that they can compete against the best – beating Wigan at the DW Stadium, as well as a demolition of treble winners Leeds will go a long way to give the visitors confidence today.

A win for Catalan could take them above Hull into the top four on points difference, while Widnes could move into second behind leaders Warrington with victory.

Catalan Dragons 19-man squad

Gigot, Broughton, Duport, Richards, Carney, Myler, Anderson, Aiton, Stewart, Baitieri, Taylor, Bousquet, Pelissier, Mounis, Bosc, Elima, Escare, Maria, Mason

Widnes Vikings 19-man squad

Ah Van, Brooks, Chamberlain, Chapelow, Dean, Dudson, Flynn, Gilmore, Hanbury, Heremaia, Houston, Leuluai, Manuokafoa, Mellor, O’Carroll, Runciman, Sa, White, Whitley

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