Warrington hoping to bounce back from Wembley misery with trip to Catalans

Warrington will be hoping to bounce back from their Challenge Cup Final defeat when they travel to face Catalans on Saturday.

The Wolves lost a nail-biting 12-10 clash with Hull FC at Wembley last weekend and are without six players from the final through injury.

Most notably Kurt Gidley (eye) and Chris Sandow (knee) are unavailable with youngsters Declan Patton and Morgan Smith set to start in the halves.

The Wire are also without Ben Westwood, Daryl Clark, Ryan Bailey and Rhys Evans for the trip to Perpignan.

Warrington currently sit one point behind Hull in the Super 8s table and should the Airlie Birds drop points away to St Helens the Wolves will go top with a win.

Catalans’ recent form will fill Tony Smith with confidence as the Dragons have won just one of their last nine matches.

Despite looking certain to make the play-offs two months ago, Laurent Frayssinous’ side now sit four points behind St Helens in fifth place and know a win is vital if they are to keep their top-four hopes alive.

The Dragons welcome back former Warrington scrum-half Richie Myler from a long-term groin injury, with Justin Horo and Jodie Broughton also named in the squad.

Warrington have beaten Catalans twice already this season and need to make overcome their injury crisis and win away in the south of France if they are to still be in contention to lift the League Leaders’ Shield.

Catalans Dragons 19-man squad: Gigot, Broughton, Duport, Myler, Anderson, Aiton, Casty, Stewart, Horo, Baitieri, Bousquet, Pelissier, Mounis, Elima, Yaha, Escare, Albert, Navarette, Garcia.

Warrington Wolves 19-man squad: Atkins, Cox, Currie, Dwyer, Hill, Hughes, Johnson, Jullien, G King, T King, Patton, Penny, Philbin, Ratchford, Russell, Sims, Smith, Westerman, Wilde.


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