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Catalans face one other robust check towards unbeaten Wigan on Saturday

We have a look at what’s being mentioned as high-flying Catalans Dragons host Tremendous League’s solely remaining unbeaten staff in Wigan Warriors on Saturday…

McNamara’s recruitment plans reaping rewards

Catalans come into Saturday’s match on the again of their best-ever begin to a Tremendous League season with six wins from seven video games, together with turning into the primary staff to defeat St Helens in 2021 final weekend.

That victory put the Dragons proper among the many front-runners they usually face one other check of their credentials once they tackle the one staff nonetheless unbeaten in Tremendous League this yr within the type of leaders Wigan Warriors.

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It’s one other signal of the progress the staff have been making underneath Steve McNamara, with low season recruits like Gil Dudson, Mike McMeeken and Dean Whare all making massive contributions together with the French children beginning to come by the system.

Talking on the newest episode of The Teaching Guide, the person who guided Catalans to their first main trophy once they lifted the Problem Cup in 2018 defined how anybody wanting to maneuver to the south of France was not coming right here simply to take issues straightforward.

“It could have been a actuality up to now, however one of many issues I did after I got here right here…I promised our recruitment can be based mostly round ensuring individuals wish to come to Catalans to win video games and be the most effective they are often,” McNamara informed Sky Sports activities.

“The opposite bits on the aspect of that’s if you’re performing effectively, coaching effectively and doing effectively, that is all a pleasant bit on the aspect of it. That is not who we’re and what we’re about now.

“It is taken some time and I am conscious it hasn’t modified some individuals’s perceptions, however attracting gamers right here now’s: Do you wish to be one of many first gamers ever to win a contest for Catalans Dragons?

“We’re 15 years outdated, we have gained one trophy, we’re making an attempt to attempt to do the subsequent one, so if you wish to be right here you have to be right here for the suitable causes.”

England full-backs go face to face

A hamstring harm which is anticipated to rule Bevan French out for a number of months means Zak Hardaker is about to return to full-back when Wigan head to Perpignan for Saturday night’s Tremendous League conflict.

The 29-year-old started the season within the place he made his title in whereas French was unavailable, placing in a string of spectacular performances, and will effectively discover himself up towards one other former Wigan No. 1 in Sam Tomkins.

Zak Hardaker will return to full-back for Wigan against Catalans

Zak Hardaker will return to full-back for Wigan towards Catalans

Though he was a late withdrawal from final week’s 20-16 win over St Helens after struggling an harm within the warm-up, Tomkins is about to return for the Dragons and Warriors head coach Adrian Lam expects an interesting contest between two of the gamers vying for a spot in Shaun Wane’s England staff.

“We have ready for Sam to play,” Lam mentioned. “Zak has been eager to get again to full-back because the Hull sport, I suppose to place proper what was fallacious there, so I am certain he’ll play effectively for us this weekend.

“He wasn’t pleased together with his final efficiency. He is chomping on the bit to get going.”

Wigan go into the match on the again of a slender 17-16 win over Salford Crimson Devils final weekend and can face a number of gamers who know the membership effectively together with Dudson, Tomkins and his brother Joel, Micky McIlorum and Tom Davies.

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Jackson Hastings kicked a late drop aim as Wigan beat Salford within the Betfred Tremendous League on Saturday.

Jackson Hastings kicked a late drop aim as Wigan beat Salford within the Betfred Tremendous League on Saturday.

Lam is in little question the very fact there are a number of ex-Wigan gamers within the Dragons aspect presents an added hazard to his staff, however is hoping the Warriors can channel the spirit of final September’s 28-12 win at Stade Gilbert Brutus.

“They recruited rather well within the pre-season they usually’ve additionally obtained a variety of ex-Wigan gamers that understand how we play in all probability greater than anybody,” Lam mentioned.

“It was a very troublesome time for us going there final yr and getting the win was a particular one which turned the season for us. We see it as one other alternative for that.”

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In addition to Tomkins being out there, final week’s different late withdrawal Sam Kasiano is again in rivalry for Catalans too. Nonetheless, McNamara has known as up children Corentin Le Cam and Cesar Rouge within the absence of injured pair Fouad Yaha and Alrix Da Costa.

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Highlights as Catalans Dragons turned the primary staff to defeat St Helens within the Betfred Tremendous League in 2021.

Highlights as Catalans Dragons turned the primary staff to defeat St Helens within the Betfred Tremendous League in 2021.

Wigan boss Lam welcomes again captain Thomas Leuluai from a five-match absence with a sternum harm. Centre or second rower Willis Isa can be anticipated again after sitting out the win over Salford.

Named squads

Catalans Dragons: Arthur Mourgue, Tom Davies, Samisoni Langi, Dean Whare, James Maloney, Josh Drinkwater, Gil Dudson, Micky McIlorum, Julian Bousquet, Mike McMeeken, Benjamin Garcia, Benjamin Jullien, Mickael Goudemand, Matthieu Laguerre, Corentin Le Cam, Joel Tomkins, Joe Chan, Sam Kasiano, Jordan Dezaria, Ceser Rouge.

Wigan Warriors: Dom Manfredi, Zak Hardaker, Tommy Leuluai, Brad Singleton, Sam Powell, Joe Bullock, Willie Isa, Liam Farrell, John Bateman, Oliver Partington, Morgan Smithies, Liam Byrne, Harry Smith, Ethan Havard, Jake Bibby, Mitch Clark, Joe Shorrocks, Kai Pearce-Paul, Sam Halsall, Umyla Hanley, Jackson Hastings.



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