WILDCATS V CATALANS MATCH PREVIEW

posted on 20 May 2016

Wakefield travel to St James’ Park to face Catalans Dragons on Sunday 22nd May, kick-off 1pm, looking for their first Magic Weekend since 2012.

The Wildcats have played local rivals Castleford Tigers in each of the last five Magic Weekend fixtures, losing the previous three, but take on the Dragons this time around after a shake-up of the fixtures at the annual event.

Trinity go into the game looking to consolidate their place in the Super League top six after an impressive win over league leaders Warrington Wolves last week, and head coach Chris Chester has made just one change to the 19-man squad that faced Tony Smith’s side.

Stuart Howarth returns to the squad having missed out with an injury last time out, and he replaces Anthony England who was handed a one-match suspension following the win over Warrington.

The Dragons come into the game in superb form themselves, currently sitting second in the Super League table having won eight of their previous nine league matches.

Their Magic Weekend record is impressive too having not lost at the event since 2011, but head coach Laurent Frayssinous will have to manage without influential scrum-half Richie Myler, who has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a groin injury sustained in last weekend’s win over Huddersfield Giants.

Myler’s absence is one of three changes to Catalans’ 19-man squad from the win over Huddersfield, with Fouad Yaha and Romain Navarrete also losing their place.

Young hooker Alrix Da Costa returns to the match-day squad, along with Jason Baitieri and Australian forward Dave Taylor, who both return following suspensions.

The two sides have met each other already at Belle Vue this season, a game which Catalans won 42-28, however Chris Chester’s side will go into the game on Sunday full of confidence knowing a win would move them to within just four points of their opponents in the Super League standings.

Wildcats 19-man squad: Scott Anderson, Chris Annakin, Tinirau Arona, Joe Arundel, Matty Ashurst, Jordan Crowther, Liam Finn, Craig Hall, Stuart Howarth, Tom Johnstone, Ben Jones-Bishop, Max Jowitt, Danny Kirmond, Jacob Miller, Nick Scruton, Mickael Simon, Mikey Sio, Anthony Tupou, Bill Tupou

Catalans 19-man squad: Tony Gigot, Jodie Broughton, Vincent Duport, Pat Richards, Todd Carney, Louis Anderson, Remi Casty, Glenn Stewart, Justin Horo, Jason Baitieri, Dave Taylor, Julian Bousquet, Eloi Pelissier, Greg Mounis, Thomas Bosc, Antoni Maria, Lucas Albert, Alrix Da Costa, Willie Mason

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