McIlorum (6), Tomkins (18, 39)
Catalans versus WiganSuper League
Saturday, May 29th, 5:00 p.m.
Stade Gilbert Brutus
We look at what is said when soaring Catalan Dragons host the only undefeated Super League team in Wigan Warriors on Saturday …
The Catalans kick one on Saturday after their best start so far Super League season with six wins from seven games, including being the first team to beat St. Helens last weekend in 2021.
That win put the Dragons right under the leaders and they are about to test theirs again Qualifications when they go up against the only team unbeaten in the Super League this year in the form of front-runner Wigan Warriors.
This is another sign of progress, made by the team under Steve McNamara. Off-season recruits like Gil Dudson, Mike McMeeken and Dean Whare are making huge contributions, and the French youth are starting to go through the system.
In the latest installment of The Coaching Manual, the man stated that the Catalans will be their first big trophy when they won the Challenge Cup in 2018 that anyone who wanted to move to the south of France didn’t just come here to make things easier.
“It may have been a reality in the past, but one of the things that I did when I came here … I made a promise that our recruitment is aimed at making sure people want to come to Catalans to win games and do the best they can. ” “McNamara told Sky Sports.
” The other thing is, if you are performing well, training well, and performing well, it’s all a nice side effect. That’s not who we are and what we’re all about now.
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“It took a while and I realize that it hasn’t changed some people’s perceptions, but now players are moving here: Would you like to be one of the first players to ever get one? Won the Catalan dragon competition?
“We’re 15 years old, we’ve won a trophy, we’re trying to get the next one. So if you want to be here, you have to be here for all the right reasons. “
A hamstring injury that is likely to rule out Bevan French for a few months means Zak Hardaker will return to the full-back when Wigan meets on Saturday night joins Perpignan in the Super League.
The 29-year-old started the season in the position he made his name in while French was unavailable, showing a number of impressive performances and being able to become Sam Tomkins compete with another former # 1 Wigan.
Although he retired late following an injury in warm-up from the 20:16 win over St. Helens last week, Tomkins will replace the head coach of Dragons and Warriors, Adrian Lam, return. He awaits a fascinating competition between two of the players who compete against each other for a place on Shaun Wane’s England team prepared for Sam to play, “said Lam. “Zak has wanted to go back to the full-back since the Hull game. I think he needs to correct what was wrong there. I’m sure he will play well for us this weekend.” : 16 win over Salford Red Devils last weekend and faces several players who know the club well, including Dudson, Tomkins and his brother Joel, Micky McIlorum and Tom Davies.
Lam is sure that the fact that there are several ex-Wigan players on the Dragons side poses an additional threat to his team. However, he hopes the Warriors can channel the spirit of victory at Stade Gilbert Brutus from September 28th to 12th.
“They did a very good job of recruiting last season and they also have a lot of ex-Wigan players who know how we probably play more than anyone, “said Lam.
” It was a very difficult time for us to go there last year and the win was a special time that turned the season around for us. We see this as another opportunity for that. “
Aside from Tomkins’ availability, Sam Kasiano, the other late retreat from last week, is also back in competition for Catalans. However, McNamara has called young players Corentin Le Cam and Cesar Rouge in the absence of the injured couple Fouad Yaha and Alrix Da Costa.
Wigan boss Lam greets captain Thomas Leuluai with a sternum injury after an absence of five games. Middle or second rower Willis Isa is also expected back after sitting out the win over Salford.
Catalan 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 and 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 and Jackson Hastings.
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