It’s second versus third in the Betfred Super League this Saturday when Warrington welcome Catalans Dragons to The Halliwell Jones Stadium, 3.15pm kick off.
The French outfit have built on an impressive end to 2018 by winning 10 of their 16 matches in the league this season and currently sit third in the table.
There are a couple of scores to settle for the Wire after defeats to Catalans in the Challenge Cup Final last August and a narrow 23-22 loss in the reverse fixture in Perpignan back in March.
The Wire head into Saturday’s game full of confidence after reaching the last four of the Challenge Cup with a thrilling quarter final win over Hull KR last Friday.
Catalans had enjoyed a good run of form up until last week’s Challenge Cup quarter Final defeat to Hull FC. The Dragons have won five of their last six games in Super League – their one defeat coming at the hands of league leaders St Helens.
Warrington have an imperious home record against Catalans and are unbeaten in the last 10 meetings between the sides at The Halliwell Jones Stadium – a run stretching back to 2011.
A win for Warrington on Saturday would stretch the gap in second to six points which would be a massive boost for the Wire.
Head coach Steve Price has made two changes to last week’s squad; Tom Lineham and Jake Mamo out through suspension, bringing in Jack Johnson and Josh Thewlis, stepping up from the club’s academy, through the backing of the Supporters’ Trust Squadbuilder scheme. He has been handed squad number 31.
Wire squad: Sitaleki Akauola, Blake Austin, Josh Charnley, Daryl Clark, Jason Clark, Mike Cooper, Ben Currie, Matt Davis, Bryson Goodwin, Chris Hill, Jack Hughes, Jack Johnson, Toby King, Harvey Livett, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Declan Patton, Joe Philbin, Josh Thewlis, Danny Walker.
Tony Gigot was instrumental in Catalans’ Challenge Cup Final win last year and picked up the Lance Todd trophy for a man-of-the-match display against the Wolves.
The French man has been in terrific form again this year with five tries and seven assists.
Sam Tomkins was a marquee addition to the squad for the Dragons in the off season and will look to lead from the front.
The former Wigan player has set up nine scores this season as well as crossing on four occasions.
Samisoni Langi has also had a big impact so far in 2019 and is the club’s biggest metre maker with 1853 going forward – the 8th most in the competition.
The Tongan has also got four tries and six assists to his name.
Man in the middle
Chris Kendall will officiate Saturday’s clash with Robert Hicks the video referee.
Match day entertainment
Local band 32 Tens will be performing in the Brian Bevan corner of the stadium in the build up to kick off.
We’re celebrating our community clubs at the fixture with Under 7s games on the pitch pre-match and a mass parade around the pitch at half time.
Seven youngsters from each community club will also be racing the Mini Flyer at half time.
Tickets are available from the official club store, by calling 01925 248888 or online.
Supporters can save on the £2 increase in match day ticket prices by buying in advance of game day.
The club shop is open from 9am with ticket office windows open from 12.30pm. Turnstiles open at 1.45pm.
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