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Match Preview: Catalans (H) - 11.04.08 @ JJB Stadium
Posted by Bilko on April 09 2008 - 19:07

Wigan Warriors v Catalans Dragons - Super League XIII Round 11..
Friday 11th April 2008. Kick Off 8:00pm at JJB Stadium.

Catalans current 6th place in the table perhaps highlights that they are continuing to progress as a worthy club in Super League.

In their first year they finished bottom - had a one or two good results, most notably over Wigan in their first ever match, but generally they struggled both home and away.

In 2007 they continued to struggle on the road but were very strong in Perpignan. They of course did manage to reach the cup final at Wembley with another notably victory over Wigan in a dreadful semi final performance from our point of view.

This year the aim would have been to consistently compete on the road in England. They've achieved that already with them having a club record 3 away wins in a season under their belt with more than half the season to go.

But whilst victories at Castleford, Harlequins and Huddersfield are commendable - the question now is whether they can ruffle some feathers at Super League fortress venues like Wigan, St Helens and Bradford? They've already been to Leeds and Warrington, which resulted in them getting pumped both times.

Catalans are currently Super League's in form side and that, along with them doing us in the semi finals last year, is leaving a few Wigan fans wary of them ahead of this Friday's clash.

One big feature of their matches this year is the closeness of their results. They beat St Helens by 14 points at home last month but other victories have been much tighter. They beat Wakefield by 8, Castleford by 7, Huddersfield by 4 and Harlequins by just 2 points. They also had a draw with Hull. Even two of their defeats were close run things with late tries denying them by 2 points  against Bradford and by 4 against Hull KR.

For me what this highlights is that, this is a side that you've got to get on top of early. Wigan were notorious slow starters in 2007 but they've improve that a lot this year (we have a consistent Won 6 Draw 2 Lost 2 for each half of rugby so far this year).

Get at them early and we should be able to take control. I think the Dragons are shade short fitness wise and chasing matches is not what they like to do. Even with a late lead they often have struggled to hang on. Bradford and Hull KR, like I said, nicked late wins off them and Hull FC were a video referee away from doing the same. I listened the match they played against St Helens and even though it was their biggest result of the season - they still sounded like they were desperately tiring late on. Playing away for the second week in a row should also play into Wigan's hands.

Discipline will have to be spot on like last week because Thomas Bosc rarely misses goal kicks. He is the leagues leader with a 90% success rate. Having kicked every goal for Catalans this year he has missed only 4 of 41 attempts.

Wigan meanwhile should see this as a massive opportunity to kick on after last weeks great win at Leeds. We've started so sluggish, despite our good league position, but hopefully that win will spark our season. If we keep up that kind of defensive effort this year - we'll give ourselves a chance of silverware - but we'll have to improve a hell of a lot in attack.

After beating Leeds, Wigan are the only club remaining with a 100% home record. Maintaining that for as long as possible will go along way to, who knows, maybe sealing 2nd place in the table this year. Perhaps a bit early to get too carried away with aiming that high but perhaps a top 2 finish should be our aim now? Victory here and against Bradford in two weeks time will go along way to making that a solid aim - as leaders Leeds play 4th placed Warrington this weekend and Wire play Saints in a fortnight.

Personally I'd be very disappointed if we waste last weeks performance with defeat here. I expect a good performance but Friday's weather is for "heavy showers" so we may have to take any kind of win. Long as its two points we can go into the cup break being pretty please with our efforts so far.

Key Absentees

Wigan: Darrell Goulding (sprained ankle), Gareth Hock (broken hand), Paul Prescott (medial ligaments), Karl Pryce (foot).

Catalans: John Wilson, Mathieu Griffi, Cyril Gossard, Vincent Duport, Dane Carlaw.

Match Referee

Ashley Klein  - Age 28
First Pro Game: Workington 9 Featherstone 50 - September 8th 2002
First Super League Game: Huddersfield 26 Wakefield 4 - June 15th 2003
First Wigan Game: Wigan 38 Wakefield 12 - 11th July 2003

2008 Record with this Referee

First time we've had Ashley Klein in 2008.
In 2007 we Won 3 & Lost 5 when Klein was referee.

Video Referee


Current Super League XIII League Positions

  Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
2nd Wigan Warriors 10 7 0 3 215 205 +10 14
6th Catalans Dragons 10 5 1 4 207 226 -19 11

Head to Head Records

Record P Wigan Opposition Draws Success
All Time 5 4 1 - 80
All Time in Wigan 3 3 - - 100%
Super League 5 4 1 - 80
SL in Wigan 3 3 - - 100%

Wigan Form Guide - Last Six Matches

Date Opposition Competition Result Score
5th April 2008 Leeds (A) SL13 Round 10 Won 14-10
28th March 2008 Wakefield (H) SL13 Round 9 Won 08-04
24th March 2008 Hull KR (H) SL13 Round 8 Won 18-12
21st March 2008 St Helens (A) SL13 Round 7 Lost 10-46
16th March 2008 Huddersfield (A) SL13 Round 6 Won 20-19
8th March 2008 Warrington (A) SL13 Round 5 Lost 20-32

Opposition Form Guide - Last Six Matches

Date Opposition Competition Result Score
4th April 2008 Huddersfield (A) SL13 Round 10 Won 20-16
29th March 2008 Hull FC (H) SL13 Round 9 Draw 28-28
24th March 2008 Wakefield (H) SL13 Round 8 Won 28-20
21st March 2008 Harlequins (A) SL13 Round 7 Won 24-22
15th March 2008 St Helens (H) SL13 Round 6 Won 24-10
8th March 2008 Bradford (H) SL13 Round 5 Lost 18-20

Previous Meetings at JJB Stadium

Date Opposition
15th June 2007 Wigan Warriors 30 Catalans Dragons 00
4th August 2006 Wigan Warriors 40 Catalans Dragons 04
18th June 2006 Wigan Warriors 24 Catalans Dragons 18

Super League 13 Stats

- Wigan Catalans
Attacking Rank 7th of 12 8th of 12
Av. Pts Scored Per Game 21.5 20.7
Tries Scored 35 33
Defensive Rank 4th Best in League 8th of 12
Av. Pts Conc. Per Game 20.5 22.6
Tries Conceded 35 41
Home/Away Record 100% Home Record 3rd Best in League (60%)
Top 6 Try Scorers Darrell Goulding 5
George Carmont 4
Liam Colbon 4
Pat Richards 4
Harrison Hansen 3
Mike McIlorum 3
Dimitri Pelo 5
Clint Greenshields 4
Thomas Bosc 4
Alex Chan 3
Gregory Mounis 3
Aaron Gorrell 2
Top Goal Scorer Pat Richards 36 Thomas Bosc 37
Goal Kick Success 37 from 47  - 78.7% 37 from 41 - 90.2%
Top Points Scorer Pat Richards 88 Thomas Bosc 91
Top Try Assists Trent Barrett 7 Thomas Bosc 9
Top Meter Maker Iafeta Paleaaesina 1115m Alex Chan 1171m
Top Ball Carries Thomas Leuluai 185 Clint Greenshields 185
Top Tackler Sean O'Loughlin 308 Aaron Gorrell 378
Top Offloader George Carmont 19 Alex Chan 15
Top Attack Kicks Trent Barrett 46 Thomas Bosc 41
Top Dummy Half Runs Mick Higham 72 Aaron Gorrell 129
Top Tackle Busts Iafeta Paleaaesina 33 Clint Greenshields 34
Top Marker Tackles Sean O'Loughlin 43 Aaron Gorrell 27
Top Clean Breaks George Carmont 8 Clint Greenshields 7
Top 40/20 Kicker None so Far Aaron Gorrell 2
Top General Kicks Thomas Leuluai 72 Thomas Bosc 84
Top Missed Goals Pat Richards 9 Thomas Bosc 4
Top Missed Tackles Sean O'Loughlin 35 No one Listed
Top Errors Sean O'Loughlin 13 Dimitri Pelo 10
Top Penalty Conceder Mick Higham 13 Jérôme Guisset 15

Red Highlighted denotes League Leader.
Full Stats are on www.superleague.co.uk


No real stand out try scoring form at present.


Stuart Fielden: Failed to score in his last 38 matches home or away (Feb 07).
Eamon O'Carroll
: Yet to Score a try in 27 Wigan Appearances.
Mick Higham
: Hasn't scored at JJB in last 6 appearances.

Ticket Details

Stand ConAdultsiors Concs/Juniors
West Stand Gold £19 N/A
West Stand Silver £18 £14
East Stand Silver £17 £13
East Stand Red £16 £12
South Stand (All Ticket) £15 £11
North Stand (Visitors) £14 £10

Ticket Hotline: 0871 66 33 552
Click Here for Stadium Seating Map

UK Media Coverage

TV: No TV Coverage
Radio in Wigan: BBC Radio Manchester 95.1FM will have limited commentary with both Warrington and St Helens also in action.
National Radio: N/A
Radio at Match:  BBC Radio Manchester 95.1FM will have limited commentary with both Warrington and St Helens also in action.
Internet Audio: Click Here for Details

International TV Coverage


Totesport Match Betting

Team Odds
Wigan 1/5 (Fav)
Catalans 10/3
Match Draw 25/1

Handicap Match Betting with Totesport

Catalans have a 10 Point Start at odds of 10/11

First Try Scorer Match Betting with Totesport

Mark Calderwood, Pat Richards - 10/1
George Carmont - 12/1
Richard Mathers, Trent Barrett, Liam Colbon - 14/1
Thomas Bosc, Justin Murphy, Demitri Pelo - 14/1
Thomas Coyle - 16/1
Clint Greenshields, Adam Mogg, Cyril Stacul - 16/1
Thomas Leuluai, Mick Higham, Phil Bailey, Sean O'Loughlin - 20/1
Dane Carlaw, Jason Croker, Casey McGuire - 20/1
Andy Coley, Harrison Hansen, Mike McIlorum, Joel Tomkins - 25/1
Oliver Elima, Djamal Fakir, Gregory Mounis - 25/1
Iafeta Paleaaesina - 28/1
Stuart Fielden - 33/1
Julian Touxagas - 40/1
Eamon O'Carroll - 50/1
Alex Chan, David Ferriol, Jerome Guisset, Sebastien Raguin - 50/1
No Try Scorer - 250/1

Weather Forecast

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Bilko's Statistical prediction.

The stats suggest a Wigan win by 2-4 points.

Arthur Warrior on April 10 2008 - 09:26
Bilko, you do a grat job on this web site and i have no idea where you get all your information from. Looking for some help. I will be in northern France on the 9th August, I can't make it to Perpignan this year. Do youknow if French TV show the Catalans games live in France, and if it is nationally or just in the south. Thanks.
Bilko on April 10 2008 - 11:22
All catalans home games are shown on Sport+ which is a national sport channel in France. Shouldn't be a problem If you persuade someone to put it on.
catalancs on April 11 2008 - 12:12
get on the net and see if there are any rugby league clubs near where you're staying. they'd definitely show the game on the clubhouse. you might even get away with it in a rugby club
Bilko on April 11 2008 - 12:27
Well Union might still be in off season then.
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