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Match Preview: Catalans (A) 14.06.08 @ Stade Gilbert Brutus
Posted by Bilko on June 11 2008 - 14:29

Catalans Dragons v Wigan Warriors - Super League XIII Round 17..
Saturday 14th June 2008. Kick Off 7pm (UK) at Stade Gilbert Brutus.

Massive game this for Wigan if they have serious aspirations on or top 3 (or maybe even a top 2) league finish.

Catalans will go five points clear of us if they win whilst a Wigan win will put us 1 point behind them with our match in hand. A massive difference between the two results.

A Wigan win would also go a long way for setting us up for a massive end to the regular season with seven of our last ten games at JJB Stadium.

Not going to be easy though. Catalans have not lost at home since March 8th. In fact they've lost just one league match in total since then which was at St Helens a couple of weeks back.

Catalans key to success so far this season has been grinding out close victories. Especially on the road where they have six away wins and all by close score lines - 21-14 at Cas, 24-22 at Quins, 20-16 at Hudds, 26-24 at Wigan, 18-16 v Quins in Cardiff  & 24-16 at Bradford last week.

Even at home they've mainly been close scores. 28-20 v Wakefield, 38-30 v Cas, 28 all draw v Hull and they lost by two to Bradford and four to Hull KR.

So that's 11 of their matches in which the biggest margin of victory was 8 points. The key to that is perhaps goal kicking. As a team they have the leagues best goal kicking success rate with 59 goals from 69 attempts (84% success) - all kicked by Thomas Bosc. Pat is going to have to be at his kicking best it seems.

Also, those close results suggest to me that Wigan simply cannot afford to have their customary slow start. They don't want to get into an arm wrestle with these boys. A fast start could be massive for us.

In theory Wigan should benefit from a two week preparation for this after the postponement of last weeks game but I'm not so sure. It certainly didn't last year when an international break saw us return with a dire 32-6 defeat at Wakefield. We were just getting a little bit of momentum going prior to the break, despite the loss in the cup to Leeds, and I hope the break hasn't killed it. Like I said its a massive match for both sides and for me Wigan need to prove they are serious title challengers with victory here.

Match Referee

Ian Smith (Oldham) - Age 42
First Pro Game: Chorley v Bramley - 1998
First Super League Game: London 28 Salford 14 - 7th August 1999
First Wigan Game: Salford 18 Wigan 30 - 20th August 2000

2008 Record with this Referee

Match

Result Pens
Awarded
Pens
Against
Sin
Bins
Red
Cards
Castleford (H) Won 28-16 10 5 - -
Wakefield (H) Won 08-04 16 16 - -

Video Referee

With French TV Coverage the video ref will be in force for this game - although there will be no big screen at the stadium.

Current Super League XIII League Positions

  Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
3rd Catalans Dragons 16 10 1 5 371 340 +31 21
4th Wigan Warriors 15 9 0 6 343 358 -15 18

League Head to Head Records

Record P Wigan Opposition Draws Success
All Time 6 4 2 - 66.6%
All Time in France 2 1 1 - 50%
Super League 6 4 2 - 66.6%
SL in France 2 1 1 - 50%

Wigan Form Guide - Last Six Matches

Date Opposition Competition Result Score
31st May 2008 Leeds (A) C.Cup 1/4 Final Lost 16-23
25th May 2008 Wakefield (A) SL13 Round 15 Won 38-30
16th May 2008 Warrington (H) SL13 Round 14 Won 38-14
12th May 2008 Whitehaven (H) C.Cup Round 5 Won 100-8
4th May 2008 St Helens (N) SL13 Round 13 Lost 16-57
27th April 2008 Bradford (A) SL13 Round 12 Lost 12-26

Opposition Form Guide - Last Six Matches

Date Opposition Competition Result Score
8th June 2008 Bradford (A) SL13 Round 16 Won 24-16
24th May 2008 Huddersfield (H) SL13 Round 15 Won 48-00
17th May 2008 St Helens (A) SL13 Round 14 Lost 10-28
11th May 2008 Bradford (A) C.Cup Round 5 Lost 16-46
4th May 2008 Harlequins (N) SL13 Round 13 Won 18-16
26th April 2008 Castleford (H) SL13 Round 12 Won 38-30

Previous Meetings in France

Date Opposition
11th February 2006 Catalans 38 Wigan 30 (Stade Aime Giral)
23rd June 2006 Catalans Dragons 16 Wigan Warriors 18

Super League 13 Stats

- Wigan Catalans
Attacking Rank 6th of 12 5th Best in League
Av. Pts Scored Per Game 22.8 23.1
Tries Scored 56 61
Defensive Rank 6th of 12 3rd Best in League
Av. Pts Conc. Per Game 23.8 21.2
Tries Conceded 61 62
Home/Away Record 4 out of 8 (50%) 4 wins out of 7 (64.2%)
Top 6 Try Scorers Pat Richards 8
Liam Colbon 6
George Carmont 5
Harrison Hansen 5
George Carmont 5
Thomas Leuluai 5
Clint Greenshields 9
Demitri Pelo 7
Justin Murphy 6
Gregory Mounis 5
Alex Chan 3
Sebastien Raguin 3
Top Goal Scorer Pat Richards 58 Thomas Bosc 63
Goal Kick Success 59 from 74 - 79.7% 63 from 75 - 84%
Top Points Scorer Pat Richards 148 Thomas Bosc 143
Top Try Assists Trent Barrett 11 Thomas Bosc 14
Top Meter Maker Iafeta Paleaaesina 1726m Clint Greenshields 2092m
Top Ball Carries Thomas Leuluai 266 Clint Greenshields 321
Top Tackler Harrison Hansen 468 Aaron Gorrell 483
Top Offloader Iafeta Paleaaesina 25 Chan/Mogg 19
Top Attack Kicks Trent Barrett 64 Thomas Bosc 69
Top Dummy Half Runs Mick Higham 100 Aaron Gorrell 171
Top Tackle Busts Iafeta Paleaaesina 56 Dimitri Pelo 41
Top Marker Tackles Harrison Hansen 57 Jason Croker 51
Top Clean Breaks George Carmont 13 Dimitri Pelo 11
Top 40/20 Kicker None so Far Aaron Gorrell 2
Top General Kicks Trent Barrett 102 Thomas Bosc 116
Top Missed Goals Pat Richards 14 Thomas Bosc 12
Top Missed Tackles Sean O'Loughlin 42 Gregory Mounis 36
Top Errors O'Loughlin/Leuluai 15 Dimitri Pelo 21
Top Penalty Conceder Mick Higham 16 Jerome Guisset 19

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

Hot

Thomas Leuluai: Scored in 3 of his last 4 matches.

Cold

Mick Higham has not scored in his last 31 away matches since Apr 2006.

Sitting in a bath of ice....

Stuart Fielden: 45 appearances since he scored twice at Odsal - Feb 24 07.

Ticket Details

Stand ConAdultsiors Concessions/Students
General Admission 15€ (£12) 10€ (£8)
Guasch Stand 24€ (£20) -

Stade Gilbert Brutus

Wigan were the first visitors to the newly re-furbished 12,000 capacity Stade Gilbert Brutus when we won 18-16 in February 2007. The match is actually the lowest attended game at the ground so far (7,052) as many French fans stayed at home due to the shocking monsoon weather on the night of the game.

The Gilbert Brutus has two stands which run along the sides of the venue. On one side is the Tribune Bonzom which is a posh VIP stand which you could perhaps compared to our West Stand at the JJB. Now if you are a bit more riff-raff the Tribune Guasch on the opposite side of the ground is the stand for you. If you are a poor pauper do not despair. You can sit at one end of the ground in the "Virage" for the Euro equivalent of a tenner (I'm sat there this year I think lol). For some reason they decided to put seats in the "Virage" rather than leave it as a terrace which would have been more popular. This area of the ground is uncovered. The opposite end is an open terrace. Now not sure whether it used. Last year it was empty but that could have been because of the weather. The ground has no actual away end and hence no segregation.

Hard for me to give a fair assessment on the place though from last years visit as the weather was so bad it was impossible (pardon the pun here....) to soak it all in! We all cramped into the Guasch stand piss wet through. Supposedly meant to have a seat but it was basically squeeze in and keep dry. The seats were actually bench like rather than seats you would normally expect.

Tip for the toilets though - The queues build up but there are some portoloos at the back of the Guasch Stand.

UK Media Coverage

TV NO UK Coverage -
Local Radio Full Match Commentary BBC Radio Manchester
Radio at Venue Full Match Commentary Radio Marseillette 101.3FM
National Radio No Coverage -
Internet Audio Full Match Commentary Click Here for Details

International TV Coverage

Country Type Date Local Time Channel
France LIVE Sat 17 May 8:00pm

Best Match Betting with oddschecker.com

Team Odds
Wigan 11/8 (Bet 365)
Catalans 8/11 (Blue Sq)
Match Draw 21/1 (ExtraBet)

Best Handicap Match Betting with oddschecker.com

Wigan have a 6 point start with Bet 365 at Odds of 10/11

Bilko's Statistical prediction.

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

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