OPPOSITION CORNER: Dragons looking to bounce back

Wolves won 42-10 earlier in the season

Wolves won 42-10 earlier in the season

First published in Wolves by , Sports reporter

CATALAN Dragons will be looking to bounce back from defeat when Warrington Wolves visit the Stade Gilbert Brutus on Friday, August 1.

The Perpignan-based outfit head into the fixture on the back of a 36-18 loss at Huddersfield Giants on Sunday.

A win would have seen them go three points behind play-off rivals Wolves, who suffered a second successive loss themselves.

Back-to-back defeats have seen Wolves drop to fifth in the Super League table, with Catalan two places below but looking comfortable for a play-off spot.

Their recent form has been inconsistent. Last weekend’s defeat was preceded by a 40-6 win over Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Wolves’ fall-boys on Sunday.

A narrow win at Bradford Bulls, 32-30, and a home defeat to Wigan Warriors, 16-37, complete their July results, while they were also narrowly beaten at Leeds Rhinos, 32-31, on June 29.

Wolves have completed Super League doubles over Catalan in the previous two seasons, while also winning the reverse fixture earlier this campaign.

Tony Smith’s side enjoyed a 42-10 success at The Halliwell Jones Stadium on May 9, having stormed into a 42-point lead.

Two tries for Joel Monaghan, as well as scores for Anthony England, Stefan Ratchford, Chris Bridge, Micky Higham and James Laithwaite secured Wolves’ win.

Vincent Duport started a brief Catalan comeback with a try that day, but the French international will not feature on Friday.

The centre is serving the last of a three-game ban imposed after pleading guilty to making Grade D dangerous contact with Warriors’ Josh Charnley.

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