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CATALAN v WOLVES: Thunder, lightning and rugby league
IT had been forecast but we were all hoping so much that the weather predictors would get it wrong.
At 1.30pm UK time, the thunder pounded, the fork lightning shot down and the heavens opened. It has been absolutely tipping down, with the pounding on the tin roof over the main stand drowning out the Mick Hucknell songs being favoured be the stadium dj.
There was no point in having watered the Stade Gilbert Brutus pitch yesterday – it seems to have had a month’s supply in one afternoon.
Fans around the bars in Perpignan centre were diving for cover like expert try scorers. Most have no coats, only a few have umbrellas – they’re going to arrive at the ground like drowned rats, never mind primrose and blue wolves.
Some wise ones have brought ponchos bought at Wolfware, and I must thank fan Debbie Bridge for the loan of a rather fetching blue one that should help Warrington Guardian’s chief photographer Mike Boden keep a little bit dry while snapping away from the touchline during the game.
Yet it had all started out reasonably nice.
There had been a lot of cloud cover but very humid, encouraging the fans into the local hostelries around the Castillet area of Perpignan.
The drums were banging and the chants were growing. Fair play though, the fans are in the mood to party and they are going to enjoy this adventure with or without the wet weather.
A win will make all the difference to this evening’s atmosphere around town though.
We’ll be reporting live with updates as they happen from 4pm UK time, while the match kicks off at 5pm UK time (6pm locally).
And as part of the live blog we’ll be publishing pictures of the Warrington fans who have been around town and the ground today.
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