STEVE Price says he knows what to expect from Catalans Dragons when they arrive at The Halliwell Jones Stadium for Saturday’s Super League clash.

The past two meetings between the sides have ended in defeat for The Wire – a 23-22 Super League loss in Perpignan in March and the Challenge Cup Final defeat at Wembley last August.

However, Warrington are unbeaten in their past 10 home meetings with the Frenchmen and the travel sickness that has plagued them over the years reared its head again last week when their defence of the Challenge Cup was unceremoniously ended by a 51-8 loss at Hull FC.

Price is wary of a Dragons backlash from that game but says he and his coaching staff have identified chinks in their armour.

One area in which Catalans have targeted The Wire of late is through the middle and Price knows his side will have to muscle up on that front against a physically imposing pack.

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The Wire's big men have struggled to make an impact against Catalans of late. Picture by Mike Boden

“If you don’t set a good platform up the middle, you’re going to make things difficult for yourself.

“We’ve played Catalans a number of times in the past year or so – we know what to expect from them.

“They are not just about up-the-middle, they are a very well-balanced side with a lot of great individual players.

“They can cause havoc if we let them, but there are few weaknesses that we as a coaching group have identified.

“It’s all about us getting back to our DNA this week. The players have a personal responsibility to be disciplined on and off the ball.”

The squad only returned to training yesterday, Wednesday, having been given some time off to recharge their batteries following Friday’s Challenge Cup victory at Hull KR.

Price believes their break came at the right time but has not ruled out rotating his squad in the coming weeks should he feel the need to.

“We’ve not had chance to have an extended period of time off yet, so it was a good time to give the guys some time to freshen up.

“We’re all refreshed and ready to go for a busy period now.

“We’ve rotated a few guys this season and managing the players’ workloads is something I feel we do pretty well.

“If I feel the need to rotate, I will but we have some very important fixtures coming up.”