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21 man squad to face Catalans Saturday Thu May 27, 2021 12:01 pm  

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Adrian Lam names the Wigan Warriors 21-man squad to face Catalans Dragons.
One change as Tommy Leuluai returns in the place of the injured Bevan French.
Catalans Dragons v Wigan Warriors, Saturday 29th May, Stade Gilbert Brutus, 5pm K.O. (UK).
Warriors head coach Adrian Lam has named the 21-man squad to face Catalans Dragons this Saturday in Round 8 of the Betfred Super League.
The Cherry and Whites will make the journey to Perpignan to face the French side on Saturday with kick-off at 6pm local time (5pm UK).

Lam’s men will head into the fixture unbeaten in the competition, with seven wins from seven. The opposition have also made an impressive start to the season, winning six of their opening seven games, including victory over St Helens las weekend at Stade Gilbert Brutus.

Team news
Tommy Leuluai returns to the 21 after overcoming a sternum injury which has kept the half back out of action since Wigan’s win over Leeds on 15th April. The Club captain replaces injured full back Bevan French in the 21.


Leuluai in training earlier this week.
Speaking earlier this week, Lam gave an update on the condition of French, after the full back suffered a hamstring injury last weekend against Salford.

“We are not totally clear just yet. He is awaiting results on a scan and is seeing a surgeon. It doesn’t look good and he won’t be playing this week certainly.”

After being handed a Grade F charge (Unacceptable language based on national or ethnic origin), prop forward Tony Clubb will serve the fourth of an eight match ban. Full statement HERE.

Injury news
Oliver Gildart misses out as he continues to overcome a groin injury which has kept the centre out of action in 2021.

Liam Marshall is still unavailable as he recovers from a knee injury (ACL) sustained last September against Castleford Tigers.

Half back Jai Field continues his recovery from a torn hamstring sustained during Wigan’s season opener against Leigh Centurions in March.

21-man squad to face Catalans Dragons

2. Dom Manfredi
3. Zak Hardaker
7. Tommy Leuluai
8. Brad Singleton
9. Sam Powell
10. Joe Bullock
11. Willie Isa
12. Liam Farrell
13. John Bateman
14. Oliver Partington
15. Morgan Smithies
19. Liam Byrne
20. Harry Smith
21. Ethan Havard
22. Jake Bibby
23. Mitch Clark
25. Joe Shorrocks
27. Kai Pearce-Paul
28. Sam Halsall
30. Umyla Hanley
31. Jackson Hastings
Re: 21 man squad to face Catalans Saturday Thu May 27, 2021 12:20 pm  

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Tough game this. Only saving Grace is Catalan should give away as much penalties as we do with Maloney constant high tackles
Re: 21 man squad to face Catalans Saturday Thu May 27, 2021 1:10 pm  

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Looking very skinny in the outside backs dept, give Halsall and Hanley a run on the left edge with Bibby and Manfredi on the right, at least there's a bit of pace there, at the very least I hope Lam has learned Shorrocks isn't and never will be a three-quarter
Re: 21 man squad to face Catalans Saturday Thu May 27, 2021 1:13 pm  

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give Halsall and Hanley a run on the left edge


for me, they would get torn apart. one of them with Farrell would probably be ok
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Re: 21 man squad to face Catalans Saturday Thu May 27, 2021 1:23 pm  

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apollosghost wrote:
Looking very skinny in the outside backs dept, give Halsall and Hanley a run on the left edge with Bibby and Manfredi on the right, at least there's a bit of pace there, at the very least I hope Lam has learned Shorrocks isn't and never will be a three-quarter

Please no. We would get slaughtered defensively
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Most idiotic post ever goes to Grimmy..... The way to restart should be an arm wrestle between a designated player from each side.
Re: 21 man squad to face Catalans Saturday Thu May 27, 2021 1:39 pm  

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I'd go:

FB 3. Hardaker
RW 2. Manfredi
RC 12. Farrell
LC 11. Isa
LW 22. Bibby
SO 20. Smith
SH 31. Hastings
P 8. Singleton
H 9. Powell
P 10. Bullock
SR 15. Smithies
SR 13. Bateman
LF 14. Partington

S 7. Leuluai
S 19. Byrne
S 21. Havard
S 23. Clark

It's a 17 set up to do a boring job and grind out a win to be honest. If we were playing against a lesser side then I would be more inclined to give Halsall and Pearce-Paul a run in the two centre spots and try to play a bit more attractive rugby, but this one calls for all the defensive skill and hard yards we can muster IMO. The positive of them having a big pack is that they will tire out towards the end. We need to still be in the game by that point though by making it a constant arm wrestle.
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Most idiotic post ever goes to Grimmy..... The way to restart should be an arm wrestle between a designated player from each side.
Re: 21 man squad to face Catalans Saturday Thu May 27, 2021 5:49 pm  

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Comfortable catalan win i think, hope I'm wrong but just can't see us winning
Re: 21 man squad to face Catalans Saturday Thu May 27, 2021 6:35 pm  

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I agree with Grimmy more or less in his 17 is mine too but I's swap Farrell to left centre and Isa to right centre.
Rest agree with!
Re: 21 man squad to face Catalans Saturday Thu May 27, 2021 6:48 pm  

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Isa is extremely doubtful, to the point where Lam made it clear he’s probably not playing in his interview on Wigan TV. It sounded more likely that Leuluai and Smithies will come back in.

I’d go-

Hardaker
Manfredi Bibby Farrell Hanley
Hastings Leuluai
Singleton Powell Havard
Bateman Smithies Partington

Subs
Byrne Bullock Clark Smith
Re: 21 man squad to face Catalans Saturday Thu May 27, 2021 7:27 pm  

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Isa is extremely doubtful, to the point where Lam made it clear he’s probably not playing in his interview on Wigan TV. It sounded more likely that Leuluai and Smithies will come back in.

I’d go-

Hardaker
Manfredi Bibby Farrell Hanley
Hastings Leuluai
Singleton Powell Havard
Bateman Smithies Partington

Subs
Byrne Bullock Clark Smith


I'd play Bateman at centre and leave Bibby on the left.
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