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  • Menzies, Vaccari, Pelissier,
    Goals: Bosc (4), Henderson,
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  • Taylor,
    Goals: Richards (2),
  • First Utility Super League
  • 17th Aug 2013
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Super League preview: Catalan Dragons v Wigan Warriors

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Wigan Warriors star man Sam Tomkins returns to the side after missing last weekend's defeat to Huddersfield Giants

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Scott Dureau is back in Catalan colours after a long spell on the sidelines with injury

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Wigan Warriors travel to Perpignan on Saturday to face Catalan Dragons as they continue their pursuit of Super League leaders Huddersfield Giants.

A period of inconsistency has seen the Warriors lose three of their last five outings and leaves them three points adrift of the Giants.

Similar form has seen the Dragons register just two victories in five as they look to consolidate their place in the play-offs with just three games to play.

Dragons head coach Laurent Frayssinous has made three changes to the side which edged Bradford Bulls 23-22 last time out.

Welcome returns

Long-term absentees Frederic Vaccari and Scott Dureau make welcome returns having recovered from their respective injures.

Meanwhile, 20-year-old forward Benjamin Garcia has been recalled to the squad and looks set to make his Super League debut following his switch from Brisbane Broncos.

After suffering defeat at the hands of the Giants last week, Warriors coach Shaun Wane has been forced to make changes as the season run-in takes its toll.

Captain Sean O'Loughlin and centre Darrell Goulding will not make the trip across the Channel having sustained minor injuries.

Tough

Wane does however benefit from the services of full-back Sam Tomkins, scrum-half Matty Smith and prop Ben Flower, who are all expected to feature after missing out last weekend.

With a trip to Wembley to face Hull FC in the Challenge Cup final next Saturday, Wane admits the fixtures and pressure is piling up for the Warriors.

"Going to Catalan obviously the week before the Cup Final isn't ideal, we will miss a day's training before the Challenge Cup but it is how it's panned out and we just get on with it," he told the club's official site. "Catalan are a quality team and it is a tough place to go and we need be ready."

Despite the Warriors holding a nine-point advantage in the Super League table, it is the Dragons who have prevailed in the last three meetings between the sides.

Dragons: Webb, Blanch, Pryce, Bosc, Dureau, Elima, Henderson, Menzies, Mounis, Maria, Pelissier, Larroyer, Bousquet, Fakir, Paea, Duport, Vaccari, Whitehead, Garcia.

Warriors: Burke, Charnley, Crosby, Dudson, Farrell, Flower, Gelling, Green, Hansen, Hughes, McIlorum, Mossop, Richards, Smith, Taylor, Thornley, L. Tomkins, S. Tomkins, Tuson.

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Super League Table

Super League Table - September 14 2014
Pos Team P Pts
1 St Helens 27 38
2 Wigan Warriors 27 37
3 Huddersfield Giants 27 37
4 Castleford Tigers 27 36
5 Warrington Wolves 27 35
6 Leeds Rhinos 27 32
7 Catalans Dragons 27 29
8 Widnes Vikings 27 27
9 Hull K R 27 23
10 Salford Red Devils 27 23
11 Hull FC 27 22
12 Wakefield Wildcats 27 21
13 Bradford Bulls * 27 10
14 London Broncos 27 2
Forthcoming First Utility Super League Fixtures
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Thursday 5th February
20:00Widnes vs Wigan
Friday 6th February
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Saturday 7th February
15:00Warrington Wolves vs Salford Red Devils
Sunday 8th February
15:00Huddersfield vs Hull
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Thursday 12th February
20:00Salford vs St Helens
Friday 13th February
20:00Hull vs Warrington
20:00Leeds vs Widnes
20:00Wigan vs Huddersfield
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Saturday 11th October
St Helens 14 - 6 Wigan
Friday 3rd October
Wigan 16 - 12 Warrington
Thursday 2nd October
St Helens 30 - 12 Catalans Dragons
Friday 26th September
Huddersfield 16 - 18 Catalans Dragons
Thursday 25th September
Castleford 14 - 30 Warrington
Saturday 20th September
Leeds 20 - 24 Catalans Dragons
Warrington 22 - 19 Widnes
Friday 19th September
St Helens 41 - 0 Castleford
Thursday 18th September
Wigan 57 - 4 Huddersfield

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