Previous Meetings: Wakefield won both games this year, including a 34-20 game in Perpignan two weeks ago. The rest of their Super League history is split fairly evenly.
Form: Wakefield have won five matches in a row and looked pretty dominant in their game against Hull KR last week. Catalans’ form of late has been patchy but they did somehow win at St Helens last week to keep their place in the top 8.
Concerns: A minor concern over Danny Brough for Wakey, who picked up a hip injury last week.
Thoughts: Wakefield have really come into their own of late and are proving very adept at dealing with mediocrity. This Catalans side finished eighth for a reason, namely their inconsistency which has seen them lose more games than they’ve won. COnsidering that Wakefield have already beaten them twice this season, you would have to think that the Dragons are really going to have to pull out all the stops to win this one.
This game will probably be won in the forwards (as usual). Both sides have impressive half pairings, but if one side can ominate up front then it’s going to take the other side out of their game. Wakefield have been very solid defensively of late and the Dragons will probably have to hope they can find a cutting edge out wide. If Brough doesn’t play though, that might be the best chance the Dragons have…
In Conclusion… I would be very surprised if we saw the first eighth-placed team win the Grand Final, because I’d be fairly surprised if we saw them get out of the first round. Wakefield have been in far too much of a groove lately and I expect them to deal with Les Catalans. It may end up being a close game, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see some fireworks from the forwards, but I can’t see Wakefield giving up at this stage of a difficult year.