Catalans v Warrington: Wolves looking to cut out penalties against Dragons

Bryson Goodwin runs the ball for Warrington
Bryson Goodwin runs the ball for Warrington

Bryson Goodwin runs the ball for Warrington

Warrington coach Steve Price has ordered his under-performing players to cut out the penalties as they look to halt their losing run against fellow strugglers Catalans Dragons on Saturday, live on Sky Sports.

The Wolves have lost four of their opening six matches under their new Australian boss and dropped into the bottom four following Hull KR’s 38-6 win over Huddersfield on Thursday.

“We would like to be higher in the table than we are at the moment,” Price said.

“I’m proud of the commitment of our players but we’re still making it hard for ourselves with the amount of penalties we’re giving to the opposition.

“Once we sort that out and flip it on its head, I’m really confident we’ll be able to score a few more points and concede less tries.

“We’ve focused on key areas this week, replicating those pressure situations, and now it’s a case of making sure we are able to execute that in the game this weekend.”

The Catalans got off the mark at the fifth attempt with an 18-16 win over Hull KR in Perpignan last Saturday but remain bottom of the table.

“I watched their game last week and it was important for them I’m sure to get that first win of the season,” Price said.

“They’ll take a lot of confidence from that and we’re expecting a tough game. They’re desperate for points sitting at the foot of the ladder so it’ll be a good test for us.”

In team news, Warrington have lost centre Ryan Atkins with an abductor strain but hope Bryson Goodwin will be a straight replacement after missing the defeat by St Helens with a dead leg. Forward Sitaleki Akauola returns from a one-match ban.

Thibaut Margalet takes the ball into contact for Catalans
Thibaut Margalet takes the ball into contact for Catalans

Meanwhile, Catalans coach Steve McNamara is set to bring in forward Thibaut Margalet for the suspended Jason Baitieri while centre Vincent Duport is also added to his squad.

Catalans squad: David Mead, Iain Thornley, Brayden Wiliame, Fouad Yaha, Rémi Casty, Paul Aiton, Sam Moa, Louis Anderson, Benjamin Garcia, Greg Bird, Julian Bousquet, Mickael Simon, Vincent Duport, Thibaut Margalet, Michael Mcilorum, Lewis Tierney, Benjamin Jullien, Lucas Albert, Tony Gigot

Warrington squad: Sitaleki Akauola, Kevin Brown, Mitch Brown, Daryl Clark, Mike Cooper, Dom Crosby, Bryson Goodwin, Chris Hill, Jack Hughes, George King, Toby King, Tom Lineham, Harvey Livett, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Joe Philbin, Stefan Ratchford, Tyrone Roberts, Morgan Smith, Ben Westwood.

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