Last Updated: 03/10/20 1: 16pm
Chris Chester is hoping the presence of a crowd will help spur Wakefield Trinity to their very first win since Super League’s reboot when they face Catalans Dragons within Perpignan on Sunday.
The French club have been forced to voyage to England to play seven of the eight league and Challenge Glass fixtures since the end of lockdown but the visit of Trinity for just one of their re-arranged matches will indicate the first of five successive house games.
For the 2nd time in a month the Dragons is going to be allowed to let 5, 000 followers into Stade Gilbert Brutus, that is something Chester is looking forward to.
It’s always hostile, the group are in your face and on your back and the referee’s back but it is going to be nice to play in front of some enthusiasts.
“It’s something we’ve not already been used to over the last few months, ” Wakefield head coach Chester said. “It will be nice to have some kind of environment.
“It’s always aggressive, the crowd are in your face and your back and on the referee’s back again but it will be nice to play before some fans. ”
Catalans have beaten Wakefield two times since the restart, including an embarrassing 58-0 thrashing in August.
However , Chester is confident their side can avoid a replicate, pointing to their impressive performance within defeat by Wigan Warriors within their last match.
“That was a large eye opener, a result that put all of us firmly in our place, but not necessarily about revenge, ” Chester stated, reflecting on the heavy defeat towards the Dragons.
“I believe we’re a different team, we’ve various personnel and a different structure too.
“There were plenty of positive signs last week. We can have a lot from that performance plus from what [Wigan head coach] Adrian Lam said about it getting the hardest game they’ve acquired since the restart.
“That’s the benchmark we need to be in and we’ve pretty much the same seventeen, which is probably the first time since lockdown that we’ve been able to do that. inch
Two of Wakefield’s squad will be returning to their previous stomping ground in French set Romain Navarrete and Tony Gigot. Chester has also included hooker Anthony Walker and recalled Innes Older, who extended his loan through Huddersfield Giants, to his 21-man squad for the match.
Catalans have three-quarters Samisoni Langi and David Mead available once again after recovering from injury, with Arthur Romano set to make way through the team which usually won 34-6 away to Leeds Rhinos midweek .
Head coach Steve McNamara has been pleased just to come away having a favourable result against a vibrant and much-changed Rhinos side, and it is looking forward to being back on house soil for an extended period.
“We found just enough factors to get the win despite it not really being a great performance, ” McNamara said.
“We emerged off an horrendous trip a week ago onto another trip this week, therefore we’ve got some pretty tired gamers out there.
“We have to get back to France for a couple of home online games and find some of the rhythm that we experienced before the lockdown. ”