Warrington head to Catalans in Saturday’s solitary Betfred Super League fixture.
Warrington Wolves forward Joe Philbin says his side can end Catalans Dragons’ unbeaten run when the pair meet in the Betfred Super League on Saturday (Catalans 8/11, tie 22/1, Warrington 5/4 – Betfred Super League Match Betting).
The Dragons have caught the eye so far this season, with Steve McNamara’s men winning all three of their games so far.
Warrington have struggled to keep pace, with Steve Price’s side picking up three points so far after one win, one loss and a defeat.
Catalans are unbeaten this season, but Philbin says the game is likely to be a fiery encounter, with the forward claiming the fixtures have been “quite personal” since the Dragons beat Warrington in the 2018 Challenge Cup final.
Philbin is confident his team can stand up and fight, and he believes an aggressive approach is the way forward.
He told the Warrington Guardian: “It will take a big performance, but I’m 100 per cent confident we can get the job done.
“I do enjoy the Catalans fixture – it’s always a very physical affair, and that’s my style.
“They broke our hearts in that Challenge Cup Final in 2018, and ever since, it’s been quite personal between the two of us. It’s one I bookmark in the calendar.
“They are a quality side, but we back our abilities in neutralising them and fighting fire with fire.”
McNamara has named forwards Jordan Dezaria and Lambert Belmas in his squad, while the Wire are unchanged after last week’s 14-14 draw against Hull FC.
Saturday’s clash in Perpignan will be Warrington’s first game back since their ill-tempered game in 2019 when three players were sent off, and both clubs were fined following clashes between fans.
Catalans’ Joel Tomkins still has one more match to go following his eight-game ban from that fixture, but the former Wigan ace should be available for next Friday’s trip to Wakefield.