Dragons eye up second place
Catalan Dragons have the chance to leapfrog Warrington into second spot in Stobart Super League when they take on the Wolves at the Halliwell Jones Stadium tomorrow.
The French outfit have gained back-to-back wins over Hull KR and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats to stay in touch with leaders Wigan Warriors and close the gap on Warrington to a single point after Tony Smith’s men slipped up last time out against Salford City Reds.
Catalan, who play their game in hand next Saturday when Hull FC visit Perpignan for a re-arranged fixture, arguably have their best chance this year to reach a maiden Grand Final but forward Steve Menzies admits they need to make the step up for the big occasions.
“We’ve got to keep building in that semi-final type football with the big games,” said Menzies.
“We need to get a bit better at that type of footie, it’s up another level.”
Menzies, along with Scott Dureau and Daryl Millard, will meet up with their Dragons team-mates today to finalise their preparations for the match after staying over following the Exiles’ 32-20 win over England in Huddersfield on Wednesday.
“It made sense to stay over,” said Menzies. “If we were able to fly direct into Perpignan it might have been different but, by the time we got back, we would have only had one training session before it was time to come back.”
The 38-year-old Menzies officially became Super League’s oldest ever player earlier this season and, as he ponders over whether to continue next year, he insists he will have no problem playing his third game in 10 days.
“I’m excited,” he said. “When you go through that Easter period it’s a challenge but I don’t think it will be a problem.”
Catalan coach Trent Robinson says there is another contract on the table but he is not putting any pressure on the popular Australian to make his decision.
“I’m still mulling it over,” added Menzies. “I wanted to have something done by now but it’s taking a bit longer.
“The sooner the better, perhaps the next two or three weeks, but I’ve said that before.
“Trent is comfortable with me making the right decision for me and my family. He’s been great with that.
“I’ve put them in a difficult situation being an overseas player. If it was just a normal position, it wouldn’t be as critical but a quota spot is pretty important.”
The Catalans are going for the double after beating the Wolves 44-16 at home in April but Smith’s men got their revenge in the Challenge Cup a month later with a 32-22 quarter-final win at Stade Gilbert Brutus.
“We’re up against really good opposition and we’ll need to turn our performance around because they are so dangerous,” said Smith.