BRETT Finch reckons Wigan Warriors will have to summon all of their defensive nous to smash Catalan’s 100 per cent record this weekend.
The Dragons arrive at the DW on the back of an incredible 34-32 victory at St Helens, and remain the only team not to have dropped points so far.
However, Wigan have been in ominous form of late – after the opening-day setback against the Giants – and have moved to second spot.
The Warriors boast the meanest defence in Super League so far, with just 46 points conceded in four games.
But half-back Finch believes the cherry-and-white line will face its toughest test yet in the face of the Perpignan outfit’s crafty attack.
“Catalan play that kind of footy that’s hard to defend against, and when they’re on it’s a tough day for any defence,” Finch said.
“But we also know with that type of footy that you can force the error, which St Helens did well for the first 60 minutes at the weekend. For us, we know we have to do that for the 80 minutes and it’ll give us a chance.”
Many people were surprised when Catalan became the first visiting team to win at Langtree Park last Friday– although Finch wasn’t one of them.
“I’ve not been surprised at all with how well they’ve gone this year, not at all,” he added.
“They beat us twice last year, as well as most of the top teams, and have got a very good coach in Trent Robinson.
“I know Robbo pretty well and he’s done a very, very good job in France.
“They’re the only team that’s still 100 per cent and you have to say they deserve to be up there.”
Finch enjoyed a fine game as the Warriors extended their own win streak to three at Castleford last weekend.
And the Australian has been pleased with how well they’ve responded to the Huddersfield defeat in round one.
“We’ve played really well in the last couple of weeks and our attack’s been really solid,” he enthused.
“We got a bit sloppy at times on Sunday, but the most positive thing was the way we came out at the start of the second half – like we’ve done for the past few weeks.
“We know we’re going to have to improve again though, because Catalan are a big strong side who can certainly attack.”