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Dragons target Wigan after Wolves shock

Craig Chisnall 07/04/2011 10:51:46 AM Comments (0)

Catalan Dragons produced the shock of the season at Warrington last weekend, but former Newcastle Knights halfback Scott Dureau insists it will count for nothing if they can't back it up at Wigan.

Dureau bagged 10 points in the stunning 22-20 win at the table-toppers to take his tally to 59 for the season but was also carried off with a neck injury after being clattered by England prop Garreth Carvell.

The diminutive playmaker, who has been in fine form in his debut Super League season, expects to be fit for the second daunting trip of the week at the champions but former St George full-back Clint Greenshields isn't so lucky after dislocating his elbow.

Dureau could have French international halfback Thomas Bosc alongside him for the first time at the Warriors and admits consistency will now be key to their campaign.

"No one gave us a chance of winning at Warrington but we believe, on our day, we can beat anyone in the division," said the 24-year-old, who has already scored 59 points for his new club in seven matches.

"We've not been too happy with the way we've played so far this season but the Warrington performance was much more like it.

"We've been unlucky with injuries and losing Clint is another big blow but we've got a good squad and it's up to us to show that.

"What we can't afford to do now is ease off just because we've won at the form team in the competition (Warrington).

"Wigan's another big test of where we are at but we won't fear them one bit and there's a belief growing on the back of last weekend."

Huddersfield Giants coach Nathan Brown admits his policy of chopping and changing will come to the fore after losing in-form prop Keith Mason for the next three months.

The ex-St George boss has used his entire squad to the full so far this term and gave ex-North Queensland Cowboys star Luke O'Donnell a rest in the win over Wakefield.

And head of the visit of Warrington, Brown, who is still without ex-South Sydney forward David Fa'alogo, believes his plan is working a treat.

"It's a big blow losing Keith and it will hit everybody not having him around," said Brown.

"But it gives other players the chance to come in and impress and that's what we're all looking for.

"As a coach it's great to have a selection headache and I've got a quality squad to choose from and we will be ready for Warrington and the challenges they bring."

And former Australia hooker Danny Buderus has called on the Leeds Rhinos to continue their improvement when they travel to Hull KR.

Buderus, who was this week named captain of the Exiles for the international origin match against England in June, saw the Rhinos let slip a 22-4 lead against Wigan last Friday.

"It was really disappointing to draw against Wigan but we really stepped up in that game and that's what we've got to do again at Hull KR," said Buderus.

"We're starting to show what we're capable of now, particularly in defence and we're moving in the right direction."

Fixtures

Friday

Crusaders v St Helens, Huddersfield v Warrington, Hull FC v Bradford, Wigan v Catalan Dragons

Saturday

Hull KR v Leeds

Sunday

Castleford v Salford, Wakefield v Harlequins

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