Because we are fast approaching the Easter weekend it means we are also in the midst of Super League’s Rivals Round.
There are some big games including a basement battle last night between West Yorkshire rivals Wakefield Trinity and Castleford Tigers which had a huge impact on the relegation battle at this early stage.
Today, on Good Friday, we are treated to our traditional derby clashes as Hull FC and Hull KR collide and Wigan Warriors take on Champions St Helens.
But one of the biggest games, at least in terms of the league table, is the game with the biggest distance between the opponents as Warrington Wolves travel to France to take on the Catalans Dragons.
The two only have one defeat between them making it a huge top of the table clash between first and second.
However, the large contingent of Warrington fans headed to the South of France have been plunged into disarray after a flight from Manchester to Carcassonne was cancelled due to strikes in France.
Hearing Ryanair Manchester to Carcassonne flight cancelled tomorrow… real shame for any Wire fans involved.
— Catalan Media 🇨🇵 (@catalanmedia) April 6, 2023
Fortunately, Wire fans are a resilient lot and many have found alternate ways to get there:
We’re now flying out of London Stansted on Saturday morning to Beziers. Nightmare but hoping to make it!
— Andrew Hawley (@AndrewHawley_) April 6, 2023
We've rebooked with Jet2. Using the ryanair refund to pay for it
— Sam Bryan (@sambry89) April 6, 2023
Some weren’t so lucky
Yup it’s has been, can’t get there by any other route due to no flights or fully booked, gutted
— Nick Scholes (@scholesy_1986) April 6, 2023
With the game expected to attract a big crowd the Dragons have elected to put up a temporary stand releasing the following statement:
“The club, which is preparing for a large attendance for this Easter Saturday, has decided to rent a temporary stand that will be installed in place of the old south stand.
“This temporary stand will be operational for a month and used for receptions in Warrington and St Helens on Friday 5 May.”
We can only hope that enough Warrington fans get there to warrant the stadium despite the news.
Warrington’s star signing former World Cup winner Josh McGuire is set for his debut after missing the opening seven rounds through suspension for using inappropriate language.
Matty Russell is also named despite limping off against Hull FC. He will have to battle with Josh Thewlis for a place on the wing.
There is still no Daryl Clark.
Sam Tomkins and Mitchell Pearce are absent.