Super League preview: Catalan Dragons v Bradford Bulls
Last Updated: March 23, 2013 5:39pm
Catalan Dragons will look to retain their perfect home record in 2013 when they take on in-form Bradford in Perpignan on Saturday.
Super League's French representatives have so far won three from three at Stade Gilbert Brutus this season, including a 46-14 triumph over Widnes last time out.
However they come up against a Bulls side that has already handed table-topping Huddersfield their only defeat of the campaign so far.
Bradford are set to be boosted by the return of Matt Diskin, who missed the 34-12 result against Hull KR through illness and the fit-again Chev Walker.
Adrian Purtell retains his place after making his comeback last time out having not played since suffering a heart attack after the Magic Weekend game against Leeds Rhinos last May.
John Bateman also made a successful return to first-team action against the Robins, though Matty Blythe and forward Jamie Langley are still ruled out.
Bulls boss Francis Cummins feels the trip has given his squad a chance to bond after they were unable to go away during pre-season training.
"We have been holed up at Tong now since November - we didn't have a pre-season camp - so this is a chance to spend some time together in a different environment and hopefully it can spark us up," he said.
The Dragons are without Gregory Mounis; the loose forward joins team-mates Scott Dureau, Brent Webb, Lopini Paea and Vincent Duport on the sidelines.
The hosts look set to hand a debut to Morgan Escare, who is the French league's leading tryscorer.
Catalan Dragons: Blanch, Pryce, Taia, Bosc, Elima, Henderson, Casty, Menzies, Anderson, Barthau, Pelissier, Larroyer, Millard, Pala, Simon, Bousquet, Fakir, Baitieri, Escare.
Bradford: Donaldson, Sidlow, O'Brien, Manuokafoa, Bateman, Diskin, Kearney, Scruton, L'Estrange, Purtell, Lulia, Whitehead, Kear, Sammut, Addy, Olbison, C. Walker, Murphy, Foster.