Super League: Catalan Dragons v Bradford Bulls preview

Last Updated: 24/05/14 12:15am

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John Kear and Paul Cullen join Eddie Hemmings to preview the Catalan Dragons Super League clash with the Bradford Bulls at Stade Gilbert Brutus.

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Catalan Dragons will aim to make amends for their Challenge Cup exit to Bradford when the Bulls make the trip to the Stade Gilbert Brutus on Saturday.

Despite the Dragons holding a 12-point advantage over their opponents in the Super League table, it was the Bulls who prevailed 33-20 in the fifth round of the Challenge Cup at Odsal.

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League form has brought less success for Francis Cummins' side, who have won just once in their last 10 outings and are yet to move off zero points, having started the season with a six-point deduction.

Over the same period, the Dragons have collected six wins to move up to ninth in the Super League standings, level on points with Hull KR who currently hold the final play-off berth.

Bradford come into Saturday's showdown on the back of a 54-16 Magic Weekend drubbing at the hands of Huddersfield Giants, while the Dragons enjoyed a successful trip to the Etihad Stadium, edging London Broncos 24-22.

Laurent Frayssinous has made four changes to the 19-man squad which made the journey to Manchester for the Magic Weekend.

In the forwards, Julian Bousquet, Antoni Maria and Jean-Philippe Baile all return at the expense of hooker Joan Guasch, second-row Benjamin Garcia and lock Jason Baitieri.

The one backline change sees Mathias Pala drop out of the match-day squad for the return of winger Damien Cardace.


Meanwhile, new Bradford Bulls signing Jordan Baldwinson is in-line to make his Bradford Bulls debut after being named in Cummins' travelling party.

If selected, forward Baldwinson - who this week began training with his new team-mates having joined from New Zealand Warriors last Thursday - will wear the No 36 jersey.

Cummins has recalled back-rower James Donaldson and prop Manase Manuokafoa, with the returning duo shaking off ankle and hamstring injuries respectively.

Front-row Antonio Kaufusi is also back in contention after being unable to feature at the Magic Weekend, against parent club Huddersfield.

Catalan Dragons:Escare, Pryce, Pomeroy, Oldfield, Bosc, Elima, Lima, Taia, Anderson, Maria, Pelissier, Whitehead, Millard, Simon, Bousquet, Paea, Duport, Cardace, Baile

Bradford Bulls: Addy, Arundel, Baldwinson, Conroy, Donaldson, Foster, Gale, Gaskell, George, Henry, Manuokafoa, Kaufusi, Kear, O'Brien, Olbison, Mellor, Pitts, Purtell, Sidlow

You can see Catalan Dragons take on Bradford Bulls live on Sky Sports 3HD from 2pm

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