Dragons v Rhinos: Teams
At Stade Gilbert Brutus, Friday September 21, kick-off 7.45pm
Last Updated: 20/09/12 5:02pm
Catalan Dragons will be looking to eliminate champions Leeds Rhinos when they meet in the Super League play-off elimination clash live on Sky Sports.
The French club will have home advantage in the wake of their 46-6 loss at Wigan last weekend, while Leeds got the better of Wakefield 42-20 at Headingley.
The Dragons have never reached the Grand Final while Leeds will be hoping to claim the Super League crown for the fifth time in six years.
The Rhinos have beaten Catalan in each of their last three meetings on English soil, but the West Yorkshire club have not travelled and have lost on their last two trips to France.
Ian Kirke has been named in Leeds coach Brian McDermott's 19-man squad having missed their win over the Wildcats due to concussion suffered at Huddersfield.
The Rhinos are without the suspended Kyle Leuluai after he was given a one-match ban by the RFL for punching Wildcats winger Peter Fox. Richard Moore takes his place.
"Should we get this win, I think it will probably be on the back of our best performance of the year," said McDermott.
"It will need to be. Whoever wins is 80 minutes away from the Grand Final so there's your motivation and you pretty much don't need to say any more than that.
"But they under-performed against Wigan and that is something they will want to fix up. It's also in their backyard, which is a difficult place to go.
"To get the job done, we'll have to do something above and beyond what we've been doing for the last few weeks."
Dragons coach Trent Robinson is considering gambling on the fitness of former Bradford and St Helens stand-off Leon Pryce, who only started running a week ago after undergoing minor knee surgery.
Pryce has missed his side's last three matches and Robinson will not reveal his hand until an hour before kick-off, though McDermott expects to see the former Great Britain international selected.
Pryce, who turns 31 three days after the Old Trafford showpiece, has the chance to become only the second player to appear in Super League Grand Finals for three different clubs.
McDermott played alongside Pryce when he made the first of his nine club appearances at Old Trafford for the Bulls in 1999, a record that was matched last October by another former Bradford team-mate, Jamie Peacock.
The inclusion of Pryce is the only change in Trent Robinson's squad with winger Damien Cardace making way.
Catalan: Greenshields, Blanch, Pryce, Sa, Bosc, Dureau, Ferriol, Henderson, Casty, Menzies, Anderson, Mounis, Raguin, Pelissier, Millard, Fakir, Paea, Baitieri, Duport.
Leeds: Jones-Bishop, Watkins, Hardaker, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett, Sinfield, Delaney, Bailey, Kirke, Clarkson, Hauraki, Griffin, Moore, Ward, Lunt.
First Utility Super League
Tue 30th Jun
Hull K RvsSalford Red Devils
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield WildcatsvsHull FC
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington WolvesvsWigan Warriors
Fri 3rd Jul
Leeds RhinosvsSt Helens
Sun 5th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Hull K R
Hull FC0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Thu 9th Jul
Wigan WarriorsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 10th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Sun 12th Jul
Hull FC0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Hull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 16th Jul
Warrington WolvesvsSt Helens
Fri 17th Jul
Hull K RvsHull FC
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 18th Jul
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 19th Jul
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Jul
Hull FCvsWigan Warriors
Fri 24th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 26th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Warrington Wolves
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