Super League preview: Catalan Dragons v Bradford Bulls
Last Updated: 23/03/13 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.
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Widnes Vikings0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Apr
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Fri 24th Apr
Hull FC0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
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Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Sat 9th May
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Sun 10th May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
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Fri 22nd May
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Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull K R
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Warrington Wolves
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Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 30th May
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Hull FC0 - 0Hull K R
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Wigan Warriors
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St Helens0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
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Hull K R0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Catalans Dragons
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Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Hull K R0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Thu 18th Jun
Castleford TigersvsSt Helens
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Hull KR coach Craig Sandercock was glad to see his side come through a close game as they held off Castleford 26-22.
Hull KR made it three straight Super League home wins following a hard-fought 26-22 success over the Castleford Tigers.
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