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.
First Utility Super League
Tue 30th Jun
Hull K R34 - 28Salford Red Devils
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield Wildcats26 - 16Hull FC
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington Wolves17 - 6Wigan 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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Brian McDermott says the weekend postponement of the Super League clash with Wakefield may have been good for Leeds.
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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