Super League preview: Catalan Dragons v London Broncos
Last Updated: 06/07/13 4:11pm
Catalan Dragons will be looking to get their Super League season back on track against the struggling London Broncos on Saturday.
It has been a mixed bag for Laurent Frayssinous' side this season with last Friday's 60-16 drubbing at high-flying Huddersfield Giants a notable low.
However, the Dragons remain firmly in the play-off picture and success over Tony Rea's men would see them cement their fifth-place position in the Super League table.
It has been another campaign to forget for London despite last season's improved finish under Rea. The capital club have won just three of their 20 league outings and prop up the Super League ladder.
Catalan have won their last seven straight meetings with London and Frayssinous has opted to rotate his squad ahead of next weekend's Challenge Cup quarter-final against the Sheffield Eagles.
Leon Pryce, Steve Menzies and Mickael Simon all drop out of the Dragons' 19-man squad with William Barthau, Mathias Pala, Thibaut Margalet and Elliott Whitehead all set to feature.
The French club remain without the likes of Jamal Fakir, Daryl Millard, Brent Webb, Olivier Elima, Louis Anderson, and Jason Baitieri, who are all sidelined.
The Broncos have suffered a massive blow in training this week with the news that star youngster Kieran Dixon has sustained a broken finger, meaning a six-week absence.
Rea has drafted in 19-year-old Wales international Rhodri Lloyd into the squad after he joined the club on a one-month loan from Wigan Warriors.
Rea welcomes back a number of first-team players from injury, while Mark Bryant is available after completing a one-match suspension.
"We've got a few back from injury this week including Tommy Lee, Antonio Kaufusi, Shane Rodney, Michael Witt and Jamie O'Callaghan," he said.
"Jamie Soward has had a full training week with us so we have a lot of work to do to get our combinations right and get ourselves into the ball game.
"There are some real challenges going to France together, against a team that plays well at home. They've had some results they've not been happy with but they are back at home and conditions are going to be hot and challenging."
Catalan Dragons: Blanch, Taia, Bosc, Dureau, Henderson, Casty, Mounis, Barthau, Maria, Pelissier, Larroyer, Pala, Bousquet, Paea, Duport, Vaccari, Escare, Margalet, Whitehead.
London Broncos: Bryant, Dollapi, Dorn, Fairbank, Fisher, Kaufusi, Lee, Lloyd, Melling, O'Callaghan, Robertson, Sarginson, Shaw, Soward, Rodney, Woodburn-Hall, Wheeldon, Wicks, Witt.
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