Super League preview: Bradford Bulls v Catalan Dragons
Last Updated: 11/08/13 1:56pm
Bradford Bulls welcome Catalan Dragons to Odsal on Sunday as the Super League season enters the closing stages.
The Bulls come into the clash following back-to-back wins which have seen them climb into ninth position following a run of six successive defeats.
Last week saw the Bulls edge out Wakefield Wildcats 26-24 at Belle Vue and coach Francis Cummins makes just one change to the squad which prevailed.
An injury to hooker Adam O'Brien has forced the hand of Cummins, who opts for Michael Platt as cover in the 19-man squad.
A hit-and-miss 2013 campaign means the Bulls must win all of their remaining fixtures if they are to have any chance of making the play-offs, a prospect which Cummins relishes.
"To get there would be a massive achievement," he told the club's official site.
"The club has not been there since 2008 and with what went on last year, with the administration and how late we put the squad together, it would be tremendous."
Meanwhile Dragons coach Laurent Frayssinous welcomes back four key players as they continue to progress up the Super League standings.
Both Remi Casty and Julian Bousquet slot straight into the 19-man travelling party following their suspensions.
Brent Webb and Olivier Elima also make timely returns after months on the sidelines with severe injuries.
Frayssinous will be without Zeb Taia after his three-match ban was upheld by the RFL panel earlier in the week and Daryl Millard also misses out having sustained an injury during last weekend's 26-6 defeat to St Helens.
The Dragons will hope they can regain form when they make the trip to West Yorkshire having only won one of their last five outings.
Bulls:,/b> Donaldson, Langley, Walker, Kearney, Gale, Kear, Scruton, Wood, L'Estrange, Platt, Lulia, Purtell, Olbison, Manuokafoa, Addy, Foster, Diskin, Sammut, Evans.
Dragons: Webb, Blanch, Pryce, Bosc, Elima, Henderson, Casty, Menzies, Mounis, Barthau, Maria, Pelissier, Larroyer, Pala, Bousquet, Fakir, Paea, Duport, Whitehead.
First Utility Super League
Sun 12th Apr
Salford Red Devils18 - 28Leeds Rhinos
Huddersfield Giants8 - 11St Helens
Wigan Warriors34 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 16th Apr
Wigan Warriors30 - 20Warrington Wolves
Fri 17th Apr
St Helens16 - 41Leeds Rhinos
Sun 19th Apr
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Apr
Wakefield WildcatsvsWigan Warriors
Fri 24th Apr
Hull FC0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Leeds RhinosvsWarrington Wolves
St Helens0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 25th Apr
Catalans DragonsvsHull K R
Sun 26th Apr
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 30th Apr
Huddersfield GiantsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 1st May
Hull FC0 - 0Salford Red Devils
St Helens0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 3rd May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 7th May
Hull K RvsWakefield Wildcats
Fri 8th May
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Sat 9th May
Catalans DragonsvsSt Helens
Sun 10th May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Thu 21st May
Castleford TigersvsHuddersfield Giants
Fri 22nd May
Hull FC0 - 0St Helens
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull K R
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Sat 23rd May
Catalans DragonsvsWigan Warriors
Sun 24th May
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 30th May
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Hull FC0 - 0Hull K R
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Wigan Warriors
Sun 31st May
Catalans Dragons0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
St Helens0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Thu 4th Jun
Widnes VikingsvsHull FC
Fri 5th Jun
St Helens0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sun 7th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wigan Warriors
Hull K R0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 11th Jun
Leeds RhinosvsCastleford Tigers
Fri 12th Jun
St HelensvsWigan Warriors
Sat 13th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsHull FC
Sun 14th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Hull K R0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Super League 2013, round 24
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Hull FC coach Peter Gentle praised his players after they came from behind to defeat local rivals Hull KR 38-20.
Dragons coach Laurent Frayssinous singled out Elliott Whitehead after the 23-22 win over Bradford.
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