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
Tue 30th Jun
Hull K R34 - 28Salford 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
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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