Super League preview: Leeds Rhinos v Catalan Dragons
Last Updated: 30/08/13 7:28pm
Catalan Dragons will be aiming for their first-ever Super League victory over Leeds Rhinos at Headingley when the teams go head-to-head on Friday night.
The French club are yet to win on any of their league trips to the champions, although they do have a number of victories over the West Yorkshire side on home soil.
Both teams are guaranteed places in the end-of-season play-off and Leeds remain in with a chance of catching Wigan, while the Dragons are only a point behind fifth-placed St Helens.
Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott welcomes back a trio of experienced players for the visit of the club from Perpignan.
Danny McGuire is in the 19-man squad after recovering from a broken leg while Ryan Bailey and James Jones-Buchanan are also poised to make their returns in the penultimate round of the Super League season.
The Rhinos suffered a disappointing home defeat to Hull KR prior to the Tetley's Challenge Cup final weekend and experienced forward Ian Kirke insists his team-mates are keen to make amends.
"We'll look to get straight back in against Catalan, of course," Kirke told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
"Obviously beating Rovers would have massively benefited in terms of getting third but there's not too much difference between that position and fourth.
"Hopefully if results go our way we can still get to third but if we don't we'll just go do what we can from fourth."
Catalan have lost all eight visits to Headingley, including a 27-20 play-off defeat in 2009.
Head coach Laurent Frayssinous has captain Remi Casty back from injury while fit-again full-back Brent Webb will feature against his former club.
The likes of Louis Anderson, Jason Baitieri, Zeb Taia, Mickael Simon and Daryl Millard will miss the game through injury.
Leeds Rhinos: Hardaker, Jones-Bishop, Watkins, Moon, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Leuluai, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett, Sinfield, Bailey, Kirke, Clarkson, Moore, Singleton, Sutcliffe, Foster.
Catalan Dragons: Webb, Blanch, Pryce, Bosc, Dureau, Elima, Henderson, Casty, Menzies, Mounis, Pelissier, Larroyer, Bousquet, Fakir, Paea, Duport, Vaccari, Whitehead, Garcia.
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Widnes Vikings46 - 16Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Apr
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Fri 24th Apr
Hull FC0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
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St Helens0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 25th Apr
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Sun 26th Apr
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 30th Apr
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Fri 1st May
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St Helens0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 3rd May
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Castleford Tigers0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 7th May
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Fri 8th May
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Sat 9th May
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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
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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
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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
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Fri 12th Jun
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Sat 13th Jun
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Sun 14th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Hull K R0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Thu 18th Jun
Castleford TigersvsSt Helens
Fri 19th Jun
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sat 20th Jun
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