Super League: Bradford Bulls v Catalan Dragons preview
Last Updated: 06/07/14 12:19pm
James Lowes is looking for his first win as Bradford boss when the Bulls host Catalan Dragons on Sunday.
Lowes’ first match in charge after taking over from the sacked Francis Cummins saw his second-from-bottom side lose 50-24 at Warrington to plunge into deeper relegation trouble.
The Bradford boss is eyeing improvement as they seek to bridge a nine point gap to third-from-bottom Salford.
“I'm looking forward to the challenge and let's see where we are in a month's time,” he said after the defeat to the Wolves.
"There is no quick fix, that's not going to happen.
"But we will fight all the way to our last game irrespective of our position. We made a few decent breaks and there are things to work on."
Catalan slumped to a last-gasp 32-31 defeat to Leeds Rhinios last time and coach Laurent Frayssinous took the positives, while also wanting his side to learn from the loss.
"Scoring 30 points against the best defence in the comp means something for us,” he said.
"I thought we deserved more. We lacked smartness and composure in the last two minutes but it's hard to criticise any of my players because they had a dig. We need to keep on learning because it was the same at Widnes three weeks ago."
The Bulls are set to give a debut to Danny Williams, who joined on a one-month loan from Salford Red Devils earlier this week, while Joe Arundel also returns to the squad. Elliot Kear and Jordan Baldwinson are the pair to drop out.
The Dragons keep the same squad as last week.
Bradford: Blythe, Pitts, Olbison, Purtell, Gale, Williams, Donaldson, O'Brien, George, Henry, Diskin, Arundel, Kearney, Walker, Addy, Gaskell, Sidlow, Manuokafoa, Fakir.
Catalan Dragons: Escare, Pryce, Pomeroy, Oldfield, Elima, Henderson, Lima, Taia, Anderson, Mounis, Pelissier, Whitehead, Millard, Bousquet, Baitieri, Duport, Cardace, Garcia, Williams.
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 Rhinos46 - 18St Helens
Sun 5th Jul
Huddersfield Giants32 - 14Hull K R
Hull FC31 - 24Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils18 - 14Catalans Dragons
Castleford Tigers34 - 20Widnes Vikings
Thu 9th Jul
Wigan WarriorsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 10th Jul
St HelensvsHuddersfield 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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