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Super League: London Broncos v Catalan Dragons preview
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Catalan Dragons will aim to return to winning ways as they kick-off the eighth Super League Magic Weekend on Saturday against London Broncos at the Etihad Stadium.
The French club were riding the crest of a wave before losing to Warrington last weekend, while the capital side suffered a 12th successive defeat in new coach Joe Grima's first game in charge.
After losing six of their opening eight outings in 2014, the Dragons rediscovered the rich vein of form which saw them finish seventh last term with four straight wins before last year's Grand Finalists brought them back down to earth with a humbling 42-10 reverse.
Saturday's meeting will be the third competitive encounter between the sides this term, with the Dragons triumphing 40-24 in Perpignan before claiming a 28-22 victory at the Twickenham Stoop, as well as beating the Broncos in a pre-season friendly.
Broncos second row Mike McMeeken, who missed his first game of the season against Huddersfield last Saturday, returns to their 19-man squad.
French recruit Maxime Herold is retained and looks set to face his compatriots as he continues to familiarise himself with his new team-mates.
"Communicating has been pretty tough because he doesn't have a great command of English," Grima told the club's official website.
"But his effort and tenacity have been great. Everything about him I like."
Things are improving on the injury front for the Broncos with long-term absentees Erjon Dollapi and Will Lovell back in action with London Skolars this weekend, leaving Nesi Mataitonga and Kieran Dixon as the only absentees.
Meanwhile, Dragons coach Laurent Frayssinous has made three changes to his 19-man party ahead of the trip to Manchester.
Olivier Elima, Thomas Bosc and Elliott Whitehead are all restored, meaning Antoni Maria, Julian Bousquet and William Barthau lose their places.
Scott Dureau, Ian Henderson and Brent Webb remain sidelined and continue to provide long-term injury concerns for Frayssinous.
Broncos: Atkins, Bishay, Caton-Brown, Cook, Cunningham, Drinkwater, Farrar, Foster, Greenwood, Herold, Krasniqi, Macani, McMeeken, Minns, Moore, Slyney, Solomona, Vea, Wallace.
Dragons: Escare, Pryce, Oldfield, Bosc, Elima, Lima, Taia, Anderson, Pelissier, Whitehead, Millard, Pala, Simon, Paea, Baitieri, Duport, Garcia, Guasch.
You can watch all seven of Super League's Magic Weekend's games on Sky, including Wakefield Wildcats v Castleford Tigers on Sunday from 12pm on Sky Sports 1HD
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Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||21||18|
|10||Salford Red Devils||21||17|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||21||2|
|Thursday 24th July|
|20:00||Hull vs Castleford|
|Friday 25th July|
|20:00||Salford vs Leeds|
|20:00||St Helens vs Widnes|
|Saturday 26th July|
|15:00||London Broncos vs Hull K R|
|Sunday 27th July|
|15:00||Bradford vs Wigan|
|15:00||Huddersfield vs Catalan Dragons|
|15:00||Warrington vs Wakefield|
|Thursday 31st July|
|20:00||Wigan vs Salford|
|Friday 1st August|
|20:00||Hull vs St Helens|
|20:00||Leeds vs Bradford|
|Sunday 20th July|
|Hull K R 18 - 38 Salford|
|Huddersfield 52 - 26 Bradford|
|Saturday 19th July|
|Catalan Dragons 40 - 6 Wakefield|
|London Broncos 16 - 58 St Helens|
|Friday 18th July|
|Wigan 56 - 10 Hull|
|Widnes 28 - 14 Warrington|
|Thursday 17th July|
|Leeds 24 - 24 Castleford|
|Sunday 13th July|
|Warrington 72 - 12 London Broncos|
|Saturday 12th July|
|Catalan Dragons 16 - 37 Wigan|
|Salford 35 - 22 Hull|
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