Dragons v Rovers: Teams

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Dragons v Rovers: Teams

Stacul: Back from long injury lay-off

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Catalan Dragons are set to welcome back Cyril Stacul for their elimination play-off clash with Hull KR in Perpignan.

The 26-year-old winger or full-back has spent the last four months on the sidelines with an ankle injury but is now fit enough to be named in Trent Robinson's 19-man squad for Saturday's contest.

Utility man Vincent Duport drops out of the squad to make way for Stacul in the only change to the squad that beat Salford on the final day of the regular season.

Thomas Bosc remains in the squad after making a successful return from injury last weekend, meaning Ben Farrar is now the Dragons' only notable injury absentee.

Hull KR winger Liam Colbon could make a return from injury to play in the contest after recovering from a hamstring problem that has kept him out for the past two months.

Colbon replaces youngster Liam Salter, who did not make the match-day selection against Castleford last time out anyway, in the only change to Justin Morgan's 19-man squad.

Prop Scott Wheeldon is also available after he sat it out on match-day against the Tigers.

Winning run

Rovers scraped into the play-offs with a run of four straight victories at the end of the season, culminating in the decisive win against the Tigers at Craven Park.

The winning run means that Shaun Briscoe and Clint Newton will both be able to record their 100th appearances for the club before they leave at the end of the season.

Briscoe, who also played over 100 times for cross-city rivals Hull FC, hopes that the Robins' 30-28 win in Perpignan two weeks ago will give them the edge ahead of the clash.

"We know it's going to be tough. We were there a couple of weeks ago and it was very hard but we got the win then and that was a massive win for us," he told Hull KR's official website.

"It starts again this week and we've got to be professional, complete our sets and dig in. I think confidence wise it does lift us. But it's (the) play-offs and it's completely different.

"We go there full of confidence and knowing we've got the beating of them. But we've also got to make sure we don't underestimate them. We've got to turn up and perform."

The winners on Saturday will progress to the second round of the play-offs next week, while the losers will be eliminated.

Catalan squad: Greenshields, Blanch, Sa, Stacul, Bosc, Dureau, Ferriol, Henderson, Casty, Menzies, Raguin, Mounis, Baile, Millard, Vaccari, Fakir, Paea, Baitieri, Pelissier.

Hull KR squad: Briscoe, Welham, Webster, Green, Dobson, Lovegrove, Fisher, Newton, Galea, Murrell, Watts, Wheeldon, Hodgson, Hall, Vella, Latus, Taylor, Cox, Colbon.

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