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- Super League
- Preliminary Semi-Final
- 21st Sep 2012
- KO 19:45
- Att: 11,523
Dragons v Rhinos: Teams
At Stade Gilbert Brutus, Friday September 21, kick-off 7.45pm
Catalan Dragons will be looking to eliminate champions Leeds Rhinos when they meet in the Super League play-off elimination clash live on Sky Sports.
The French club will have home advantage in the wake of their 46-6 loss at Wigan last weekend, while Leeds got the better of Wakefield 42-20 at Headingley.
The Dragons have never reached the Grand Final while Leeds will be hoping to claim the Super League crown for the fifth time in six years.
The Rhinos have beaten Catalan in each of their last three meetings on English soil, but the West Yorkshire club have not travelled and have lost on their last two trips to France.
Ian Kirke has been named in Leeds coach Brian McDermott's 19-man squad having missed their win over the Wildcats due to concussion suffered at Huddersfield.
The Rhinos are without the suspended Kyle Leuluai after he was given a one-match ban by the RFL for punching Wildcats winger Peter Fox. Richard Moore takes his place.
"Should we get this win, I think it will probably be on the back of our best performance of the year," said McDermott.
"It will need to be. Whoever wins is 80 minutes away from the Grand Final so there's your motivation and you pretty much don't need to say any more than that.
"But they under-performed against Wigan and that is something they will want to fix up. It's also in their backyard, which is a difficult place to go.
"To get the job done, we'll have to do something above and beyond what we've been doing for the last few weeks."
Dragons coach Trent Robinson is considering gambling on the fitness of former Bradford and St Helens stand-off Leon Pryce, who only started running a week ago after undergoing minor knee surgery.
Pryce has missed his side's last three matches and Robinson will not reveal his hand until an hour before kick-off, though McDermott expects to see the former Great Britain international selected.
Pryce, who turns 31 three days after the Old Trafford showpiece, has the chance to become only the second player to appear in Super League Grand Finals for three different clubs.
McDermott played alongside Pryce when he made the first of his nine club appearances at Old Trafford for the Bulls in 1999, a record that was matched last October by another former Bradford team-mate, Jamie Peacock.
The inclusion of Pryce is the only change in Trent Robinson's squad with winger Damien Cardace making way.
Catalan: Greenshields, Blanch, Pryce, Sa, Bosc, Dureau, Ferriol, Henderson, Casty, Menzies, Anderson, Mounis, Raguin, Pelissier, Millard, Fakir, Paea, Baitieri, Duport.
Leeds: Jones-Bishop, Watkins, Hardaker, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett, Sinfield, Delaney, Bailey, Kirke, Clarkson, Hauraki, Griffin, Moore, Ward, Lunt.
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Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||27||23|
|10||Salford Red Devils||27||23|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||27||10|
|Saturday 11th October|
|St Helens 14 - 6 Wigan|
|Friday 3rd October|
|Wigan 16 - 12 Warrington|
|Thursday 2nd October|
|St Helens 30 - 12 Catalans Dragons|
|Friday 26th September|
|Huddersfield 16 - 18 Catalans Dragons|
|Thursday 25th September|
|Castleford 14 - 30 Warrington|
|Saturday 20th September|
|Leeds 20 - 24 Catalans Dragons|
|Warrington 22 - 19 Widnes|
|Friday 19th September|
|St Helens 41 - 0 Castleford|
|Thursday 18th September|
|Wigan 57 - 4 Huddersfield|
|Sunday 14th September|
|Wakefield 18 - 42 Hull K R|
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