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Catalan Dragons

  • Pryce, Bosc,
    Goals: Bosc (2),
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  • Jones-Buchanan, Moon, Mcshane,
    Goals: Sinfield (7),
    Drop goals: Sinfield,
  • Super League
  • 1st Apr 2013
  • KO 17:15
  • Att: 9,465

Super League preview: Catalan Dragons v Leeds Rhinos

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Super League high-flyers Catalan Dragons will be hoping to continue their fine home form against the Leeds Rhinos on Easter Monday.

The Dragons have beaten Leeds in their last two league meetings in France, although the Rhinos exacted revenge somewhat with a 27-20 success in the play-offs.

Leeds come into the match on the back of an 18-all draw with rivals Bradford Bulls on Thursday while the Dragons claimed a 30-24 win over the London Broncos.

Catalan's Tongan prop Lopini Paea is set to make his first appearance of the season after recovering from knee surgery.

Coach Laurent Frayssinous has recalled forwards Gregory Mounis and Jamal Fakir along with winger Damien Blanch, who all sat out the win at London.

Leeds prop Brad Singleton is set to make his first appearance of the season after being recalled from Hunslet following the loss of Kylie Leuluai with a groin strain.

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Singleton began the campaign with a month-long loan at Wakefield Wildcats before joining the Hawks on dual registration in order to continue his development.

Chris Clarkson and hooker Paul McShane are hoping for a recall for Leeds' trip to the south of France.

Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott is not underestimating the Dragons, who topped the Super League table for the first time in their brief history last Thursday.

"The fact that they are joint top of the league shows how tough they are this year," said McDermott. "They are showing real consistency in their performances.

"Their record at home is well known so we are aware exactly how hard it is to go down there and get a result. There are a lot of factors that are unique to playing in Perpignan and you have to be ready for that.

"Last season in the league we gave them a big lead and were forced to chase the game after that, which is a difficult task at any time but particularly hard down there."

Catalan Dragons: Blanch, Pryce, Taia, Bosc, Elima, Henderson, Casty, Menzies, Anderson, Mounis, Pelissier, Millard, Pala, Simon, Fakir, Paea, Baitieri, Vaccari, Escare.

Leeds Rhinos: Watkins, Moon, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, McShane, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett, Sinfield, Ward, Delaney, Bailey, Kirke, Clarkson, Achurch, Moore, Singleton, Vickery.

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Super League Table

Super League Table - July 31 2014
Pos Team P Pts
1 St Helens 22 34
2 Wigan Warriors 23 32
3 Leeds Rhinos 22 32
4 Castleford Tigers 22 30
5 Warrington Wolves 22 28
6 Huddersfield Giants 22 28
7 Catalan Dragons 22 23
8 Widnes Vikings 22 21
9 Hull K R 22 20
10 Wakefield Wildcats 22 19
11 Salford Red Devils 23 17
12 Hull FC 22 16
13 Bradford Bulls * 22 4
14 London Broncos 22 0

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