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Super League match preview: Widnes Vikings v Catalans Dragons
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Widnes Vikings host Catalan Dragons at the Stobart Stadium on Sunday looking for a first victory over the French side.
Vikings head coach Denis Betts has made two changes to his squad in a bid secure a change of fortunes against the Dragons having lost all four previous meetings between the sides.
Winger Willie Isa and prop Adam Lawton are both included in the match-day party at the expense of full-back Danny Craven and stand-off Grant Gore.
Having won just one of their last five matches, the Vikings will be eager to find form but hooker Lloyd White recognises the danger of the opposition.
"I think you look throughout the Catalan team and there isn't any one player that you can pick out individually," he said. "They've obviously got their stars that do shine for them such as Scott Dureau, Leon Pryce, Steve Menzies, but they're playing really well as a team by doing what they do week in week out."
Meanwhile, Dragons head coach Laurent Frayssinous has been forced to make changes to the squad which beat London Broncos 46-18 at the Magic Weekend.
Injuries sustained by Louis Anderson, Julian Bousquet and Lopini Paea at the Etihad Stadium last weekend mean there will be a trio of changes.
Jean-Philippe Baile and Antoni Maria return to the squad while 20-year-old Thibaut Margalet is called into the squad for the first time and could make his Super League debut.
The Dragons head into the clash having won three of their last five matches leaving them fifth in the Super League table, only eight adrift of leader Wigan Warriors.
A third successive victory could see the Dragons put pressure on the teams ahead while a Widnes win could see the Vikings put distance between themselves and the bottom three.
Vikings: Allen, K. Brown, Clarke, Dean, Flynn, Hanbury, Isa, Joseph, Kavanagh, Lawton, Leuluai, Marsh, Mellor, O'Carroll, Owens, Phelps, Pickersgill, Winterstein, White.
Dragons: Pryce, Taia, Bosc, Dureau, Henderson, Casty, Menzies, Mounis, Maria, Pelissier, Larroyer, Millard, Simon, Fakir, Duport, Vaccari, Baile, Escare, Margalet.
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|10||Salford Red Devils||3||2|
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|Friday 6th March|
|20:00||Wakefield Wildcats vs St Helens|
|20:00||Huddersfield Giants vs Widnes Vikings|
|20:00||Castleford Tigers vs Wigan Warriors|
|Saturday 7th March|
|15:30||Catalans Dragons vs Salford Red Devils|
|Sunday 8th March|
|15:00||Warrington Wolves vs Hull K R|
|Thursday 12th March|
|20:00||Huddersfield Giants vs Castleford Tigers|
|Friday 13th March|
|20:00||Warrington vs Leeds|
|20:00||Widnes Vikings vs St Helens|
|20:00||Wigan vs Hull|
|Sunday 15th March|
|15:00||Hull K R vs Catalans Dragons|
|First Utility Super League|
|Thursday 5th March|
|Hull FC 12 - 43 Leeds Rhinos|
|Sunday 1st March|
|Widnes Vikings 58 - 16 Wakefield Wildcats|
|Hull K R 22 - 20 Wigan Warriors|
|Saturday 28th February|
|Salford Red Devils 32 - 28 Hull FC|
|Catalans Dragons 38 - 18 Warrington Wolves|
|Friday 27th February|
|St Helens 21 - 14 Castleford Tigers|
|Thursday 26th February|
|Leeds Rhinos 28 - 24 Huddersfield Giants|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Wakefield 44 - 24 Hull K R|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Catalans Dragons 13 - 12 Castleford|
|Friday 13th February|
|Hull 6 - 7 Warrington|
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