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Bradford v Catalans (R7) preview
Bradford Bulls scored 134 points in three meetings with Catalans Dragons last season but coach Steve McNamara is expecting a much sterner challenge against them on Sunday.
Although the Dragons have collected just a point from their travels so far this season, they have been competitive in all six matches and, in Stacey Jones, they have a man capable of tearing apart the best defence.
"The review we have done on Catalans suggests to me that they will be one of the toughest sides we will face this season," said McNamara.
"They are talented throughout, well coached and they will be a real challenge for us. They have the professionalism of the Australians and the genius of Stacey Jones but the French kids who are in there are some big powerful people.
"They are full of enthusiasm and commitment and we have to be fully prepared for this game because they have been very good all season."
It promises to be a tale of two hookers at Odsal, with Great Britain international Terry Newton returning from suspension for the leaders and Australian Luke Quigley making his debut for the French side.
Newton's return restores the Bulls to full strength as they look to consolidate top spot in the league by beating the Catalan side. For the Dragons, Quigleyreplaces the injured Aaron Gorrell, while centre John Wilson returns after missing last week