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Frayssinous wants Broncos kick-start

29th of August 2014
Frayssinous wants Broncos kick-start

Catalan coach Laurent Frayssinous is wary of relegated London Broncos' threat as the Dragons look to kick-start their play-off bid.

Catalan coach Laurent Frayssinous is wary of the threat of relegated London Broncos as the Dragons look to kick-start their First Utility Super League play-off bid.

The French club's campaign has been undermined by a run of three straight defeats which threatens their place in the top eight and a bye into the last 16 of the 2015 Challenge Cup.

Saturday's visit of the Broncos, who have suffered 11 consecutive losses to the Dragons since beating them in the opening game of the 2011 season in Cardiff, looks like the ideal opportunity to get their season back on track.

Frayssinous is taking nothing for granted, though, after his side's recent poor run and the Londoners' shock victory over Leeds Rhinos in their previous match.

"It will be tough, especially after their win against Leeds," Frayssinous said. "They will be emotionally on a high and we need to be ready for that.

"We have played them three times this season and we haven't been consistent in the 80 minutes in any of them. We keep letting them back in the game and at the Magic Weekend in Manchester they performed better than us.

"We had six days off between the Cup semi-finals and the Salford game to be ready for the end of the season and for the last 10 days we've worked pretty hard, especially on defence which is an area we need to improve.

"The boys were very disappointed with their performance at Salford. Luckily our destiny is in our own hands and, if we win our last three games, we will definitely be in the play-offs, which is the objective for us."

Former Great Britain stand-off Leon Pryce will not feature against London and looks to have played his last game for the French club as he prepares for a move to Hull FC, although Frayssinous insists he remains open-minded over the player's participation in the rest of the season

"Obviously Leon finishes his contract with us this season and I want to look to the future and get the right combinations for next year," Frayssinous said. "Leon won't play against London but after that we'll see what happens."

Australian scrum-half Sam Williams, who joined the club on a short-term deal from St George-Illawarra in June, returns in place of Pryce, playing alongside Thomas Bosc, and will get the chance to earn a contract for next season.

France international Bosc last week signed a new contract for next season and the Catalans will have the injury-hit Scott Dureau back in Perpignan in 2015 for the last year of his contract, but Frayssinous still has a place left in his squad for Williams if he proves himself.

"I want three quality halves for next season," Frayssinous said. "We've got Thomas Bosc and Scott Dureau and I want to look at Sam Williams. I need to see him playing under pressure in these last three matches."

With Lopini Paea on Friday confirming his move to Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and Kevin Larroyer extending his loan spell at Hull KR, the Dragons will be losing at least six members of their squad at the end of the season and Frayssinous says he is actively scouring the transfer market.

Mickael Simon (Wakefield) and William Barthau (London Broncos) are the other confirmed departures and Jean-Philippe Baile is expected to join Bradford Bulls while former Australia centre Willie Tonga is the Dragons' only new signing so far.

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