Rugby League - Dragons hope to cure travel woes

Catalan Dragons coach Laurent Frayssinous is hoping a week in Manchester will help his team improve their dismal away record when they take on St Helens at Langtree Park on Friday night.

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The Dragons have recorded two wins on their travels this season

Frayssinous' men have lost just once in Perpignan so far this season but have won only twice on their travels, a familiar tale of contrasts for the French outfit. However, the Dragons set up camp at Worsley following their latest setback, a 28-8 defeat at Hull last Sunday, and their coach believes they will be better prepared for the game against Saints.

"The first benefit is to avoid the flights. That is a big issue for the team," said Frayssinous. "We lose three days with each flight and it would be too tough to play two away games in five days. On top of that, it's always good to have the squad spending a full week together - we've done some social activity as well as some training."

The Catalans suffered a body blow with the loss of French national captain Oliver Elima with a ruptured bicep but Frayssinous expects to be able to call on experienced trio Thomas Bosc, Damien Blanch and Daryl Millard.

They all sat out the Hull game through injury but flew into camp on Sunday night.

"Thomas Bosc, with his experience, is a key player for us," added Frayssinous. "So too Damien Blanch and Daryl Millard is playing very well for us at the moment."

It was Millard who scored the thrilling last-minute try that earned the Dragons a dramatic 34-32 win in the corresponding match last season, but Frayssinous believes that will be irrelevant on Friday night.

"It's just memories," he said. "It was a good memory but the two head coaches have changed and the groups of players have changed. It will not help us to perform on Friday night."

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