Catalan scrum-half Scott Dureau says his teammates won’t necessarily go into Saturday’s Magic Weekend opener against London expecting to win.
The Broncos are yet to record a win this season but showed promise under new head-coach Joe Grima in last week’s game against Huddersfield.
“It’s going to be tough,” Dureau told Love Rugby League. “It’ll definitely be a lot tougher than people are expecting.
“We’re preparing for a competitive match because we never get it easy from London at the Magic.
“We seem to play them five or six times a year so we’ve got a little bit of rivalry being built up.
“They’ve had a real tough start to the season but I honestly expect to see them pick up some wins this year.
“It’d be massive for them if they could get their first at Manchester but we’re pumped up and don’t want that to happen.”
Dureau has fond memories of the 2013 Magic Weekend where he returned from a career threatening medical problem with a man of the match performance.
Whilst he’ll miss this year’s event though injury the 27 year-old believes that those experiences have shaped him as a person.
“Last season was pretty special for me,” he reflected.
“I never knew if I was going to play again during that off-season so to make my return in Manchester was amazing.
“My experiences over the past couple of years have made me a better person and a better player for sure, and I’m gutted I can’t be there this week.
“Even though we’re always the first fixture you can sense the atmosphere start to build and you know you’re in for a good weekend.”