21st April 2017, 19:03
THE TEAM ARE USING THIS TIME OFF WISELY AND PREPARING FOR TOULOUSE – ROSS OAKES
THIS season’s leading try scorer, Ross Oakes added two more to his collection on Monday, topping the list with ten tries for 2017.
Oakes, sponsored by Geoff and Maureen Hammond, has been in top form since the opening of the season, featuring in every minute of the year thus far.
The academy graduate travels overseas for the first time in his professional career next week, as the Bulls take on Toulouse Olympique in France on Saturday 29th April.
“They’ll be very confident after their win against Hull KR, and we are the ones that have to do the traveling this time, but we will get there and we will do our best.
“We had a disappointing weekend with no wins last time out. Our performance against Featherstone was way off the mark so we are going to use these days to come together and work on what we need to improve on.
“We have a big week ahead before our trip to France. I think that we will come good there.
“We’ve been in almost every day this week and we’ve been at it non-stop really. It’s been really tough but we have made great progress.”
When Oakes made his debut for the Bulls last year against Dewsbury Rams in round ten, at that point he was naive to the prospect that the youngster may be the Bulls leading try scorer in 2017.
“At the start of the year I didn’t think that I would get thrown straight into the deep end straight away, but I have been.
“I’ve been given a starting number as well so I’m hoping to get better each week and I strive to be up there with the best in the league.
“It’s always good to get over the line but being up there with Ethan Ryan and James Bentley who came through the academy is even better, it’s great to be up there with them on tries.
“There’s always going to be a bit of competition but we haven’t really spoke about it, especially with me and Ethan playing on the same side, we don’t want it to affect our game.”
Oakes made the move from the academy to first team in a short period, although the centre feels he has adjusted to the demands that are expected to be met by his opponents.
“It’s a huge physical demand, but I think I’m pretty used to that now. I just want to keep on improving every week.”
WATCH as the Bulls take on Toulouse Olympique in France on the 29th April (Kick-off 6.00pm).
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