Bradford Bulls


15th July 2017, 14:30


THIS Sunday skipper Scott Moore will return to action, after serving a two-game ban, to take on Batley Bulldogs as the Bulls travel to Mount Pleasant.

Bradford take on sixth placed Batley in round 22 of the Kingstone Press Championship, and Geoff Toovey’s side will be attempting to halt Batley’s recent impressive run of form.

Moore has sat patiently biding his time to re-join his teammates on the field, as Sam Hallas and Reiss Butterworth flourished at hooker.

“It’s been frustrating sitting on the side-lines serving my ban but I’ve got through it now. It is what it is but. I just hope that I play to my expectations on Sunday,” said Moore.

“It’s good to see some of the lads thriving, but I just want to be out there on the park and help the team the best that I can.

“I’ve had a tough two weeks training, it’s been a bit of a blessing but bad as well because I’ve just wanted to play. I’ve had a lot of intense training so I’m feeling really fit and ready to go on Sunday.”

Sunday will mark Moore’s first ever fixture playing at the Fox’s Biscuit Stadium, as the Bulls look to tackle the Bulldogs on the infamous Batley slope.

“I know how big the slope it, it’s a new one for the chapter, it will be interesting. They are a good team, I’ve never played at Batley but I have trained there.

“It will be an interesting game because we know that they are going to come out firing and fighting for those points. It’s a big game for them as well so we will have to see how they go and react to that.

“It’s crunch time at the minute so we need to pick up as many points as we can from as many games as possible.

“I thought that we played really well in the first half last week, but I think in the second we ran out of steam and ran out of troops. But we take some positives from the first half and we hope to take that into this game this weekend.”

Hallas, who signed a permanent deal with the club this week, took over the role as captain during Moore’s absence. Moore has high praise for his hooker understudy as he feels the newly signed Bull is a huge credit to the team.

“He’s playing really well and he is playing really big minutes. He’s doing a lot for the team right now and a lot of the rubbish stuff that people don’t really tend to see. He is really good to have in the team.”

The former NRL number nine will have the chance to link up with Damian Sironen and Cory Aston for the first time on Sunday: “Damian played really well saying that he’s only been

here a week. He seemed to slot in really well and made some good offloads to take us forward. It will be good to play behind him.”

The expert hooker admits that kicking may be pivotal to give Bradford a chance of success this weekend and Aston may be the answer.

“He’s slotted in really well and understood our shape with how we play. Hopefully he can carry us around the park and keep moving by kicking well. I think that the kicking game will be crucial on the Sunday with that slope.”