Bradford Bulls


9th September 2017, 14:45


Skipper Scott Moore is expected to return to lead the side in Sunday’s derby against Yorkshire rivals, Dewsbury Rams.

Moore, sponsored by Gareth & Ruth Rider and Darren Smith, missed out on last weekend’s victory over Sheffield Eagles due to an illness.

Bradford travel to the Tetley’s Stadium to face Dewsbury Rams for the third time this year, and Moore is holding no punches as he anticipates a tough pack battle.

“They are a tough physical side, the last time we played them in a pretty important game they came out on top. It is a tight pitch so it will be a bit of a bash fest and hopefully it will be a decent crowd and make for a decent derby,” said Moore.

“This is probably our biggest derby game I reckon. They started off scratchy this year but they have found plenty of good form and have really picked themselves up.

“They have a lot of firepower down the middle and we know what threats they possess.”

As Bradford picked up their third win from four games, Moore insists the Bulls are out to finish the season strong and continue their winning ways.

“The Batley defeat was tough to take, but we dusted ourselves off and came out with the win the next week and we want to keep this going for the next two games.

“We still have another two games to go so we have to remain professional. We are going to keep on fighting until the off-season.

Since stepping into the captain position, Moore feels the team has rallied together and given their all to maintain a positive attitude around the camp.

“Losing every week doesn’t create a good environment to be in, negative chat lingers around the place, but we have a really good bunch of lads and tried to help each other through.

“We haven’t really had much coaching staff other than Geoff and Leigh at the start, then the conditioners left halfway through the year and a change of physio. It has been a tough fight

for us all year but it has been down to the boys and the camaraderie, the spirit and the friendships that have got us through really.”