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Sunday 2nd June 2013, 15:00
Super League - Round: 17
Round: 17 Official: R Hicks Venue: MS3 Craven Park
Hull Kingston Rovers
Head to Head
|At Provident Stadium||Last 8 Meetings||Away from Home|
|WIN 34-12, 17/03/2013|
|LOST 28-18, 02/06/2013|
|WIN 32-26, 10/08/2012||WIN 24-36, 10/03/2012|
|LOST 8-34, 14/08/2011||LOST 46-18, 15/05/2011|
|WIN 40-4, 25/04/2010||LOST 49-24, 24/07/2010|
Magic Weekend fixtures will display as either home or away
Stats over last 8 encounters
|BULLS||Hull Kingston Rovers|
In this week’s Bulls Eye, Head Coach Francis Cummins looks ahead to Sunday’s Super League Rd 17 clash with Hull KR at New Craven Park.
HOW ARE THE SQUAD FEELING AFTER THE MAGIC WEEKEND DEFEAT?
“We know we have let each other down and that’s from myself, Lee, the staff down to the players. We just know we had a poor day. We are a bit down and we have had to look at some stuff and hear some home truths as well. Even though we had no grip on the game at all though, we still showed in some areas we did create things and got ourselves into good positions. Some players worked too hard and tried to help other players out rather than doing their own jobs. They weren’t being lazy but when you are playing in those hot conditions against a side like Huddersfield and defend like we did, then it’s going to be a long day. So we dust ourselves down and start again this week.
They are a very honest bunch and it’s not hairdryers every week. That’s not how I work. They know what they did and there’s no arguing about anything. I could read out missed tackles but they know they missed them. No one has disagreed with what has been said because they know we let ourselves down and didn’t perform. They also know we are better than that but the game is what it is and sometimes if you don’t turn up you get punished.”
AFTER THE WEEKEND HULL KR WILL BE SMARTING AND WILL BE TOUGHER FOR THAT.
“It’s going to be a tough one for us and it’s important because we have to beat the teams around us. They won’t be happy how the result went last week, so they will be fired up. It’s a tough place to go too, so it’s a massive challenge for us this week. One because people are doubting us and saying we aren’t up to it and two because we need to have a backlash from our own performance. We need a good performance this week, so it’s a great opportunity for us. ”
AS WAKEFIELD FOUND OUT A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO, IF YOU DON’T PLAY FOR THE FULL EIGHTY MINUTES AGAINST THEM THEN THEY CAN BURN YOU.
“We need to start well and that’s how it is in most games. We need to get back on the horse and they will be trying to get one over us because of what happened with the Video Ref. They will be fired up because of that and that’s all part of it. We seem to get the backlash every week, whether it’s from a poor performance or whether, in their case, it’s a perceived injustice with something that was taken out of their hands. But that’s fine because we just need to go and play our own game because if we do and play well, then I am confident we will win the game.
Full Back Brett Kearney returns to the Bulls Squad for the game at Hull KR on Sunday.
Kearney has missed the last two games since injuring his groin in the Challenge Cup game at London. Adam Sidlow is also fit to return after a shoulder injury and Luke Gale returns after missing the Magic Weekend game with Huddersfield. Michael Platt comes in for Adrian Purtell, who has a rib injury, Adam O’Brien replaces Matt Diskin and Jacob Fairbank misses out with a dead leg. Jamie Foster is also missing after a reoccurence of his pectoral muscle injury again last week.
The Squad is:
James Donaldson, Brett Kearney, Adam Sidlow, Tom Olbison, Luke Gale, Elliot Kear, Nick Scruton, John Bateman, Heath L’Estrange, C, Michael Platt, Keith Lulia, Elliott Whitehead, Adam O’Brien, Jarrod Sammut, Danny Addy, Jamie Langley, Chev Walker, Ben Evans, Matty Blythe.
LUKE GALE needs 7 points for a career total of 750. He has scored 61 tries, 244 goals and 11 drop goals for a total of 743 points in 134 games for Doncaster, Harlequins RL, Bradford Bulls and England Knights.
Bulls 19 Man Squad
- James Donaldson
- Brett Kearney
- Adam Sidlow
- Tom Olbison
- Luke Gale
- Elliot Kear
- Nick Scruton
- John Bateman
- Heath L’Estrange, C
- Michael Platt
- Keith Lulia
- Elliott Whitehead
- Adam O’Brien
- Jarrod Sammut
- Danny Addy
- Jamie Langley
- Chev Walker
- Ben Evans
- Matty Blythe