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Sunday 9th June 2013, 15:00
Super League - Round: 18
Round: 18 Official: T Alibert Venue: Langtree Park
Head to Head
|At Provident Stadium||Last 8 Meetings||Away from Home|
|LOST 10-36, 23/02/2013|
|LOST 30-18, 09/06/2013|
|WIN 12-8, 17/03/2012||LOST 54-0, 08/06/2012|
|DRAW14-14, 12/06/2011||LOST 28-16, 25/03/2011|
|LOST 6-38, 14/02/2010||LOST 60-12, 13/08/2010|
Magic Weekend fixtures will display as either home or away
Stats over last 8 encounters
In this week’s Bulls Eye, Head Coach Francis Cummins looks ahead to Sunday’s Super League Rd 18 clash with St Helens at Langtree Park.
AFTER LAST WEEKS DISAPPOINTMENT, WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO FIX UP GOING INTO THE GAME AT ST HELENS?
“It was a strange game at Hull KR. We really improved our defence although when you look at the points scored it doesn’t look that way but they scored three tries from kicks- two of them ours- and they were in the last few minutes of the game. We defended quite well but because we had to do all that defence we just lost our way a little on attack, so we’ve been concentrating on going back to basics, like how we want to play the game. We’ve looked at a few tactical things but we are not far away. If you look at the stats from the Hull KR game, then you will see that we dominated them in that area but unfortunately we didn’t dominate on the scoreboard. Sometimes you can get done with three plays and that’s what happened to us. Three plays for them; they caught the ball and scored, got a ricochet that went to hand and they went the length of the field and then got a favourable ball from a short kick off. So the game can be cruel because we put a lot of effort in and for the majority of that game we were the better side. But we have to just keep working away and eventually it will click and the confidence will start flowing and we will get back to where were just few rounds ago. That’s just the process you have to go through.
HAVE ST HELENS CHANGED MUCH UNDER NATHAN BROWN?
You can see there is a definite change but with all the changes in personnel he hasn’t really been able to get into any kind of rhythm. A lot of players are still the same so they have the same traits as they had but you can see what he is trying to do to evolve that team but like us they have had a lot of injuries and that is not helping them in what they are trying to achieve. Having said that they are still a very good side who have shown just what they can accomplish even in adversity and it’s another tough challenge for us.
Bulls Coach Francis Cummins will name his squad on Friday and will check on the availability of John Bateman, Jarrod Sammut and Chev Walker ahead of the game. Matt Diskin could be fit to return and Adrian Purtell could feature. Elliott Whitehead, who has asked for a Transfer, will be omitted.
“John and Jarrod are pretty similar in that they have bad dead legs and we will give them as long as possible but we are hopeful on both being available. Chev got a bang on his knee, which is a shame because I thought he was the best forward on the field when he was out there. He is probably the most doubtful but again we’ll give him as long as possible. We may get some of the players back who missed last weekend, such as Adrian Purtell and Jacob Fairbank but again we will assess them last this week.”
LUKE GALE needs 5 points for a career total of 750. He has scored 61 tries, 245 goals and 11 drop goals for a total of 745 points in 134 games for Doncaster, Harlequins RL, Bradford Bulls and England Knights.
Bulls 19 Man Squad
- To be announced shortly
- James Donaldson, Brett Kearney, Adam Sidlow, Tom Olbison, Luke Gale, Elliot Kear, Nick Scruton, John Bateman, Heath L’Estrange, C, Michael Platt, Keith Lulia, Oliver Roberts, Adam O’Brien, Matt Diskin, C, Danny Addy, Jamie Langley, Jacob Fairbank, Ben Evans, Matty Blythe