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Sunday 23rd June 2013, 15:00
Super League - Round: 19
Round: 19 Official: R Hicks Venue: Provident Stadium, Odsal
Head to Head
|At Provident Stadium||Last 8 Meetings||Away from Home|
|LOST 28-32, 23/06/2013|
|DRAW 22-22, 08/03/2013|
|WIN 38-26, 05/08/2012||WIN 4-38, 09/04/2012|
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Stats over last 8 encounters
In Bulls Eye this week, Head Coach Francis Cummins looks ahead to Sunday’s Super League Rd 19 clash against Widnes Vikings in the Bulls first home game at the Provident Stadium since May 3rd.
WHAT HAS THE WEEK OFF DONE FOR YOU?
“Well we have been able to work on a few things that have perhaps let us down in the last few weeks but we have also been able to give the players a few days off. They have been able to forget about it for a few days and that’s important because we have been through a very tough spell and they have worked hard in that period too, so we’ll see how they come back this weekend.”
HAVE THEY COME BACK WITH THEIR TAILS UP?
“Yes and the sunny weather has helped too. I said to them before the break that this was a really big test and I wanted to see how they do and see how they have looked after themselves. That will be a big factor in how I handle things later in the season.”
WHAT ARE YOU EXPECTING FROM THE VIKINGS?
“They play some really good football and they have some very dangerous players in there. If they get a roll on they can certainly score some points. You can see that in their last results. They may have played under strength sides when they met Leeds and Wigan but you can see they have that ability to score points. I thought Leeds did really well against them. They contained them in their end of the field, which made it easier for Leeds to cope but they can’t be underestimated at all.
We had the weekend off, which they didn’t and that can sometimes work for you or against you. They had a six day turnaround but most clubs are used to four or five but fingers crossed they will have some bumps and bruises, which for us have cleared up. The energy is a mental thing. It’s there right from the start and it’s how you tap into it that counts. “
WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM THE LAST TIME YOU PLAYED THEM?
It was a strange game. We totally dominated the game in first half. They had had Hock sent off at the end of the first half and then it was a totally different game in the second period. We didn’t have any ball and they got lots of penalties but it showed us how not to play the game. We played naive- like touch-and tried to score off every play. We were strangling them in that first half and in the second we should have played just like that but we didn’t and we’ll have to see how we do this week.
THEY DON’T HAVE TOO MANY BIG INDICATORS BUT PLAY WELL AS A TEAM.
They have some very good halves in Hanbury, Mellor and Brown and Hock is a good player but probably most of their players go under the radar a bit. When you look at them individually they don’t scare you and in that they are probably a bit like us. We know we have to all play at our best and then we can beat those big teams and it’s similar with Widnes and they are improving. It’s a team sport and if we play collectively we can get those bigger teams, that may have better individuals and it’s the same with them. That’s the beauty of a team sport.
IN RELATION TO WHAT YOU WANT TO ACHIEVE THIS SEASON, HOW IMPORTANT IS THIS GAME?
If you want to make the Play Off’s it’s important to beat the team around you and knock over a few of the ones above you, so it is important for that but it’s also important in where we have been in the last little while. We have done some good stuff but not done enough and we haven’t backed up the good stuff with some more good stuff. We got to within six points at Saints and then let the Kick Off go out on the bounce and that’s been the story over the past few weeks. We just need to nail it and play well and if we do that then we will be in for the points against any side because if we play well as a unit we are a good side.
People talk about habits; Winning and losing. You can see the tension in the last few weeks. We have got ourselves in positions and then we come up with silly errors and I know that no one means to do it but that’s what’s been happening. We need to relax and be confident in doing your job and playing well for the team.”
Manase Manuokafoa and Adrian Purtell have been included in the Bulls’ 19-man squad to face the Widnes Vikings at the Provident Stadium on Sunday.
Manuokafoa returns after missing the last five games with a thumb injury while Purtell is back after two matches out with a rib problem.
Francis Cummins is still without the services of Jarrod Sammut, Chev Walker and Jamie Foster who remain sidelined through injury.
Bradford Bulls 19-man squad: James Donaldson, Brett Kearney, Tom Olbison, Adam Sidlow, Luke Gale, Elliot Kear, Nick Scruton, John Bateman, Heath L’Estrange, Michael Platt, Keith Lulia, Adrian Purtell, Adam O’Brien, Manase Manuokafoa, Danny Addy, Jamie Langley, Matt Diskin, Matty Blythe and Ben Evans.
BRETT KEARNEY needs 8 points for a total of 200 for the Bulls. He has scored 48 tries in 85 appearances.
ELLIOT KEAR needs 8 points for a career total of 200. He has scored 28 tries and 15 goals for a points total of 142 for the Bulls, Crusaders, Wales and Hunslet.
Bulls 19 Man Squad
- James Donaldson
- Brett Kearney
- Tom Olbison
- Adam Sidlow
- Luke Gale
- Elliot Kear
- Nick Scruton
- John Bateman
- Heath L’Estrange
- Michael Platt
- Keith Lulia
- Adrian Purtell
- Adam O’Brien
- Manase Manuokafoa
- Danny Addy
- Jamie Langley
- Matt Diskin
- Matty Blythe
- Ben Evans