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Friday 5th July 2013, 20:00
Super League - Round: 21
Round: 21 Official: T Roby Venue: DW Stadium
Head to Head
|At Provident Stadium||Last 8 Meetings||Away from Home|
|LOST 6-36, 14/04/2013|
|LOST 26-20, 05/07/2013|
|LOST 16-54, 19/02/2012||WIN 22-30, 29/06/2012|
|LOST 10-44, 20/02/2011||LOST 60-12, 19/08/2011|
|WIN 22-20, 05/03/2010||LOST 34-12, 03/09/2010|
Magic Weekend fixtures will display as either home or away
Stats over last 8 encounters
In Bulls Eye this week, Head Coach Francis Cummins looks ahead to Friday’s Super League Rd 21 clash against Wigan Warriors at the DW Stadium.
IS WIGAN A DAUNTING PROSPECT FOR YOU?
“It’s an opportunity. It’s a tough one but like I said last week, it’s an opportunity. No one expected us to win that game and we lost Luke Gale but we scrambled very well again last week and we worked very hard for each other. I was disappointed that we lacked quality when we got at their end but we know we would with what had happened. We got stretched early and we lacked direction, which was understandable but you have to take it as an opportunity. We won’t have our best seventeen on the pitch but there is a big chance for someone to stick their hand up and stake a claim, like Castleford did last week. Why can’t Wigan lose two in a row? We know we will have to be better than last week but like I said it’s a big opportunity and we have to look at it like that.
SO HAVE CASTLEFORD DONE YOU A FAVOUR, BY SHOWING THAT WIGAN ARE BEATABLE OR HAVE THEY POKED THE BEAST?
“We will soon see won’t we? Wigan won't be happy with what they came up with last week but Cas played well and came up with some good plays. If we come up with some good plays and play well than I feel we can beat anyone. We know we are going to get a backlash early on but if we get a good start we can get them jumping up and down then it can work in our favour. We have just got to be good and know it’s going to be tough early on but it will get easier and we can start building tension within that ground. It does get to their players and we have to make that happen and look forward to it.
All sports fans at times and Wigan’s are no different. They have been playing well this season and they are not used to seeing poor performances. If we play well and get the crowd on their backs then it can only benefit us.
We have experience of winning there because we did it last year in strange circumstances. We thought it could well have been the Bulls last game and, whilst we haven’t got too much experience in the side, we have players in there who know what it’s like to win at Wigan. We worked hard for each other that night, so why can’t we do it again?
Scrum Half Luke Gale returns to the Bulls Squad for the game against Wigan Warriors on Friday.
Gale missed the game against Warrington following the death of his mother and his return is a boost for Francis Cummins who admitted that the Bulls lacked direction without him.
Oliver Roberts is also named in the Squad but Brett Kearney has not recovered from a shoulder injury and misses out. Jamie Langley, Tom Olbison and Jarrod Sammut are also still missing with injuries.
The Squad is: James Donaldson, Oliver Roberts, Chev Walker, 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 Foster, 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.
JAMIE FOSTER needs 6 points for a century for the Bulls in his first season. He has scored 3 tries and kicked 41 goals for a total of 94 points.
Bulls 19 Man Squad
- James Donaldson
- Oliver Roberts
- Chev Walker
- 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 Foster
- Matt Diskin
- Matty Blythe
- Ben Evans