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Friday 19th July 2013, 20:00
Super League - Round: 22
Round: 22 Official: B Thaler Venue: Provident Stadium, Odsal
Head to Head
|At Provident Stadium||Last 8 Meetings||Away from Home|
|WIN 19-12, 19/07/2013|
|LOST 28-12, 10/02/2013|
|LOST 6-70, 01/09/2012||LOST 24-18, 30/03/2012|
|LOST 14-28, 19/06/2011||LOST 34-24, 08/04/2011|
|LOST 22-28, 04/07/2010||LOST 18-6, 19/03/2010|
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 22 clash against Hull FC at the Provident Stadium.
WITH SIX GAMES TO GO THIS IS A BIG ONE.
“They are all big ones now for us. On the back of recent weeks we have improved and we need to get a result to keep us in the fight. We believe we can do that and we did improve at Wigan only to let it slip at in the last twenty minutes. It’s also a big challenge for us coming on the back of Hull’s great win in France last week. It’s a pivotal one for us because Hull are a good side and if we get a win over them than the confidence can come flooding back and that would set us up for the rest of the season.
We can’t afford to look ahead at the remaining fixtures. We just need to put everything into this game, selection, game plan and we need to be professional and get the two points, then we can look at games further on.
WHERE DO YOU THINK HULL ARE AT THE MOMENT?
“After watching that game at the weekend they will be feeling good. Catalans is a difficult place to go and the travel will have been difficult in the heat. They will probably have had more days off than training this week but it will have given them confidence. You could see it at the end of the game on Peter’s face and on the player’s faces the relief. I hope they are worried about the semi final the following week and perhaps some of our players will be reminding them about that!
You could think it is as good a time as any to play them but perhaps physically and mentally it might have been better to have got them during the month when they didn’t win a game. But I’m not overly concerned with their situation because we have been searching for an eighty minutes performance for the last month or so and probably a bit longer. In some of those games we weren’t good enough but in the last few we have been. We probably just needed someone to steady the ship and have a bit more possession but that’s down to us.”
WHERE DO YOU FEEL THE THREAT LIES FOR THEM?
Well I could start naming them all couldn’t I! The outside backs are very dangerous out of dummy half and they are quick. There wasn’t too much in the game last week and they, together with McDonnell, pulled them out of some situations. You can never have a play off with those three about. They have a good pack with good size about them as well and that’s a concern. They have some skill and are playing with some good offload which can drain your tank if you don’t stop it. I don’t know if Daniel Holdsworth will play but they have some skill in the halves too. They are dangerous all round the field.
Brett Kearney, Jarrod Sammut Jamie Langley, Tom Olbison and Chev Walker all return to the Bulls Squad for Friday’s game against Hull. The Bulls will be without Adam Sidlow, whose season has been ended and Matty Blythe. Both picked up knee injuries in the game against Wigan.
The Squad is: James Donaldson, Jamie Langley, Chev Walker, Brett Kearney, Luke Gale, Elliot Kear, Nick Scruton, John Bateman, Heath L’Estrange, Michael Platt, Keith Lulia, Adrian Purtell, Tom Olbison, Manase Manuokafoa, Danny Addy, Jamie Foster, Matt Diskin, Matty Jarrod Sammut and Ben Evans.
BRETT KEARNEY needs 8 points for a total of 200 for the Bulls. He has scored 48 tries in 85 appearances.
Bulls 19 Man Squad
- To be announced shortly
- James Donaldson, Jamie Langley, Chev Walker, Brett Kearney, Luke Gale, Elliot Kear, Nick Scruton, John Bateman, Heath L’Estrange, C Michael Platt, Keith Lulia, Adrian Purtell, Tom Olbison, Manase Manuokafoa, Danny Addy, Jamie Foster, Matt Diskin, C Matty Jarrod Sammut, Ben Evans.