O'BRIEN HANDED FIRST-EVER START

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30th March 2014

ADAM O’BRIEN is to make his first-ever Super League start today, after being named as first-choice hooker in the Bulls’ line-up for this afternoon’s trip to Widnes Vikings.

The 20-year-old has previously made 21 appearances, as an interchange in the sport’s top flight. 

But with skipper Matt Diskin ruled out injured, head coach Francis Cummins’ has provided O’Brien with a chance to impress from the start.

In another first, for 2014 at least, Matty Blythe starts at second-row having made only one appearance thus far in First Utility Super League XIX.

Sam Wood maintains his spot on the wing, with goal-kicking talent Jamie Foster sidelined for the contest.

And, having missed the Bulls’ defeat to Hull Kingston Rovers last time out, Chev Walker returns to the front row.

Manase Manuokafoa, Tom Olbison and James Donaldson make up Bradford’s starting pack, with Liam Sutcliffe again partnering Luke Gale in the halves.

Brett Kearney lines up at full-back, alongside Wood, Elliot Kear, Adam Henry and Adrian Purtell, who complete the backline.

Danny Addy reverts to the interchange bench, where he is joined by fellow forwards Oliver Roberts, Danny Bridge and Anthony Mullally.

Kick-off for the round-seven clash is at 3.00pm. For regular updates follow @OfficialBullsRL on Twitter.

STARTING LINE-UP

Brett Kearney

Elliot Kear

Adam Henry

Adrian Purtell

Sam Wood

Liam Sutcliffe

Luke Gale

Manase Manuokafoa

Adam O’Brien

Chev Walker

Tom Olbison

Matty Blythe

James Donaldson

INTERCHANGES

Danny Addy

Anthony Mullally

Danny Bridge

Oliver Roberts

O'BRIEN HANDED FIRST-EVER START DOMAIN