NATHAN BROWN is expecting a difficult test tomorrow afternoon, at The Provident Stadium.
The St Helens head coach will guide his side into First Utility Super League battle against Francis Cummins' in-form Bradford Bulls, with the home side seeking a third-straight victory.
Brown, who took over the Langtree Park reins back in 2012, has seen the second-placed Saints record nine victories in eleven outings this term.
But the former Huddersfield Giants boss admits he is wary of Bradford's threats, having watched the Bulls dispatch 2013 grand finalists Warrington Wolves last time out.
“If you had have spoke last week, before the game, with no (Manase) Manuokafoa, no such and such and no such and such – and then bringing in Antonio Kaufusi at the last minute – people may have thought this is a great time for Warrington to play Bradford,” said the Australian, who coached St George Illawarra before arriving on our shores.
“But at Super League level, you have to prepare well, show respect to the opposition and play well.
“If you don't play well, you risk losing games. Bradford have good players, in key positions, nine, seven and six.
“Then you throw in Lee Gaskell, at one, he was probably the most influential player on the field last weekend.
“They have got people who, if there forwards can do a good job, can really hurt you.
“The key for us is that we control Bradford, give them the respect they deserve and not look at their position on the table.
“They have gone through some tough times but, between Francis Cummins and a core group of players, they certainly do hang in there and fight for each other.”
Supporters wishing to pay on the gate tomorrow can do so, with admission priced at £20 (adults), £15 (concessions), £15 (students) and £10 (juniors).
Those who have already secured their place can collect tickets from 11.00am, with gates opening at 1.30pm.