JAMES LOWES insists his Bradford Bulls will make the most of tonight's trip to Headingley Carnegie Stadium, as he faces off against friend and former team-mate and colleague Brian McDermott.
The General spent four years of his playing career with Leeds before moving to the Provident Stadium, where he went on to win three Super League titles, a Challenge Cup and a World Club Challenge in Bulls colours.
Following a short stint as head coach of Warrington Wolves, the 1997 Super League Man of Steel returned to the Rhinos to take up an assistant coaching role alongside McDermott.
Last year, he switched codes to take over the reins of the then Leeds Carnegie, prior to become Bradford boss in June.
Lowes' Bulls head into this evening's First:Utility Super League clash on the back of a heroic 16-8 victory over defending champions Wigan Warriors last weekend, which marked the Bradford coach's first-ever win in charge.
The former Great Britain international believes his side can trouble the title-chasing Rhinos and has pointed towards Sunday's triumph as a benchmark.
“We can go into the game full of confidence after our display last time out, which I thought merited another couple of tries,” claimed Lowes, who is being proudly sponsored by Swim Stars UK.
“The biggest challenge is to try and replicate that level of performance week in and week out, starting with top-class opposition – away from home
“Tonight will be a great experience for the boys and, of course, our supporters. It will be the last time we travel to Headingley for at least one year.
“I too am really looking forward to going back, though am not expecting anything special in terms of a reception!
“If we can carry on from where we left off last weekend then we will be fine, but we must be wary of the constant threat which Leeds have become. They have so many strike players.
“One thing I can promise, though, is that we will enjoy it and that it will be a special occasion.”
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