HAGGERTY EXPECTING A PHYSICAL BATTLE

11 Feb 2016

KURT Haggerty is raring to go for Saturday’s physical battle versus Whitehaven.

The Ireland international made his Bradford Bulls debut in the opening game of 2016 as the Bulls beat Featherstone Rovers 22-12.

Haggerty played against Whitehaven in 2013, when the former Widnes Vikings man had a spell at Barrow Raiders, and is ready for the physical challenge.

“I’m looking forward to the Whitehaven game. It’s going to be another tough fixture, even more so because it’s at their ground,” said Haggerty, who is sponsored by Alexis Ridler.

“I know quite a few of the Whitehaven lads and they’re quite a physical bunch.

“They’re a physical side, who will try and come through the middle of us. We’ve got to be smart and we’ve got to be ready to bulk up in front them.

“The biggest and most important thing to take into the game is the win against Featherstone. It was brilliant to get our first win under our belt and with the other results in the league it felt even better.

“We only conceded two tries, so there are aspects of our game to work on but there are a lot of positives we can take into Saturday’s clash.

“Hopefully, the pitch won’t be too bad with the wet weather expected and if we’re a bit smarter in a few areas I’m sure we’ll be fine and come out on top.

“We’ve got to keep the momentum going now. We’ve got to keep picking up the wins, which will set us up nicely for the end of the year, but we can’t underestimate any team in this league.”

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LOVEGROVE SELECTED FOR WHITEHAVEN TRIP

11 Feb 2016

NEW BOY Rhys Lovegrove, who is on a one-month trial with the Bulls, has been included in the 19-man squad for Saturday’s game.

Lovegrove adds his Super League experience to the Bulls’ forward pack, after playing for Hull KR for seven years.

Head Coach James Lowes has also selected Bradford Bulls Academy graduate, Joe Lumb as well as former NRL player, Mitch Clark.

Clark will make his first appearance in a Bulls shirt if he features in the 6.30pm kick off at the Recreation Ground.

The three players are the only changes Lowes has made to the 19-man squad, as they replace Epalahame Lauaki, Ben Kavanagh and Oscar Thomas. 

The 19-man squad:

22. James Clare – sponsored by Captain Hornblower, Papa Holmes and the Hornettes

14. Jay Pitts – sponsored by John Fountain

3. Adrian Purtell – sponsored by Brian Widdop

34. Richie Mathers – sponsored by O’Haras Limited

35. Rhys Lovegrove  

4. Kris Welham – sponsored by Stuart Readyhough at Maclean and Company

6. Lee Gaskell – sponsored by Hudson Foster Financial Services

9. Adam O’Brien – sponsored by The Monro Family

10. Adam Sidlow – sponsored by Gareth and Ruth Rider

2. Omari Caro – sponsored by Jennifer Bennison

20. Mitch Clark – sponsored by Bradford Bulls Supporters Group

15. Matty Blythe – sponsored by Smith Harrison Sampling

13. Danny Addy – sponsored by Bear Boating

11. Tom Olbison – sponsored by C and K Wood

23. Alex Mellor – sponsored by The Top House

28. Kurt Haggerty – sponsored by Alexis Ridler

12. Dale Ferguson – sponsored In Memory of Helen Butterworth

30. Joe Lumb – sponsored by The Red Amber and Black Forum

27. Johnny Walker – sponsored by Double D Renovations

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AWAY GUIDE: WHITEHAVEN

11 Feb 2016

INFORMATION for Saturday’s game as the Bulls travel to Whitehaven.

Form

Whitehaven narrowly won their sole pre-season friendly against Cumbrian arch-rivals Workington Town 12-6 in a match dominated by the weather.

However, Haven were brought back down to earth in their opening match of the 2016 Kingstone Press Championship as Halifax thumped them 52-6 at the Mbi Shay Stadium.

Recent Meetings

Last season, the Bulls managed comprehensive victories in both 2015 meetings with Whitehaven.

They met in this corresponding fixture last season at the Provident Stadium, where the Bulls won 34-4, led by a hat-trick of tries from Lee Gaskell.

Bradford then completed the double in May with a 32-16 victory at the Recreation Ground.

Gaskell ended up scoring once more, though a brace of tries each to Adrian Purtell and Danny Williams were the highlight of the win.

Address

Haven Club, Cleator Moor Road, Whitehaven, CA28 8TX.

Directions to Ground

From the A6036, turn right onto the M606. Follow the M606 all the way down before it merges with the M62. Follow the M62 westbound all the way down until it merges with the M60 between Whitefield and Middleton. Keep on the same road and follow the M60 down to Junction 15 before turning off here.

Follow the road round, driving across the bridge, then follow the signs that lead onto the M61. A fork of roads will appear along the M61; keep left of this fork and follow the signs towards Preston.

Once near Preston, keep on the same road before the M61 merges with the M6. Continue onto the M6 and follow the road up north. Once at junction 38, continue along the same road before the M6 splits into two. Keep left of this split before it merges once again near Oddendale.

The M6 splits again soon afterwards near Hardendale; once again stay left of this split before the road merges again near Little Strickland. Continue along the M6 once again before turning off at junction 40. After turning off at junction 40, turn left at the roundabout onto the A66 near Redhills. Follow the A66 past Redhills before continuing on straight ahead at the first roundabout before continuing down the A66 before it merges with the A591.

Once at the A591, follow this road down to a roundabout and carry on straight ahead at the roundabout. After the roundabout, the road will merge back into the A66; follow the A66 through the Lake District National Park and the Bassenthwaite Lake National Nature Reserve before reaching Bridgefoot. Once here, turn left onto the A595 and continue straight on, straight ahead past the roundabout before reaching a junction at Lillyhall.

Continue ahead down the A595 past this junction and the roundabout near Lakes College plus the second roundabout at Howgate, before a left turn at Rosehill. Turn left down Rosehill Road and follow this road straight on before it merges with Red Lonning. Continue down Red Lonning Road before reaching a roundabout. 

Turn right at this roundabout onto Moresby Road and continue down before turning left at the roundabout onto Cleator Moor Road. Recreation Ground, Whitehaven RLFC is situated half a mile down Cleator Moor Road, on the right.

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WALKER RELISHING WHITEHAVEN RETURN

11 Feb 2016

BRADFORD Bulls prop Johnny Walker will return to Whitehaven on Saturday, after featuring for the Cumbrian club on loan last season.

The Scotland international played five times during his time at Whitehaven and is looking forward to his return in a Bulls shirt.

Head Coach James Lowes handed Walker his competitive debut last Sunday in the 22-12 win over Featherstone Rovers.

The 24-year-old has fond memories of his Whitehaven stint and is relishing a successful trip to the Recreation Ground on Saturday.

“I’m really looking forward to playing against Whitehaven this weekend,” said Walker, who is sponsored by Double D Renovations.

“I had a fun time at the Recreation Ground when I was there on loan last season, so I can’t wait to get back out on the pitch and play against them, especially in a Bulls shirt.

“It would be great to get another win as we build momentum from last Sunday. There are things we can improve on from the Featherstone game, so it would be great to get another good performance and another win.

“We need to make sure we keep dominating the game, because we dropped our tempo against Featherstone. We need to stick to our game plan and dominate throughout the 80 minutes.

“It’ll be a tough muddy evening on their pitch and it will be like running on sand at times. They’ll work hard for each other and use the conditions to their advantage. We need to do our best things right and put in a good performance.

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BULLS U19s KICK OFF SEASON VS WARRINGTON

10 Feb 2016

BRADFORD Bulls Under 19s begin their 2016 campaign against Warrington Wolves Under 19s.

The Under 19s season gets underway on Sunday 14th February at The Neil Hunt Memorial Ground – the home of Dudley Hill RLFC – kick off at 1pm.

Ground: The Neil Hunt Memorial Ground, Lower Lane, Bradford, BD4 8TJ.

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