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In this week's Bulls Eye, Brian Noble, Joe Vagana and Stuart Fielden look ahead to Thursday's Tetley's Super League big local derby at Headingly when the Rhinos and the Bulls meet in the biggest game of all.
IT?S THE BIGGEST GAME OF THE SEASON. ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO IT?
Very much. I always enjoy going to Headingley and I love them coming here. They are always exciting days at the office! It?s the biggest game of all now and there will be a sell out crowd, a lot of excitement, controversial decisions and colour and excitement, in fact everything that is good about Rugby League.
They are playing very well at the moment. They have a lot of confidence about themselves and why shouldn?t they, they look good. We have looked at them on Video and they are showing a lot of good things. Tony has got them running really well and we will have to be at our best.
We defeated them 5 times last year but that will not count for anything this season. They are starting afresh and they will want to get one over us but we generally do well there and we need to reinforce that. We have trained very well this week and when we train well we usually play well, so we are going there expecting a tough game but we are very confident.
IT IS THE BIGGEST GAME OF THE SEASON SO FAR.
It?s a big game at anytime but coming at this stage of the season, with Saints straight after, it has even more importance. It will be hard game with a big crowd and it?s already a massive top of the table clash. There are a lot of games left but for both clubs to be backing up, if one was to win them both and the other to lose then it would open up a considerable gap.
I haven?t seen too much of them bit I saw their Cup game and they petered out against St Helens in similar fashion to us. They must have played well to defeat Widnes 46-0 at the weekend and, whilst we haven?t been playing perhaps as well as we can, we feel this game can be a big change for us and we are looking forward to it.
IT IS A VERY BUSY PERIOD FOR YOU
We have a very tough four days coming up over the Easter period. They don?t come any tougher than Leeds and St Helens and the Rhinos are up first on Thursday night. It is already looking like a sell out and the atmosphere is building up already. These are the games that we all want it play in and it will be special. I like Headingley as a venue but to be honest wherever we play Leeds the atmosphere is always electric. I will be up against one of my very best friends in Willie Poching. We grew up together and off the field we spend a lot of timer together but we will be at it hammer and tongs for the eighty minutes on Thursday, especially as he is playing for Leeds! It is going to be one of those games that they say will be one or lost in the forwards and it will be tough but if we stick to our game plan we should be alright.
Brian Noble has named an 18 man squad for the game. The squad is: Withers, Reardon, Bridge, Vaikona, Vainikolo, Aaron Smith, Moore, Vagana, Anderson, Fielden, Peacock, Parker, Radford, Langley, L Pryce, Deacon, Paul, Johnson.
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