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In this week's Bulls Eye, coach Brian Noble, second row forward, Lee Radford and stand off, Karl Pratt, look ahead to Sunday's Round 12 Tetley's Super League clash, which pits second against third at the Kingston Stadium as the Bulls travel to Hull.
THIS WEEK'S GAME, WHILST ALWAYS A DIFFICULT ONE, TAKES ON ADDED SIGNIFICANCE FOLLOWING LAST WEEK?S DEFEAT TO THE BRONCOS.
Yes I suppose it does. It certainly doesn?t make it any easier but sometimes you have to take a slip on the mountain to realise you could have fallen off! We have practiced well this week; we know we are in for a tough game and we have to respond accordingly.
Hull have done very well in the face of adversity with a crippling injury list and they are playing with a lot of confidence and belief at the moment, which is showing through in their performances. They are playing some good football and scoring a lot of tries, so it is really important we recognise what they can do and see if we can exploit some of the things they don?t do so well.
I am looking forward to visiting the Kingston Stadium. They say it is a good stadium and noisy and vociferous and they are expecting a big crowd, so it?s another one of those great occasions that Super League keeps throwing up!
HOW HAVE THE PLAYERS RESPONDED TO LAST WEEK?S DISAPPOINTING PERFORMANCE?
They have trained very well. I thought there were some outstanding individual performances last week but it is a team game and the reality is that this team can stand being beaten but it is the manner of those defeats that concerns us more.
IT?S THE FIRST VISIT TO THE KINGSTON STADIUM FOR US.
I think it is going to be packed. They are expecting a bumper crowd and we will be taking a few so it should be a big day for the club.
They are playing very well at the moment. I think the fact they have had a lot of injuries has galvanised them and a it is bringing the best out of a lot of the youngsters. Paul Cooke is playing very well and so is Chris Chester. Richard Horne is going very well for them and they need to because with the two Smiths missing and Matty Crowther and Scott Logan being long term injury victims they need some players to stand up and be counted and they are all doing that.
The game has an added spark to it following our defeat last week. A few people have asked me if they are going to get the backlash from it and hopefully they will. We have trained well this week and we are looking for a massive game in front of a massive crowd.
Even though I have been at Bradford for a long time now the fact that it is my former club still means a lot to me. I have had all my mates crawling out of the woodwork this week asking for tickets and it is all that people in the city are talking about! It?s going to be a big game.
IT?S A DIFFICULT GAME FOR US THIS WEEK.
It?s a very big game for us. Hull are playing well and we had a disappointing result last week against the Broncos so we will be looking to put that right this week. We have trained well this week and we need to get back on the horse and put things right. Hopefully we will do that on Sunday.
I am very happy with the way I have been playing so far this season since I came here but I know I can improve, particularly here at Bradford and that?s what I?ll be looking to do.
Bulls will lack both Scott Naylor and Paul Anderson, who both have leg injuries and will check on Saturday on the fitness of Tevita Vaikona, Lesley Vainikolo, Lee Radford and Jamie Langley who have all been unable to train this week due to knocks picked up in the game against London.
LEON PRYCE remains the Bulls leading scorer this season with 13 tries in 13 appearances.
MICHAEL WITHERS has scored 90 tries in just 106 appearances for the club.
LEE RADFORD has kicked 8 goals from 9 attempts this season for an average of 88.88%
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