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In Bulls Eye this week, coach Brian Noble, second row forward, Jamie Peacock and hooker James Lowes look ahead to Sunday's Round 14 Tetley's Super League clash at Wilderspool when the Bulls travel across Pennines to take on the Wolves.
IT?S A DAUNTING PROSPECT GOING TO WARRINGTON STRAIGHT AFTER HAVING TO TRAVEL TO HULL.
Yes I suppose it is. They have knocked us off a couple of times in recent seasons and we really have to be mentally ready for this. It?s important we understand we will be in for a ?bash fest?, they are tough on their own patch and they know how to play their own field. They have a couple of decent halves, who make things happen and some big uncompromising forwards. They will be disappointed at losing to Wakefield, in particular because they didn?t back up their display against St Helens, so they will be looking to get back on track and it?s against us and everybody plays well against Bradford.
Wilderspool used to be a fortress, particularly when Paul Cullen played and it is about introducing that Champion mentality and making it tough to get the points. We have to be very tough, like we were at Hull, where I thought we played very hard.
It wasn?t our best football of the year but it we certainly worked very hard. We rolled our sleeves up and, at times, showed enough quality to put them away.
IT?S A BIG ASK TO GO TO WARRINGTON.
It?s always a difficult to go there and win because they play really well at home. I expect it to be a similar game to when we played them in the Challenge Cup, where we struggled in the early stages before we came away in the second half. It is a ground where the fans are really loud and they play their own pitch really well so we know we are in for a big game. We need to be tighter than we were last week at Hull and we must stop letting teams in for sloppy tries late in the game.
THEY WILL BE LOOKING TO GET BACK TO WINNING WAYS THIS WEEK.
They are coming off the back of what must have been, for them, a disappointing loss to Wakefield. They will definitely be up for the job but we must go there in a very positive frame of mind and take the good things we did at Hull with us. If we play as well as we did at Hull then there is no reason why we can?t come away with a victory at Wilderspool. It will be a our last visit to the ground and it is a place where we have struggled in recent seasons so a win would end that particular chapter of Rugby League history on a good note. One man who will be doing his best to ensure that doesn?t happen is Warrington and Lancashire Coach, Paul Cullen. Paul was a very honest player in his career and a no nonsense character. I am sure that will be how he will be coaching the Wolves, particularly at home. When Paul played it was a difficult place to go and something of a fortress for them, something he will be striving for now he is in charge.
Bulls will check on the availability of a number of players prior to the game on Sunday. Lesley Vainikolo and Tevita Vaikona are both struggling with knee injuries and Paul Anderson, who has done some training this, is also doubtful. Scott Naylor should be available and if he plays it will be his 250th Career appearance. Richard Moore and Stuart Reardon remain in the squad and are joined by Aaron Smith.
SCOTT NAYLOR should make his 250th career appearance of which 133 have been for the Bulls
JAMES LOWES needs 6 points for a total of 400 for the Bulls. He has scored 95 tries, 6 goals and 2-drop goals for a total of 394 points.
LEON PRYCE & LESLEY VAINIKOLO are the Bulls leading scorers this season with 13 tries in 13 appearances.
MICHAEL WITHERS has scored 90 tries in just 106 appearances for the club.
LESLEY VAINIKOLO needs 4 points for a total of 100 for the Bulls. He has scored 24 tries in 38 appearances
PAUL DEACON has kicked 93 goals from 115 attempts in all games for the Bulls this season for an average of 80.87%.
LEE RADFORD has kicked 8 goals from 9 attempts this season for an average of 88.88%
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