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In this week's Bulls Eye, coach Brian Noble, Robbie Paul, and Paul Deacon look forward to Saturday's Round 15 Tetley's Super League clash at Odsal when third placed Wigan Warriors take on second placed Bradford Bulls in another classic Odsal encounter.
ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS GAME?
I am looking forward to it immensely. My players are talking about putting a few wrongs right again and we are focusing on our performance. They are a very good team who are playing well. They have a lot of enthusiasm from their young players, which always gives them a lift and they have Faz and Mick Cassidy back so we know we have to be at our best to beat them. Andy Farrell has made a big difference to how they play, Cassidy is a tough hard working player, they have added Nick Graham from overseas so they are quite a substantial outfit at the moment and certainly not as busted as they were.
Absolutely delighted. We had a bit of adversity at the start of the season and we have had a few flips and flops along the way but in the main I am delighted with where we are at this stage of the year.
IT?S YOU HOMETOWN CLUB AND THEY WILL BE LOOKING TO COME HERE AND WIN.
They will be coming here full of confidence. They defeated Hull last week, quite convincingly, whilst we struggled a bit to beat them the previous week, so they will look at that and feel they can get the points here. The young lads that are in the team will be full of confidence and Odsal won?t be a daunting place for them to come. They will just turn up for the game ready to play, so we will have our work cut out to get the points on offer on Saturday.
They have got some of their senior players back, people like Andy Farrell and Craig Smith and they are a big boost for the younger players. Andy is a smart Captain and he will be getting the best out of the young lads.
It has gone very quickly and I was quite surprised to find it out but you know 150 games down the track won?t mean anything unless we get a win. I feel I am going alright this season but I am always looking to improve my own game. Not ?three bad? as they say in Wigan!
TOUGH GAME FOR YOU THIS WEEK.
Very tough. Second v third in the table and they are coming here with a very good run of form behind them. They have some good young players and some of the best and most experienced players in the game around them. The senior players around them are World Class as well, so they have got to be confident.
We need to get back to winning ways at Odsal because last time out here we were very disappointing. We set ourselves goals and standards and this season we have fallen at one of the hurdles but that which doesn?t kill us makes us stronger!!
Brian Noble has added James Lowes and Jamie Langley to the 17 who played last week at Warrington.
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.
LEE RADFORD has kicked 8 goals from 9 attempts this season for an average of 88.88%
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