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Coach Brian Noble and Mike Forshaw look at Sunday's Tetley's Super League Round 2 clash, which sees the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats as the visitors as the Bulls are set for an emotional return to Odsal. Please note this game has a 3.00pm kick off
Media Arrangements for Odsal Stadium: Media Car Parking is at the Richard Dunn Car Park opposite the stadium on Rooley Avenue. The Media Room is the same as before, in the Vice President?s Lounge. Entry is via the Main Gate on Rooley Avenue. All Media must come to the Media Room to collect Tickets and bibs. Post Match Press Conference will be in the Tunnel Area until the new facility is completed.
AFTER LAST WEEK?S GAME ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO PLAYING SUPER LEAGUE OPPOSITION AGAIN?
I am. Those games are always difficult and, whilst I thought we did everything right against Hunslet, we know we are in for a totally different standard of opposition this week. Wakefield have recruited strongly and look a much better side than last season. Matt Sears, Dallas Hood and Michael Korkidas, are all high quality players and we know we will have to be at our best. We have to be up to speed for this week. Our mental approach has to be lifted to Super League level.
AS A FORMER PLAYER, HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT COMING BACK TO ODSAL?
It?s fantastic. We trained on the field this morning and all the work was going on to get the stadium ready and the place is coming alive. I think we have all forgotten what a fantastic venue this is. It had a tremendous atmosphere and it was the driving force behind the marketing of Super League. But I am different to a lot of people. I have seen it at its worst! I have seen it freezing and fog bound on a January afternoon and I know what a thoroughly inhospitable place it can be. I want all the other clubs to come here and think it is a horrible place to come and visit because of all the noise the fans make and the reception waiting on the field. We need that dominance at home, which we had before and we will be looking for that dominance again.
We have trained very well this week and we know we are in for a rough time. All the emotion that is invested in Odsal will be focused on one team; us! But there is another team involved and it is my job to make sure that the emotion for us becomes a positive and that Wakefield, who are quite capable of causing an upset, don?t spoil the party. That?s what they will be focusing on and we will have to be mentally tough to get the two points.
WAKEFIELD WILL BE TOUGH OPPOSITION FOR US.
They are coning off the back of a disappointing Challenge Cup defeat and they will fancy their chances of coming here and doing a number on us. They are a very dogged outfit who have caused us some trouble in the past. We expect nothing different this week because they have a lot of tough competitors in the side.
We need to get back on track and build some momentum and we need to start making Odsal the fortress it was a couple of years ago. I have played here since 1997 and some of the players have not experienced the Gameday atmosphere. I am sure that Sunday will give them a taste of things to come and I just hope the crowd get behind us and we win.
Bulls, who will be without Jamie Peacock, have added fit again James Lowes to the squad that defeated Hunslet last week and will give a fitness test to skipper Robbie Paul, who has a neck injury and is rated 50/50 by Brian Noble.
Pryce, Pratt, Naylor, Hape, Vainikolo, Gilmour, Deacon, Paul, Anderson, Vagana, Vaikona, Fielden Moore, Radford, Lowes, Parker, Gartner Forshaw, Reardon.
James Lowes needs 4 points for a career total of 600.
Jamie Peacock needs 4 points for a total of 100 for the Bulls. He has scored 24 tries.
Scott Naylor needs 3 tries for a career total of 100.
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