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In Bull's Eye this week, Brian Noble and former Leed's star Karl Pratt look ahead to Sunday's Tetley's Super League Round 26 game at Odsal when the top two in Super League go head to head in 'the biggest game of all'!
IT?S A CHANCE TO CLINCH THE MINOR PREMIERSHIP THIS WEEKEND. IS THAT THE GOAL?
No. That?s not the goal. The goal is to play well, focus on what we have practiced and get the two points. The Minor Premiership is a bi-product of what we do and yes, of course it would be nice to finish at the top but Leeds are talking about the self same thing and we need to be aware that it is about preparation and performance and not the end result. The reality is the big goal is the Semi Finals and the Grand Final if we are successful in the Semi?s.
Leeds are a very tough side this season. They have shown that right from the start. They scrap, they fight, they dig in and they are going to go for it here on Sunday. They haven?t beaten us this year so they have plenty of motivation, so they will be using that as a tool. They are a dangerous side from 1 to 17 but I have to say I though Matt Adamson and Barrie McDermott were superb against Warrington last week and they have a lot of dangerous halves if you let them alone. Obviously Keith Senior is an outstanding individual but when they have so many outstanding players it is dangerous to focus on too many individuals or the rest can hurt you.
It?s good to be coming into the game on the back of a good display at London. We didn?t start very well but we pushed on into the game and again our mental preparation was very good. It is not easy to go there, with all the travelling but we focused well and we need to take a lot of the things we did last week into this week?s game.
It?s going to be a massive occasion and these games, as we saw at Headingley earlier in the season, is what Super League is all about. There will be a big crowd; hopefully a full house and I have no doubt the game will live to its billing. It is ?The Biggest Game of All!?
WHAT WILL THIS GAME MEAN TO LEEDS?
Leeds and Bradford games are the biggest in the season for both sets of players and supporters and, speaking from experience, to beat Bradford in a season is massive for them. That will be more relevant this season with us having beaten them three times already. They will want to make sure that doesn?t happen again on Sunday.
For me personally, to have played against them so many times and had the results we have had this year has been tremendous and obviously I?d like to think that the sequence will continue. We want to win the Minor premiership because it gives you a better chance of making the Grand Final but we know we are in for a tough game this weekend.
Leeds have been top or second most of the season and for a big part of it we were chasing them. We are at the top now and there to be shot at and that?s what they will be coming to do. They have surprised a lot of people but the quality of the players they brought in during the off season has paid dividends for them. They are a tough side and it is going to be a very big game.
Bulls will be without Stuart Fielden, who has had minor knee surgery and will not select a side until Saturday. Richard Moore, Chris Bridge, Aaron Smith and Karl Pryce have been added to the squad.
LESLEY VAINIKOLO is the Bulls leading scorer this season with 25 tries.
LEON PRYCE has scored 19 tries for the Bulls this season and 2 for Yorkshire making a total of 21.
JAMES LOWES needs 2 tries for a total of 100 for the Bulls
KARL PRATT needs 4 tries for a career total of 100
LEE RADFORD needs 4 points for 100 for the Bulls
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