PREVIEW | Rick Edgerton looks ahead to tomorrow night's #Origin series opener at ANZ Stadium
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In Bulls Eye this week Brian Noble and Karl Pratt look forward to Saturday's Round 13 game at Odsal when over 20,000 supporters will pack into the ground to see the biggest game of all when the Bulls meet the Rhinos.
IT?S TOUGH GAME COMING AGAIN THIS WEEKEND
It is and we are looking forward to it. They are always great games, whatever the position of the two teams and the game stands alone as the biggest fixture of all but with them top; riding high and playing very well, it?s even more special. We have played well in parts but we haven?t put a whole game together yet, as far as I am concerned and we will be looking to do that this weekend.
Leeds seem to be doing the little things very well at the moment but I feel the game this week will be about us. We are improving and our focus is on us and not them. There were a few good performances last week at Knowsley Road. Some of the things we did we executed really, really well but there were other elements, like our concentration when we didn?t have the ball, which let us down a little bit against Saints.
RHINOS ARE TOP OF THE TABLE AND PLAYING WELL.
They have run well this year. They beat us early in the season but that means nothing now. We need to get back to where we know we should be and if we do then I am confident we can come away with the victory. Danny McGuire has been going really well for them. He is the game?s leading try scorer but they have threats all over the place. People like Keith Senior, Chev Walker, and Kevin Sinfield are all quality players but we will have to watch all their players, not just one or two.
It looks like Tony Smith has come in and done a good job for them but we will have to wait and see what happens at the end of the season and see if they can achieve success this year but the signs are looking good for them.
This game will be special for me. There is no bigger game than this one. I am a Leeds lad and I spent four years there and it is just great for me to be involved in these games. Hopefully I can help the Bulls put one over on them this weekend.
Brian Noble will not select his team until late on Friday but Karl Pratt came through the game at St Helens OK and will be fit to play.
Michael Withers needs one try for a century of British club and representative touchdowns
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In other news:
World Champions Bradford Bulls have now sold over 22,000 tickets for the game against Leeds on Saturday. The capacity at Odsal is just over 26,000 and the Bulls Ticket Office will be open on Friday from 9.30 until 5.00 as normal and on Saturday from 9.30. Tickets will be on sale until kick off time or until all tickets have been sold.
Bulls Chairman Chris Caisley said today.
?We have been overwhelmed with people wanting tickets for this game and as such we will be opening our Ticket Office from 9.30 am on Saturday. I urge anyone wanting to see the biggest game in Super League to come along to Odsal and ensure they get a ticket so as not to be disappointed. We are hopeful of being able to set a new Super League attendance record, beating the 24,020 that watched this fixture in 1999.?