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In This Week's Bulls Eye Coach Brian Noble, Leon Pryce, AND Lee Gilmour Look At Sunday's Tetley's Super League Round 3 Clash At Odsal When Halifax Make The Short Journey To Take On The Bulls At 6.00pm.
ARE YOU EXPECTING A DIFFICULT GAME AGAINST HALIFAX THIS WEEK?
Definitely. They always raise their level of intensity to play us. In many respects it is their biggest game of the season so they will be coming here with all guns blazing looking to cause what many would see as an upset. They are a good solid looking outfit this season and they have Chris Birchall playing on loan from us, in their pack. He is going very well for them. He hasn?t missed a game since he went there, which is a credit to himself and also probably a reflection of the high standards that we look for from our youngsters and I am really pleased he is playing Super League football week in week out.
TONY ANDERSON IS SOMEONE YOU KNOW WELL AND HAVE A LOT OF RESPECT FOR.
I known Tony a lot of years and I played with him here at Bradford. He has been on the Coaching ladder for a long time and has finally been given the Head Coaching opportunity he deserves. He is a great thinker on the game and he wants to do things his way, which is how it should be. He has jumped aboard ship there at Halifax, where many wouldn?t, seeing their off field struggles but he has shown he is going to put a tough competitive team together and we will have to be on our guard. Adversity can galvanise a side, particularly if you have the right man at the helm and they obviously have. Triumph often comes out of adversity and Tony Anderson will be looking for that.
A TOUGH GAME WILL BE IN PROSPECT THIS WEEK.
It is always a tough game against Halifax. They will want to try and knock us over at Odsal and they will feel, particularly with us having a few injuries, they will have a chance. We are looking to keep Odsal as a fortress and we will hopefully have some players back but we know Halifax will have no respect for reputations, be it of the team or the venue.
I was delighted to be back at Odsal and you could tell by the size of the crowd they were too but we have to make it a place visiting teams fear coming to again.
I am happy with my own form right now, not just because I seem to have hit the try-scoring notch at the moment. I am enjoying my rugby and have been pleased with my performances. It doesn?t seem like two minutes since I was the youngest in the team but I suppose I am quite experienced now compared to some of the young players we have brought in. It?s good to see so many of them getting a shot and doing very well.
HALIFAX WILL PROVIDE TOUGH OPPOSITION FOR YOU THIS WEEK.
Halifax will be a hard game. They have already turned over London this season and will have no fears about coming here, even though it is at Odsal. The local derby aspect is always important and Halifax always seem to raise their game against us. They have a good pack and a Bulls player, Chris Birchall, is on loan there. He is a good forward and he will be looking to impress against us but we want the two points and we will be looking to improve on our performance last week.
I am enjoying playing in the second row, in the middle of the field and I am just building up my engine. I am getting fitter and fitter as I get more game time and I am really looking forward to the Halifax game.
Bulls will welcome back James Lowes and will check on the fitness of Joe Vagana, who missed the game at Widnes with a hamstring strain. Paul Anderson has recovered from Flu but Danny Gartner has a virus and won?t play.
Squad: Pryce, Withers, Pratt, Naylor, Hape, Vainikolo, Gilmour, Deacon, Paul, Vagana, Anderson, Fielden, Moore, Radford, Lowes, Parker, Langley, 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 2 tries for a career total of 100.
Paul Deacon, who has kicked 30 goals from 38 attempts for an average of 78.9%, needs just 4 points for a total of 700 for the Bulls. He has scored 27 tries, kicked 289 Goals and 10 Drop Goals for a total of 696 points.
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