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In this week's Bulls Eye Brian Noble and Paul Johnson look ahead top Sunday's Round 16 game at Odsal when the Vikings cross the Pennines to play the Bulls.
NO MATTER WHAT THEY HAVE DONE AGAINST OTHER SIDES, WIDNES ALWAYS SEEM TO MAKE LIFE DIFFICULT FOR YOU?
I think it is typical of most sides. They raise their game because we are the champions but if you look at their side you will see they are very competitive. They have five or six players in there that have NRL experience and they have some good players from over here, people like Adam Hughes, Chris Giles and Andy Hay and they are a dangerous group. If we under prepare in any way we will get beat and they will undoubtedly trouble us anyway simply because they are a very good team.
I thought we did some really positive things against Huddersfield last week and what we need to do this week is reinforce those things. We need to do the things we did against Huddersfield and invest into the game plan, invest into the way we looked after the ball and how we were dominant defensively. We need to get it across to the boys that that is the way to go
We have had a long week with the Ireland trip but the boys are in good spirits. We should be freshened up by Sunday and we are looking forward to it.
WIDNES ALWAYS GIVE BRADFORD A TOUGH GAME
You are asking the wrong person really!! I have only played them once whilst here and I was knocked out and concussed in the first two minutes and I can?t remember whether it was a tough game or not!! But seriously they have pulled themselves together after the game at Hull and they have had some tough games and been competitive in all of them. They have a good side on paper but we need to worry about what we do and not about them. Last week we were much better against the Giants. That made the game much easier for us and if we can do that gain, which we must, then we should be good enough to get the points.
Michael Withers is rated at only 50-50 for the Bulls but Karl Pratt is definitely in contention for a place this week. The rest of the squad is the same as last week. Lesley Vainikolo, who missed last week?s game through personal reasons, is available.
MICHAEL WITHERS needs one try for a century of British club and representative touchdowns. The Australian?s total of 99 consists of 95 for Bradford and 4 for Ireland.
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