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In Bulls Eye this week Brian Noble and Logan Swann look ahead to Sunday's Round 15 game at Odsal when the Bulls take on the Giants looking to continue from their success at Salford.
ARE YOU SURPRISED AT HOW WELL HUDDERSFIELD HAVE STARTED THE SEASON?
Not at all. They showed last year that they were a side that would do well and they have recruited well in the close season. Chris Nero and James Evans have made a big impact for them and we all know how well Brandon Costin can play. Stanley Gene is going well for them and they have a good pack that takes them forward.
They are making noises this week about having a lot of injuries but adversity can sometimes bring out the best in sides. Whoever they put out this week I am expecting to be very competitive and difficult to beat. Jon Sharpe has got a great team spirit at the McAlpine and they showed in the game against us earlier this season a degree of stubbornness that makes them hard to play against.
I was pleased with a lot of things we did last week at Salford but we are still making too many individual errors but there are signs we are getting it right and I will be looking for some improvement this weekend.
YOU WILL BE EXPECTING A TOUGH GAME THIS WEEK.
We will. They have gone well this season and they have made some shrewd signings form the NRL. People like Ben Roarty, Chris Nero, James Evans and Brandon Costin are all very good players who stand up for them week to week and we will have to be at our best to contain these guys and put a bit of asset on them when they have the ball so it fatigues them. We have to concentrate on holding our ball, completing our sets and if we do that then I am sure we can come away with a win.
We are not firing on all cylinders at the moment and I believe it?s a combination of things. We have had a few people coming back from injury with others dropping out and the stop start nature of the comp, with not being involved in the Powergen Challenge Cup, did not help us the get the combinations working. We are not doing the fundamentals right at the moment and our ball security is poor. We have made too many unforced errors, such as forward passes in good field position and we have not been able to get a roll on or a completion rate of six or eight sets in a row that enables you to build a good foundation. But we are working on those areas and trying to work them out of our game and put something constructive together.
Leon Pryce and Karl Pratt are added to last week?s squad that won at Salford.
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 four for Ireland.
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In other news:
BULLS VS RHINOS IN CLASH OF MINDS!
Wednesday 14th July will see the Bulls meet the Rhinos again, this time in a battle of intellect!
Bradford Independent Supporters Association in conjunction with the Robbie Paul Testimonial Committee are bringing you a "They Think it's all a Question of Sport!" evening. In an offbeat version of the popular BBC quiz show a Bulls team of Robbie Paul, Joe Vagana and Shontayne Hape will take on a Rhinos team that will include Willie Poching and Francis Cummins.
Fans that attend the evening will also go into a draw for two lucky winners to join the Bulls and Rhinos teams on stage.
All profits of the evening will go to the Robbie Paul Testimonial Fund. BISA chairman Sam Grundy said: "It's going to a be an entertaining evening for anyone interested in Rugby League and a great way to show our support for Robbie who's been a loyal servant to Bradford and Rugby League for the past 10 years."
The event will take place at the Legend's Suite at Odsal Stadium at 7.30pm on Wednesday 14th July. Tickets are ?5 adults ?2 for juniors for BISA members. Corresponding prices for non-members are ?10 adults and ?5 juniors, but these include the option of a free year's membership of BISA (normally full price ?5) and so represent excellent value. Please send cheques payable to BISA to Bradford Independent Supporters Association, PO Box 1110, Bradford, BD12 9AZ. All cheques to be received by 8 July 2004.
For further information please contact Sam Grundy mobile: 07866 199259 office: 0113 233 8327