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This week's edition of Bulls Eye features Brian Noble and Stuart Reardon who look ahead to Sunday's important Round 21 game at the KC Stadium when the fourth place Bulls travel to third on the table Hull for the game of the round.
HULL ARE SECOND IN THE TABLE AND ARE PLAYING VERY WELL.
They are playing very well, both as individuals and collectively. They have done very well this season, particularly at home and are handily placed to make their mark in the play off?s. It doesn?t take an Einstein to understand that this is a very important game for us and it is the start of what could be a highly significant month. We have to travel to Leeds and Hull again in August and we have Wigan and Warrington at Odsal, so by the end of the month we will have a very good idea just where we are as we move into the play off?s. If we can get the win at Hull, then we would draw level with them on points and I am really excited and looking forward to the game.
HULL WON AT ODSAL IN APRIL AND THAT WAS A GAME THAT MADE EVERYONE SIT UP AND TAKE NOTICE THAT THEY WERE A SIDE TO BE RECKONED WITH THIS SEASON
I would agree with you on that. It was a game we felt we should have won, particularly after being in control of things but Hull showed just what sort of side they have become with a great last quarter. It certainly made people aware that perhaps this was the year they made the transition into a ?Top Four? side and they have consolidated that throughout the season. They have some high quality individuals, people like Horne, Best and Briscoe and Paul King and Kirk Yeaman are going really well for them. They are very comfortable with Shaun McRae?s coaching and are sure to want to end his reign with a Grand Final appearance but there is still a long way to go and we are going into the game with confidence
WE NEED TO GO INTO THE GAME WITH A LOT OF CONFIDENCE
We do but I think we are playing well at the moment and improving every week. We have a lot of players in our side who are on top of their game and so have Hulls so it should make for a very good game.
People have been building up my battle with Shaun Briscoe but I just have to concentrate on my own game. He is a player who has really come on this season and he is scoring a lot of tries, a lot of them from his support play. He is a player we will have to watch and make sure we handle him.
It?s a big month for us and I think that we need to be looking to win all our games to put us in good stead for the play off?s. It will be tough but we have a good enough squad to achieve success this year.
The Bulls, who still lack Paul Johnson, Tevita Vaikona, Michael Withers, Toa Kohe Love through injury and Karl Pratt through suspension, have announced the same 18-man squad that played in the last two games against Wigan and London Broncos.
Reardon, Andy Smith, Aaron Smith, Vainikolo, Harris, Vagana, Pryce, Paul, Swann, Radford, Hape, Deacon, Parker, Langley, Fielden, Anderson, Peacock, Bridge
Lesley Vainikolo has scored 65 tries in only 72 appearances for the Bulls
Paul Deacon has kicked 80 goals from 102 attempts for an average of 78.43%
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