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In this week's Bulls Eye, Coach Brian Noble and Robbie Paul look ahead to Sunday's Tetley's Super League Round 5 Clash At Odsal as the Wolves travel to Bradford to take on the Bulls.
IT WILL BE ANOTHER TOUGH GAME THIS WEEK BRIAN AND IT?S LOOKING LIKE THAT IS THE PATTERN FOR THE SEASON.
It will be tough every week and we need to share that with our fans. There are not going to be any ?Gimme? games and every side is capable of beating any other. It?s all about our preparation and yes it will be a tough game but it is what we need going into a Challenge Cup Semi Final.
They have proved with their wins at Huddersfield and London that they are a side that travel well. We must be on our guard and we must play to our potential. I am expecting no less a tussle than we have had previously at Odsal this year. We have to start a little bit better and play consistently for 80 minutes but in the main I am delighted with where we are at the moment.
THEY HAVE A GOOD HARD WORKING PACK THAT IS CAPABLE OF STANDING UP FOR ITSELF.
They have. Darren Burns, Nick Fozzard are both very strong and Sid Domic is a very good player. I think their pack is very strong, very durable and they will keep coming at us. So once again let?s reinforce some of the things we are good at and take some strides towards having a complete performance.
They have a very good Coach in Paul Cullen. He played for them for many years and it appears he has embodied his spirit into the side. He kept them up last year, which was a fair ask and he has recruited well. He hasn?t had a lot of money to spend but he has invested it well and they are in his mould. You have got to want to play for the club you sign for and you can see a vast improvement in some of the players at Warrington who have been there previously, which is down to Paul
WARRINGTON WILL PROVIDE TOUGH OPPOSITION FOR US THIS WEEK.
We have another very difficult game this week, against Warrington. We have set ourselves a standard this season of going through the campaign unbeaten at Odsal. Warrington are a tough, very physical team to play and we are looking at taking our game to the next level.
We wanted to do that at Widnes but no side is going to lie down and let you trample all over them but the great thing about this team is that there is a lot of room for improvement and this game against
Warrington will be a tough one as we prepare for the Semi Final next week against Wigan. Warrington showed by their victories at Huddersfield and London that they travel well and they will be coming here looking for a win. They played very well against Hull last week and we know from experience that they will be very physical and fired up for the game.
Bulls have a number of injury worries and Brian Noble will not name a squad for this game and will make a final selection on Sunday.
STUART FIELDEN will play his 150th game for the Bulls today.
SCOTT NAYLOR needs just 1 try for a career total of 100 and 400 points.
ROBBIE PAUL needs four tries for a career century of Super League touchdowns (Not including play-offs). His total of 96 has come in 152 rounds. He has scored six hat-tricks, including one four try feat.
The New Zealand half back has drawn level with Paul Newlove of St. Helens as they aim to become only the second player to reach a century of Super League tries since its launch in 1996. Kris Radlinski of Wigan Warriors leads the way with 101.
Paul made his debut for Bradford with two tries in a 34-0 home League defeat of Wakefield Trinity on 27 November 1994.
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