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In Bulls Eye this week, coach Brian Noble and half back Paul Deacon, look forward to Sunday's Tetley's Super League Round 9 game at Odsal Stadium when the Tigers are in town to take on the Bulls in the Big West Yorkshire derby.
CASTLEFORD PROVED WHAT A TOUGH SIDE THEY ARE WITH THAT COMEBACK AGAINST HULL EARLIER THIS WEEK.
They are a very tough side. When you look at their side they have that great balance between experienced players, high quality overseas players and some exciting youngsters coming through and those are always the hallmarks of a good side. I am sure they will have been disappointed with the way they played against Hull for the biggest part of the game and I?m sure Graham Steadman will have had words with them about that and they will be pumped up for their visit here on Sunday.
They have some great individuals in their side and the Hull game was the first game back for Mitch Healey. He is an important player for them and he will be better for having that game under his belt. Danny Orr is a very dangerous player if you allow him the space.
We are finding that sides are coming to Odsal and raising their games against us and that is the sign of us being a successful side. Sides want to come here and knock us off on our own patch and we must be sharp enough not to let that happen. We are now back to the week in week out Super League mentality that we must buy into. We have a good squad and some good players and we must find consistency. We must chip away at the points that are available every week now without the Challenge Cup intervening. As I said at the start of the year focus is very important because if we under prepare mentally against any side, then we will be beaten.
IT?S ANOTHER TOUGH GAME AGAIN THIS WEEK AND A DERBY GAME AS WELL
There are no easy games this year are there? Cas showed fighting spirit against Hull last weekend and I am sure they will be looking to take the last quarter of that game into the game this week. They will be saying, ?Let?s start this game like we finished the last?, so it will be tough for us and the fact it is a big derby game will make it even tougher. They have some good half backs and they will be delighted to have Mitch Healey back. He organises things for them and that allows Danny Orr to have a much freer role, which is what he likes best and that is when he is at his most dangerous.
Michael Withers has undergone an operation and will be out for the foreseeable future but Karl Pratt has recovered from the Tooth infection that caused him to miss the Wigan Game and the Bulls have named the 17 players on duty at Wigan plus Karl Pratt and Aaron Smith.
JAMES LOWES needs 6 points for a total of 400 for the Bulls. He has scored 95 tries, 6 goals and 2-drop goals for a total of 394 points. He has made 450 First Class Appearances including Internationals.
LEON PRYCE has score 13 tries in 12 appearances this season.
SCOTT NAYLOR needs just 1 try for a career total of 100 and 400 points.
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