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In Bulls Eye this week, Coach Brian Noble and second row forward, Rob Parker, look forward to Sunday's Tetley's Super League Round 10 game at the McAlpine Stadium when the Bulls travel to face the Giants in another West Yorkshire Derby.
HUDDERSFIELD HAVE MADE A SOLID START TO THE SEASON
They have and they look a good side this season. I watched the video of them against Hull and I know their Coach, who is a very good Coach, will be looking for a big improvement on what they showed last week so we know we are in for a tough ride. They have their fair share of people that can break the line so we know what questions they will be asking of us this week. They will really want to give it to us.
I think they have reflected the standards that Tony Smith has set them for while now. He is a great club Coach and they play to a certain pattern, as most teams do but they have certainly improved and they will consider themselves a mid table team.
GIANTS WILL BE TOUGH OPPONENTS ON THEIR OWN GROUND
They have got a great team spirit and they work very hard for each other. Although they are not at the top of the table they have shown they can compete with sides that are and we know we are in for a really tough challenge this week. They are a side that have no really big stars but plenty of players with exceptional ability and they have a tremendous aptitude for work. Tony Smith is a quality coach and he has instilled a lot of pride in them. We know it will be hard and we cannot afford to take them lightly.
I am delighted with the way my season has gone so far. I have played in every game and I feel I have been selected on merit, rather than just coning in for injured players. I am aiming for a little more consistency and then I will be a strong contender for the rest of the season.
Brian Noble has named a 20-man squad for the game on Sunday. Bulls will lack the injured Michael Withers and Stuart Fielden and will also be without Leon Pryce who is suspended: Paul, Vaikona, Naylor, Hape, Vainikolo, Reardon, Deacon, Bridge, Anderson, Vagana, Lowes, Moore, Peacock, Gartner, Forshaw, Pratt, Gilmour, Parker, Radford, 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 scored 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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