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Bulls Eye - Round 11
THE SIDE WENT WELL LAST WEEK AGAINST THE GIANTS.
It was more like the sort of performance we were looking for wasn?t it? We were very disappointed with what we came up with in that first half at Warrington and there was a lot of pride at stake. The determination was there too and that was pleasing.
This week we will have to reach that level again against a side who are very tough to play against. They have had some adversity, with injuries taking their toll but they have a lot of youth in their side who bring a lot of enthusiasm. They will be smarting from their defeats against Leeds and Huddersfield and that will galvanise them even more. They showed us the way at the JJB and it took a magnificent effort from the players to win that one. We can expect the same this week and we need to be right on our game again.
Denis Moran is a big player for them and he can dictate a game if you let him. He was tremendous against at the JJB ad we will need to keep an eye on him and Danny Orr who is a very tough player who is starting to come into form. They are strong all across the park, with Seuseu and Sculthorpe back in the side. Their backs are playing well, the likes of Brown and Aspinwall and all the adversity has really ?made? them. It will a big game for both sides and we need to be at our best.
YOU MUST HAVE BEEN DELIGHTED WITH THE WIN OVER HUDDERSFIELD LAST WEEK
We were. It was a good win. We have had a lot to work on since the beginning of this season; getting combinations going and the rhythm flying and things haven?t been going to plan so far, so it was good to get that win under our belts and give us a bit more confidence going into this week?s game against Wigan.
I was pleased with the way I went. It?s the first time for about two years that I have had the luxury of playing the majority of the game in the halves and it was good for me and very stimulating to be able to use different aspects of my offensive game. Plus when you play at hooker you use lots of energy tackling in the middle of the park.
One outstanding thing about Wigan is that they have a lot of very good young players in their side who bring a lot of enthusiasm and they have got the right amount of class in there to be able to harness that enthusiasm and make it count. One of the things we have spoken about is that Odsal Stadium is our home and during the Super League era we have made it a fortress and that is what we want to get back to. Even if sides do come here and go away with the points they will have had to work extremely hard to get them.
YOUR DEFENCE LOOKED BACK TO ITS BEST LAST WEEK
The week before we had a bad forty minutes against Warrington. We hadn?t been playing bad up to then but there was a lack of enthusiasm in that first half and we worked really hard before Giants game. We spoke about getting back to the things we used to do very easily, like working hard for each other in defence. It?s just a question of us working more as a team and less as individuals and things will get better. After all we are a World Class team and we need to start showing it.
It will be a great game on Friday and I think the supporters will see something very special this week.
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS AHEAD OF THIS GAME
It?s going to be massive game. Every time Wigan come here they give 110% and they played really well against us earlier this season at the JJB. The win over Huddersfield will give us a boost going into this game but it is all about how we perform on the day. We know it will be tough but we just want to come away with the points.
I will be up against some fellow Kiwis in Jerry Seuseu and David Vaealiki and it will good to play against them but they will enemies out there on the field but we?ll have a beer after the game.
Brian Noble has named the following 20 man squad for the game: Ferres, Deacon, Cook, Fielden, Harris, Withers, Langley, Lynch, Meyers, Parker, Paul, Peacock, Pratt, Pryce L, Pryce K, Radford, Reardon, Smith, Vagana, Vainikolo
Robbie Paul scored his 150th try for the Bulls in the game against Huddersfield Giants
Lesley Vainikolo, has now scored 86 tries in 90 appearances for the Bulls
Karl Pratt passed the 350 points mark in the game against Huddersfield Giants. He has scored 88 tries and 1 Drop Goal in his career, which began at Featherstone Rovers in 1997
Michael Withers needs one try for a career century of touchdowns with the club. The Australian?s 99 tries have come in 137 matches
Lee Radford needs 4 points for 100 for the club. He has scored 18 tries and kicked 12 goals.
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