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Bulls Eye - Round 4
In this week's Bulls Eye, Brian Noble, Joe Vagana and Iestyn Harris look ahead to Sunday's Engage Super League Round 4 game at Odsal Stadium when the Bulls meet the Broncos.
YOU SAID THERE WAS A NEED FOR IMPROVEMENT LAST WEEK AND THAT THE RESULT WAS SECONDARY TO THE PERFORMANCE. WAS THAT HOW YOU SAW THINGS?
Well we got the result and we did improve on the performance so I was relatively happy but we are still making too many unforced errors and compounding things by giving away penalties at crucial times and in bad field positions. We need to make other sides work harder against us because at the moment they do not have to do that.
I did feel that we played very well towards the end of the game last week and it was more like what we know we can achieve. We don?t buy into the ?Crisis? theory at all and there is nothing wrong here with the team spirit. Anyone who had seen the determination before the game and at half time, a determination not to lose, would quickly realise that. It is all about improving week to week and if we do that we will be ok.
LONDON SHOWED LAST WEEK WHAT A DANGEROUS SIDE THEY ARE.
In some ways it will be our toughest test this week. They have had a major change round in personnel and have brought in some high quality players. I have watched their last three games and believe me they are a very adept outfit, both in attack and defence. They have brought in some good players, in Leuluai, Dorn, Hopkins and McLinden and such as Haumono has added a lot of size to them. When you play London you know just what you are going to get; a very professional outfit, full of Australian experience who come at you and get in your face to try and stop you playing. They have worked very hard in the last three games and we will have to make sure the improvement we made last week steps up even further.
We have had some disruption again with the weather but we have been able to do most of the things we wanted and we are ready for the game on Sunday
LONDON WILL BE A GOOD TEST FOR YOU THIS WEEK
They are very tough opposition. They have recruited well this year and will be coming here full of confidence and they are looking very strong. I think they have recruited well this season and they are looking stronger with some fresh players but we picked up a bit of confidence last week and we are ready to go and get another two points.
I think it was important to get the two points last week, particularly after our poor start and it showed everyone that the atmosphere and team spirit is intact here. Everyone is fighting for the same cause and we need to pick up from last week and kick on. No one wants a bad start and we were keen to come out of the traps running but that didn?t happen for us but we have got going now and we just have to keep going forward and start picking up points every week.
THIS WEEK?S GAME WILL BE A TOUGH ONE, PARTICULARLY AFTER THE WAY LONDON PLAYED LAST WEEK!
Teams seem to be peaking just before they play us at the moment! Both sides that had beaten us lost by over 60 points and then London, who we play this week, were the side that did that to Wakefield. No doubt they will be lifting their game against us but we will too. We are looking to set things right at Odsal because we lost our first home game and we don?t want to do that again. We will be going all out for the victory and we need the supporters, who were magnificent at Wigan, to get right behind us this week. London are a bit of an unknown quantity because they have changed so much of their playing personnel this season. I think they have recruited well and brought in some very good overseas players. Leuluai is a good signing for them. He played in the Tri Nations Series in the halves. McLinden is a very good player who made a name for himself in the NRL and the have Haumono who represented Australia in the Super League tests, so they have some good players on board this term. Yes they are all quality players but we are looking at our game.
In keeping with the Squad Declaration Rules, the Bulls have named the following 20 man squad:
Deacon, Ferres, Fielden, Harris, Johnson, Langley, Lynch, Meyers, Parker, Paul, Peacock, Pratt, Pryce K, Pryce L, Radford, Reardon, Smith, Vagana, Vainikolo, Withers
Lesley Vainikolo, has now scored 78 tries in 84 appearances for the Bulls
Karl Pratt needs 5 points for a career total of 350. He has scored 86 tries and 1 Drop Goal in his career, which began at Featherstone Rovers in 1997
Michael Withers needs two tries for a career century of touchdowns with the club. The Australian?s 98 tries have come in 136 matches
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