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In this week's Bulls Eye, coach Brian Noble is joined by his opposite number Gary Price as they look ahead to Sunday's Poergen Challenge Cup 4th Round tie at Lionheart Stadium when the Bulls take on Featherstone Rovers as the Road to Cardiff begins for the Super League Clubs.
ALTHOUGH FEATHERSTONE ARE NOT A SUPER LEAGUE CLUB YOU WILL BE WELL AWARE THAT THEY HAVE CAUSED MANY UPSETS OVER THE YEARS AT THEIR GROUND
I am well aware as I have been in teams that have been the victims over the years! It is a very tight ground, with a slope and it is the Powergen Challenge Cup against a Super League club, so what more incentive do you need if you are Featherstone. They will be looking first and foremost at playing well and not being overawed, which I don?t think they will be. If they do that they will look to get amongst us. It will be a new experience for a lot of my players and we need to focus on what we do best and stick to it.
I have watched a few videos and they are a very determined and workmanlike side who work well for each other. Their pack likes to go forward and we will need to be as thoroughly prepared for this game and how they play, as for any other game this season. Inter divisional upsets are becoming less common as the gap between the two divisions, with full time professionalism, widens but they do happen and we don?t want to be the side it happens to this week.
YOU NEED TO GET BACK TO WINNING WAYS AFTER A ?POINTLESS? EASTER.
I was disappointed with our second half against Leeds but I thought we played much better at St Helens and as I said then we were unlucky not to get at least a point out of the game but this is the Challenge Cup and it?s sudden death so we can?t afford to keep making the unforced errors we did against St Helens or we could be embarrassed. The players know what is required and I am confident in their ability to get the job done on Sunday.
ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THE TIE?
We certainly are. It is going to be a massive occasion for the club. We don?t get Super League teams here very often and we want to put up a good show. I have stressed to the players that it is a massive game for the club and a big learning curve for them. The Bulls are at the pinnacle of the game and Super League and some of our younger players will be able to asses just where they are in the game and what standard they will have to attain to progress to another level
YOU HAVE BEEN DECIMATED BY INJURIES IN THE EARLY PART OF THE SEASON.
We have but we are starting to get a few back now. We have a couple of players gone for the season with ACL injuries and Danny Evans and James Ford will be missing for a while but hopefully we can start getting some stability back into the side long term and be able to pick from the same squad for a few games instead of chopping and changing.
It will be a big ask for us but we are in the Powergen Challenge Cup, which is the best cup competition in the world and it is one in which we have a proud record. We will be putting out our best side and we would love to cause an upset.
Brian Noble will not name his squad until Sunday as he looks to several players to overcome bumps and bruises received in the Easter games.
Lesley Vainikolo, has now scored 81 tries in 87 appearances for the Bulls
Michael Withers needs two tries for a career century of touchdowns with the club. The Australian?s 98 tries have come in 136 matches
Lee Radford needs 4 points for 100 for the club. He has scored 18 tries and kicked 12 goals.
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