Official English Super League Round 20 game previews - Sunday games. Wakefield v Bradford and Huddersfield v Leigh.
Wakefield take on Bradford
Wakefield coach Tony Smith believes his side can take a huge stride towards engage Super League safety when they face Bradford on Sunday.
Smith felt his side showed marked improvement as they went down to a battling defeat against St Helens in his first match in charge last week.
And Smith, who stepped up from assistant coach after the sacking of Shane McNally, is now confident the Wildcats can overcome the Bulls to claim two crucial points at the Atlantic Solutions Stadium.
Victory would give the Wildcats clear breathing space with a three-point cushion over Widnes going into next week?s ?four-pointer? against the Vikings.
Smith said: ?I think they can win. The confidence picked up from last week?s game, although they were obviously disappointed with the result, is something to build on. They played very well and we will learn from it.
?I know how good Bradford are on their day and it may just be a matter of time before they get into gear, they usually do at this time of year, but we are prepared for them.?
It has not been an easy introduction to coaching at the top level for Smith with fixtures against two of the game?s powerhouses but he insists that is how he likes it.
?I wouldn?t have it any other way,? he said. ?It sets us up for the rest of the season.? Wakefield began the season well with a 28-16 victory over Bradford and although the club?s form has since nose-dived, Bulls coach Brian Noble has seen enough to be concerned.
Noble said: ?We owe them for that one but the reality is we have to play well to do that because they played well against St Helens last week.
?We have watched them on video and some of their players gave some special performances and if you let them into your backfield you will be in trouble.
?They have new coach in Tony Smith. He is someone I know well and he is a good fellow who has obviously got a good reputation at Wakefield.
?So there is a lot going for them with a new coach and new enthusiasm in the camp.?
Bradford have not been able to maintain their usual place among Super League?s pacesetters this season but are trying to consolidate a place in the top six.
Noble was pleased despite defeat at Leeds last week and added: ?I thought we showed a lot of signs that we were getting where we want to be but it is important that we reinforce that this week.
?We have to stop being one-hit wonders and start showing some consistency.?
Leon Pryce returns from suspension for the Bulls but Robbie Paul is out with a broken hand. The Wildcats have David Wrench back in their squad after eight weeks out with a badly broken nose.
Wakefield v Bradford, Atlantic Solutions Stadium, Sunday July 10
Wakefield 18-man: Halpenny, Wainwright, Demetriou, Domic, Tadulala, Rooney, Jeffries, Griffin, March, Korkidas, Solomona, J. Field, Obst , Snitch, MacGillivray, Elima, M. Field, Wrench.
Bradford 18-man: Deacon, Fielden, I. Harris, Withers, Johnson, Lynch, B. Harris, Parker, L. Pryce, Peacock, Pratt, K. Pryce, Langley, Radford, Reardon, Meyers, Vagana, Henderson.
Referee: K Kirkpatrick
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Giants and Centurions announce squads
Leigh travel to play-off hopefuls Huddersfield and the Centurions have Ben Cooper back in contention after missing out last week but James King and Neil Turley are still out.
Giants second row Ben Roarty is ruled out after undergoing exploratory surgery on a neck injury.
Huddersfield v Leigh, Galpharm Stadium, Sunday July 10
Huddersfield 18-man: Reilly, O'Hare, Evans, Donlan, Thorman, March, Drew, Gannon, Nero, Smith, Crabtree, Grayshon, White, Jackson, Clayton, Hemingway, McDonald, St Hilaire.
Leigh 18-man: Cooper, J. Duffy, Fleary, Govin, Halliwell, Jackson, P. Jones, Kent, Wilkes, Leafa, Maden, Rowley, Stapleton, Sturm, Wilshere, Stevens, Mears, C. Jones.
Referee: S Ganson
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