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IN BULLS EYE THIS WEEK, ASSISTANT COACH DARREL SHELFORD AND SECOND ROW FORWARD LEE RADFORD LOOK AT FRIDAY'S SUPER LEAGUE VII ROUND 18 CLASH AT VALLEY PARADE WHEN THE WAKEFIELD TRINITY WILDCATS WILL BE LOOKING TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF A BULLS SIDE LACKING THREE PLAYERS IN AUSTRALIA AND WITHOUT COACH BRIAN NOBLE, ALSO ON INTERNATIONAL DUTY.
IT'S A TOUGH TASK THIS WEEK WITH THREE PLAYERS MISSING THROUGH INTERNATIONAL CALLS AND ANOTHER COUPLE DOUBTFUL THROUGH INJURY. HAS IT BEEN DIFFICULT TO PREPARE THE SIDE?
Not really. I think they appreciate that with Brian Noble and the three players away in Australia they have to pick their game up to take on Wakefield. We have a bi g squad at this club and it's a great opportunity for some of the fringe players to make their mark.
Wakefield will be very difficult opponents. Knowing Peter Roe like I do, I know he will be smarting from last week's big defeat at Salford and he will have them well fired up for this game. They went very well against the top sides. Just losing to both Wigan and Leeds and they will see this as a great opportunity, they probably won't feel they have abetter chance, of turning one of the ‘Big Four' over on their own patch.
Training has gone very well for us this week and the three of us who have been taking care of things, that's Bernard Dwyer, Martin Clawson, our Conditioner and my self have all been very pleased with the way the side has prepared and taken to the task in hand. I think we will be well prepared for this game.
THIS WEEK'S GAME IS A TOUGH ASK OF THE TEAM.
It is but we have one of the biggest squads in Super League so hopefully we will be able to cope with it.
The training hasn't been too different, even with Nobby away. Everyone has had their ‘head' on and training has goner well. I think Wakefield will see this as a great opportunity to turn us over but we are confident in the ability of the squad and we are looking forward to the game.
It is a great opportunity for me this week. I have got one eye on the Hull game next week and I'd like to think I could make it impossible to leave me out of that game. I would love to play against my home town club and I'll be going all out this week to not only get the points but also cement a place in the side.
IT WAS A GOOD VICTORY LAST WEEK AGAINST WIDNES BUT YOU CAN'T AFFORD TO LET THIS ONE SLIP.
This week we are playing a side very much like Widnes in the fact that they are tough and difficult to beat; Wakefield Trinity. We are lucky enough to have three players in the Gt. Britain Squad and also Brian Noble is in Australia for the Test Match, so it will be difficult for us. Training has gone well though and I have every confidence in Darrel Shelford and Bernard Dwyer but we all realise what a tough game it will be. We need to win it and that is the end of the story. All the players are aware of that and are focused on what we need to do and we will be going all out for the victory .
Leon Pryce needs 4 points for a career total of 200. He has scored 49 tries of which 44 have been for the Bulls.
Tevita Vaikona needs 4 points for a total of 300 for the Bulls. He has scored 74 tries in 117 appearances for the club since joining them from Hull at the start of the 1998 season.
Paul Deacon has kicked 98 goals from 120 attempts this season giving him an average success rate of 81.66% for the Bulls. He has also kicked 6 goals from 6 attempts for Lancashire giving him an overall percentage of 82.53%.
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