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IN THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF BULLS EYE, COACH BRIAN NOBLE AND FORWARD STUART FIELDEN LOOK AT FRIDAY'S SUPER LEAGUE VII ROUND 19 CLASH AT THE BOULEVARD WHEN THE BULLS WILL BE LOOKING TO KEEP THEIR 2 POINT ADVANTAGE AT THE HEAD OF THE TABLE.
THE BOULEVARD IS NEVER THE BEST PLACE TO GO.
It is a very intimidating place to go, full of passion from the Hull fans but it is a fantastic Rugby League ground. They have lost their last couple of games so they are going to be well fired up for this one. It is our job to go out and play at any ground and we have the ‘any field anywhere' mentality and we will be going there to win but we know we will have to be at our best to come away with the points.
We can't allow ourselves to fall into the ‘Jason Smith' trap whereby we focus on him to the detriment of some of the other players. He is a fantastic Rugby League player but they have some other great players and we need to be abreast of what they will be doing. In Paul King and Garreth Carvell they have two very hard working forwards who take them forward and Richard Horne and Gareth Raynor are on top of their games at the moment.
We will have our three players back from International duty and Paul Deacon will be back for us and we are going there full of confidence. We need to play smart, and we have trained very well this week, and we need to stick to our game plan to get the two points
IT'S BACK TO CLUB FOOTBALL THIS WEEK AND A TOUGH ENCOUNTER AT THE BOULEVARD.
It is going to be a tough game. They will be well fired up for it and they have some useful people in their side. Their pack is particularly strong and they will be looking to avenge that defeat last week at London. London have beaten some good sides down there but Hull will see it as a big disappointment and they will be looking to put that defeat behind them. It is always a very physical game against them, always at the Boulevard where the crowd will get right behind the team.
We can't afford to focus too much on them. We know what we have to do and we also know we haven't been playing as well as we can lately, so we will be looking to sort ourselves out and get back to what we do best.
The Bulls will be without Hooker James Lowes, who has a slight knee injury and Brandon Costin who has broken his hand in training. The welcome back Paul Deacon and the three players who have returned from International duty.
Leon Pryce needs 4 points for a career total of 200. He has scored 49 tries of which 44 have been for the Bulls.
Jamie Peacock needs 4 points for a total of 100 for the Bulls. He has scored 24 tries.
Scott Naylor needs 2 tries for a total of 50 for the Bulls.
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%.
BULLS EYE IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE MEDIA DEPARTMENT OF BRADFORD BULLS RUGBY LEAGUE CLUB.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT STUART DUFFY OR SIMON COLLINSON ON 01274 744250