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IN BULLS EYE THIS WEEK, COACH BRIAN NOBLE LOOKS AHEAD TO SUNDAY?S TRIP TO THE JUNGLE FOR THE SUPER LEAGUE VII ROUND 24 CLASH BETWEEN THE BULLS AND IN FORM CASTLEFORD.
IT?S IMPORTANT THIS WEEK TO GET BACK TO WINNING WAYS.
Absolutely! We have taken a stumble along the way and we need to start striding out again and start playing the way we are capable of and paying attention to what we do and shouldn?t do. It is a disappointment to lose at any stage of the season but this may be a wakening call for us. What we need to do is look at what we did right and what we did wrong. There wasn?t a lot wrong last week, despite what the scoreline may suggest. It looked a lot worse than what it was and we have fixed up a few things and taken a look, as a squad, of what went wrong and believe me we aren?t far off the pace.
CASTLEFORD ARE IN TREMENDOUS FORM AT THE MOMENT.
They are playing some super football at the moment. Steady has them playing very well and I think they have won six out of their last seven games so they are the form team in Super League at the moment. We know it will be a tough game and the players recognise that. It is never easy for us at the Jungle and it won?t be any easier this weekend.
They have a tremendous squad with some outstanding players. Obviously Danny Orr is a key for them but look at Rogers, Waine Pryce, Harland, Fritz, they are all on top of their game. We know we can?t allow them any room or else players like Michael Smith will destroy us. They have all the component parts that make up a good side. I still believe we have too and we have taken the opportunity to focus very much on ourselves this week.
HOW HAVE THE SQUAD TRAINED THIS WEEK?
We have trained very well and for the first time this season I will be able to pick from a full strength squad. I am going to have to tell some players they will miss out but with the run in to the end of the season I feel it is very much a squad game and we will be using everyone during the next few weeks.
Michael Wither s will play his 100 th game for the Bulls. James Lowes needs 8 points for a career total of 600.
Jamie Peacock needs 4 points for a total of 100 for the Bulls. He has scored 24 tries.
Nathan McAvoy needs 1 try for a total of 50 for the Bulls.
Nathan McAvoy needs one try for a career total of 500 points.
Robbie Paul needs 10 points for 500 for the Bulls. He has scored 122 tries and kicked 1 goal in 218 appearances for the club.
Paul Deacon, who needs 4 points for a career total of 600, has kicked 125 goals from 151 attempts this season giving him an average success rate of 82.78% for the Bulls. He has also kicked 6 goals from 6 attempts for Lancashire giving him an overall percentage of 83.43%.
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