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Bulls Eye: Bradford v Castleford

In this the first issue of Bull Eye for 2012, Bradford Coach Mick Potter looks ahead to the Stobart Super League round 2 clash at the Probiz Coliseum on Sunday when the Bulls take on the Tigers.
Bulls Eye: Bradford v Castleford
by NRL

In this the first issue of Bull Eye for 2012, Bradford Coach Mick Potter looks ahead to the Stobart Super League round 2 clash at the Probiz Coliseum on Sunday when the Bulls take on the Tigers.

MICK POTTER

LOOKING BACK, WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON LAST SUNDAY'S GAME?

"There were some things we did well; there were things we did poorly. They controlled the ruck and we didn't so that gives us something to work on. They didn't have it all their own way but they certainly, overall, performed better on the day as far as winning the ruck and controlling offensively and defensively for most of the game. It wasn't a super plan, there was no rocket science to it; it was plain and simple."

FOR YOU WAS ONE OF THE MORE FRUSTRATING POINTS THAT SOME OF THE POOR BITS WERE SOME OF THE THINGS YOU HAD SPOKEN ABOUT LAST YEAR AND IN PRE SEASON AS WELL?

"Yeah. Overall there's improvement but it wasn't seen enough in that game and I think our try line defence was way improved. But by not controlling the ruck area, they came up straight behind our ruck and our middle people need to do a lot better there. They did score a try off a kick, after a break, through our middle which is something that happens but yeah there are some left over hangover things from last year I'm sure and we've just got to be a little bit stronger and a little bit tougher around our middle."

YOU HAD AN ISSUE AT THE TIME WITH THEM SURRENDERING IN THE TACKLE, IS THAT SOMETHING YOU HAVE RAISED ELSEWHERE AT ALL?

"No, we just need to make the most of when they drop to the ground. We need to not let them stand and the referee hadn't even called anything. The guys were up playing the ball before we had even completed the tackle really, so there is an issue there when people just drop straight on the ground and I don't think that's the spirit of what the game is about. You're supposed to move yourself up the field trying to break tackles rather than just drop down and play a game of touch but you know it's only a small issue in the big picture and it didn't change the outcome, we just need to be a little smarter and a little bit more disciplined with our tackle tech."

WHAT ABOUT THE CONDITION OF THE PITCHES AT THE MINUTE, IS IT DIFFICULT TO TRAIN, IS IT DIFFICULT TO PLAY?

"Well we didn't go too bad last week with training but this week we've had some alternate sessions. You know that's coming, you always have a plan a, b and c for every training session now just until the weather settles itself. It's supposed to be summer rugby but we're playing in the winter at the moment and it's pretty dour for conditions outside. We've got access to a 3G pitch when it's not snowing, when the grounds are too hard we usually get on that, but you can't do full, proper training on that because it's still too hard."

SO ON TO CAS, WHAT ARE YOU EXPECTING FROM THE TIGERS THIS WEEK?

"Well Rangi Chase and their hookers, Clark and Milner, are the dangers and they role off the back of some of the good stuff they do and they are the players to nullify. They have got some other good strike players as well. They play with some real good shape, they gave us trouble last year and I think they performed well in the snow against Salford last week so it will be a tough match for us. Over at their home ground, I'm not too sure what the pitch is going to be like, whether its rock hard or ice hard or whether it's going to have snow on it or whether it's going to be slushy. I don't know, we will see on Sunday."

RANGI CHASE? THEY'RE NOT JUST A ONE MAN TEAM THOUGH ARE THEY?

"No they're not. Danny Orr certainly plays second fiddle to him but does organise a lot of the team and how they get around the park. They have some really good set plays that are hard to handle because of the personnel. We'll look out for those and I'm sure that Ian Millward will come up with something a little bit special for us as well."

ELLIOTT WHITEHEAD IS FREE TO PLAY WILL WE SEE HIM ON SUNDAY?

"I think Elliott will be in the squad given that we've lost John Bateman with a hyper extended elbow and he's going to be out for quite a number of weeks. Disappointing for John because he was looking okay so it's one in one out. Elliott is a competent Super League player so he will get his time on the field."

HAVE YOU ANY SCOPE ELSEWHERE TO CHANGE IT THIS WEEK?

"There's no one else that's come in that wasn't already fit so we've got a few guys who are still close but they're not going to make it for this week so we'll pick from the fit guys that exist."

TEAM NEWS

Elliott Whitehead is now free from suspension and should play this week. John Bateman misses out due to a hyper extended elbow and Mick Potter will name his 19 man squad on Friday at 14:00.


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