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Bulls Eye: Bradford v Halifax - Challenge Cup

In this week's Bulls Eye, Head Coach Mick Potter looks ahead to Sunday's Carnegie Challenge Cup 4th Round tie at The Shay when the Bulls take on Halifax.
Bulls Eye: Bradford v Halifax - Challenge Cup
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In this week's Bulls Eye, Head Coach Mick Potter looks ahead to Sunday's Carnegie Challenge Cup 4th Round tie at The Shay when the Bulls take on Halifax.

MICK POTTER
ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO A DIFFERENT COMPETITION THIS WEEK? WILL IT TAKE SOME PRESSURE OFF OF YOU?
The break from Super League doesn't necessarily take the pressure off us because it's a potential banana skin and it's knock-out Football. Lose and we're out, there is no second chance. It would be good to do well in the Challenge Cup but the final is a long way off and we too are a long way from talking about that. Halifax have some talented people playing for them; Some big players who can offload the ball. We are wary cautious and we are looking to cover their plays as well as coming up with some for ourselves.

YOU MUST HAVE BEEN VERY DISAPPOINTED WITH LAST WEEK'S DISPLAY?
We were very disappointed. They came up with some great kick pressure and ultimately scored three or four tries from our kicks. There are some areas we need to get a little better in and some areas where we need to get a lot better in and one of them is our last plays. We need to be smarter and tidy our last plays up.

We just try and win every game that we can. There's no secret recipe and there's no way around working hard. The players are working hard and they've all come in for extras this week. There are certainly some areas to be improved and, although they're putting in the work, there's some misdirected energy.

THERE ARE SOME MORE INJURIES AFTER LAST WEEK?
There are and we will have to make some changes because of them but we will field our strongest possible team. Elima, Ainscough, Sykes and Diskin will all have to miss out and they will miss the next few weeks. There's no point complaining about injuries. It's something that happens and that's the reason we've got the group of players we have.

IS THE CHALLENGE CUP STILL AN IMPORTANT COMPETITION?
It one of the top competitions in the world of Rugby League and it's important to the players, the supporters and the club. We'd love to go on a Cup run but we have to take it one game at a time.

SQUAD NEWS
England Academy Hooker Adam O'Brien has been named in the Bulls Squad to face Halifax at the Shay on Sunday.

Halifax born O'Brien replaces Matt Diskin in the Squad. Diskin has a shoulder injury and there are no places for Olivier Elima, who will miss the next six weeks with a knee injury, Paul Sykes, who will also miss six weeks with a badly torn hamstring and Shaun Ainscough, who will be missing for between four and six weeks with ankle ligament damage.

The Squad in full is: Ah Van, Bateman, Burgess, Briggs, Crossley, Donaldson, Hargreaves, Herbert, Kopczak, L'Estrange, Lynch, O'Brien, Olbison, Platt, Raynor, Royston, Sibbit, Walker, Whitehead.

MILESTONES
PATRICK AH VAN, who has kicked 38 goals from 48 attempts for a percentage of 79.17%, needs only 8 points for a total of 100 for the Bulls.

MICHAEL PLATT will make his 100th appearance for the Bulls. He joined in 2007 from Castleford and has scored 28 tries for the club. It is also his 200th career appearance and he has scored 68 tries for a total 272 points for Salford, Rochdale and Castleford as well as representing Ireland and the Northern Union.


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