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Bulls Eye: Bradford v London Challenge Cup

In this week’s Bulls Eye, Bradford Bulls Head Coach Francis Cummins looks ahead to Friday’s Tetley’s Challenge Cup 5th round tie at the Twickenham Stoop against London Broncos.
Bulls Eye: Bradford v London Challenge Cup
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In this week’s Bulls Eye, Bradford Bulls Head Coach Francis Cummins looks ahead to Friday’s Tetley’s Challenge Cup 5th round tie at the Twickenham Stoop against London Broncos.
 
FRANCIS CUMMINS
 
WHAT ARE YOU EXPECTING FROM THE BRONCOS?
 
“We had a very tough game against them down there a few weeks ago.  They played really well in the first half – and they had a few players missing - but we managed to get on top of them after the break.  Their Coach has been quite vocal about the way they defended against Hull, so we can expect a bit of a backlash from that and they have a few more players back now than when we played them at Adams Park and that will strengthen them.  There is also the factor of where they are in the table and the Challenge Cup really gives them something to go for. So it’s going to be tough and we need to be at our best, which is something we haven’t been for the last few weeks.”
 
THEY ARE UNPREDICTABLE THIS SEASON?
 
“I think probably the most frustrating thing coaching and playing against them is that they don’t give much away and in that respect they are a bit like us in that they are always in the game.   They have a few inconsistencies in there that can cause teams to pull away but they were well in a tight game at Leeds the week after we played them and Leeds really struggled to get on top.  We need to get back to where we were a few weeks ago.  We certainly gave Leeds far too much in that first quarter and we have to get what we were doing.”
 
THEY HAVE A VERY GOOD PAIR OF HALF BACKS?
 
“Gower is their main player.  He has tremendous experience and he dominates the kicking game.  Out of the two he is the one who dominates play but if you take too much notice of him then Witt can play as well.  When you throw Dorn in at the back then you can see what a dangerous side they are.  Players such as Robertson are very experienced and they are a side that you have to play at their end of the field because they have some plays in them.
 
It is a very tricky Cup Tie.  If we were playing one of the so call ‘Big Four’ then you would know you have to be at your best to beat them but I’d hate for us to be going down there thinking about the game a few weeks back and feeling it will be easy because that’s not the case at all.  We showed in the first half weren’t great last week and neither were they in that second half, so we are very similar in where we are this week coming into the game.   We need to get back on the horse and prove to ourselves we are a good team.”
 
WHERE DO YOU THINK YOU ARE AT THE MOMENT BECAUSE YOU HAVE HAD A VERY TOUGH THREE GAMES?
 
“I think if we play to our best we can beat most teams in the competition but currently it looks like we are 30 points behind those top sides so we know we have some work to do, probably more on composure within the bigger games.  We saw in the second half last week that we can score points against those sides and really 22 points should be good enough to beat anyone.  We have to lay down the foundations and then we can put teams under pressure and we will have to do that on Friday.
 
SQUAD NEWS
 
Bulls Coach Francis Cummins has named the same 19 man squad that was on duty against Leeds but has John Bateman available again after he missed the West Yorkshire Derby with a groin strain.  Manase Manuokafoa  will see a specialist later today and is hopeful of being given the all clear to play after injuring his thumb against Leeds Rhinos.
 
The Squad is:  James Donaldson, Adam Sidlow, Brett Kearney, Manase Manuokafoa, Luke Gale, Elliot Kear, Nick Scruton, John Bateman, Heath L’Estrange, C, Adrian Purtell, Keith Lulia, Elliott Whitehead, Matt Diskin, C, Jarrod Sammut, Danny Addy, Tom Olbison, Chev Walker, Ben Evans, Matty Blythe.
 
MILESTONES
 
JAMIE LANGLEY needs 1 appearance to reach 250 for the Bulls.  He has made 190 starting appearances and 59 substitute appearances since making his debut at Wakefield in 2002.  He has scored 39 tries for a total of 156 points.

Source: www.bradfordbulls.co.uk


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