Bulls Eye: Bradford v London
In this week's Bulls Eye, Bradford Coach Mick Potter looks ahead to Sunday's Stobart Super League Round 13 game at Brisbane Road between the Bulls and London Broncos.by NRL
In this week's Bulls Eye, Bradford Coach Mick Potter looks ahead to Sunday's Stobart Super League Round 13 game at Brisbane Road between the Bulls and London Broncos.
WHAT ARE YOU EXPECTING FROM THE BRONCOS?
"Well given that it's the time of the year when the weather starts to improve, I am expecting a little more of an expansive game from them. They are desperate for the two points, as we are and it should make for an entertaining game. It's at a new venue that both sides are not familiar with and hopefully there will be a good crowd that will make a good atmosphere. They have struggled at the Stoop for years to get good crowds and I think it has to be good for the game. I think there are a lot of Rugby League followers in London and it may be easier to get to than the Stoop. It is a football ground and we have played on those before but hopefully it will be good and the Broncos go back here again.
WHEN YOU LOOK AT THEIR VIDEOS WOULD YOU SAY THEY ARE AN UNPREDICTABLE SIDE?
"I think when they are at their worst then there is some vulnerability in them but if they are at their best then they are dangerous. I watched the Huddersfield game and they took the Giants right to the end of the game and Huddersfield are a very good side. It was only a couple of really special plays that got them across the line on that occasion. If they play like that, which I am sure they will do, then it will be a dangerous game for us.
Craig Gower, Luke Dorn and Chad Randall are their key men so we have to get them covered as well as the big people they have got in their side.
DO YOU FEEL, WHEN YOU LOOK AT THIS MATCH, THAT THIS IS A GAME YOU NEED TO WIN IF YOU HAVE ANY REALISTIC TOP EIGHT CHANCES?
"Every game is one we need to win and everyone that slips past makes it more important for the next one, so we want to win this one and I am hoping they will have one eye on their Challenge Cup game next week. I don't know that but I am hoping it's going to be the case and we can get the two points.
I think we are still improving and I think we have shown some signs that we can do some good things. We defend very well but we keep coming up with some poor errors that we need to eradicate from our game. We are striving for perfection and I understand that there are plays we have to make in pressure situations but we want more of those to come off than go against us; we just haven't quite got that balance right at the moment. We have some very good players on the edge that we need to get the ball to more often as well as some good middle people who can speed the ruck up for us and push through them. We have been coming up with a little bit of loose play and a little bit of over play and we are still trying to find the right balance.
Mick Potter will name his squad on Friday but lacks the suspended John Bateman as well as Adrian Purtell, hamstring and Brett Kearney is still unavailable with an ankle injury. Chev Walker is in contention as is Elliott Kear and Tom Olbison.
CHEV WALKER needs 2 Tries for a career total of 100. He has scored 98 Tries for Leeds, Hull KR, Gt Britain, England and Bradford Bulls.
LUKE GALE needs 16 points for a career total of 600. He has scored 55 Tries and kicked 175 Goals and 10 Drop Goals for a total of 584 points for Doncaster, Harlequins, England Knights and Bradford Bulls.
BEN JEFFRIES needs two tries to reach 100 club touchdowns whilst in the British game. Jeffries is in his second spell (2008-2009 & 2011-2012) with the Bulls and has scored 21 tries for the club. He has also touched down 77 times for Wakefield (2003-2007 & 2010-2011).
MICHAEL PLATT need two tries to reach a total of 300 points in the British game. He has scored 73 tries for the Bulls, Castleford Tigers, Salford City Reds, Rochdale Hornets and Ireland.
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