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Bulls Eye: Bradford v Wakefield

In this week's Bulls Eye, Bradford Coach Mick Potter looks ahead to Saturday's Stobart Super League Rd 4 game at Odsal when the Bulls travel to the Wakefield Wildcats.
Bulls Eye: Bradford v Wakefield
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In this week's Bulls Eye, Bradford Coach Mick Potter looks ahead to Saturday's Stobart Super League Rd 4 game at Odsal when the Bulls travel to the Wakefield Wildcats.

MICK POTTER

WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS ON LAST WEEK'S GAME?

"Well it wasn't good enough and it wasn't what we wanted. The players tried their best but a lot of our efforts were misdirected. There was a lot of effort individually instead of working together and they got more frustrated as the game went on and that was reflected in the scoreline. It's about working together and doing the right things all the time and it's been a tough week in training, both on the field and with the video and we have shown we had a lot of misdirected effort that we need to channel into the right areas. The video doesn't get any better with viewing and I have watched it about four times but we need to look at it and work out what we need to do.

There were some areas that were good in. We had some good shape at times and that worked for us but we had far less ball than we should have had and we didn't get the chance to practise what we wanted to do with the ball because the opposition had it for far too long.

We have had some disruption but we will work hard and as players come back we will be stronger."

LOOKING AT WAKEFIELD, WHAT ARE YOU EXPECTING FROM THEM?

"They really try to impose themselves on the other team. Their forward pack looks to get on top and watching footage of them they have some good line speed and some good intimidation about them. Tim Smith gets the side round the park well. He has a good kicking game and he come up with the right plays for them. They should be fresh after having last week off and it has the makings of a good game."

THEY HAVE A NEW COACH AS WELL. HAVE YOU NOTICED A DIFFERENT STRUCTURE ABOUT THEM THIS SEASON?

"Yes I have. They are playing with a lot of width and moving the ball around and they are making it tough for opposition. They are coming up with inside plays from the outside and they are working the short side very well. We need to be fully aware of what's going on with each individual player in every play they have.

AFTER LAST WEEK IS IT THE RESULT OR THE PERFORMANCE THAT'S MORE IMPORTANT THIS SATURDAY?

"I don't think we need to worry too much about the result because if we get the performance then the result will look after itself."

SQUAD NEWS

Luke Gale will be sidelined for a while after damaging ankle ligaments in the Wigan game, James Donaldson is ruled out for the next six months after knee surgery and Ian Sibbit is still troubled by the shoulder injury he picked up at Castleford. Manase Manuokafoa will play in tonight's Under 20's game at Wakefield. John Bateman and Danny Addy are added to the squad replacing Gale and Paul Sykes.

The Squad is: Addy, Bateman, Burgess, Crookes, Diskin, Hargreaves, Jeffries, Joseph, Kear, Kearney, Kopczak, Langley, L'Estrange, Lulia, Platt, Sammut, Scruton, Walker, Whitehead.

MILESTONES

CHEV WALKER needs 8 points for a career total of 400. He has scored 98 Tries for Leeds, Hull KR, Gt Britain, England and Bradford Bulls.

LUKE GALE needs 20 points for a career total of 600. He has scored 55 Tries and kicked 175 Goals and 10 Drop Goals for a total of 580 points for Doncaster, Harlequins, England Knights and Bradford Bulls.


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