Thursday, 18 April 2013

Sunday's Coming pt2: Bradford Bulls

Bulls coach Francis Cummins looks certain to make a number of changes for Sunday’s Challenge Cup tie, with a number of players come back into contention after injury.

Season-long Warrington loanee Ben Evans is expected to make his delayed debut, having missed all of the season thus far due to surgery on a long-standing hip injury.

Jamie Foster, John Bateman, Matty Blythe and Tom Olbison are also in the frame to play this weekend as Francis Cummins looks to regain some momentum after last week's flogging by a rampant WIgan. Did we mention that they got royally bent-over by the Pie Eaters? We did? Ah, good - we'd hate you to have missed that.,

With five possible changes in the line up from last week,  Cummins contrarily commented in the Bradford Telegraph & Argus:  "I can’t afford to rest four, five or six players because we haven’t got that sort of squad"… er… ok… Despite mentioning five players who didn't play last week and who might play this week in place of five players who played last week and who might not play this week,

He went on to say: "We’re limited in what we can do because we haven’t got a massive squad. But we might have a few people back, so the timing of the game is good in that it allows us to get a game under people’s belts."

As long as that few isn't more than maybe four. Or five. Or six. Or not. Blimey, we never knew that Super League was so complicated…

One thing he's absolutely sure about is that Hornets are definitely not in Super League: “We’ve got to be professional and, while we are facing a lower-placed team, it’s more about how we approach the game. On the back of the first half against Wigan, the boys are really keen to kick on again now.” But no matter how much he talks up the 'improvement' of the second half, it was as bad, it's just that Wigan were happy to park the bus and get out of Odsal with minimal effort.

We think this one has the potential to be very interesting indeed. Sunday can't come quick enough