In this week's Bulls Eye, Brian Noble and loose forward Mike Forshaw look ahead to Saturday's Tetley's Super League Round 23 game at Odsal when top of the table Bulls meet Hull FC currently in fifth place and looking for their first win in four outings.
IT WILL BE A TOUGH GAME AGAINST HULL AND YOU WILL NEED TO KEEP YOUR FOCUS.
We have talked about that and we know they are really desperate for the points to help them get over the little blip they have had. They have a good coach, in Shaun McRae, who will be speaking about that and trying to achieve that, so it is important we focus correctly and back up our win against Leeds with the points this week.
They have stopped talking about their injury situation and it isn?t our focus either, you have to play with what you?ve got. You can?t open up a new can of players and the people who have stepped in at our club are all quality players and have done a good job. I am sure Shaun will feel the same way about his players and we know that whoever Hull put out will be coming here confident they can create the opportunities for them to win.
YOU MUST HAVE BEEN PLEASED WITH THE WAY THE TEAM PLAYED LAST WEEK.
I was delighted; particularly in relation to the fact that it was our fourth game in 12 days. I thought we had juice to spare at the end of the game and I didn?t think that would be the case. I thought we would have been struggling in the final quarter of that fourth game but we weren?t and the boys proved me wrong. Our mental preparation was right for that game and we need that same find of mental preparation going into this game.
I haven?t thought of where we are in the table. I still feel that with 6 games to go there will be plenty of twists and turns to come. It happened like that last year and I have no reason to suspect it will be any different this year.
AFTER LAST WEEK?S GREAT WIN AT LEEDS YOU WILL BE LOOKING TO CONTINUE IN THAT VEIN.
We will because the last time we beat Leeds, in May at Odsal, we lost our next one so it is important that we keep our tempo in what is bound to be another blockbusting game.
People have been talking about their injury situation but Shaun McRae will have them fired up and ready to go. They will come here looking to come at us and we will have to be very patient, wait for the chances to come and take them.
It?s been a long hard year, last week?s game at Headingley was out fourth in 12 days but at this stage of the season it is all about mental preparation, once you get on the field you don?t really feel your body. It?s about getting mentally prepared to play.
We are top of the table now and we aim to stay there. It has been proved that the side that finishes at the top have the best chance of getting to the Grand Final and that is what we have been working for all season.
TEAM NEWS :
With several players carrying injuries Brian Noble will not select his side until Saturday morning and has not named a squad.
LESLEY VAINIKOLO is the Bulls leading scorer this season with 22 tries.
LEON PRYCE has scored 19 tries for the Bulls this season and 2 for Yorkshire making a total of 21.
JAMES LOWES needs 3 tries for a total of 100 for the Bulls
PAUL DEACON has kicked 139 goals from 175 attempts in all games for the Bulls this season for an average of 79.43 % and needs 2 goals for 400 for the Bulls, not including Drop Goals.
LEE RADFORD has kicked 8 goals from 9 attempts this season for an average of 88.88%
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