In this week's Bulls Eye Brian Noble and Paul Deacon look forward to Saturday's Round 12 game at the Knowsley Road, which see the Challenge Cup holders up against the ESL Champions.
THIS IS PROBABLY THE TOUGHEST GAME OF THE SEASON SO FAR.
It?s certainly up there with some of the games we have played this season. They are a very strong team, the form team of the competition and they are scoring points for fun and defending pretty well too, so we have a tough night at the office but we are looking forward to it. They are playing well all over the park. Their centres are outstanding at the moment and their go forward is more than adequate but we have practised very well. Last time we played Saints in a competitive game we had poor preparation but it has been spot on this time.
We know we will have to keep possession better than we did last week but the mentality of that was that we needed to open up our game as little bit more and throw the ball around and we just overplayed a bit and we have spoken about that and we have to be a bit more stable, rather than restricted. We are looking forward to it immensely.
SAINTS ARE RUNNING HOT AT THE MOMENT.
They are showing everyone else the way at the moment, aren?t they! They have just won the Challenge Cup and they are on a high and I am sure they will put a full team out against us this time. They are strong in every part of the field and at the moment their props are making big inroads for them and that allows people like Sculthorpe to play behind them. It?s the try scorers who are getting the raps for them but their props are really running well.
I am really glad we are now into the week to week games. I have had a few injuries and niggles and I want some settled game time.
Brian Noble give late fitness checks to Robbie Paul and Michael Withers. Karl Pratt will play in Thursday?s Under 21?s game and may come into contention.
Michael Withers need one try for a century of British club and representative touchdowns
Paul Johnson needs two points for a career total of 250. He has scored 62 tries.
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