McNamara rallies Bulls
Bradford coach Steve McNamara says the champions have gone back to basics in a bid to get their engage Super League campaign back on track.
The Bulls have won just two out of five games since the departure of Brian Noble and crashed to a 30-0 home defeat to arch rivals Leeds in their last match.
His replacement McNamara, however, believes last week�s gap in the fixtures came at a crucial time.
�The break has been very good for us,� he said. �We have been able to get back to basics and work on things we haven�t had chance to because of the games.
�The players were disappointed with their display against Leeds but they have been working really hard to put things right.�
Bradford are expected to get back to winning ways at the expense of Castleford at The Jungle on Sunday but McNamara is warning his side not to under-estimate their relegation-threatened opponents.
�Castleford are an unpredictable side,� he said. �You are never safe against them. They are certainly scoring plenty of points.
�They are a side used to being behind and that is dangerous. Teams can be winning and look like they are winning comfortably � as Salford were � but not be used to opponents digging themselves out. Cas can do that and that makes them a threat.�
The Tigers are six points ahead of bottom club Wigan, level with Wakefield and Catalans Dragons, and coach Terry Matterson is confident they can start to pull away from trouble.
�We�ve turned the corner in position and, if we�re good enough, we�ll start climbing the table,� he said.
�I�m not looking behind us now. I�m looking up and pushing ahead to those just in front or level with us.�
Castleford 20-man: Platt, Pryce, Shenton, Blanch, Handforth, Sculthorpe, Henderson, Nutley, Roarty, Bird, Huby, R. Fletcher, Viane, Fa�aoso, Manu, McGoldrick, Ward, Lupton, A. Fletcher.
Bradford 20-man: Vainikolo, Smith, Meyers, Fielden, I. Harris, Withers, Pryce, St Hilaire, B. Harris, Gene, Newton, Ferres, Deacon, Vagana, Langley, Hape, McKenna, James, Lynch, Henderson.
Referee: P Taberner