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We can pull off greatest upset of season against Leeds Rhinos, believes Bradford Bulls winger Jamie Foster

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Ever the optimist, Jamie Foster – being tackled by Carl Ablett in last season’s derby clash at Headingley – is billing tonight’s match as a potential turning point of the season Ever the optimist, Jamie Foster – being tackled by Carl Ablett in last season’s derby clash at Headingley – is billing tonight’s match as a potential turning point of the season

Jamie Foster believes tonight’s visit of arch-rivals Leeds is the perfect opportunity to stop the rot and send out a message to the rest of Super League.

The Rhinos are overwhelming favourites to take the derby honours against a Bradford side who remain on minus two points after five successive defeats.

But Foster is excited at the prospect of producing an upset and believes a win would pour untold confidence into Francis Cummins’ side.

Foster said: “You can’t get a better opportunity than playing Leeds when you’re trying to turn a corner.

“It’s a massive game and if we can perform then I think we would take more confidence out of it than any other fixture in Super League.

“People think ‘Bradford have got it tough at Easter because they’ve got Leeds and Wigan’.

“Yes, we have got it tough but at the same time you can flip it round and be positive about it.

“If we can knock teams like this over then you will have people speaking about Bradford in a totally different way.

“The start of the season hasn’t been fantastic for us but there is a boost that comes with a derby.

“It’s a big opportunity for us and would be massive to beat Leeds, especially when you consider the fantastic form they are in.”

Foster is adamant that Leeds can be beaten tonight and points to their defeat at Langtree Park on March 28, when a St Helens side missing nine players ground out a hard-fought win.

Foster says matching Leeds up front is crucial and the Bulls have been given a boost after coach Brian McDermott opted to rest former Bradford prop Jamie Peacock.

Foster said: “I saw Leeds lose at Saints the other week and gave my opinion on local radio before the game.

“I said that St Helens would need to match Leeds through the middle because the Rhinos have got a big, aggressive pack.

“They are almost like big bullies in the playground – they try and make you do what you don’t want to do.

“To get anywhere you’ve got to stand your ground and that’s what Saints did that night.

“That’s definitely what our pack are going to have to do because if we don’t then it will be curtains for us.

“Leeds have the likes of Brett Delaney, who is a very aggressive player and will try and rough you up.

“But it’s up to our young lads and middle men to stand up to that because you can’t be taking any prisoners – not at this level given what’s at stake.”

With Anthony Mullally having returned to Huddersfield, it remains to be seen how the Bulls’ pack will line up tonight as Danny Addy, Tom Olbison and Danny Bridge all hope for a return.

Like Foster, Cummins is in positive mood heading into a daunting run of fixtures.

The Bulls coach said: “Even though we haven’t been getting the results, we know we have been improving.

“Probably most of our game is built around putting teams under pressure and trying to ruffle people’s feathers.

“You then start to get them at the right end of the field and have a fair share of the ball – then the game becomes easier.

“For the past few weeks, the opposition have had the ball four or five minutes longer than us.

“Part of that is us making errors or having a leaky defence but we’ve been working really hard on facets of our game to make sure we are in the game and can put teams under pressure. That’s what we’ll be looking to do tonight.”

Tonight’s match sees Rob Burrow makes his 400th appearance for Leeds and Cummins paid tribute to his former Rhinos team-mate, who he believes is the toughest player in Super League pound for pound.

He said: “The first time I saw Rob he was about 14 and half the size he is now.

“You never thought he would get that many games in the first grade.

“These little fellas get hit around the head more often than not but Rob keeps on going and has the heart of a lion. He has proved that many times over the last ten years.

“Leeds’ backline are very young and quick and, now they are putting Rob in the forwards as a nine, then they’ve got an extra threat.

“If they get a roll-on and everything starts to drop into place then you’re going to have a tough day at the office. It’s up to us to deal with that.”

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7:55am Thu 17 Apr 14

Paul from Idle says...

Dream on !
Dream on ! Paul from Idle
  • Score: -2

8:17am Thu 17 Apr 14

since77 says...

You would like him to say "I don't know why we are going to bother to turn up, they may as well give them the points now" ?
You would like him to say "I don't know why we are going to bother to turn up, they may as well give them the points now" ? since77
  • Score: 8

8:56am Thu 17 Apr 14

nosher says...

Local derbies do sometimes throw up shocks. Would love that to happen tonight, but cant see it. I will be there giving my support COYB. For me Foster is only getting in the team for his goal kicking. He very rarely takes his opposite winger on and could not have scored the try that Kear scored last week. I can now understand why St Helens let him go. Luke George would be a better threat to the opposition if he could get himself fit ??????
Local derbies do sometimes throw up shocks. Would love that to happen tonight, but cant see it. I will be there giving my support COYB. For me Foster is only getting in the team for his goal kicking. He very rarely takes his opposite winger on and could not have scored the try that Kear scored last week. I can now understand why St Helens let him go. Luke George would be a better threat to the opposition if he could get himself fit ?????? nosher
  • Score: 5

9:05am Thu 17 Apr 14

axelf1963 says...

Wilf George would be better nosher.
Wilf George would be better nosher. axelf1963
  • Score: 0

9:06am Thu 17 Apr 14

THEMANOFSTEEL says...

"We can pull off greatest upset of season against Rhinos, believes Bradford Bulls winger"
HA HA HA HA
this is the funniest headline I have ever seen!!
game plan erm actually try? or just turn up and have a run around to keep fit
sorry Bulls 6 Rhinos 62
all one way tonight
"We can pull off greatest upset of season against Rhinos, believes Bradford Bulls winger" HA HA HA HA this is the funniest headline I have ever seen!! game plan erm actually try? or just turn up and have a run around to keep fit sorry Bulls 6 Rhinos 62 all one way tonight THEMANOFSTEEL
  • Score: -4

9:37am Thu 17 Apr 14

nosher says...

axelf1963 wrote:
Wilf George would be better nosher.
Ha Ha or boy George lol
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Wilf George would be better nosher.[/p][/quote]Ha Ha or boy George lol nosher
  • Score: 3

10:11am Thu 17 Apr 14

oswald777 says...

Not a chance !! The Bulls squad is terrible but we have Cummins 'tactics' to contend with and St hilaires defensive tactics also, we will get hammered, we will finish this season on 4 point maximum,unless teams at the end of the season rest key players and are already in the play-offs.
Not a chance !! The Bulls squad is terrible but we have Cummins 'tactics' to contend with and St hilaires defensive tactics also, we will get hammered, we will finish this season on 4 point maximum,unless teams at the end of the season rest key players and are already in the play-offs. oswald777
  • Score: 3

10:13am Thu 17 Apr 14

Out of site says...

Whatever this guy is on,can I have some please
Whatever this guy is on,can I have some please Out of site
  • Score: 9

10:24am Thu 17 Apr 14

axelf1963 says...

Its not often I do but I agree with Nosher, This guy offers nothing really apart from kicks, You would think F C as an ex winger would spot it, Predictions then people ,
I see bulls losing by 40.
Its not often I do but I agree with Nosher, This guy offers nothing really apart from kicks, You would think F C as an ex winger would spot it, Predictions then people , I see bulls losing by 40. axelf1963
  • Score: 3

10:34am Thu 17 Apr 14

nosher says...

axelf1963 wrote:
Its not often I do but I agree with Nosher, This guy offers nothing really apart from kicks, You would think F C as an ex winger would spot it, Predictions then people ,
I see bulls losing by 40.
Don't make an habit of it axelf. The paranoids on here will start thinking we are the same person. On recent scores I would settle for 40 difference.
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Its not often I do but I agree with Nosher, This guy offers nothing really apart from kicks, You would think F C as an ex winger would spot it, Predictions then people , I see bulls losing by 40.[/p][/quote]Don't make an habit of it axelf. The paranoids on here will start thinking we are the same person. On recent scores I would settle for 40 difference. nosher
  • Score: 5

10:40am Thu 17 Apr 14

axelf1963 says...

Unlike my Scandinavian friend I only have 1 username on here.
You do put ha ha next to your posts so about 5 of us same person according to some of these know Nowts
Unlike my Scandinavian friend I only have 1 username on here. You do put ha ha next to your posts so about 5 of us same person according to some of these know Nowts axelf1963
  • Score: 1

11:54am Thu 17 Apr 14

franklyn says...

if our defence is as bad as last week then it will be 50 points plus for leeds. good news is they will proberbly rest one or two players. at the moment i just don't see us beating anyone except london and wildcats,
if our defence is as bad as last week then it will be 50 points plus for leeds. good news is they will proberbly rest one or two players. at the moment i just don't see us beating anyone except london and wildcats, franklyn
  • Score: 4

11:57am Thu 17 Apr 14

OdsalOptimist says...

As Lesley is at Odsal tonight has anyone thought to provide him with some boots??
As Lesley is at Odsal tonight has anyone thought to provide him with some boots?? OdsalOptimist
  • Score: 9

12:06pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Leeds are 18 point favourites acording to the bookies tonight. Can't really see beyond anything but a Leeds win tonight, but we live in hope.
Leeds are 18 point favourites acording to the bookies tonight. Can't really see beyond anything but a Leeds win tonight, but we live in hope. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: 7

12:21pm Thu 17 Apr 14

nosher says...

If the highlight tonight is Lesley v we are in trouble. Nice gesture to acknowledge him but we need to look to the future and not live in the past like a lot on here.
If the highlight tonight is Lesley v we are in trouble. Nice gesture to acknowledge him but we need to look to the future and not live in the past like a lot on here. nosher
  • Score: 4

12:39pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Paul from Idle says...

Dream on!
Dream on! Paul from Idle
  • Score: 4

1:58pm Thu 17 Apr 14

northern pig says...

With the game not on sky,i will be disappointed with a crowd of less than 10.000 tonight. You need that many at Odsal to get a decent atmosphere.Not long ago the norm for Bulls/ Rhinos game it was always around 20.000. Where did it all go wrong??
With the game not on sky,i will be disappointed with a crowd of less than 10.000 tonight. You need that many at Odsal to get a decent atmosphere.Not long ago the norm for Bulls/ Rhinos game it was always around 20.000. Where did it all go wrong?? northern pig
  • Score: 6

2:19pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Paul from Idle says...

Hood and McBanana.
My everlasting memory is of Hood saying the fans need to remember it's not about what happens on the field of play, that is when it all started to go wrong...
Hood and McBanana. My everlasting memory is of Hood saying the fans need to remember it's not about what happens on the field of play, that is when it all started to go wrong... Paul from Idle
  • Score: 4

2:55pm Thu 17 Apr 14

axelf1963 says...

Always someone else's fault
Always someone else's fault axelf1963
  • Score: -1

3:39pm Thu 17 Apr 14

axelff1963 obsessed by viking says...

axelf1963 wrote:
Always someone else's fault
Come on then brain of Britain who`s fault is it if not someone else`s. Name names. I blame your parents for having such a kn**head as you, but in your world "it`s someone else`s fault"
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Always someone else's fault[/p][/quote]Come on then brain of Britain who`s fault is it if not someone else`s. Name names. I blame your parents for having such a kn**head as you, but in your world "it`s someone else`s fault" axelff1963 obsessed by viking
  • Score: 2

3:49pm Thu 17 Apr 14

axelf1963 says...

Oh dear Viking number 5 not happy is he ?
Oh dear Viking number 5 not happy is he ? axelf1963
  • Score: -2

4:06pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Simplyd1988 says...

Cummins out, noble in. Hats off to him for what he has been through regarding administration. But now everything is apparently sorted, we make the same mistakes every week, and very predictable in attack and defence. Cummins out of his depth for me, we have too much potential to get relegated, and noble did it with wigan. Only solution for me!
Cummins out, noble in. Hats off to him for what he has been through regarding administration. But now everything is apparently sorted, we make the same mistakes every week, and very predictable in attack and defence. Cummins out of his depth for me, we have too much potential to get relegated, and noble did it with wigan. Only solution for me! Simplyd1988
  • Score: 8

4:08pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Simplyd1988 says...

Not too keen on this Marc Green fella either. He's openly stated he never intended to own the club in the first place. And all he has done so far is hire old men who wear suits and sit in a office, build a new shop/ticket office, and hire a free agent. Not headline news!!
Not too keen on this Marc Green fella either. He's openly stated he never intended to own the club in the first place. And all he has done so far is hire old men who wear suits and sit in a office, build a new shop/ticket office, and hire a free agent. Not headline news!! Simplyd1988
  • Score: 6

4:34pm Thu 17 Apr 14

axelf1963 says...

Noble in dark ages even with money he could not win. At Salford
Noble in dark ages even with money he could not win. At Salford axelf1963
  • Score: -2

4:46pm Thu 17 Apr 14

bully4us says...

Nearly a third of the posts by one out of work idiot.
Will you all just ignore him - it is your fault he comes on so much if you keep biting and keeping him amused along with his day time television.
Nearly a third of the posts by one out of work idiot. Will you all just ignore him - it is your fault he comes on so much if you keep biting and keeping him amused along with his day time television. bully4us
  • Score: -1

4:54pm Thu 17 Apr 14

fedupwiththeBS says...

As much as i hope I am proved wrong I cannot see us beat the Rhinos especially considering our recent defensive form.
As much as i hope I am proved wrong I cannot see us beat the Rhinos especially considering our recent defensive form. fedupwiththeBS
  • Score: 3

4:56pm Thu 17 Apr 14

axelf1963 says...

bully4us wrote:
Nearly a third of the posts by one out of work idiot.
Will you all just ignore him - it is your fault he comes on so much if you keep biting and keeping him amused along with his day time television.
And your purpose in life is ?
[quote][p][bold]bully4us[/bold] wrote: Nearly a third of the posts by one out of work idiot. Will you all just ignore him - it is your fault he comes on so much if you keep biting and keeping him amused along with his day time television.[/p][/quote]And your purpose in life is ? axelf1963
  • Score: 5

8:57pm Thu 17 Apr 14

joewoollard says...

Rhinos are rolling
Dragons are strolling
Not looking good
Rhinos are rolling Dragons are strolling Not looking good joewoollard
  • Score: 5

10:00pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Rhinoman says...

Jamie Foster predicts , This weeks lottery numbers will be ???, Pigs will fly, Fog can be knitted ,Omar Khan will pay his debts .Oh and we can beat the Rhinos.
Wake up & smell the coffee .
Jamie Foster predicts , This weeks lottery numbers will be ???, Pigs will fly, Fog can be knitted ,Omar Khan will pay his debts .Oh and we can beat the Rhinos. Wake up & smell the coffee . Rhinoman
  • Score: 6

10:06pm Thu 17 Apr 14

axelf1963 says...

axelf1963 wrote:
Its not often I do but I agree with Nosher, This guy offers nothing really apart from kicks, You would think F C as an ex winger would spot it, Predictions then people ,
I see bulls losing by 40.
Now then Viking bang on from me and yes

I'M IN THE MONEY
I JUST GOT SCORE RIGHT
WHAT A FOUNTAIN OF KNOWLEDGE I REALLY AM
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Its not often I do but I agree with Nosher, This guy offers nothing really apart from kicks, You would think F C as an ex winger would spot it, Predictions then people , I see bulls losing by 40.[/p][/quote]Now then Viking bang on from me and yes I'M IN THE MONEY I JUST GOT SCORE RIGHT WHAT A FOUNTAIN OF KNOWLEDGE I REALLY AM axelf1963
  • Score: 4

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