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Plenty more to come from Matty Blythe for Bradford Bulls
In-form Matty Blythe insists he is “nowhere near the finished article” as the Bulls go in search of a third successive home win against St Helens on Saturday.
Blythe scored for the third game running during the 38-12 victory over Castleford, which left Francis Cummins’ men fourth in the embryonic Super League table.
The Warrington centre joined the Bulls on a season-long loan in search of regular first-team rugby and so far the move is proving a resounding success.
Blythe said: “I’m enjoying my rugby at the moment but I’ve got stuff to work on and am not the finished article – nowhere near.
“The three tries I’ve scored have been walk-ins but they all count.
“It’s just great to be playing first-team rugby and working hard for Bradford Bulls.
“I’m under no illusions that I’m guaranteed to be starting every week just because I’ve got the number four shirt.
“I know I have to play my very best week in and week out – but it’s the same with every player here.
“I came to Bradford not just for myself but also to be there for the club. They put their faith in me and I need to pay them back.
“There’s a good mixture of a few good senior players and a few young guns like Jobe Murphy, who made his debut on Saturday and didn’t look out of place at all.”
Despite the wave of optimism surrounding Saturday’s victory, Cummins was left to reflect on the grim news that Michael Platt will miss the next 12 weeks with a knee injury.
Walker is hopeful of being passed fit but Langley is set to be missing and could be joined in the stands by Nick Scruton if the Bulls prop cops a ban at today's disciplinary hearing.
Scruton has been charged with committing a Grade B offence in Saturday's victory over Castleford.
His striking with the shoulder on Tigers half-back Gareth O’Brien in the fourth minute has been called a reckless challenge but Scruton is set to contest the charge.
The loss of Langley and Scruton would impact hard on an already thin squad but 24-year-old Blythe is optimistic the Bulls can capitalise on their home advantage again on Saturday.
“We’ve still got a long way to go, and have a lot of things to work on during the week, but we’re making big strides,” he said.
“It’s Saints this weekend and these games are always big ones. We’ve just got to keep working hard for each other and knocking off the games at home because we’ve got a tough month next month with a few away games.
“The fans have been fantastic. They have come in their thousands and got behind us, so hopefully they can cheer us to another win on Saturday.”