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Bradford Bulls: Matty Blythe ready to rip into Tigers
Matty Blythe says he is raring to go this weekend as the Bulls seek to keep their play-off hopes alive with a victory at Castleford.
The centre has missed the last three games after sustaining an injury to his right knee during last month’s dramatic defeat at Wigan.
It kept him sidelined longer than he anticipated but now he is fully fit and ready to put Daryl Powell’s Tigers to the sword on Sunday.
Blythe said: “I’ve trained well this week and done work on agility and speed, and my knee seems to be holding up fine.
“I didn’t want to risk it against Catalan Dragons last weekend because it was a big game for us and I wasn’t 100 per cent.
“But I should be fully fit this week and hopefully I can play my part in a Bradford win.”
Nothing less than victory will do for Francis Cummins’ side in their final three games against Castleford, London and Huddersfield.
Even that may not be enough to carry them into the play-offs for the first time in five years.
But Blythe is refusing to give up just yet as the Bulls look to bounce back from last week’s home defeat to Catalan.
He said: “We’ve got to pick ourselves up this weekend because we’ve still got three big games left – three cup finals.
“It’s out of our hands in terms of making the play-offs but all we can do is win our three remaining games and see where that takes us.
“It’s not impossible and certainly stranger things have happened.
“I’ve really enjoyed myself this year and met some top blokes who will be friends for life.
“I’m glad I’m staying for another three years and it would be awesome if we could get to the play-offs.”
Blythe enjoyed an outstanding start to the season with four tries in his first five appearances, including one against Castleford in a 38-12 home win in round three.
He added: “That was a good win but they have improved a lot since then.
“Rangi Chase didn’t play last time and he makes all the difference for them.
“Cas are very strong attacking-wise but we’ll do our homework on them and give 110 per cent – as we have in every game this year.”
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