I owe Bradford Bulls debt of gratitude, says Warrington forward Ben Evans

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Ben Evans (grounded) tackles Leeds’ Carl Ablett in one of his ten first-team appearances for the Wolves this season Ben Evans (grounded) tackles Leeds’ Carl Ablett in one of his ten first-team appearances for the Wolves this season

When Ben Evans joined Bradford on a season-long loan in 2013, he had yet to make a single senior appearance for Warrington.

When he runs out at Odsal on Sunday afternoon, he will do so as a regular in Tony Smith's side.

The Wales international has made ten appearances for the Wolves already this year to establish himself in the first-team alongside twin brother Rhys.

The siblings started a Warrington first-team game together for the first time during Sunday’s 68-0 Challenge Cup win over Doncaster.

“My year at Bradford definitely benefited me,” said Evans, who has figured at loose forward and prop this season.

“I didn’t have the start I wanted with injury and missed the first couple of months. Luckily enough, Franny (Cummins) decided to keep me and I played every game from there.

“It was massive for me to get some Super League experience and I think that’s what helped me get in the Warrington team this year.”

Evans’ success with the Bulls benefited all parties and also secured him a place in Wales’ World Cup squad.

But the 21-year-old is not expecting an easy ride this weekend.

“Bradford have got some injuries and have had the points deduction, so they’re going through a tough time,” said Evans.

“They had it tough last year too with financials when I was there but the team comes together more; I don’t think anything brings a set of players together better.

“It was a great result for them against Catalan in the Cup last weekend, considering they’re carrying a lot of injuries.

“To come together and get a win like that, I was made up for them.

“They’ll now come into the game against us with confidence and it’ll make the game even tougher for us.

“They need points to stay in Super League and we want the points to move up the table.”

Warrington have been a picture of inconsistency this season following the departure of Lee Briers, Brett Hodgson, Adrian Morley and Garreth Carvell.

Evans admitted: “We need to string a few wins together and not have a good game one week and a poor one the next.

“We need some consistency to get further up the table and towards the back end of the season be effective in the play-offs. Personally, I just want to play as much as I can.”

Ben, Rhys and their mother Jane moved to Warrington from South Wales when the boys were 14 to pursue a career in rugby league.

Rhys, a centre or winger who looks nothing like Ben, is Warrington’s top scorer this season with nine tries.

Ben added: “I think we help each other out in different ways.

“I might say things to Rhys that other players won’t because he’s my brother, and vice-versa, so we’re always pushing each other and we’re honest with each other, which is good.

“As kids, we just saw the opportunity and mum was good enough to give up everything for us and move up here.

“So it feels like we’re paying her back a bit now and we just want to make her proud and do our best.

“I wouldn’t say we’ve made it because we need to kick on now and play every week. But it does feel like part of the dream is paying off now.”

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