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Adam Sidlow props up Bradford Bulls momentum
Adam Sidlow believes the Bulls’ recent prop crisis has helped him to hit top form as he eyes a third straight win, with St Helens the next target.
The former Salford front-rower has enjoyed outstanding games against Catalan and Warrington as Francis Cummins’ men have dug deep to overcome a desperate shortage of front-rowers.
Sidlow said: “There has been a lack of props and Franny has spoken to me about taking my game up a level and that’s what I’ve tried to do.
“He is doing video review with me and I’m going through different areas of my game where I can improve, so hopefully I’m showing that on the pitch.
“We’ve got some real momentum behind us now. No-one would have given us a chance against Catalan or Warrington, so I don’t see why we can’t knock Saints over.
“They’re not in the best form and have had a couple of players missing, so hopefully we can catch them on a bad day.
“It’s a good test on Sunday but we’ve got Antonio Kaufusi in and we’ve got players coming back too.”
The Bulls should be bolstered this weekend by the return after injury of Manase Manuokafoa and Chev Walker.
But Luke George and James Donaldson could remain sidelined along with Dale Ferguson, who is still battling a persistent back problem.
Brett Kearney will have an operation on a thumb injury today and is expected to be out for between four and six weeks.
Cummins is still hoping to add to his squad before the weekend and said: “We are trying hard but are reliant on agents and other clubs.”
Meanwhile, RFL director of licensing and standards Blake Solly said the Bulls’ appeal against their points penalty would take place as “quickly as possible”.
He added: “Everyone is working as hard as they can to get the appeal heard and concluded.
“It rests on the availability of some very busy people but, rest assured, everyone is working as quickly as they can towards that.”
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