Arundel vows: We will fight to the bitter end

Arundel vows: We will fight to the bitter end

Joe Arundel

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JOE Arundel has vowed that the Bulls will not go down without a fight as they head into Sunday’s crunch showdown at Huddersfield.

The on-loan Hull centre was handed his first opportunity under Jimmy Lowes during last Friday’s heavy defeat at St Helens.

He played his part in a vastly-improved second-half display which saw him score one of the Bulls’ four tries during a vibrant fifteen-minute spell.

Although the result left Bradford on the brink of relegation from Super League, Arundel is eyeing a strong end to the campaign.

The 22-year-old, who progressed through the ranks at Castleford, looks set to be involved again on Sunday.

He said: “The boys got rollicked at half-time last week and Jimmy gave it to them because obviously it wasn’t acceptable to be losing by that much, especially with the talent we’ve got in the team.

“In the second half, I thought you saw the real Bradford – we scored a few tries and we’re a good team when we throw the ball about.

“It was nice to score my first try for the club. I got there before Danny Williams, so it gets me off the nudey run!

“It’s always good to get on the scoresheet but I didn’t really have to work too hard for it.

“We need to take that second-half performance against Saints into the Huddersfield game because they are beatable.”

Arundel has been in and out since joining the Bulls along with Hull team-mate Jay Pitts in April in a loan deal until the end of the season.

A hand injury has also hampered his progress but he declared: “I want to prove to Jimmy that I deserve to play in the rest of the games.

“As a group of players, we’ve spoken about finishing the season strongly.

“We’ve got a tough period coming up with games against Wigan and Leeds but we’re not going to roll over and die.

“We’ll start with Huddersfield this week and we’re going to make it as hard as possible for our opponents.

“I think that’s our goal – not to give up, even though it might all be over after this week.”

Arundel is enjoying life at Bradford and, although he has two years remaining on his contract at Hull, it remains to be seen whether he is in Lee Radford’s plans.

He added: “I haven’t talked about anything like that just yet but, as things stand, I’m going back to Hull.

“Every player wants to prove a point at the highest level possible.

“Hull have signed a few decent players for next year but I want to get my spot back.

“I need to concentrate on being here at the minute and that’s what I’m going to do.

“I’m a Bradford Bulls player right now and it will be upsetting if we lose because obviously the club has a lot of history.

“Jimmy has come in and changed the regime and I’m sure the club will be back stronger next year to get back in Super League.”

Dale Ferguson remains troubled by injury and will not be fit to face his former club this weekend.

Head coach Lowes said: “Dale still isn't right; it's a game he would have loved to play in.

“He was flying in training but he's picked up another niggle which has set him back another couple of weeks.

“That tends to happen to players who have picked up some nasty injuries; when you get close to competing again you get another little setback.

“Something else happens all the time, and although he won't be far off he won't be playing this week."

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8:01am Fri 18 Jul 14

Worstbus says...

Photo quote competition, my entry is....

"Is Swinton that way?"

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
A.......
Photo quote competition, my entry is.... "Is Swinton that way?" HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA A....... Worstbus
  • Score: 18

8:05am Fri 18 Jul 14

mmmbeefy says...

Bradford are going to make it as hard as possible for the opponent...to score less than 50 past us.
Bradford are going to make it as hard as possible for the opponent...to score less than 50 past us. mmmbeefy
  • Score: -7

8:06am Fri 18 Jul 14

grizzly4578 says...

The end has come its Sunday
The end has come its Sunday grizzly4578
  • Score: -5

8:13am Fri 18 Jul 14

citygent7 says...

A bit late to start now.
A bit late to start now. citygent7
  • Score: -2

8:45am Fri 18 Jul 14

raisemeup says...

Think J Lowes never say die attitude is coming through the team although it is far too late to help, it may give the fans something for the future which has seemed very bleak these last few years. It is already proving that the 2 x 12's and 3 x 8's is ill conceived and the other 5 championship 1 who go down will probably think the same. This will not promote Rugby League in any shape or form and is a very expensive experiment with our game.
Think J Lowes never say die attitude is coming through the team although it is far too late to help, it may give the fans something for the future which has seemed very bleak these last few years. It is already proving that the 2 x 12's and 3 x 8's is ill conceived and the other 5 championship 1 who go down will probably think the same. This will not promote Rugby League in any shape or form and is a very expensive experiment with our game. raisemeup
  • Score: 15

9:05am Fri 18 Jul 14

fedupwiththeBS says...

It is a shame that the lads did not start the season with this attitude; that coupled with Green spending some cash on the big ball carriers we are missing and then we might not have been in this situation.

It has all gone quiet on the appeal of the appeal for the points which if was not all just p*** and wind from the Board will be too late to have any effect this season anyway.
It is a shame that the lads did not start the season with this attitude; that coupled with Green spending some cash on the big ball carriers we are missing and then we might not have been in this situation. It has all gone quiet on the appeal of the appeal for the points which if was not all just p*** and wind from the Board will be too late to have any effect this season anyway. fedupwiththeBS
  • Score: -1

9:11am Fri 18 Jul 14

The Man From the Pru says...

What a quartet of idiots. But, what does one expect of no nowt, brain dead, trolls.

Well said Raise, the new system will be the death of some of the clubs in Championship. If the RFL can't see it's flawed and I think they can. It must be their intention to see clubs go under in order to " streamline " the game. Ie two divisions of 12, straight up and down promo and relegation, all clubs sharing Sky monies.

What we might see, sooner, rather than later, if they keep down this road, is a breakaway league starting up. Formed of clubs Anti RFL and its insane, " Heath Robinson " ideas.
What a quartet of idiots. But, what does one expect of no nowt, brain dead, trolls. Well said Raise, the new system will be the death of some of the clubs in Championship. If the RFL can't see it's flawed and I think they can. It must be their intention to see clubs go under in order to " streamline " the game. Ie two divisions of 12, straight up and down promo and relegation, all clubs sharing Sky monies. What we might see, sooner, rather than later, if they keep down this road, is a breakaway league starting up. Formed of clubs Anti RFL and its insane, " Heath Robinson " ideas. The Man From the Pru
  • Score: 9

10:31am Fri 18 Jul 14

grizzly4578 says...

how many fans will sack it when they drop fax lost 4 thousand when they dropped down it has been a soul destroying league to be in been refused a franchise every year when certain clubs who did not deserve one but chance of promotion next yr massive cant wait to lock horns with the bulls
how many fans will sack it when they drop fax lost 4 thousand when they dropped down it has been a soul destroying league to be in been refused a franchise every year when certain clubs who did not deserve one but chance of promotion next yr massive cant wait to lock horns with the bulls grizzly4578
  • Score: 5

10:37am Fri 18 Jul 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

The Man From the Pru wrote:
What a quartet of idiots. But, what does one expect of no nowt, brain dead, trolls. Well said Raise, the new system will be the death of some of the clubs in Championship. If the RFL can't see it's flawed and I think they can. It must be their intention to see clubs go under in order to " streamline " the game. Ie two divisions of 12, straight up and down promo and relegation, all clubs sharing Sky monies. What we might see, sooner, rather than later, if they keep down this road, is a breakaway league starting up. Formed of clubs Anti RFL and its insane, " Heath Robinson " ideas.
Firstly didn't the clubs pass this idea?

Secondly the Championship was meaningless. Winning it meant you could possibly apply for Super League once in a blue moon but with no guarantee of being accepted.

So what now, the Championship has a clear path to the Super League and they will get far more money than they currently get. Is that a bad thing? Well it is for the Bulls who've lived to excess and are now paying the price, but the sport is bigger than one team and I don't think the Bulls cared about relegation in the early 2000's.

Seems most of the moaning about the changes are by those caught up in relegation. Would the Championship side prefer the Super League to be a closed shop, I very much doubt it.
[quote][p][bold]The Man From the Pru[/bold] wrote: What a quartet of idiots. But, what does one expect of no nowt, brain dead, trolls. Well said Raise, the new system will be the death of some of the clubs in Championship. If the RFL can't see it's flawed and I think they can. It must be their intention to see clubs go under in order to " streamline " the game. Ie two divisions of 12, straight up and down promo and relegation, all clubs sharing Sky monies. What we might see, sooner, rather than later, if they keep down this road, is a breakaway league starting up. Formed of clubs Anti RFL and its insane, " Heath Robinson " ideas.[/p][/quote]Firstly didn't the clubs pass this idea? Secondly the Championship was meaningless. Winning it meant you could possibly apply for Super League once in a blue moon but with no guarantee of being accepted. So what now, the Championship has a clear path to the Super League and they will get far more money than they currently get. Is that a bad thing? Well it is for the Bulls who've lived to excess and are now paying the price, but the sport is bigger than one team and I don't think the Bulls cared about relegation in the early 2000's. Seems most of the moaning about the changes are by those caught up in relegation. Would the Championship side prefer the Super League to be a closed shop, I very much doubt it. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: 7

10:48am Fri 18 Jul 14

Forever-Bfd says...

The top super league clubs want less clubs, more sky money for them that's what they voted for when they shared the Bulls money, they won't want to share with Championship sides. Good luck to who ever gets up don't think there will be many more chances.
The top super league clubs want less clubs, more sky money for them that's what they voted for when they shared the Bulls money, they won't want to share with Championship sides. Good luck to who ever gets up don't think there will be many more chances. Forever-Bfd
  • Score: 6

11:28am Fri 18 Jul 14

Ship rock says...

After last nights game, what I saw was shocking!! And has put me royally off super league sinfields abusive language and head butting, ablett give two fingers to cas crowd, peacock twisting and putting pressure on the ankles, maguires blatant shoulder charge on someone going for the ball was dreadful, I thought cas did exceptionally well and played with far more sportsmanship than so called "champions" so I'm my opinion screw super league bring on championship!!!!!! COYB
After last nights game, what I saw was shocking!! And has put me royally off super league sinfields abusive language and head butting, ablett give two fingers to cas crowd, peacock twisting and putting pressure on the ankles, maguires blatant shoulder charge on someone going for the ball was dreadful, I thought cas did exceptionally well and played with far more sportsmanship than so called "champions" so I'm my opinion screw super league bring on championship!!!!!! COYB Ship rock
  • Score: 11

12:26pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Bone_idle18 says...

Ship rock wrote:
After last nights game, what I saw was shocking!! And has put me royally off super league sinfields abusive language and head butting, ablett give two fingers to cas crowd, peacock twisting and putting pressure on the ankles, maguires blatant shoulder charge on someone going for the ball was dreadful, I thought cas did exceptionally well and played with far more sportsmanship than so called "champions" so I'm my opinion screw super league bring on championship!!!!!! COYB
to be fair, Dorn was f'ing and Jeffing as well!

However, agree with the ankle twist near the end, I think that might get a review by the disciplinary!

Cas were very unlucky, they were the better team!
[quote][p][bold]Ship rock[/bold] wrote: After last nights game, what I saw was shocking!! And has put me royally off super league sinfields abusive language and head butting, ablett give two fingers to cas crowd, peacock twisting and putting pressure on the ankles, maguires blatant shoulder charge on someone going for the ball was dreadful, I thought cas did exceptionally well and played with far more sportsmanship than so called "champions" so I'm my opinion screw super league bring on championship!!!!!! COYB[/p][/quote]to be fair, Dorn was f'ing and Jeffing as well! However, agree with the ankle twist near the end, I think that might get a review by the disciplinary! Cas were very unlucky, they were the better team! Bone_idle18
  • Score: 1

3:40pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Ship rock says...

Bone_idle18 wrote:
Ship rock wrote:
After last nights game, what I saw was shocking!! And has put me royally off super league sinfields abusive language and head butting, ablett give two fingers to cas crowd, peacock twisting and putting pressure on the ankles, maguires blatant shoulder charge on someone going for the ball was dreadful, I thought cas did exceptionally well and played with far more sportsmanship than so called "champions" so I'm my opinion screw super league bring on championship!!!!!! COYB
to be fair, Dorn was f'ing and Jeffing as well!

However, agree with the ankle twist near the end, I think that might get a review by the disciplinary!

Cas were very unlucky, they were the better team!
What about ablett giving 2 fingers to cas fans? I thought it was very distasteful and I doubt peacock will get reviewed, even if it does as they quoted before "due to his exceptional disciplinary record a warning is sufficient" but that's me been a biased misery lol
[quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ship rock[/bold] wrote: After last nights game, what I saw was shocking!! And has put me royally off super league sinfields abusive language and head butting, ablett give two fingers to cas crowd, peacock twisting and putting pressure on the ankles, maguires blatant shoulder charge on someone going for the ball was dreadful, I thought cas did exceptionally well and played with far more sportsmanship than so called "champions" so I'm my opinion screw super league bring on championship!!!!!! COYB[/p][/quote]to be fair, Dorn was f'ing and Jeffing as well! However, agree with the ankle twist near the end, I think that might get a review by the disciplinary! Cas were very unlucky, they were the better team![/p][/quote]What about ablett giving 2 fingers to cas fans? I thought it was very distasteful and I doubt peacock will get reviewed, even if it does as they quoted before "due to his exceptional disciplinary record a warning is sufficient" but that's me been a biased misery lol Ship rock
  • Score: -2

2:59pm Sat 19 Jul 14

raisemeup says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
The Man From the Pru wrote:
What a quartet of idiots. But, what does one expect of no nowt, brain dead, trolls. Well said Raise, the new system will be the death of some of the clubs in Championship. If the RFL can't see it's flawed and I think they can. It must be their intention to see clubs go under in order to " streamline " the game. Ie two divisions of 12, straight up and down promo and relegation, all clubs sharing Sky monies. What we might see, sooner, rather than later, if they keep down this road, is a breakaway league starting up. Formed of clubs Anti RFL and its insane, " Heath Robinson " ideas.
Firstly didn't the clubs pass this idea?

Secondly the Championship was meaningless. Winning it meant you could possibly apply for Super League once in a blue moon but with no guarantee of being accepted.

So what now, the Championship has a clear path to the Super League and they will get far more money than they currently get. Is that a bad thing? Well it is for the Bulls who've lived to excess and are now paying the price, but the sport is bigger than one team and I don't think the Bulls cared about relegation in the early 2000's.

Seems most of the moaning about the changes are by those caught up in relegation. Would the Championship side prefer the Super League to be a closed shop, I very much doubt it.
There speaks someone who knows diddly squat!
If you can say that Bradford City didn't suffer for being promoted and relegated when not ready for it? Then I would love to hear your explanation?
We were there at VP if you remember, and our crowd figures dropped approx. 3000 because of it? (you cannot dispute it, as I have those figures)
If you want a very definitive answer to your assertion, I suggest you speak to Dennis Betts and Widnes, to see what the boom and bust scenario did for them. Plus the Championship doesn't have a clear path to SL, only one team will be promoted if they play 4 Super League clubs at the end of 2015, and win the final play off game of 4th team and 5th team in that mini league structure, with the winner of that game being the promoted team!
Not quite as easy as finish top of the Championship, and get promoted is it???

As for the Bulls you believe what you want, but the whole sporting world,and the City of Bradford, bought into what we did for the game of Rugby League, and your dismissal of our achievements mean not a scrap, to those who were there, because you cant take away what we have had?
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]The Man From the Pru[/bold] wrote: What a quartet of idiots. But, what does one expect of no nowt, brain dead, trolls. Well said Raise, the new system will be the death of some of the clubs in Championship. If the RFL can't see it's flawed and I think they can. It must be their intention to see clubs go under in order to " streamline " the game. Ie two divisions of 12, straight up and down promo and relegation, all clubs sharing Sky monies. What we might see, sooner, rather than later, if they keep down this road, is a breakaway league starting up. Formed of clubs Anti RFL and its insane, " Heath Robinson " ideas.[/p][/quote]Firstly didn't the clubs pass this idea? Secondly the Championship was meaningless. Winning it meant you could possibly apply for Super League once in a blue moon but with no guarantee of being accepted. So what now, the Championship has a clear path to the Super League and they will get far more money than they currently get. Is that a bad thing? Well it is for the Bulls who've lived to excess and are now paying the price, but the sport is bigger than one team and I don't think the Bulls cared about relegation in the early 2000's. Seems most of the moaning about the changes are by those caught up in relegation. Would the Championship side prefer the Super League to be a closed shop, I very much doubt it.[/p][/quote]There speaks someone who knows diddly squat! If you can say that Bradford City didn't suffer for being promoted and relegated when not ready for it? Then I would love to hear your explanation? We were there at VP if you remember, and our crowd figures dropped approx. 3000 because of it? (you cannot dispute it, as I have those figures) If you want a very definitive answer to your assertion, I suggest you speak to Dennis Betts and Widnes, to see what the boom and bust scenario did for them. Plus the Championship doesn't have a clear path to SL, only one team will be promoted if they play 4 Super League clubs at the end of 2015, and win the final play off game of 4th team and 5th team in that mini league structure, with the winner of that game being the promoted team! Not quite as easy as finish top of the Championship, and get promoted is it??? As for the Bulls you believe what you want, but the whole sporting world,and the City of Bradford, bought into what we did for the game of Rugby League, and your dismissal of our achievements mean not a scrap, to those who were there, because you cant take away what we have had? raisemeup
  • Score: -3

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