Bradford Bulls boss Jimmy Lowes aiming for another winning return to Leeds

LOWES:Proved a point

LOWES:Proved a point

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JIMMY Lowes made a glorious try-scoring return to Leeds as a Bradford player – now he is aiming for similar success in his first game back as Bulls head coach.

On August 4 in 1996, Bradford destroyed Leeds 56-18 on their own turf, with Lowes among the scorers in his first Headingley outing since being sold by Dean Bell.

Lowes marked his try with a double clenched-fist salute in front of the Leeds diehards in the South Stand and admits they have probably never forgiven him.

The Bulls boss says there is a tinge of regret for his zealous celebrations of 18 years ago but he admits he always loves going back there.

"I'm going to really enjoy this one, going back to Headingley and getting booed by the South Stand," said Lowes.

"I got shown the door at Leeds and rugby league is about opinions. Some players are not in a coach's thoughts and I didn't feature in Dean Bell's plans.

"Even though I didn't like it particularly, Leeds sold me to Bradford – but sometimes you have to go back somewhere and prove a point.

"The first time I went back we won and I scored. I regret it now but I jumped up and I faced the South Stand with my fists held high as if to say 'you beauty'. Probably ever since that point, they have given me some stick.

"I enjoyed playing there as a Leeds player and I enjoyed going back as a Bradford player. The atmosphere was always really good and the fans get into you, but that's part and parcel of it."

Lowes hails from Hunslet, the club where he began his career, and the former hooker said: "I'm from south of the River Aire, so Hunslet is my home-town club and I had six years there.

"I then spent four years at Leeds and had a really good time before going to Bradford. Leeds is a well-run club, very stable, and is full of really good players.

"It will be nice to go back but disappointing at the end because we're not going to get that opportunity to do it again for another year at least."

The mutual respect between Lowes and opposite number Brian McDermott runs deep. They played together at Bradford and have remained close friends, with Lowes assisting McDermott at Headingley before taking the reins at Leeds Carnegie.

Lowes said: "Brian and I have similar ideas and I think that's borne out from our time together at Bradford. We've got the same philosophies on not only the game but players as well.

"We had a great relationship as players and coaches. There were no major disputes or big arguments, which you probably find quite surprising because we are two stubborn blokes really.

"The whole experience of going back there and seeing the likes of Jamie Peacock and Kevin Sinfield, great blokes who I've worked with the last few years, will be fantastic."

Encouragingly for Lowes, his men head to Leeds on the back of an outstanding win over Wigan.

He said: "I thought we played really well last weekend and fully deserved another couple of tries. It'll be tough to show the same amount of energy but that's what it's about.

"The players' attitude is good and, touch wood, hopefully they will have plenty of energy to put up a good performance again. If you're off your game for one second, Leeds have got that bit of strike that can get you.

"Salford pushed them hard last week but Kallum Watkins scored a try and they've got strike players all over who can do that. Hopefully we've conserved enough energy to give them a good game."

Having signed up Adam Sidlow and Tom Olbison, the Bulls are currently in talks with a number of their squad – with Lowes particularly keen to hold on to Adam O'Brien.

The home-grown hooker has played 80 minutes for the past two games and Lowes said: "I've always felt that hookers should be prepared to do that.

"Whether they do or not is irrelevant but Adam has some attributes that I like and I want him to prepare for an 80-minute role every week.

"Against Huddersfield he got a whack in his throat and was being sick behind the posts. The physio was there and he just ignored him and got ready for kick-off again.

"You can't put that in people, it's bred into them as little kids, and I like that."

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8:55am Fri 1 Aug 14

nosher says...

Axelf remember the start of SL. Leeds were our whipping boys. Great days. Nothing lasts forever and sport goes in cycles. We will be back and Leeds will drop when there ageing home grown talent all retire together.
Axelf remember the start of SL. Leeds were our whipping boys. Great days. Nothing lasts forever and sport goes in cycles. We will be back and Leeds will drop when there ageing home grown talent all retire together. nosher
  • Score: 6

9:21am Fri 1 Aug 14

nosher says...

Forgot to add, love you cliffy.
Forgot to add, love you cliffy. nosher
  • Score: 3

9:57am Fri 1 Aug 14

axelf1963 says...

Who is this Cliff you speak of :-)
Leeds plenty of next generation coming through Nosher and signings will bolster that. Even the old forwards are top meter makers yet again
Who is this Cliff you speak of :-) Leeds plenty of next generation coming through Nosher and signings will bolster that. Even the old forwards are top meter makers yet again axelf1963
  • Score: 3

10:53am Fri 1 Aug 14

Bone_idle18 says...

axelf1963 wrote:
Who is this Cliff you speak of :-)
Leeds plenty of next generation coming through Nosher and signings will bolster that. Even the old forwards are top meter makers yet again
Are you sure :--

"The Rugby Football League has issued its annual assessment of the Academies run by Super League clubs and the governing body claims that they are “performing at an all-time high”.

However, Leeds Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington has questioned the audit after his club, which was rated as a Grade 1 Academy in 2013, saw its rating drop to 3 this year."

Looks like they're going backwards to me :)
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Who is this Cliff you speak of :-) Leeds plenty of next generation coming through Nosher and signings will bolster that. Even the old forwards are top meter makers yet again[/p][/quote]Are you sure :-- "The Rugby Football League has issued its annual assessment of the Academies run by Super League clubs and the governing body claims that they are “performing at an all-time high”. However, Leeds Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington has questioned the audit after his club, which was rated as a Grade 1 Academy in 2013, saw its rating drop to 3 this year." Looks like they're going backwards to me :) Bone_idle18
  • Score: 3

11:22am Fri 1 Aug 14

BrisBull says...

axelf1963 wrote:
Who is this Cliff you speak of :-)
Leeds plenty of next generation coming through Nosher and signings will bolster that. Even the old forwards are top meter makers yet again
Is that electric, gas or water meters?
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Who is this Cliff you speak of :-) Leeds plenty of next generation coming through Nosher and signings will bolster that. Even the old forwards are top meter makers yet again[/p][/quote]Is that electric, gas or water meters? BrisBull
  • Score: 5

12:45pm Fri 1 Aug 14

-HCK3R- says...

Bone_idle18 wrote:
axelf1963 wrote:
Who is this Cliff you speak of :-)
Leeds plenty of next generation coming through Nosher and signings will bolster that. Even the old forwards are top meter makers yet again
Are you sure :--

"The Rugby Football League has issued its annual assessment of the Academies run by Super League clubs and the governing body claims that they are “performing at an all-time high”.

However, Leeds Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington has questioned the audit after his club, which was rated as a Grade 1 Academy in 2013, saw its rating drop to 3 this year."

Looks like they're going backwards to me :)
But in the world of axelf1963 facts and figures mean nothing he believes its only his opinion and mixed up thoughts that count !
[quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Who is this Cliff you speak of :-) Leeds plenty of next generation coming through Nosher and signings will bolster that. Even the old forwards are top meter makers yet again[/p][/quote]Are you sure :-- "The Rugby Football League has issued its annual assessment of the Academies run by Super League clubs and the governing body claims that they are “performing at an all-time high”. However, Leeds Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington has questioned the audit after his club, which was rated as a Grade 1 Academy in 2013, saw its rating drop to 3 this year." Looks like they're going backwards to me :)[/p][/quote]But in the world of axelf1963 facts and figures mean nothing he believes its only his opinion and mixed up thoughts that count ! -HCK3R-
  • Score: 2

2:44pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Bone_idle18 says...

-HCK3R- wrote:
Bone_idle18 wrote:
axelf1963 wrote:
Who is this Cliff you speak of :-)
Leeds plenty of next generation coming through Nosher and signings will bolster that. Even the old forwards are top meter makers yet again
Are you sure :--

"The Rugby Football League has issued its annual assessment of the Academies run by Super League clubs and the governing body claims that they are “performing at an all-time high”.

However, Leeds Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington has questioned the audit after his club, which was rated as a Grade 1 Academy in 2013, saw its rating drop to 3 this year."

Looks like they're going backwards to me :)
But in the world of axelf1963 facts and figures mean nothing he believes its only his opinion and mixed up thoughts that count !
Maybe if we hit him with enough, insurmountable proof, he might eventually cave in? :)
[quote][p][bold]-HCK3R-[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Who is this Cliff you speak of :-) Leeds plenty of next generation coming through Nosher and signings will bolster that. Even the old forwards are top meter makers yet again[/p][/quote]Are you sure :-- "The Rugby Football League has issued its annual assessment of the Academies run by Super League clubs and the governing body claims that they are “performing at an all-time high”. However, Leeds Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington has questioned the audit after his club, which was rated as a Grade 1 Academy in 2013, saw its rating drop to 3 this year." Looks like they're going backwards to me :)[/p][/quote]But in the world of axelf1963 facts and figures mean nothing he believes its only his opinion and mixed up thoughts that count ![/p][/quote]Maybe if we hit him with enough, insurmountable proof, he might eventually cave in? :) Bone_idle18
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3:28pm Fri 1 Aug 14

axelf1963 says...

Why don't you post where both clubs sit on the 19's ladder, then look at how many are playing 1st team squad tonight and then if you can be bothered look at who is rested for next weeks cup game.
Think the boys of LS 6 in a far healthier state.
Why don't you post where both clubs sit on the 19's ladder, then look at how many are playing 1st team squad tonight and then if you can be bothered look at who is rested for next weeks cup game. Think the boys of LS 6 in a far healthier state. axelf1963
  • Score: -1

3:41pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Worstbus says...

That's me finished work for the day. Bite to eat then make my way to tonight's game. Should be a good game seeing as many of our stars are rested and it's the bullocks last visit to Headingly for years.

Regardless of the result I'm so going to enjoy ripping the pith out of the bullocks this evening. Such joy.

FOYB!!!
That's me finished work for the day. Bite to eat then make my way to tonight's game. Should be a good game seeing as many of our stars are rested and it's the bullocks last visit to Headingly for years. Regardless of the result I'm so going to enjoy ripping the pith out of the bullocks this evening. Such joy. FOYB!!! Worstbus
  • Score: -6

6:00pm Fri 1 Aug 14

BCFC LAD says says...

Bet Worstbus is a Colloid Shiftworker as well, probably also called Cliff. He has so many logon names I think sometimes hes arguing with himself Its all so sad. What an individual does to get attention.
Bet Worstbus is a Colloid Shiftworker as well, probably also called Cliff. He has so many logon names I think sometimes hes arguing with himself Its all so sad. What an individual does to get attention. BCFC LAD says
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