Former captain Andy Lynch wary of resurgent Bradford Bulls

LYNCH: Played more than 200 games for the Bulls

LYNCH: Played more than 200 games for the Bulls

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FORMER Bulls captain Andy Lynch admits Castleford are desperate to get back to winning ways in their Super League clash at Wheldon Road on Sunday.

Daryl Powell's men are aiming to bounce back from their disappointing 23-10 Challenge Cup defeat at the hands of Leeds last weekend.

A top-four finish remains firmly within their grasp as they bid to finish the regular season on a high ahead of the play-offs.

But Lynch is wary of a rejuvenated Bradford side who have won their last three games under Jimmy Lowes, a feat the club last achieved two years ago.

Tigers prop Lynch, who has enjoyed an outstanding campaign, told the T&A: "The Bulls have won their last three and I think Jimmy has turned them around.

"After their relegation was confirmed, all the pressure has been lifted off them and they have probably been able to relax and enjoy their rugby a bit more.

"They have got nothing to lose this weekend but we've got a lot to lose, so it's going to be a massive game.

"I always enjoy playing against Bradford, so we've got to jump back on the horse and get that win.

"We've had a crack at the Challenge Cup and Leeds were better than us on the day.

"We can't dwell on it and must focus on finishing in the top four and getting to that Grand Final."

Lynch left Bradford after six seasons at the end of the 2011 campaign as the club's financial problems began to unfold.

He was sold to Hull for a six-figure sum but left the KC Stadium at the end of last season and moved back to Castleford, the club where he began his career.

Leeds-born Lynch, who played more than 200 games for the Bulls – including the 2006 World Club Challenge win over Wests Tigers – said: "Bradford got money for me and the transfer fee helped them with their financial difficulties, which was the main reason I left.

"I know it's not a nice thing to get relegated but they can regather and regroup, play with confidence again and then come back up in a year's time and start being a success under Jimmy again.

"I have some great memories of my time at the Bulls. I spent seven years there, so it's always special to me and I always look forward to playing against them."

Lynch is currently enjoying a testimonial year and will ply his trade at The Jungle again next year.

The 34-year-old said: "I've got another year left at Cas, so we will see what happens after that."

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9:13am Wed 27 Aug 14

nosher says...

He wasn't my favourite at the bulls. But watching him on sky for Cas he has been fantastic. Puts lots of minutes in.
He wasn't my favourite at the bulls. But watching him on sky for Cas he has been fantastic. Puts lots of minutes in. nosher
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10:26am Wed 27 Aug 14

axelf1963 says...

Like you on overtime Nosher
Like you on overtime Nosher axelf1963
  • Score: -5

10:41am Wed 27 Aug 14

bulls916uk says...

axelf1963 wrote:
Like you on overtime Nosher
SSSSHHHHHHH now little boy, ssssshhhh

There's a good boy
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Like you on overtime Nosher[/p][/quote]SSSSHHHHHHH now little boy, ssssshhhh There's a good boy bulls916uk
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10:42am Wed 27 Aug 14

bulls916uk says...

nosher wrote:
He wasn't my favourite at the bulls. But watching him on sky for Cas he has been fantastic. Puts lots of minutes in.
Agreed.

Also backed him for first try scorer about 8-10 years ago when we played Wigan at Home in the deepest darkest fog. he duly came up trumps at 24/1 and I had a £10 stake. Always liked him ever since.

Good player and good ambassador, surely has something to offer the game once he hangs them up
[quote][p][bold]nosher[/bold] wrote: He wasn't my favourite at the bulls. But watching him on sky for Cas he has been fantastic. Puts lots of minutes in.[/p][/quote]Agreed. Also backed him for first try scorer about 8-10 years ago when we played Wigan at Home in the deepest darkest fog. he duly came up trumps at 24/1 and I had a £10 stake. Always liked him ever since. Good player and good ambassador, surely has something to offer the game once he hangs them up bulls916uk
  • Score: 5

11:21am Wed 27 Aug 14

axelf1963 says...

Nosher can you do some extra shifts and pay more tax so I can get more job seekers allowance for spoons ?
Nosher can you do some extra shifts and pay more tax so I can get more job seekers allowance for spoons ? axelf1963
  • Score: -5

12:46pm Wed 27 Aug 14

bulls916uk says...

axelf1963 wrote:
Nosher can you do some extra shifts and pay more tax so I can get more job seekers allowance for spoons ?
Now now that's enough. SSSSHHHH, that's better, quieten down now little one.

SSSHHHH
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Nosher can you do some extra shifts and pay more tax so I can get more job seekers allowance for spoons ?[/p][/quote]Now now that's enough. SSSSHHHH, that's better, quieten down now little one. SSSHHHH bulls916uk
  • Score: -2

1:07pm Wed 27 Aug 14

axelf1963 says...

Ah yes its still the school holidays I should have known.
Ah yes its still the school holidays I should have known. axelf1963
  • Score: 0

1:55pm Wed 27 Aug 14

bulls916uk says...

axelf1963 wrote:
Ah yes its still the school holidays I should have known.
So you are on school holidays Cliffe?

Interesting admission even by your standards...........
..
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Ah yes its still the school holidays I should have known.[/p][/quote]So you are on school holidays Cliffe? Interesting admission even by your standards........... .. bulls916uk
  • Score: 2

4:00pm Wed 27 Aug 14

axelf1963 says...

Oh dear she is still here,
Oh dear she is still here, axelf1963
  • Score: -1

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