Bradford Bulls prepared for ‘big challenge’ at Hull

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The Bulls ran in seven tries at home to Wakefield last week but are expecting a tougher test at Hull The Bulls ran in seven tries at home to Wakefield last week but are expecting a tougher test at Hull

Francis Cummins believes the Bulls will face a backlash from “desperate” Hull FC tonight – but has urged them to stand tall in the cauldron of the KC Stadium.

The Black and Whites opened their Super League campaign with a 36-6 defeat at Leeds last Friday, having gone in at the break at 6-6.

They also lost marquee signing Gareth Ellis to a foot injury during the pre-match warm-up and look set to be without him for several weeks.

Cummins, whose side kicked off with a highly impressive 40-6 win over Wakefield, accepts that Peter Gentle’s men will be hell-bent on kick-starting their campaign with a win on home soil tonight.

“We’re going to definitely get the backlash from Hull but that’s the challenge for us,” said the Bulls coach.

“We’re not just taking on Hull, we’re taking on some desperate people. We were the desperate people last week, so we need to keep that desperation about us.

“I’ve talked a lot to the players about backlashes and how Hull were perhaps a little embarrassed at Leeds.

“They will want to show what they can do in front of their own fans, so this is a big challenge for us. I want them to go into Hull’s backyard and do the same again.”

Much is expected of Hull this season following a heavy recruitment drive during the winter.

The loss of Ellis aside, Gentle still has plenty of quality at his disposal as his team seek to claim another victory against the Bulls.

Hull did the double over Bradford last season, including a stunning 70-6 success at the Provident Stadium in September, but Gentle watched Cummins’ men take Wakefield to the cleaners last weekend.

He cannot fail to have been impressed and Cummins is hoping to capitalise on the weight of expectancy at the KC Stadium.

The Bulls boss said: “There’s no doubt in professional sport, especially rugby league, that if you can go away and get off to a good start then sometimes the tension can be passed from the crowd onto the pitch.

“We’ve just got to make sure that we take care of ourselves because it could go the other way. They could get off to a great start, the crowd gets behind them and it can help them.

“We know that we need to be really tough at the start of this game because if we’re not, they will embarrass us.”

The Bulls are set to be boosted by a big following tonight after their adult ticket allocation sold out.

Bradford could stick with the side that thumped Wakefield, with Nick Scruton set to be passed fit after being poked in the eye against the Wildcats.

Cummins said: “We may have to shuffle and perhaps change the starting line-up simply because of the way we want to play.”

Meanwhile, Adrian Purtell is set to be registered as a loan player at Dewsbury, subject to clearance from the Border Agency, as he closes in on a return to playing for the first time since last May.

The Australian centre will run the messages for the Bulls tonight as Ian Sibbit is on a course and therefore unavailable.

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8:03am Fri 8 Feb 13

bully4us says...

Everyone, totally ignore the troll today. Let him talk to himself.
Everyone, totally ignore the troll today. Let him talk to himself. bully4us

8:28am Fri 8 Feb 13

wembley bound says...

Not sure viking will be on today he is having a dress fitting so we should be ok,
Hull by 20
City 2-1
Not sure viking will be on today he is having a dress fitting so we should be ok, Hull by 20 City 2-1 wembley bound

9:47am Fri 8 Feb 13

Wipsi says...

bully4us wrote:
Everyone, totally ignore the troll today. Let him talk to himself.
What troll?
He probably talks to himself anyway,his view of the outside world is a keyboard.
[quote][p][bold]bully4us[/bold] wrote: Everyone, totally ignore the troll today. Let him talk to himself.[/p][/quote]What troll? He probably talks to himself anyway,his view of the outside world is a keyboard. Wipsi

10:11am Fri 8 Feb 13

danger mouse says...

Gutted I can't go tonight but great to read that we are taking such a huge following and it just goes to show that the Bulls fans are truly behind the team and everyone at the club. Exciting times ahead me thinks......COYB
Gutted I can't go tonight but great to read that we are taking such a huge following and it just goes to show that the Bulls fans are truly behind the team and everyone at the club. Exciting times ahead me thinks......COYB danger mouse

11:23am Fri 8 Feb 13

wembley bound says...

Armchair fan ?
Armchair fan ? wembley bound

12:25pm Fri 8 Feb 13

Ever positive says...

wembley bound wrote:
Armchair fan ?
Friendly advice, please go and seek advice from doctor, they will help you.
COYB
[quote][p][bold]wembley bound[/bold] wrote: Armchair fan ?[/p][/quote]Friendly advice, please go and seek advice from doctor, they will help you. COYB Ever positive

12:40pm Fri 8 Feb 13

nosher says...

Yeah, good to see the bulls following growing, will help the club and the game in general. Bulls to win by 12. COYB
Yeah, good to see the bulls following growing, will help the club and the game in general. Bulls to win by 12. COYB nosher

12:40pm Fri 8 Feb 13

wembley bound says...

Ever positive wrote:
wembley bound wrote: Armchair fan ?
Friendly advice, please go and seek advice from doctor, they will help you. COYB
Friendly advice keep your nose out pinochio
[quote][p][bold]Ever positive[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wembley bound[/bold] wrote: Armchair fan ?[/p][/quote]Friendly advice, please go and seek advice from doctor, they will help you. COYB[/p][/quote]Friendly advice keep your nose out pinochio wembley bound

1:17pm Fri 8 Feb 13

TBC/SLC52 says...

Well, well, well, the ultimate armchair warrior, talking to himself, again. Well I'll be there tonight, along with the other thousands of fans. Will you, Egg Bound, NO.

To the fans that are going, let's get behind the lads, and bring the roof down at the KC with all the noise.

Bulls by 8.
Well, well, well, the ultimate armchair warrior, talking to himself, again. Well I'll be there tonight, along with the other thousands of fans. Will you, Egg Bound, NO. To the fans that are going, let's get behind the lads, and bring the roof down at the KC with all the noise. Bulls by 8. TBC/SLC52

1:36pm Fri 8 Feb 13

wembley bound says...

Why would I want to be there tonight ? I have my trip booked to wembley so can't see me watching thugby unless I jump on a bandwagon should the bulls ever get to wembley which I doubt.
Hull by plenty or 20
Why would I want to be there tonight ? I have my trip booked to wembley so can't see me watching thugby unless I jump on a bandwagon should the bulls ever get to wembley which I doubt. Hull by plenty or 20 wembley bound

2:34pm Fri 8 Feb 13

col 64 says...

Good to see Adrian Purcell may be getting some game time soon.going to be close to call tonight but I'm sure the boys will be up for it.
Good to see Adrian Purcell may be getting some game time soon.going to be close to call tonight but I'm sure the boys will be up for it. col 64

3:17pm Fri 8 Feb 13

Wembley Bound. says...

Ignore me all you like. I enjoy talking to myself anyway....not new to me. Limited things to do in a padded cell. Anyway it isn't politically correct to harass care in the community members, it's discrimination. Just because I am sad and lonely with an extremely small manhood and come on here to wind people up doesn't mean......oops gotta go ....white coats are back
Ignore me all you like. I enjoy talking to myself anyway....not new to me. Limited things to do in a padded cell. Anyway it isn't politically correct to harass care in the community members, it's discrimination. Just because I am sad and lonely with an extremely small manhood and come on here to wind people up doesn't mean......oops gotta go ....white coats are back Wembley Bound.

5:32pm Fri 8 Feb 13

wembley bound says...

A very smart attempt but for all you doubters my crazy new found friend has a capital letter on wembley and bound unlike yours truly.
Unlucky viking I won't tell them your other secret wink wink.
A very smart attempt but for all you doubters my crazy new found friend has a capital letter on wembley and bound unlike yours truly. Unlucky viking I won't tell them your other secret wink wink. wembley bound

9:57pm Fri 8 Feb 13

Ever positive says...

wembley bound wrote:
Ever positive wrote:
wembley bound wrote: Armchair fan ?
Friendly advice, please go and seek advice from doctor, they will help you. COYB
Friendly advice keep your nose out pinochio
Pinochio was a liar, I'm telling the truth about you ROFL COYB
[quote][p][bold]wembley bound[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ever positive[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wembley bound[/bold] wrote: Armchair fan ?[/p][/quote]Friendly advice, please go and seek advice from doctor, they will help you. COYB[/p][/quote]Friendly advice keep your nose out pinochio[/p][/quote]Pinochio was a liar, I'm telling the truth about you ROFL COYB Ever positive

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