Kear Ell-bent on scoring for Bradford Bulls against Castleford

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Elliot Kear is keen to open his account after going so close against Hull Elliot Kear is keen to open his account after going so close against Hull

Elliot Kear is desperate to cross the line against Castleford this weekend – after being denied by a stunning try-saving tackle at Hull FC.

The Bulls winger looked destined to score his first try of the season after breaking clear in the latter stages of last weekend’s 28-12 defeat at the KC Stadium.

But England winger Tom Briscoe produced a breathtaking piece of defending to chase back and hold Kear up as he attempted to ground the ball under the posts.

Nevertheless, Kear remains happy with his first two performances of the season as the Bulls bid to return to winning ways at home to Ian Millward’s men tomorrow.

The Wales international said: “It was a brilliant tackle by Briscoe but I should have scored it.

“I’m still looking for a chance to get over the line and hopefully it will come this weekend.

“I’ve had a good pre-season and we’ve got a really tight-knit group here.

“We had a good win against Wakefield, were a bit unlucky at Hull but I think we’re ready to kick on again this weekend and put in a good performance.”

Kear endured a couple of spells on the sidelines due to wrist injuries in his debut campaign at the Provident Stadium last year.

But his work-rate, versatility and ability to sniff out a try have taken on added importance with fellow wideman Michael Platt doubtful for this weekend due to a knee injury.

Bulls coach Francis Cummins yesterday named Platt in his 19-man squad and he will undergo a late fitness test.

Kear enjoyed the odd game at full back last season and added: “As long as I’m playing week in and week out I won’t moan about which position I play.

“I do like playing full back but I like it on the wing as well.

“I played both of the autumn internationals for Wales on the wing.

“I think Iestyn (Harris) prefers me there but I’m fine with that – left or right wing.

“Karl Pryce and Shaun Ainscough left at the end of last season but Platty has had a strong start to the season and Purts (Adrian Purtell) will be back soon to push for a centre/wing berth.

“You’ve got to be on your toes to keep your position – I just want to stay injury-free now, string a few games together and get a few tries. A win against Cas would make it a great start to the season.”

Meanwhile, Castleford will give half-back Gareth O’Brien his debut against the Bulls after completing his loan signing from Warrington.

The 21-year-old has joined the Tigers for a month as a stop-gap replacement for Rangi Chase, who starts a two-match ban imposed for a reckless tackle on Leeds full back Zak Hardaker in last Sunday’s 14-12 win over the champions.

O’Brien has been unable to force his way into the Wolves team so far this season and played on a dual-registration for Championship club Swinton last weekend. He had a month’s loan with Widnes last season.

Castleford coach Ian Millward said: “I have been an admirer of Gareth’s for some time and Tony Smith speaks highly of him as both a person and a player.

“Warrington currently have no injuries in their half-backs so they were happy to loan him out and give him some good playing experience.”

Millward has included goalkicking three-quarter Kirk Dixon in his 19-man squad after recovering quicker than expected from a calf tear.

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8:00am Fri 15 Feb 13

VJ Man says...

I don't think that teams should be allowed to sign a player as a stop gap when someone has been banned, otherwise where is the punishment for foul play? Injuries I can understand but not bans.
I don't think that teams should be allowed to sign a player as a stop gap when someone has been banned, otherwise where is the punishment for foul play? Injuries I can understand but not bans. VJ Man

8:02am Fri 15 Feb 13

VJ Man says...

How about when a post match ban has been awarded when no action was taken by the ref at the time, the team start the next match with only 12 men for the first 10 minutes?
How about when a post match ban has been awarded when no action was taken by the ref at the time, the team start the next match with only 12 men for the first 10 minutes? VJ Man

8:14am Fri 15 Feb 13

Solomon Grundy says...

I agree with the comment above. This seems to negate the point of the ban.
I agree with the comment above. This seems to negate the point of the ban. Solomon Grundy

12:39pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Bone_idle18 says...

Not really, if cas had a backup half back, they'd play him, so a loanee is pretty much the same.

a more pertinent question would be, are they up to salary cap, and if they are how are they swinging it so they can pay a loan player?
Not really, if cas had a backup half back, they'd play him, so a loanee is pretty much the same. a more pertinent question would be, are they up to salary cap, and if they are how are they swinging it so they can pay a loan player? Bone_idle18

2:12pm Fri 15 Feb 13

bully4us says...

I doubt that Cas are using the full cap as they are probably like us a little – short of finance. I don’t think it will be easy tomorrow as I would put both teams in the same bracket at the moment. I think we should win but it could be very close either way. We do need to win these games though to get into the top eight. It will be a good gauge as to where we are at the moment.
I doubt that Cas are using the full cap as they are probably like us a little – short of finance. I don’t think it will be easy tomorrow as I would put both teams in the same bracket at the moment. I think we should win but it could be very close either way. We do need to win these games though to get into the top eight. It will be a good gauge as to where we are at the moment. bully4us

4:12pm Fri 15 Feb 13

raisemeup says...

Rarely do you see 5 comments that are all asking the same question but differently?

I personally think that a lot has gone unanswered,by the powers that govern our sport, about dual registration, and how the instant loan situation with other clubs works, plus who pays the players and how much of that salary payment is offset against the salary cap.
Just at the moment it seems like a free for all...

Confused.com is the name of the game??
Rarely do you see 5 comments that are all asking the same question but differently? I personally think that a lot has gone unanswered,by the powers that govern our sport, about dual registration, and how the instant loan situation with other clubs works, plus who pays the players and how much of that salary payment is offset against the salary cap. Just at the moment it seems like a free for all... Confused.com is the name of the game?? raisemeup

7:40pm Fri 15 Feb 13

Mumby was the best says...

raisemeup wrote:
Rarely do you see 5 comments that are all asking the same question but differently?

I personally think that a lot has gone unanswered,by the powers that govern our sport, about dual registration, and how the instant loan situation with other clubs works, plus who pays the players and how much of that salary payment is offset against the salary cap.
Just at the moment it seems like a free for all...

Confused.com is the name of the game??
Spot on! thats why people who are not seriously followers of the game think it`s a professional game run by amateurs. But it`s always been the same as long as I have followed the best game.
[quote][p][bold]raisemeup[/bold] wrote: Rarely do you see 5 comments that are all asking the same question but differently? I personally think that a lot has gone unanswered,by the powers that govern our sport, about dual registration, and how the instant loan situation with other clubs works, plus who pays the players and how much of that salary payment is offset against the salary cap. Just at the moment it seems like a free for all... Confused.com is the name of the game??[/p][/quote]Spot on! thats why people who are not seriously followers of the game think it`s a professional game run by amateurs. But it`s always been the same as long as I have followed the best game. Mumby was the best

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