Plenty more to come from Matty Blythe for Bradford Bulls

Matty Blythe accepts the three tries he has scored in Bulls colours have all been walk-ins but adds “they all count”

Matty Blythe accepts the three tries he has scored in Bulls colours have all been walk-ins but adds “they all count”

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In-form Matty Blythe insists he is “nowhere near the finished article” as the Bulls go in search of a third successive home win against St Helens on Saturday.

Blythe scored for the third game running during the 38-12 victory over Castleford, which left Francis Cummins’ men fourth in the embryonic Super League table.

The Warrington centre joined the Bulls on a season-long loan in search of regular first-team rugby and so far the move is proving a resounding success.

Blythe said: “I’m enjoying my rugby at the moment but I’ve got stuff to work on and am not the finished article – nowhere near.

“The three tries I’ve scored have been walk-ins but they all count.

“It’s just great to be playing first-team rugby and working hard for Bradford Bulls.

“I’m under no illusions that I’m guaranteed to be starting every week just because I’ve got the number four shirt.

“I know I have to play my very best week in and week out – but it’s the same with every player here.

“I came to Bradford not just for myself but also to be there for the club. They put their faith in me and I need to pay them back.

“There’s a good mixture of a few good senior players and a few young guns like Jobe Murphy, who made his debut on Saturday and didn’t look out of place at all.”

Despite the wave of optimism surrounding Saturday’s victory, Cummins was left to reflect on the grim news that Michael Platt will miss the next 12 weeks with a knee injury.

Furthermore, Jamie Langley and Chev Walker sustained groin and bicep injuries respectively against the Tigers.

Walker is hopeful of being passed fit but Langley is set to be missing and could be joined in the stands by Nick Scruton if the Bulls prop cops a ban at today's disciplinary hearing.

Scruton has been charged with committing a Grade B offence in Saturday's victory over Castleford.

His striking with the shoulder on Tigers half-back Gareth O’Brien in the fourth minute has been called a reckless challenge but Scruton is set to contest the charge.

The loss of Langley and Scruton would impact hard on an already thin squad but 24-year-old Blythe is optimistic the Bulls can capitalise on their home advantage again on Saturday.

“We’ve still got a long way to go, and have a lot of things to work on during the week, but we’re making big strides,” he said.

“It’s Saints this weekend and these games are always big ones. We’ve just got to keep working hard for each other and knocking off the games at home because we’ve got a tough month next month with a few away games.

“The fans have been fantastic. They have come in their thousands and got behind us, so hopefully they can cheer us to another win on Saturday.”

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8:39am Tue 19 Feb 13

nosher says...

I have liked what I have seen of this guy so far. Very strong and willing going forward. He is correct, his tries have not been anything special, but its about being in the right place at the right time.
I have liked what I have seen of this guy so far. Very strong and willing going forward. He is correct, his tries have not been anything special, but its about being in the right place at the right time. nosher
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11:59am Tue 19 Feb 13

Bev says...

Matty runs straight and hard, leaving space for the winger if chance presents to offload-looking good.
Matty runs straight and hard, leaving space for the winger if chance presents to offload-looking good. Bev
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1:28pm Tue 19 Feb 13

Mr Capp says...

Pleased scruton is contesting the charge. Ñothing in it imo just unfortunate the lad copped a bit of concussion. This system of being given just a match ban for holding your hands up to it is ridiculous. This just encourages the rfl to dish out punishments like confetti and the more serious offenders are let off with what amounts to a slap on the wrists
Pleased scruton is contesting the charge. Ñothing in it imo just unfortunate the lad copped a bit of concussion. This system of being given just a match ban for holding your hands up to it is ridiculous. This just encourages the rfl to dish out punishments like confetti and the more serious offenders are let off with what amounts to a slap on the wrists Mr Capp
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1:44pm Tue 19 Feb 13

nosher says...

Just watched the super league show. Funniest incident of last weekends games, was Brent Webb getting chinned by Benny Westwood LOL pretend hard man hit the ground like the sack of cack he is.
Just watched the super league show. Funniest incident of last weekends games, was Brent Webb getting chinned by Benny Westwood LOL pretend hard man hit the ground like the sack of cack he is. nosher
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8:39pm Tue 19 Feb 13

mdn says...

Scruton cleared to play against saints. £300 fine and warning.
Scruton cleared to play against saints. £300 fine and warning. mdn
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