STEVE Crossley has warned Bulls not to underestimate Newcastle Thunder after experiencing first-hand how dangerous they can be.

The Bradford-born prop was part of the Toronto Wolfpack squad that claimed the League One crown in their first season last year.

They blew many opponents away in racking up more than 1,100 points but did not have things their own way at Kingston Park in a 40-22 success.

Crossley said: "I remember last year when I played there with Toronto. Newcastle are a really good, tough team.

"They might not be up there in the table but they are such a tough team to break down and I know that first hand.

"They will bring the game to us so we need to make sure we refocus."

The 6ft 5in Bradford Academy graduate has been a stand-out performer for Bulls since returning to Odsal last autumn.

He was given a breather as he sat out the record win over West Wales but was glad to return for Bulls' win at home to London Skolars last week.

Crossley said: "I managed to get more minutes under my belt – more than normal for a prop forward but I like being out in the field. It was good to be back after a break."

Despite being well beaten, Skolars made sure it was nothing like the runaway try feast against West Wales.

London props Lamont Bryan and Eddie Mbaraga gave as good as they got and Crossley said: "They had some big boys who were tough to handle but we made it a bit tough for ourselves.

"On quite a few last-play kicks we were poor. We had quite a few seven-tackle defensive sets so that didn't really help.

"After a good win when you’re not happy, you know your standards have dropped, so you know there is better to come."