BRADFORD Bulls host Sheffield Eagles in the Betfred Championship at the Tetley's Stadium on Sunday at 6:15pm. Here is a look at what is in store for Bulls as they come up against John Kear's former club.


The Eagles come into the clash on the back of successive wins in both the league and Coral Challenge Cup.

The 20-18 fourth-round defeat of Halifax preceded their golden-point victory over Batley Bulldogs last Sunday – the first of its kind in the Betfred Championship.

Izaac Farrell kicked the winning point at the Fox’s Biscuits Stadium, which ensured a second straight win following three successive defeats against Halifax, Leigh Centurions and Toulouse Olympique.


Former Bull Matt James captains the Eagles once again in 2020 – having originally been appointed to the role in 2017.

James emerged through the ranks at Bradford before going on to feature for the likes of Wakefield Trinity, Barrow Raiders, Halifax and Harlequins RL.

The versatile forward suffered a dislocated ankle at last year’s summer bash and has yet to return to action.


Scott Wheeldon and Bradley Knowles offer experienced front-row options to Sheffield in 2020 – with James Davey at hooker an established Championship option.

Joel Farrell enjoyed a solid debut year as an Eagle in 2019 and scored in their 30-10 defeat at Odsal last season.


Former Featherstone Rovers star Anthony Thackeray – alongside Farrell – will lead Sheffield around the park in 2020.

Menzie Yere, aged 37, offers experience in the centres, while Josh Guzdek has proved influential against Bradford in past meetings.


Mark Aston played 389 games for Sheffield Eagles across 19 years, leading the South Yorkshire outfit to a stunning Challenge Cup triumph – under Bradford boss Kear – against Wigan Warriors in 1998.

Aston took over the coaching reins in 1999 and has enjoyed over 500 games in the hotseat and boasts a 56 per cent win ratio.

The 52-year-old led the Eagles to 1895 Cup success last year – beating Widnes Vikings in the Wembley showpiece.


James is the only Eagles player to have played in a senior game for Bradford – having graduated through the club’s Academy.

The 32-year-old made his Bradford bow in 2006 – going on to make 27 appearances before moving to Harlequins RL.


The two sides met in two thrilling encounters in 2019 – with Sheffield the last visitors to Odsal for a 30-10 defeat.

Earlier that year, despite a promising start, Kear’s side fell to defeat at the Olympic Legacy Park, ending the game with 12 men following a James Green red card.

James Bentley scored a quartet of tries when Bradford put on a big score when they hosted the Eagles in 2017 before Aston’s side exacted revenge at the Mobile Rocket Stadium weeks later.