JOHN Kear insists his side will continue to progress across the coming weeks and months – but stresses improvements are required ahead of the visit of Sheffield Eagles this Sunday.

A blistering start saw Bradford race into a 24-0 lead at Oldham last weekend, displaying arguably their best rugby of the year.

They slowed down after the break though, eventually getting over the line in a 26-12 victory.

Mark Aston’s high-flying Eagles face Bulls at the Tetley’s Stadium this weekend, on the back of successive wins over Halifax RLFC and Batley Bulldogs.

And the two sides look set to rival each other for a Championship play-off spot in 2020, a factor Bradford boss Kear feels adds to the importance of Sunday.

“It is a tough assignment. We have had a real good look at Sheffield and acknowledge that two wins from four very difficult games is an indication of their quality,” said Kear.

“We are aware of their threats. We know we will have to be on the ball – and on our mettle – to achieve success.

“I think our best two performances have come in games we have lost, so it goes to show that performances don’t always mirror results.

“I am not displeased with where we are at and I know we will get better.

“When the surface dries up, conditions will become more conducive to the type of rugby we want to play.

“I am at ease with where we are at but I acknowledge the importance of Sunday and the need to get the two points.

“Anyone can beat anyone in this league and Sheffield have aspirations that are similar to ours, so they are very much our rivals and that is what makes this game so important.

“It is important for us now to build momentum. We need a better performance and need to pick up the points alongside that.

“Hopefully we can demonstrate that, as a club, we can attract good crowds and make it a vibrant atmosphere for what I hope will be a high quality game.”

Bulls youngster Bradley Ho could be in line for his competitive debut on Sunday, while winger David Foggin-Johnston has earned a first-team recall.