BULLS will continue to “attack” Easter after being warned: Forget about Leeds.

The Challenge Cup showdown with the old enemy on May 11 has dominated thoughts around Odsal since the draw was made.

But they have four games to play before then – including a Transatlantic trip to Toronto - and how they come through those will influence who gets the chance to lock horns with the Rhinos.

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Coach John Kear intends to make sure minds stay focused on the immediate job in hand, starting with this afternoon’s derby clash at Halifax.

He said: “We’ve been very excited about the cup draw but I’ve told the players to forget about it.

“They were absolutely climbing on the ceiling so it was my job to say they’ve got Halifax, Barrow, Rochdale and Toronto before we can coral Leeds.

“Let me do the worrying and the planning, you just do the playing. That starts at Halifax today.”

Kear wants to take the momentum from the nail-biting success over Featherstone into the weekend double-header against Halifax and Barrow. He is targeting a winning run before the Bulls head for Canada in two weeks’ time.

“Our aim was four from four out of Featherstone in the cup, Halifax on Good Friday, Barrow on Easter Monday and then Rochdale.

“We class that as our Easter period and we’re attacking it. We’re not dipping our toe in, we’re going to dive straight in and attack it.”

Kear remains a big fan of Halifax coach Richard Marshall and knows the size of the task against another team who enjoyed Challenge Cup glory after dumping Super League opponents London Broncos.

He said: “Halifax is a massive game. It’s a local derby, there’s going to be a hell of a crowd there and obviously Halifax want to put one over on us as much as we are determined to do that to them.

“We’re both coming off different highs. Halifax had a great 80-minute performance against London, which I watched, and ours was obviously a magnificent end to closing out the game.

“It will be interesting to see how we both cope with it.

“I think the mental resilience over Easter and the travel to Toronto will give me a really good idea about which players you can trust when the going gets tough on the field of play.

“This period is a test but I’m looking forward to seeing how we handle it.”