BULLS have won just once against a side currently above them in the Championship table this season, but Mark Dunning insists the visit to Sheffield tomorrow is no bigger than any other game.

Bradford are eighth, with the Eagles seventh, and both teams sit three points outside of the coveted play-off spots.

But asked if this clash was a key four-pointer in Bulls’ push for the top six, Dunning said: “Every game is big for Bradford Bulls.

“We’re part of a big organisation, a big club, and we need to treat every game and training session as a big one.

“Sheffield is a big game, but so were Widnes and Featherstone, like Dewsbury will be next time.”

In the reverse fixture, Bulls slumped to a poor 28-14 defeat at a muddy Odsal, but Dunning did not feel it was about righting any wrongs tomorrow, saying: “Sheffield is a chance for us to find out a bit about ourselves, just like we did last Thursday and on Monday.

“We had that adversity on Monday, so it’s about how we react and if we can get back on the horse, because we need to find a way.

“We’ve done a lot of preview and informed players of where Sheffield are strong and their weaknesses, but looking at ourselves should stand us in good stead first and foremost.”

The Olympic Legacy Park stadium may be getting redeveloped still, but Dunning is comfortable with returning.

He said: “We’ve played there before (in 2019) before they even had a stand, and we’ve got people in the squad who’ve been at Sheffield, so we can tap into their knowledge too.

“Ultimately, it’s a big green area with markings on it, so all we have to do is focus on what goes on within that and do it better than Sheffield.”

Tomorrow could be one final audition from Dunning for the top job at Bulls, but he said: “I can’t knock the club, and they’ve given me this chance while they’re going through a process.

“I’ve just got to do a job now while they do this search process fully and they’ll tell me what’s happening at the end of that.

“I’ve heard nothing other than that the process is going as the club hoped, and for now, I’ll continue to enjoy leading this group of players and staff.”

One of those Dunning thinks a lot of is captain Steve Crossley, of whom he said: “I can’t speak highly enough of Steve, but we’ve had to address his Long Covid issues, as it didn’t just go away in a week.

“We’ve followed a plan for him returning, and he’s set aside his ego aside to do things like not start games and play for the reserves.

“He’s put the club and team before himself and that’s what you expect from the captain of Bradford Bulls.”