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Confident? The Bulls Aren't!
Posted by southstander on July 01 2005 - 10:39:26

Winker!

By SouthStander.com and Matthew Horton

I can't remember the last time I went to a Leeds v. Bradford game with high expectations of a victory for the Rhinos.

Our biggest rival since the start of the Superleague era has an 18-8 advantage over us in regular season games, and have been the side who have broken our hearts on many occasions.

The Rhinos are, however, unbeaten in two against the Bulls and will look to make it three on the bounce at Headingley tonight.

With Danny Ward back in contention, and the eighteen, Nick Scruton drops into the U21's after a good run out last week. Lee Smith is the man in the eighteen who is likely to miss out, and I'd expect to see Kevin Sinfield revert back to the stand-off position which has been so fruitful in recent weeks. If that's the case, McGuire will start on the bench with big Ali into the second row, and Ellis moving to loose forward.

For the Bulls Leon Pryce is still missing, he serves the final match of the suspension he picked up for the cowardly attack on Jamie Lyon. Ian Henderson, an arrival from the Parramatta Eels, will debut in the hooking role and Brad Meyers could make a return from a knee problem, ahead of medical advice and I expect he will be the one to miss out. Since the game at Easter, Ben Harris has arrived from the Bulldogs and he should line up in the centre.

Predicted Bulls team: Withers, Pratt, K Pryce, B Harris, Reardon, I Harris, Deacon, Fielden, Henderson, Vagana, Radford, Peacock, Johnson; Paul, Parker, Lynch, Langley.

Three Bulls to watch;


Wobbie

Phoney Taff

T'Other 'Arris

The Bulls will be hurting. The last two outings against the Rhinos have seen them defeated in the Grand Final and humiliated on their own ground. Their support has been leaving them in droves as the winning Bubble has burst. A draw at home to Widnes on their last outing was 'lucky' to say the least, and losses at home to Saints and Warrington have all added to Nobles woes.

Noble has been under some pressure at times this season, but its a big occasion and the Bulls will not arrive in LS6 to lie down.

The weather, looks set fine for a good night. Not too hot, but clear from the wet stuff. It should make for a better spectacle of flowing rugby than last weeks dropathon against London.

Southstander.com Prediction
Rhinos 32 18 Bulls

The bookies have given Bradford a generous sixteen point start, and while they are rarely too far out, I suspect that this is just a little too high. Dunners and Ali look good bets at 20/1 for first try scorer with Rob Burrow at 14/1.

With over 20,000 tickets already sold, and just 1,000 left yesterday afternoon, we must be heading for yet another Headingley lock-out. As always the atmosphere against the Bulls will be electric, especially as there will be more Rhinos and less Bulls than normal.

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