Both sides come into this fixture on back of tight defeats which have hampered reaching their targets as we get close to the end of the regular season and where the divisions split.
Bulls narrowly lost away to Leigh last time out as Reni Maitua try for the Centurions four minutes from time and Lee Smith conversion grabbed victory for the home side and it was heartbreak for the Bulls. They had came back from behind in the game and lead for 20 minutes in the second half. Missed conversions from Danny Addy proved to be vital for the visitors and will hope that doesn’t have a bearing as they try to reach the qualifiers.
Haven will have targeted the fixture against Batley as one they could win despite the Bulldogs high league position. They had tight competitive fixtures against Batley down in West Yorkshire earlier in the season as they played at Mount Pleasant twice in nine days in league and cup and lost in controversial circumstances by one point on both occasions. But it was a professional performance from John Kear’s men as they secured victory and helped their ambitions for a qualifiers place no harm.
These two sides met back on a cold wet Feburary night in Round 2 where the Bulls ran in a comfortable 46-10 victory as Lee Gaskell put in a hat-rick man of the match performance. The Bulls will be hoping for a similar performance and scoreline on Sunday Afternoon. Gaskell will be missing this time round with an hamstring injury suffered earlier in the season but will be hoping new signing Dane Chisholm can have positive effect straight away.
Bradford’s 19 man squad – Clare, Pitts, Ryan, Chisholm, Charnock, O’Brien, Sidlow, Haggerty, Kavangh, Olbison, Blythe, Mellor, Addy, Philbin, Welham, Howarth, Moss, Lauaki, Crossley.
Whitehaven’s 19 man squad – Jouffret, Yates, Calvert, Taylor, Allen, Perez, Gore, Duffy, Newton, Brocklebank, T.Chapelhow, Davies, Riley, Carberry, Fox, Chamberlain, Holliday, Ince, Burns.
Prediction – Bulls by 30. Bradford should have far too much for a Whitehaven side who are stuck in a rut at the moment having not won since the Summer Bash over six weeks ago.
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