In this special preview of the Warriors v Bulls crunch tie on Friday night, wiganwarriors.com talks to Bradford Head Coach Brian Noble.
BRIAN, IS IT CRISIS TIME FOR THE BULLS?
A lot of people are looking at it that way but we are just focusing on coming up with a good performance. We need a good performance for ourselves really. By our own admission we have not performed very well and we are not helping ourselves with some of the things we are doing, such as dropping the ball early in the tackle count and conceding needless penalties but we can fix those things up and hopefully turn the corner.
I thought we made some big improvements in the game last week at Widnes compared to what we came up with against Wakefield but our goal line defence let us down and we couldn’t get enough field position but when we did we pretty much threatened their line. We need to more patient and use the process a little bit more and we have a great opportunity to do that tomorrow.
The game is at the ‘fortress’ JJB and Wigan haven’t lost there for 24 games, so it will be a tough ask and we need to play well. We have put the emphasis on performance and we need to play better than we have been doing.
Wigan are a good side, who also fell victim to Wakefield last week and they and ourselves have the youngest squads in Super League this year, although we may hold that ourselves after they signed Jerome Guissett!! It’s good that there are so many young players coming through and, certainly with Bradford, it is a fact that is often overlooked.
We have had some disruption with the weather this week but we are going into the game well prepared and ready for it. We are all disappointed with what’s happened but we have been in this position before in different guises and at different times of the year over the last four or five years and come through it and I am pretty confident we will again.
WE SEE THAT MICHAEL WITHERS AND LESLEY VAINIKOLO ARE IN THE SQUAD. DO YOU EXPECT THEM TO PLAY?
I expect both of them will play some part in the game. It’s great to see them running round in practice because they are both very big players for us and we are a much better side when they are playing.