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03/05/13 - Bradford Bulls v Leeds Rhinos - KO 8pm (Sky Sports)


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Poll: Who will win? (12 member(s) have cast votes)

Who will win?

  1. Bradford Bulls (5 votes [41.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 41.67%

  2. Leeds Rhinos (7 votes [58.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 58.33%

  3. Draw (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

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#1 John Drake

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 08:46 AM

Discuss the game here.


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#2 hindle xiii

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 08:54 AM

Referee: R Silverwood

Touch Judge: T Roby

Touch Judge: A Martin

Reserve: A Fazackerley

Match Commissioner: P Crashley

Video Ref: S Ganson

Time Keeper: L Fairbank


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#3 Amber Avenger

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 09:01 AM

Leeds by a few.


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#4 Harrigan

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 09:33 AM

So, just over a month after our 18 all draw at Headingley and here we are again. It's 4th v 6th but Leeds are in the better form, not losing in 7 and winning 5 in a row.

The Bulls are having a good season, but apart from the draw against us, arent really competing with the top of the table. They are averaging 26 points a game but are conceding 22.

Leeds on the other hand also average 26 but defensively are much better. We only concede on average, 14.

This though, doesnt take into account the real story. Recently (since the Bulls game) we have seemed to get better week after week. If this was any one but Bradford, I would suggest a good win, but they raise their game for us and it means a hell of a lot to them. Look at the draw they snatched in the preseason game for proof of that.

I can see this being close for 50/60 minutes before we pull away slightly. We are a second half team this year scoring 167 points compared to the 116 we have scored in the 1st. I expect a tough game, but in the end we should have too much fire power out wide for them.

Since our Easter Thursday game, the 2 teams have gone...

Leeds:

@ Catalan W 27-12
v Warrington W 28-22
v London W 30-6
v Castleford W 28-12
@ Hull KR W 44-10

League - P 4, W 4, L 0 F 129, A 50, Diff +79

Bradford:

v Salford W 36-24
@London W 46-20
v Wigan L 6-36
@Rochdale W 70-10
@Warrington L 4-32

League - P 4, W 2, L 2, F 92, A 112, Diff -20

Bradford 14-26 Leeds

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#5 Bulliac

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 09:38 AM

I'm happy with Leeds being favourites.

 

To be fair, it's one of those derbies which doesn't always go with form, league position or even who seems to have the most money invested in the squad so I'll always fancy our chances..but without being too cocky! B)


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#6 Just Browny

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 10:21 AM

This will be a good test for the new refs Twitter account.

I can confirm 30+ less sales for Scotland vs Italy at Workington, after this afternoons test purchase for the Tonga match, £7.50 is extremely reasonable, however a £2.50 'delivery' fee for a walk in purchase is beyond taking the mickey, good luck with that, it's cheaper on the telly.


#7 Wolford6

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 11:41 AM

Silverwood

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The only consolation is that Leeds don't always get on with him either. Kevin Sinfield will have to concentrate on 80 minutes of moaning to the linesmen instead.


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#8 hindle xiii

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 01:17 PM

Bradford squad: James Donaldson, Adam Sidlow, Brett Kearney, Manase Manuokafoa, Luke Gale, Elliot Kear, Nick Scruton, John Bateman, Heath L'Estrange, Adrian Purtell, Keith Lulia, Elliott Whitehead, Matt Diskin, Jarrod Sammut, Danny Addy, Tom Olbison, Chev Walker, Ben Evans, Matty Blythe.


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#9 Wolford6

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 01:34 PM

If Scruton gets picked, I don't think it will be on the basis of his current form.


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#10 fieldofclothofgold

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 01:50 PM

Tricky one .Leeds by 12


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#11 Wolford6

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 02:25 PM

Tricky one .Leeds by 12

 

 

I take it that you think Ryan Bailey will get his marching orders again.

B)


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#12 hindle xiii

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 03:11 PM

Leeds squad: Zak Hardaker, Kallum Watkins, Joel Moon, Ryan Hall, Danny McGuire, Rob Burrow, Kylie Leuluai, Paul McShane, Jamie Peacock, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Carl Ablett, Kevin Sinfield, Brett Delaney, Ryan Bailey, Ian Kirke, Chris Clarkson, Mitch Achurch, Brad Singleton, Liam Sutcliffe.


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#13 matt newsholme

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 04:50 PM

If Scruton gets picked, I don't think it will be on the basis of his current form.


With Langley out we dot have much option but to pick him unless we go with three props. That said he was in pretty good form for early part of season and he's only dipped last two or three weeks so a bit harsh to write him off so soon.

#14 Wolford6

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 05:54 PM

With Langley out we dot have much option but to pick him unless we go with three props. That said he was in pretty good form for early part of season and he's only dipped last two or three weeks so a bit harsh to write him off so soon.

 

 

I'd play Olbison because he works his socks off.

 

Addy and Chev could do relieving stints.


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#15 Konkrete

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 06:05 PM

Leeds by... Leeds by...

Bulls by 7
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#16 Leeds Wire

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Posted 01 May 2013 - 08:11 PM

So, just over a month after our 18 all draw at Headingley and here we are again. It's 4th v 6th but Leeds are in the better form, not losing in 7 and winning 5 in a row.

The Bulls are having a good season, but apart from the draw against us, arent really competing with the top of the table. They are averaging 26 points a game but are conceding 22.

Leeds on the other hand also average 26 but defensively are much better. We only concede on average, 14.

This though, doesnt take into account the real story. Recently (since the Bulls game) we have seemed to get better week after week. If this was any one but Bradford, I would suggest a good win, but they raise their game for us and it means a hell of a lot to them. Look at the draw they snatched in the preseason game for proof of that.

I can see this being close for 50/60 minutes before we pull away slightly. We are a second half team this year scoring 167 points compared to the 116 we have scored in the 1st. I expect a tough game, but in the end we should have too much fire power out wide for them.

Since our Easter Thursday game, the 2 teams have gone...

Leeds:

@ Catalan W 27-12
v Warrington W 28-22
v London W 30-6
v Castleford W 28-12
@ Hull KR W 44-10

League - P 4, W 4, L 0 F 129, A 50, Diff +79

Bradford:

v Salford W 36-24
@London W 46-20
v Wigan L 6-36
@Rochdale W 70-10
@Warrington L 4-32

League - P 4, W 2, L 2, F 92, A 112, Diff -20

Bradford 14-26 Leeds

Enjoyed reading that, thank you. Balanced and insightful.  :)



#17 Wolford6

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 08:47 AM

Leeds squad: Zak Hardaker, Kallum Watkins, Joel Moon, Ryan Hall, Danny McGuire, Rob Burrow, Kylie Leuluai, Paul McShane, Jamie Peacock, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Carl Ablett, Kevin Sinfield, Brett Delaney, Ryan Bailey, Ian Kirke, Chris Clarkson, Mitch Achurch, Brad Singleton, Liam Sutcliffe.

 

 

That squad doesn't strike fear into anyone. Our bench will be stronger.


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#18 Chronicler of Chiswick

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 08:52 AM

Leeds by 6.



#19 Saintslass

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 09:09 AM

Bradford will feel embarrassed by the scoreline at the HJ.  This is the bounceback they need.  I'll go for Bradford to scrape a win.



#20 Harrigan

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Posted 02 May 2013 - 01:10 PM

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Bradford will feel embarrassed by the scoreline at the HJ.  This is the bounceback they need.  I'll go for Bradford to scrape a win.

Even though the Bulls hold a good position in the league, they are struggling against the top 8 this year. The results have gone,

@ Hull FC L 12-28
v St Helens L 10-36
@ Huddersfield W 43-18
@ Catalan L 10-30
@ Leeds D 18-18
v Wigan L 6-36
@ Warrington L 4-32

P: 7, W: 1, D: 1, L: 5, F: 103, A: 198, Diff: -95

On the other hand, Leeds have gone,

v Hull W 36-6
@ St Helens W 20-12
v Huddersfield L 8-32
v Wigan W 18-14
v Bradford D 18-18
@ Catalan W 27-12
v Warrington W 28-22

P: 7, W: 5, D: 1, L: 1, F: 155, A: 116, Diff: +39

That being said, the majority have been away so maybe home field advantage will change their luck. Also, this is the 3rd meeting between the 2 this season. The preseason game (both teams played full strength squads) and the last league game a month ago ended with the Bulls snatching late draws so I expect this to be close throughout.

Leeds are clicking more with ball in hand as the weeks pass now though and the defensive line speed is up there with the best I have seen. It'll be a good game, but the Bulls will have to defend better than they have all year to give themselves a chance. The top 3 players in the league in missed tackles are all Bulls players. Addy (40), Walker (38) and Whitehead (38) will need to address this because they cant afford to lapse in the middle. Leeds will capitalise and make them pay.

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