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10/05/13 - CCup5 - London Broncos v Bradford Bulls - KO 8pm


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Poll: Which team will go through to the next round? (15 member(s) have cast votes)

Which team will go through to the next round?

  1. London Broncos (7 votes [46.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 46.67%

  2. Voted Bradford Bulls (8 votes [53.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 53.33%

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#1 League Express

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 12:38 PM

Gale hoping to blow Broncos away in Challenge Cup

The Tetley’s Challenge Cup is special for every Rugby League player but for Bradford half-back Luke Gale, Friday night's fifth round tie against London Broncos at The Twickenham Stoop will have extra significance.
The former Leeds Rhinos Academy player was on loan with Doncaster when he signed for Harlequins RL at the end of 2008 and it proved to be a career-defining move. In his three seasons with the London club he made 72 appearances and earned a place with England Knights.
“The Challenge Cup is special,” said Gale. “It’s a different game, you don’t play week in week out, so it’s a different kind of buzz and the boys always get up for it. Every team dreams of a good Challenge Cup run and it definitely has a different feel about it.
“I think when you start your career you dream of playing at Wembley. It’s a massive thing, something that everyone wants to achieve.”
So how will it feel to be back and The Stoop? “It will be good, I’ve got a few friends at the club and I enjoyed my time down there. I’m looking forward to it and I know the boys are as well.”
Bradford played the Broncos a month ago at High Wycombe when The Stoop was unavailable in what turned out to be a cracking contest. The Londoners led 20-12 at half-time thanks to a hat-trick from Kieran Dixon but Jarrod Sammut turned the game on its head in the second half with a four-try haul to give Bradford a 46-20 victory.
Bradford, however, will not be taking anything for granted on Friday.
“Obviously we’ll go in there in a positive frame of mind but you can’t underestimate them. London can turn teams over,” said Gale. “If you take them too lightly they’ll shock you
“I know they’ve been at the foot of the table but they’ve got class players like Luke Dorn and some good young kids in Kieran Dixon and Daniel Sarginson.
“With it being Friday night there should be a bit of atmosphere and hopefully they’ll get a good crowd in. It’s a game to look forward to definitely.”

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#2 Bulliac

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 01:06 PM

Don't know about the 'atmosphere, many Bulls' fans can't get down for a Friday night due to work and I'd suspect many London based fans are going to struggle to get through the Friday night traffic after work. I do wonder how many will bother trying.


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Posted 07 May 2013 - 01:09 PM

I read a fair point elsewhere though, it's not much different to what London fans face numerous times a season, including last Friday.


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#4 Amber Avenger

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 01:13 PM

Most of the time they do get more than 2 weeks notice though (not having a go at London btw, it just has worked out that way).


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Posted 07 May 2013 - 01:43 PM

London would have done better by switching the game to Odsal and pocketing a bigger sum from gate receipts.


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#6 The Future is League

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 01:49 PM

Its probably quicker to get from Bradford to London on a friday night, via M1 and M25 than it is to get from SE London to the Stoop on a friday night.



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Posted 07 May 2013 - 01:51 PM

The Magic of the Cup.


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Posted 07 May 2013 - 01:57 PM

I read a fair point elsewhere though, it's not much different to what London fans face numerous times a season, including last Friday.

 

A fair point indeed. However I would suspect that London rely on away support to swell their gate receipts proportionally more than any other top flight side.


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Posted 07 May 2013 - 02:11 PM

London would have done better by switching the game to Odsal and pocketing a bigger sum from gate receipts.

 

Although I suspect secretly the Bulls are quite happy for that not to happen rather than open up Odsal to a poor crowd.


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#10 Bulliac

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 02:23 PM

Although I suspect secretly the Bulls are quite happy for that not to happen rather than open up Odsal to a poor crowd.

Strongly suspect that's correct. I doubt there would be a vast crowd in Odsal even on a Sunday. The cup has lost it's lustre..


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Posted 08 May 2013 - 06:59 AM

Its probably quicker to get from Bradford to London on a friday night, via M1 and M25 than it is to get from SE London to the Stoop on a friday night.

The Stoop's quite easy to get to from SE London. You just change at Clapham Junction.

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 02:09 PM

Bulls by 13


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#13 hindle xiii

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 02:14 PM

Referee: J Child

Touch Judge: P Grundhill

Touch Judge: A Sweet

Reserve: T Mather

Match Commissioner: J Connolly

In Goal: B Armstrong

In Goal: S Matthews


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#14 hindle xiii

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 02:16 PM

London squad: Chris Bailey, Mark Bryant, Matt Cook, Kieran Dixon, Erjon Dollapi, Luke Dorn, Ben Fisher, Craig Gower, Shane Grady, David Howell, Antonio Kaufusi, Olsi Krasniqi, Tommy Lee, Will Lovell, Chris Melling, Michael Robertson, Dan Sarginson, Scott Wheeldon, Michael Witt.


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Posted 08 May 2013 - 02:18 PM

Bradford squad: James Donaldson, Adam Sildow, 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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Posted 08 May 2013 - 02:29 PM

London Broncos / Selco Builders Warehouse joint  fund-raiser Saturday 18th May

will benefit Macmillan Cancer Support, the official charity of the London Broncos

 

The London Broncos clash with current table toppers Wigan Warriors on Saturday May 18th (kick-off 3pm) will be in aid of Macmillan.

Macmillan Cancer Support are Selco Builders Warehouse’s official charity, who are the Broncos main sponsor.

 

The Broncos will donate £1 from every ticket sold directly to Macmillan and fans will be able to donate using a dedicated text number. There will also be bucket collections around the ground on the day of the match.

 

London Broncos Chief Executive Gus Mackay said: “We’re delighted to support Macmillan with the Wigan Warriors match at The Stoop to help raise awareness for the charity while also donating to the cause.”

 

Selco Head of Marketing Helen Cooper said: “It’s great to be able to join with the London Broncos to stage an official charity match and the aim is two-fold.”

 

“We’re hoping that supporters dig deep to support the charity financially but it’s also helping the charity to raise awareness of the great work it carries out and how it can help families affected by cancer.

 

Selco Builders Warehouse colleagues from across the 18 branches in London will be assisting on the day and Selco hope for a bumper day of fund-raising as they aim to reach their target of generating £100,000 by the end of 2013 for Macmillan.


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Posted 08 May 2013 - 03:03 PM

Bradford Bulls Head Coach Francis Cummins looks ahead to Friday’s Tetley’s Challenge Cup 5th round tie at the Twickenham Stoop
 
WHAT ARE YOU EXPECTING FROM THE BRONCOS?

 
“We had a very tough game against them down there a few weeks ago.  They played really well in the first half – and they had a few players missing - but we managed to get on top of them after the break.  Their Coach has been quite vocal about the way they defended against Hull, so we can expect a bit of a backlash from that and they have a few more players back now than when we played them at Adams Park and that will strengthen them.  There is also the factor of where they are in the table and the Challenge Cup really gives them something to go for. So it’s going to be tough and we need to be at our best, which is something we haven’t been for the last few weeks.”
 
THEY ARE UNPREDICTABLE THIS SEASON?
 
“I think probably the most frustrating thing coaching and playing against them is that they don’t give much away and in that respect they are a bit like us in that they are always in the game.   They have a few inconsistencies in there that can cause teams to pull away but they were well in a tight game at Leeds the week after we played them and Leeds really struggled to get on top.  We need to get back to where we were a few weeks ago.  We certainly gave Leeds far too much in that first quarter and we have to get what we were doing.”
 
THEY HAVE A VERY GOOD PAIR OF HALF BACKS.
 
“Gower is their main player.  He has tremendous experience and he dominates the kicking game.  Out of the two he is the one who dominates play but if you take too much notice of him then Witt can play as well.  When you throw Dorn in at the back then you can see what a dangerous side they are.  Players such as Robertson are very experienced and they are a side that you have to play at their end of the field because they have some plays in them.
 
It is a very tricky Cup Tie.  If we were playing one of the so call ‘Big Four’ then you would know you have to be at your best to beat them but I’d hate for us to be going down there thinking about the game a few weeks back and feeling it will be easy because that’s not the case at all.  We showed in the first half weren’t great last week and neither were they in that second half, so we are very similar in where we are this week coming into the game.   We need to get back on the horse and prove to ourselves we are a good team.”
 
WHERE DO YOU THINK YOU ARE AT THE MOMENT BECAUSE YOU HAVE HAD A VERY TOUGH THREE GAMES?
 
“I think if we play to our best we can beat most teams in the competition but currently it looks like we are 30 points behind those top sides so we know we have some work to do, probably more on composure within the bigger games.  We saw in the second half last week that we can score points against those sides and really 22 points should be good enough to beat anyone.  We have to lay down the foundations and then we can put teams under pressure and we will have to do that on Friday.
 
SQUAD NEWS
 
Bulls Coach Francis Cummins has named the same 19 man squad that was on duty against Leeds but has John Bateman available again after he missed the West Yorkshire Derby with a groin strain.  Manase Manuokafoa  will see a specialist later today and is hopeful of being given the all clear to play after injuring his thumb against Leeds Rhinos.
 
The Squad is:  James Donaldson, Adam Sidlow, Brett Kearney, Manase Manuokafoa, Luke Gale, Elliot Kear, Nick Scruton, John Bateman, Heath L’Estrange, C, Adrian Purtell, Keith Lulia, Elliott Whitehead, Matt Diskin, C, Jarrod Sammut, Danny Addy, Tom Olbison, Chev Walker, Ben Evans, Matty Blythe.
 
MILESTONES
 
JAMIE LANGLEY needs 1 appearance to reach 250 for the Bulls.  He has made 190 starting appearances and 59 substitute appearances since making his debut at Wakefield in 2002.  He has scored 39 tries for a total of 156 points


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#18 Saintslass

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 04:26 PM

I think Bradford will win this but only because London are too lazy in defence, especially in the second half.  I think Bradford have fallen off a bit in recent weeks.



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Posted 08 May 2013 - 06:53 PM

Friday night - and despite no Soccer a sparse crowd in the offing . Tony Rea hitting the nail firmly on the head following the second half collapse at Hull. Sadly the club has too many not pulling their weight on the field and there is little TR can do about it with our owner unwilling to terminate contracts until they expire, It' s make do and mend with perhaps loan signings from clubs who feel their surplus players need game time.

 

Still there are perhaps more important things the club is concerned with at the moment. Anyway on a positive note when the special edition Challenge Cup shirts become available on Saturday morning, I am absolutely certain that all those who have been declaring their undying love for the new design on facebook will cascade upon the club with their cheques and credit cards bidding hundreds for the shirts - especially the match worn ones where certain players appear to have broken little sweat..... 

 

I should also mention that this game was moved to Friday because of the IRB sevens over the road at Twickers so we are told, despite having played against this weekend and the Middlesex sevens in the past. With that in mind todays announcement of the World Club Sevens at Twickers on the weekend of 17/18 August must put the club's game against Huddersfield scheduled for Saturday 17th at 3,00pm in danger of also being moved to the Friday night shift. An early declaration from the club on this would be helpful especially for Giants fans.

 

Still won't have this problem with the new ground....  Bulls by 12  :(  :(


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#20 Amber Avenger

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Posted 08 May 2013 - 10:41 PM

I think Bradford have fallen off a bit in recent weeks.

Playing Wigan, Warrington and Leeds all in a row will do that to a side.
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