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23/02/13 - Bradford Bulls v St Helens - KO 2pm

Who will win?   20 members have voted

  1. 1. Who will win?

    • Bradford Bulls
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    • St Helens
      6
    • Draw
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Bradford, by 2.

A huge task, even though St Helens are bab, not expecting a win but hoping for the best after seeing encouraging signs so far. Big boost having Scruton and hopefully Walker available, we're still lacking a prop though. I was hoping someone may have been loaned in.

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I think it's possible for us to win it, after all Saints haven't exactly been blowing teams away and have injury worries of their own, but I do feel that in the absence of Gale we need Kearney in the halves with Sammutt. Danny Addy is a fine prospect and I don't doubt he'll make very good loose forward in a year or so but he is no half back, even though he does have top class kicking game. Foster to FB and whoever (Whitehead would be my favourite) to cover for Platt in the centres with Olbison or Addy joining John Bateman in the second row. Both sides have shown some decent stuff in attack and that they can defend - should be a good game.

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I think it's possible for us to win it, after all Saints haven't exactly been blowing teams away and have injury worries of their own, but I do feel that in the absence of Gale we need Kearney in the halves with Sammutt. Danny Addy is a fine prospect and I don't doubt he'll make very good loose forward in a year or so but he is no half back, even though he does have top class kicking game. Foster to FB and whoever (Whitehead would be my favourite) to cover for Platt in the centres with Olbison or Addy joining John Bateman in the second row. Both sides have shown some decent stuff in attack and that they can defend - should be a good game.

Speaking to his Grandad on Saturday he says John Bateman is still a week or two away.

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You've quoted my post and edited it. :angry:

I shall have to report you for this dastardly deed. Actually, I won't bother. Instead you can follow Salford for the rest of the season as punishment.

The same goes to you too foozler... I'll set OF on you! :P

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Speaking to his Grandad on Saturday he says John Bateman is still a week or two away.

Guess I should have said 'if fit', though I did think he was about there, to be honest. Jobe Murphy looked OK last week (a bit over keen, maybe but I can forgive that..) and deserves another outing.

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Guess I should have said 'if fit', though I did think he was about there, to be honest. Jobe Murphy looked OK last week (a bit over keen, maybe but I can forgive that..) and deserves another outing.

True, looked smaller than I expected though.

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I think it's possible for us to win it, after all Saints haven't exactly been blowing teams away and have injury worries of their own, but I do feel that in the absence of Gale we need Kearney in the halves with Sammutt. Danny Addy is a fine prospect and I don't doubt he'll make very good loose forward in a year or so but he is no half back, even though he does have top class kicking game. Foster to FB and whoever (Whitehead would be my favourite) to cover for Platt in the centres with Olbison or Addy joining John Bateman in the second row. Both sides have shown some decent stuff in attack and that they can defend - should be a good game.

Top post, I'm in a very similar mind. We certainly have the ability to win, and I think our home form this year is the best in a while. However, I'm thinking Saints are going to just about sneak it by a couple of scores.

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interesting comments

Saints drew with Hull, Hull spanked bulls 2 weeks ago - Saints must improve, bulls will get better the more time Francis gets with them.

I'd be surprised if Bulls won - Bulls 22 Saint 36

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I have voted for the Bulls but would be surprised if they did win. As Paul says the only hard comparison we have so far are the FC games and the results were very different. Saints are still pretty much the same team that were 3rd/4th best last year.

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Saints are still pretty much the same team that were 3rd/4th best last year.

And we beat them at Odsal early last year... ;)

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And we beat them at Odsal early last year... ;)

And you've predicted a home win, and are uncannily accurate, so there's real hope.

I really liked a lot of what I saw on Saturday with the Bulls, their attitude, style and balance. They looked a team in which everyone was comfortable in their roles.

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And you've predicted a home win, and are uncannily accurate, so there's real hope.

I really liked a lot of what I saw on Saturday with the Bulls, their attitude, style and balance. They looked a team in which everyone was comfortable in their roles.

Yeh, but I'd be surprised if we did win, like I said. Always gonna back the lads.

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Latest news suggests that Chev Walker has only had a 'slight knock', according to the player himself, and reports of his unavailability this weeekend are somewhat premature. I think that is a big boost for the Bulls as he has been superb so far this year.

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I think Bulls will win this. Nah, I don't think; I'm almost certain they will! Brown appears to be teaching us some new attacking moves - I watched the Stats Pack on the red button tonight and Clarkey showed how we have been spreading the ball wide rather than going up the middle. That's a distinct change in direction for us and so it is likely that such a change will take most of the season to get used to. Aside from that we also have some right bone idle forwards who love nothing better than to have a little snooze and let a halfback or centre make the tackle for them. Add into that mix the fact that Bradford appear to have a very good spirit, work very hard and have a very unpredictable player in Sammutt and really I don't hold out much hope for a Saints victory.

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I like the look of the bulls, I think a win against a top side like saints could ignite their confidence. This season feels unpredictable to me, enjoying it

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Away win. Boring game. Small crowd. Rain.

As it happens I can't make this one. ..

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Away win. Boring game. Small crowd. Rain.

As it happens I can't make this one. ..

You sound like Chris Irvine on twitter. :)

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One thing that is apparent is the lack of St Helens fans on TotalRL these days.

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I think Bulls will win this. Nah, I don't think; I'm almost certain they will! Brown appears to be teaching us some new attacking moves - I watched the Stats Pack on the red button tonight and Clarkey showed how we have been spreading the ball wide rather than going up the middle. That's a distinct change in direction for us and so it is likely that such a change will take most of the season to get used to. Aside from that we also have some right bone idle forwards who love nothing better than to have a little snooze and let a halfback or centre make the tackle for them. Add into that mix the fact that Bradford appear to have a very good spirit, work very hard and have a very unpredictable player in Sammutt and really I don't hold out much hope for a Saints victory.

Do you not think the reason the ball has been going out wide is precisely because of the bone idle forwards who couldn't punch their way out of a wet paper bag?

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One thing that is apparent is the lack of St Helens fans on TotalRL these days.

Well there are two of us on this thread. Not that you would know looking at the poll!

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