PREVIEW: Bradford v Sheffield

Bradford Bulls suffered their first league defeat of the season as they were downed 14-10 by Halifax at The Shay on Monday, but, despite picking up just one win from their last five games in all competitions, Head Coach James Lowes sees no reason for alarm.

“We’re not panicking,” he said.

“Everyone starts to think negatively because we got beat, but it’s the first time we’ve been beaten in the league.

“It’s a bonus that we have a Sunday game coming up. We’ll crack on and work hard to make sure we get where we need to be.”

“We’re putting the work in to try to get towards peaking at the right time.”

Sunday’s visitors to Odsal, Sheffield, slipped to a 34-16 reverse on their travels against Dewsbury, their fourth-successive league defeat, a performance which Director of Rugby Mark Aston issued a stark apology to fans for.

“We just cruised through it,” he said.

“I was angry. They just need to show a bit more heart and show why they’re full-time players. I apologised to the fans who travelled because it wasn’t good enough.

“They’ve enjoyed being full time but things will change. It’s definitely going to get tougher for them, starting this weekend.”

Aston is hoping to have centre Menzie Yere back in the side for Sunday’s game.