Smith still expecting more from Bradford in Championship Shield

Bradford Bulls coach Rohan Smith has warned he still wants more from his side despite their impressive start to the Championship Shield: beginning with Sunday’s game against Oldham.

The Bulls look well and truly on course for the semi-finals of the Championship Shield after two wins to start the competition, the most recent of which coming last Sunday when they beat Halifax 44-22.

But although Smith has conceded there have been plenty of good things concerning the performance of his side in the last two weeks, he is still expecting further improvements.

Smith said: “I expect a team to come and enjoy their time at the Provident Stadium and give us a hard time and really come and spoil the party.

“We are really chasing a quality performance and both of our last two matches have had a lot of quality to them, but they’ve also had too many lapses. So we are looking to focus on the process that will lead us to a quality performance.”

Oldham won 30-8 at Swinton Lions last week, and coach Scott Naylor said: “It was important win coming off the Workington game. It was nice for things to go our way and for us to get off to two winning starts, which hopefully puts us in a strong position.

“Bradford are at the top of our mini-league and they played well against Halifax last week. We went there a couple of weeks ago and were OK in the first half but didn’t perform that well in the second half. But we go there on the back of two wins and as always, we’ve just got to go there and have a go.”