Bradford Bulls head coach, Rohan Smith, praised last week’s debutants and is ready to give other young players another opportunity to play in the first team.
Bradford Bulls take on the Sheffield Eagles this Sunday as they prepare for the upcoming Championship Shield semi-finals.
Last week, the Bulls suffered a shock defeat to Workington Town and fans will be hoping for a better result when the Eagles come to Odsal.
Head coach, Rohan Smith, reflected on the defeat by saying:
“I thought the effort was there. We just didn’t find the extra little bit at times and also the opposition played very well.
Their half back put on a special teams clinic with his kick offs and obviously he found his way over the try line with some really tenacious carries.
We didn’t play well but we had a crack and we just got out played by one individual.”
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Next up for the Bulls is a home game with the Sheffield Eagles. There is an aura of uncertainty at the South Yorkshire club following alleged problems with investment however, with four wins from six they still pose a threat. Speaking about Sunday’s opponents Smith said:
“Every club has got their own off field issues of different kinds to deal with so we certainly won’t be paying any attention to that.
They are a well coached team and they have got a lot of players that have had experience against Super League teams last season.
They are a quality team and they have really found some form during the Shield.
We are expecting them to give it a good crack and try to get into the semi-finals with form under their belt.”
During the defeat to Workington, Smith fielded two debutants from the Bradford Bulls academy. Both Josh Rickett and Liam Kirk seemed to have impressed the boss who said:
“I thought both lads accounted for themselves well. They got stuck in and had a few good collisions to have to deal with.
Josh had some decisions to make on the wing and made a lot of good ones. Liam in the middle had to mix it up with some tough characters.
It was a good experience and I though they didn’t take a backwards step and they got right amongst it. “
Speaking about the team selection for Sunday’s game with Sheffield, Smith acknowledged that his side had limited options therefore, many of the young players would get another opportunity in the first team. He said:
We’re a little limited as to who is available at the moment. There will be some young lads who will get another opportunity.
They won’t be on debut but they’ll be some young players playing again which is positive for the club and the future.
There’s quite a few experienced players that have been injured for large parts of the season that still won’t be available. “
By Sebastian Sternik