Bradford Bulls welcome Dewsbury Rams to the Provident Stadium on Sunday for their Championship Shield semi-final match.
This will be the fifth time the teams have met this season, with Bradford winning two of the previous four meetings. The most recent game was on 29th August, where the Bulls ran out 36-26 winners over Dewsbury.
The winner of this game will go on to play the winner of the other semi-final between Sheffield Eagles and Halifax in the Championship Shield final.
The Bulls are coming into this game with plenty of momentum following their 80-0 destruction of Sheffield last weekend.
Speaking about Bradford’s chances going into the match Head Coach Rohan Smith said: “We know what to expect, we’ve had two hard battles in my time here and they’ve had some previous battles in the season as well. We will expect nothing else other than that fierce battle and contest that semi finals should be”.
Smith is hoping for a full squad to chose from for Sunday’s match: “There’s a few bumps and bruises but I don’t think a dead leg rules too many people out of playing so there’s a couple of guys modified in training during the week but they will be right to play.(Joe) Keyes will be in the mix as well so we have a decision to make there”.
James Clare is not available for the match Smith confirmed: “No chance. His season was over when he had his surgery”.
Academy graduate Ross Oakes, who has scored four tries in his last two games is expected to feature for the bulls. Smith said: “Ross Oates will be in the mix. I’m not right sure where he’ll feature but he will certainly be in the squad we name. Ross made the most of his opportunity last weekend for sure Danny Williams did a lot of hard work in that first 50 minutes and Ross was in the right place at the right time and finished some tries with some real class”.
Despite Bradford’s thrashing of Sheffield Eagles last weekend, Smith said he is not holding out for a rematch in the Championship Shield final: ” No not at all. Previous results do not count for anything. I’m purely focused on getting the job done against Dewsbury and that’s going to be hard enough in itself without worrying about next week.
Both Halifax and Sheffield are good teams and last weeks result was a tough one but that’s not to say that Sheffield won’t come back this weekend and play strongly. There’s a lot of strong characters in that group some good people and it’s a good club at heart so I expect them to fight back and have a good crack at Halifax. We just need to take care of ourselves”.
Full interview with Bradford Bulls Head Coach Rohan Smith.