Comeback feeling boosts Bulls

Bradford coach Steve McNamara is hoping his side can continue their recent run of good form against Warrington on Saturday.

The Bulls came from 20-0 down to beat league leaders Wigan 22-20 at the Grattan Stadium last Friday, gaining revenge for their 31-30 defeat at the hands of the Warriors in the play-offs almost three years ago.

McNamara said: “I remember the feeling after that game, which was not very nice and I remember the hammering we got from the media about it. It’s nice to be on the other foot this time and nice too that the other coach hasn’t been hounded as much as I was.

“It certainly showed a lot of character. It also showed us a few other things as well because believe me we were on the ropes and being pummelled for forty minutes in that game.

“Last week we certainly had to change the way we had to play and that was dictated by the opposition and how they wanted to play.  We had to change accordingly and, whilst the game was packed with drama, I am not sure it was packed with too much entertainment when you look at it again.”

The Bulls travel to Challenge Cup winners Warrington, who themselves have made a fine start to the season, with just one blip, a home defeat against Wigan.

McNamara added: “Tony took over very early last year and had some time with them and they managed to get that Challenge Cup victory, which was great for their organisation but believe me there is nothing like having a pre season with a group of players and he will be happy to have done that.  They have also been able to keep some stability with the players they kept and have added strongly and with an owner who is backing them financially; then they are a real threat.

“They are in good form at the moment.  They had a tight victory at Huddersfield, which was well deserved and then they backed it up with a great second half performance against Crusaders and they are a side with a lot of confidence at the moment.  But they have suffered one defeat- against Wigan at home – and hopefully we can repeat that.”

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