Jeffries hoping for a favour from Salford

Bradford half-back Ben Jeffries is hoping this weekend’s game against Catalan won’t be his last as a rugby league player.

Jeffries, 32, will hang up his boots and return Down Under at the end of the season, but whether his career goes beyond this weekend is out of his hands.

The Bulls surrendered advantage in the play-off race last weekend with a crushing home defeat to Hull, which enabled Wakefield to move in to the top eight with a win over Widnes.

It means that regardless of Bradford’s score in Catalan on Saturday, the Wildcats can secure the final play-off spot with a win over Salford.

But, with the game in France kicking off earlier in the day, a win for the Bulls would pile the pressure on Wakefield to deliver a win.

Jeffries said: “Every week we go out to try our best and 70-6 is unacceptable.

“You’ll see a response this week, no matter what. I can’t predict the scoreline, but hopefully we’ll get the win, and Salford will do us a favour on Saturday night as well.

“Once you’re in the play-offs, it’s anyones game. Momentum is a funny thing in sport, especially in rugby league, and if you can get the momentum, you can achieve anything.”

Bradford have lost just once in seven visits to Perpignan since the Dragons joined Super League in 2006.

Their only defeat came in 2009, when they were beaten 40-38, while last year the two teams battled out an 8-8 draw in tough conditions in the south of France.

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