Marshall claims underdog status against Bradford

Halifax coach Richard Marshall says his team will be massive underdogs when they head to Odsal to take on Bradford this afternoon.

Marshall said this is a “big weekend” for Fax.

“We’re going well at the moment and Bradford are coming off a win, so they’ll be very confident,” he said.

“We’ve had some good results against them over the last couple of years but we’ll be massive underdogs going over there given they’re a full-time team and the preparation they’ll have as opposed to ours.

“We’ve got a couple of injuries as well. Dane Manning broke his thumb and Gareth Potts broke his cheekbone.

Jacob Fairbank got concussion and will need a head test but we’re hopeful he’ll come through for the weekend.

“If not, we’ve got a big enough squad to cope but it will be a tough game.”

Halifax won 24-8 at Dewsbury Rams last week.

“It wasn’t the cleanest, most disciplined display from both teams but I thought we were tough and out-enthused Dewsbury, which went a long way to getting the points,” Marshall said.

Bradford won 17-16 at home to Batley.

“We’re refreshed and we’re building up to what is going to be a really big game and a really enjoyable Sunday,” Bulls coach Rohan Smith said.

“The players had two days off and some had three to refresh and rejuvenate and there is a real spring in their step in training and good banter around the place, as well as plenty of energy out on the pitch.

Danny Addy and Oscar Thomas will be back in contention for the weekend, as long as they get through Saturday’s session, which is positive news, plus there are a few newcomers as well.

 “Halifax have got a good team all around, we are looking forward to the challenge that they pose We’ve had a good look at them on the video and set a few goals in how we need to defend them and shut them down.”

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