Turner anticipates Bradford battle

St Helens centre Jordan Turner is refusing to take Bradford lightly, as his team prepares to welcome the Bulls to Langtree Park on Friday evening.

The Bulls may be struggling against the theat of relegation, as well as battling a whole host of off-field issues, but Turner knows that James Lowes will have motivated his players well.

“They’re fighting for their lives, they’re just as good as anyone in the top half of the table,” he said.

“There’s players there fighting for jobs next year, and they’ve got a new coach in Jimmy Lowes who is a great coach and he’ll get the best out of his players.

“So we’re expecting a tough one on Friday.

“I’ve not spoken to [James Lowes] in recent times, but he was my coach back in my younger days at Salford, so I’ve got a lot of respect for him.

“I know that his team will want to play for him.”

The Saints lost 40-10 at Hull Kingston Rovers on Sunday, a somewhat surprising result. Turner knows that Nathan Brown’s men must improve massively, if they are to stay at the top of Super League.

“Credit to Hull KR, they’re a good team, and they showed us up at the weekend,” said Turner.

“It’s really disappointing on our part, because it was a step backwards. But we’re all really positive, and ready to crack on with the next month to make sure we stay top of the league.

“It’s not quite good enough, conceding 40 points when you’re top of the table.

“But we know we’re capable of shutting teams out and not conceding that many points, it’s just about doing it.

“The main thing is how we go about it on Friday night at Bradford. We need to back it up with a good performance.”

“From now until the end of the season is crucial. We’ve got to start getting some results in, and we can’t have the odd slip-up, if we want to finish top of the league.

“We know how to put it right.”

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