Super League preview: Wakefield Wildcats v Bradford Bulls
Last Updated: 03/08/13 11:52am
Bradford Bulls travel to Belle Vue on Sunday to face Wakefield Wildcats in a West Yorkshire derby, as the battle for top eight places hots up.
The teams are separated by just one point, with the Wildcats holding a slender advantage in ninth as the sides lock horns in what is virtually a play-off for the play-offs.
Wildcats coach Richard Agar has rued missed opportunities in recent weeks as his side have endured back-to-back defeats.
"We haven't attacked as well as we would like over the last two games and that's something in a couple of key positions we might have a look at," he told the club's official website. "How we attack this week is important so we might possibly look for a change."
Following the attacking disappointment Agar has opted to include 21-year-old centre Danny Cowling as Taulima Tautai misses out.
Wildcats captain Danny Kirmond is expected to return to action after withdrawing at the last minute ahead of last Friday's clash with Leeds Rhinos.
Meanwhile, Bulls coach Francis Cummins has had his hand forced by injuries as he makes two changes to the side which beat Hull last time out.
Back row John Bateman injured his ankle as the Bulls ended their run of six consecutive defeats at Odsal two weeks ago, while Michael Platt is struggling with a hamstring tear.
In the duo's absence Cummins has opted to include centre Sam Wood and hooker Adam O'Brien as the Bulls look to leapfrog their local rivals.
The Bulls have triumphed on the last three occasions the sides have met, with the Tigers' most recent win coming in September 2011.
Wildcats: Mathers, Fox, Cockayne, Collis, L. Smith, T. Smith, Poore, Aiton, Raleigh, Lauitiiti, Kirmond, Amor, Washbrook, Wilkes, Mariano, Trout, Lyne, Cowling, Tautai.
Bulls: Donaldson, Langley, Walker, Kearney, Gale, Kear, Scruton, Wood, L'Estrange, O'Brien, Lulia, Purtell, Olbison, Manuokafoa, Addy, Foster, Diskin, Sammut, Evans.
First Utility Super League
Sun 26th Jul
Huddersfield Giants34 - 24Wakefield Wildcats
Leeds Rhinos36 - 22Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings21 - 20Salford Red Devils
Castleford Tigers6 - 44Warrington Wolves
Thu 6th Aug - Super 8's
Wigan WarriorsvsHuddersfield Giants
Fri 7th Aug - Super 8's
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Hull FC
Leeds RhinosvsWarrington Wolves
Sat 8th Aug - Super 8's
Catalans DragonsvsSt Helens
Thu 13th Aug - Super 8's
Castleford TigersvsWarrington Wolves
Fri 14th Aug - Super 8's
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Leeds RhinosvsWigan Warriors
St Helens0 - 0Hull FC
Thu 20th Aug - Super 8's
St HelensvsHuddersfield Giants
Fri 21st Aug - Super 8's
Hull FC0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Warrington WolvesvsWigan Warriors
Sat 22nd Aug - Super 8's
Catalans DragonsvsCastleford Tigers
Thu 3rd Sep - Super 8's
Huddersfield GiantsvsCastleford Tigers
Fri 4th Sep - Super 8's
Leeds RhinosvsSt Helens
Sat 5th Sep - Super 8's
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Sun 6th Sep - Super 8's
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Hull FC
Thu 10th Sep - Super 8's
Castleford TigersvsSt Helens
Fri 11th Sep - Super 8's
Wigan WarriorsvsHull FC
Sat 12th Sep - Super 8's
Catalans DragonsvsLeeds Rhinos
Sun 13th Sep - Super 8's
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Thu 17th Sep - Super 8's
Leeds RhinosvsCastleford Tigers
Fri 18th Sep - Super 8's
Hull FC0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
St HelensvsWigan Warriors
Sat 19th Sep - Super 8's
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Fri 25th Sep - Super 8's
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Hull FC0 - 0Catalans Dragons
St Helens0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Super League 2013, round 23
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- Bulls boost play-off hopes
- Giants leap back to summit
- Brown irate at O'Brien injury
- In-form Saints slay Dragons
- Higham: Castleford dangerous
- Wane admits half-time rant
- Gentle hails his cup finalists
- Warriors battle back to summit
- Hull put Vikings to the sword
- Tigers v Wolves: Teams
- Giants v Reds: Teams
- Saints braced for 'dungeon'
- Catalans v Saints: Teams
- Blythe signs Bradford contract
- McDermott: It wasn't easy
- Rhinos beat battling Broncos
- Sandercock: Sam is big threat
- League the priority for Wane
- Hull FC v Vikings: Teams
- Warriors v Rovers: Teams
- Broncos v Rhinos: Teams
- McDermott: Kev's not done yet
- Crabtree calls for focus
- Smith keen to regain top spot
- Wildcats denied by Rhinos