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Rovers v Bulls: Teams
At Craven Park, Sat March 10, ko 5.05pm, live on Sky Sports 1 HD
Bradford have got a good side and were unlucky not to beat Warrington at the weekend.
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Hull KR will be looking to heap more pain on Bradford when the two teams meet in front of the Sky Sports cameras on Saturday evening.
The Bulls make the trip to Craven Park without a number of first-team players having been beset by injuries at the start of the 2012 Super League season.
Prop Craig Kopczak and winger Elliot Kear both suffered broken bones in last week's home loss to Warrington, meaning they join Olivier Elima, Ian Sibbit, James Donaldson and Luke Gale on the sidelines.
However, coach Mick Potter has received some good news on the injury front with Chev Walker set to make his return against one of his former clubs.
Nick Scruton is also available again having missed the match against the Wolves following the birth of his son, while Karl Pryce could make his first appearance for the Bulls since 2006 after being included in the squad.
Ex-Wigan winger Shaun Ainscough is also added to the 19-man party, meaning there is no place for Phil Joseph.
Bradford have lost all three of their home games so far this season but have recorded wins on both their away trips, defeating Castleford 20-12 and then getting the better of Wakefield by a 36-18 scoreline.
Hull KR, in contrast, have yet to taste defeat in front of their own fans this season. They thrashed Widnes 36-0 last Sunday having previously drawn 36 apiece with St Helens at their Craven Park home.
Despite their opponents being without so many players, Robins coach Craig Sandercock is expecting a tough test this weekend.
"Bradford have got a good side and were unlucky not to beat Warrington at the weekend," he told the club's official website. "We will have to stop their go forward because their half backs are really good runners of the football.
"They have some good players on the edges too, and I know a lot about Keith Lulia from my time at Newcastle, so we need to be on our toes because he is a very dangerous player."
Rovers are able to welcome back second rower Con Mika from suspension, though they do have a doubt over centre Jake Webster.
"We managed to come out of that game relatively unscathed apart from Jake Webster who hasn't ran all week and is rated as 50/50. We'll wait until Saturday morning to make a decision on him," Sandercock added.
Stand-off Blake Green is still ruled out so Craig Hall should continue his half-back partnership with Michael Dobson.
Hull KR: McDonnell, Hall, Cox, Clinton, Withers, Webster, Watts, Wheeldon, Taylor, Lovegrove, J. Hodgson, Paea, Horne, Murrell, Dobson, Netherton, Mika, Welham, Latus.
Bradford: Ainscough, Diskin, Lulia, Whitehead, L'Estrange, Burgess, Crookes, Addy, Hargreaves, Sammut, Kearney, Pryce, Platt, Langley, Scruton, Bateman, C. Walker, Jeffries, Manuokafoa.
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Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||25||21|
|12||Salford Red Devils||25||19|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||25||8|
|Thursday 4th September|
|20:00||St Helens vs Warrington|
|Friday 5th September|
|20:00||Wigan vs Leeds|
|Sunday 7th September|
|15:00||Salford vs London Broncos|
|15:00||Hull K R vs Catalan Dragons|
|15:00||Huddersfield vs Hull|
|15:00||Bradford vs Widnes|
|15:30||Castleford vs Wakefield|
|Thursday 11th September|
|20:00||Wigan vs Warrington|
|Friday 12th September|
|20:00||Hull vs Leeds|
|20:00||Huddersfield vs St Helens|
|Sunday 31st August|
|Castleford 32 - 18 Bradford|
|Wakefield 42 - 6 Salford|
|Saturday 30th August|
|Catalan Dragons 46 - 4 London Broncos|
|Friday 29th August|
|Widnes 24 - 10 Wigan|
|Leeds 12 - 13 St Helens|
|Hull 28 - 0 Hull K R|
|Thursday 28th August|
|Warrington 24 - 24 Huddersfield|
|Sunday 17th August|
|Bradford 34 - 28 Hull|
|London Broncos 40 - 36 Leeds|
|Huddersfield 28 - 14 Widnes|
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