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Paul Wellens: The captain returns to Saints' squad this weekend

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Bradford will be hoping to cause an upset against St Helens and make it a hat-trick of wins in all competitions on Sunday at Provident Stadium.

The Bulls finally erased the six-point penalty imposed on them for going into administration with an impressive 34-28 triumph over Warrington last Sunday.

Having also knocked Catalan Dragons out of the Tetley's Challenge Cup the previous week, Francis Cummins' squad are beginning to show some good form to suggest there is still hope after a difficult period.

The hosts are able to welcome back forwards Manase Manuokafoa and Chev Walker, the pair having missed the match with the Wolves due to injury.

Luke George also sat out the last fixture having been withdrawn just prior to kick-off, but is back in Cummins' 19-man squad. James Donaldson remains on the sidelines.

Wellens returns

St Helens, meanwhile, look set to welcome back captain Paul Wellens after he did not feature in the 48-18 victory over London Broncos, the club who have replaced Bradford at the foot of the table.

The result against the Broncos put an end to a three-match losing run for Nathan Brown's troops - they will not want to slip up again with Leeds moving three points clear at the top with their win over Castleford on Thursday night.

Luke Walsh believes Saints must work on their defence if they are to push for a place in the Grand Final this year.

"It was a good performance at the weekend against London, we needed to win and get a bit of confidence back into the team which I thought we did," the Australian half-back told the club's official website.

"We were scratchy in the second half and know we have to do better against the top teams.

"I don't think we will have problems scoring points, it's our defence. On London's first good ball defensive set we let a try in and doing that against the good teams will kill us as proved against Leeds and Wigan."

Saints will come up against some familiar faces in the Bradford line-up - former team-mates Jamie Foster and Lee Gaskell are both expected to feature for the home team.

Bradford: Manuokafoa, Henry, Olbison, Purtell, Gale, Kear, Kaufusi, Walker, George, Mellor, Diskin, Pitts, Foster, Arundel, Addy, Gaskell, Sidlow, Wood, O'Brien.

St Helens: Lomax, Makinson, Jones, Swift, Hohaia, Walsh, Masoe, Roby, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Soliola, Wilkin, Flanagan, Wellens, Walmsley, Greenwood, Walker, Dawson, Richards, Thompson.

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Super League Table

Super League Table - August 17 2014
Pos Team P Pts
1 St Helens 24 36
2 Wigan Warriors 24 33
3 Leeds Rhinos 24 32
4 Warrington Wolves 24 32
5 Castleford Tigers 24 32
6 Huddersfield Giants 24 32
7 Catalan Dragons 24 23
8 Widnes Vikings 24 23
9 Hull K R 24 21
10 Salford Red Devils 24 19
11 Wakefield Wildcats 24 19
12 Hull FC 24 18
13 Bradford Bulls * 24 8
14 London Broncos 24 2
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Thursday 28th August
20:00Warrington vs Huddersfield
Friday 29th August
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Saturday 30th August
17:00Catalan Dragons vs London Broncos
Sunday 31st August
15:00Wakefield vs Salford
15:30Castleford vs Bradford
Thursday 4th September
20:00St Helens vs Warrington
Friday 5th September
20:00Wigan vs Leeds
Sunday 7th September
15:00Salford vs London Broncos

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