Challenge Cup match preview: London Broncos v Bradford Bulls

Last Updated: 10/05/13 7:45pm

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Bradford Bulls coach Francis Cummins has warned against complacency as his side prepare to take on London Broncos in the fifth round of the Tetley's Challenge Cup at the Twickenham Stoop on Friday.

The Bulls beat the struggling Londoners 46-20 in Super League in High Wycombe last month but go into this clash on the back of a 42-22 derby defeat to the Leeds Rhinos last time.

Cummins is wary of the threat posed by the Broncos as his side attempt to reach the quarter-finals.

He told the club's official website: "It is a very tricky cup tie. If we were playing one of the so called 'Big Four' then you would know you have to be at your best to beat them but I'd hate for us to be going down there thinking about the game a few weeks back and feeling it will be easy because that's not the case at all.

"We showed in the first half we weren't great last week and neither were they in that second half (when the Bulls beat the Broncos), so we are very similar in where we are this week coming into the game.

"We need to get back on the horse and prove to ourselves we are a good team."

Cummins has named the same 19-man squad as against Leeds last time. John Bateman is available again after he missed the derby clash with a groin strain, while Manase Manuokafoa is hopeful of being given the all clear after injuring his thumb against the Rhinos.

London, who have lost all four previous Challenge Cup meetings with the Bulls, welcome back Australian centre David Howell, who broke his arm in the opening match of the season.

"He's done the hard work off the field," said Broncos coach Tony Rea. "It's terrific to have him back.

"He's been out a long time and he'll need to work hard to get into form."

Chris Melling and Scott Wheeldon also come into the squad in place of Alex Hurst and James Mendeika (cup tied).

London squad: Bailey, Bryant, Cook, Dixon, Dollapi, Dorn, Fisher, Gower, Grady, Howell, Kaufusi, Krasniqi, Lee, Lovell, Melling, Robertson, Sarginson, Wheeldon, Witt

Bradford squad: Addy, Bateman, Blythe, Diskin, Donaldson, Evans, Gale, Kear, Kearney, L'Estrange, Lulia, Manuokafoa, Olbison, Purtell, Sammut, Scruton, Sidlow, Walker, Whitehead

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