Super League preview: Bradford Bulls v Hull KR
Last Updated: 17/03/13 2:45pm
Hull KR travel to Bradford on Sunday looking for their third successive victory in the Super League.
Bradford currently sit third in the table with seven points from their first six outings of the 2013 campaign, although they drew with Widnes last time out.
There is a solitary point between the pair going into the weekend's showdown and Hull KR winger Alex Brown will be looking to add to his tally after a hat-trick of tries in the Robins' 42-22 victory over London Broncos.
Adrian Purtell returns for the first time since suffering a heart attack last year after being given the all-clear to resume his Bradford career.
Bulls coach Francis Cummins also has John Bateman and Jamie Foster back after injury, in Bateman's case for the first time this season following a shoulder reconstruction.
But Matty Blythe, Matt Diskin and Jamie Langley have all been ruled out, paving the way for 18-year-old Sam Wood to receive his first call-up.
Craig Sandercock has made just one change to his squad ahead of Sunday's tie at Bradford's Provident Stadium.
Hooker Josh Hodgson is included in the squad at the expense of prop James Green.
Bradford squad: Donaldson, Sidlow, O'Brien, Manuokafoa, Bateman, Wood, Kearney, Scruton, L'Estrange, Purtell, Lulia, Whitehead, Kear, Sammut, Addy, Olbison, C. Walker, Murphy, Foster
Hull KR squad: Salter, Brown, Walker, Horne, Griffin, Paterson, Mika, Tuimavave, Welham, Burns, Hall, Paea, Carlile, Cox, Dobson, D. Hodgson, Eden, Lovegrove, J. Hodgson
What they said...
Bradford coach Francis Cummins
"They look very, very solid and if you look at their stats then they don't give the opposition much and we are a bit like that too when we are at our best."
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Wigan Warriors0 - 0Widnes Vikings
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Super League 2013, round seven
St Helens hooker James Roby is facing up to 10 weeks on the sidelines because of an ankle injury sustained last week.
Tony Rea was satisfied following his team's 26-12 win at Castleford which moved the Broncos off the foot of the table.
Bradford back Adrian Purtell was glad to be back in action as he helped the Bulls beat Hull KR.
- Broncos off the bottom
- Rampant Bulls see-off Rovers
- Betts: Dragons blew us away
- Anderson remains grounded
- Catalan cruise past Widnes
- McDermott - A frustrating win
- Smith hails Warrington defence
- Brown: Monkey off our back
- Saints enjoy home comforts
- Warriors wounded by Rhinos
- Rampant Wolves maul Salford
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- Burrow on air
- Dragons v Vikings: Teams
- Fiddes' Cent
- Giants v Hull FC: Teams
- City Reds v Wolves: Teams
- Rhinos v Warriors: Teams
- St Helens v Wildcats: Teams
- Paterson eager to beat Bulls
- Purtell almost set for return
- Evans on comeback trail
- Goulding set to boost Wigan