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.
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Huddersfield Giants38 - 14Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings46 - 16Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Apr
Wakefield Wildcats22 - 40Wigan Warriors
Fri 24th Apr
Hull FC4 - 24Huddersfield Giants
Leeds Rhinos10 - 29Warrington Wolves
St Helens34 - 16Widnes Vikings
Sat 25th Apr
Catalans DragonsvsHull K R
Sun 26th Apr
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 30th Apr
Huddersfield GiantsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 1st May
Hull FC0 - 0Salford Red Devils
St Helens0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Wigan WarriorsvsHull K R
Sun 3rd May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 7th May
Hull K RvsWakefield Wildcats
Fri 8th May
Salford Red DevilsvsHuddersfield Giants
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Sat 9th May
Catalans DragonsvsSt Helens
Sun 10th May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Thu 21st May
Castleford TigersvsHuddersfield Giants
Fri 22nd May
Hull FC0 - 0St Helens
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull K R
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Sat 23rd May
Catalans DragonsvsWigan Warriors
Sun 24th May
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 30th May
Salford Red DevilsvsWidnes Vikings
Hull FCvsHull K R
Leeds RhinosvsWigan Warriors
Sun 31st May
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
St HelensvsWarrington Wolves
Castleford TigersvsWakefield Wildcats
Thu 4th Jun
Widnes VikingsvsHull FC
Fri 5th Jun
St Helens0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sun 7th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wigan Warriors
Hull K R0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 11th Jun
Leeds RhinosvsCastleford Tigers
Fri 12th Jun
St HelensvsWigan Warriors
Sat 13th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsHull FC
Sun 14th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Hull K R0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Thu 18th Jun
Castleford TigersvsSt Helens
Fri 19th Jun
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sat 20th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsWakefield Wildcats
Sun 21st Jun
Hull K R0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
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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
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- 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