Brian McDermott relishing Leeds derby with Bradford on Friday
Last Updated: May 3, 2013 7:42pm
Brian McDermott: Ready for Super League derby at the Provident
Leeds coach Brian McDermott insists he is taking no notice of Bradford's recent bad run ahead of Friday's Super League derby.
While McDermott's side go into the Provident Stadium game on the back of a seven-match unbeaten run, his former club are also reeling - having suffered heavy back-to-back defeats against Wigan and Warrington.
The Bulls, however, remain placed in the top eight, and the Leeds boss is relishing the clash with their biggest rivals.
"I think Bradford have shown enough already this season to suggest they will be challenging at the end of the year for the major honours," McDermott said.
"They will be disappointed with the loss at Warrington last Sunday but these things happen and it was probably the worst result for us because they are going to come out and be desperate to put that right on Friday night.
"It is going to be a huge game, as it was at Headingley Carnegie, and let's hope it is as intense."
The Bulls scored a last-minute try to snatch a deserved point at Headingley, the last time the rivals met, and coach Francis Cummins believes they will need an improved performance to win on Friday.
"There are aspects that I want to ask more of against Leeds and we will have to work just as hard if not harder than we did that night," he said.