Plenty to prove
Stevo wonders if Bradford can finally win a game at home or will St Helens prove their critics wrong?
Last Updated: 16/03/12 7:15pm
It was an amazing fight back from Bradford last weekend as they came back from 24-8 down against Hull KR. That will definitely build their confidence, but the problem is that they just cannot seem to win at home!
They have every opportunity this weekend against a St Helens side that has been wobbling. However if the Bulls are to have any chance then they need to play a lot better than they did in the first half against Kingston Rovers - I just cannot see the Saints defence given them that much leeway!
James Roby still out for Saints and that means there is a lot of responsibility on the shoulders of Lance Hohaia. Hohaia is a great utility player and has got some superb skills; I think it is going to be a great battle between him and Brett Kearney who I thought was outstanding against Hull KR last week.
If there was one man who dragged Bradford Bulls back into the game time and time again it was the fullback Brett Kearney. He just would not lie down. When it looked like all hope was gone, he produced a length of the field break. The confidence came back to Bulls and amazingly the Rovers just capitulated.
St Helens cannot kick straight to Kearney - give him room and he is lethal. I just hope that they get the right mind-set and finally win a game at home.
There has been a bit of criticism directed at St Helens but this is not the time to panic - they are far from being a poor side and have plenty of quality.
The likes of Jon Wilkin have to stamp his authority on this game and perhaps it is the time for Paul Wellens to be shifted into the pack.
Wellens has a great attitude to rugby league and you have to admire what he has done in the past - he has never been super quick but his positional sense has helped him get away with a loss of speed. I think it's time that Royce Simmons gives him a run in the pack or brings him off the bench and drop back one of the young kids - maybe Gary Wheeler should move to the fullback position.
Simmons is experimenting a bit with this rotation system - sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't but he has got to try and get the formulae right. They have not won a game for four weeks and that is why Bradford have to get into them from the get go.
If they can put a little bit of doubt in their minds, then Saints may forget about the team play and just go all out individually. That is not how Saints have played over the years.
STEVO SAYS: Bradford really need to get off to a flying start against this Saints outfit, and make them doubt themselves.
Having saying that, I think Saints will bounce back. A lot of the critics that has been aimed at them will smart them into action. It won't be easy for him though.
STAR MAN: Lance Hohaia has the responsibility to take over the quick running and quick play of the ball in and around the ruck area. I saw him play against Huddersfield when Roby was injured and thought he had a remarkable game. If he can produce that sort of form then I think Saints will win.