Potter targets upset against Wigan
Bradford Bulls coach Mick Potter is convinced his side can spring an upset against Wigan Warriors tomorrow and is trying to instill that same belief into his players.
The former Catalan Dragons and St Helens boss believes his side will need to overcome a psychological barrier if they are to end a four-match losing run at the hands of the Warriors.
“I think some people look at Wigan and think they’ve won a million trophies and they’ve been at the top for the last couple of years and been very tough to beat,” Potter said.
“But they’re on the same pitch as us and and it’s who performs the best in those 80 minutes.
“They’re not unbeatable, as Huddersfield showed, but they can beat the best of them, as they showed at the weekend against Leeds.
“We’ll have to be at our best and, depending on the conditions, I’m happy we have them this early in the season so we can have a good crack at them.
“They’re a hard team to beat but it’s not impossible.”
Wigan winger Pat Richards, the 2010 Man of Steel, goes into tomorrow’s game needing just five points to overtake Frano Botica on the club’s all-time points-scoring chart.
Richards’ four goals in his side’s 20-6 victory against Leeds Rhinos last Saturday took him to 1,927 points for Wigan, just four behind Botica, with only Jim Sullivan and Andy Farrell in front.
Hull KR will be hoping to put their injury worries behind them and maintain their impressive home record against St Helens.
The Robins have won their last four home Stobart Super League meetings with Saints going back to 2007 but they will be without half-backs Blake Green and Michael Dobson, as well as new skipper Ben Galea, for tomorrow’s game at Craven Park.
“I know we haven’t had a great record at Hull KR,” said St Helens coach Royce Simmons. “It’s always a tough place to go anyway. The crowd is pretty vocal and it’s a bit of trip to get there.
“But at the end of the day they are excuses aren’t they? We have to turn up in the right frame of mind and prepare well.
“Both their halves are out but they played for a long time without them last week and won. They have a massive pack of forwards and big carriers of the ball. We will need to match that.”
Widnes Vikings will look to open their account for the season when they take on fellow strugglers Salford City Reds on the ipitch at the Stobart Stadium but they will do so without three first-choice players.
Former St Helens and England hooker Scott Moore and back-row forwards Hep Cahill and Simon Finnigan have all been dropped for what the club say is an unspecified breach of club discipline.
Former New Zealand Warriors half-back Brett Seymour is set to make his debut for Hull FC against London Broncos in the televised evening match.
Seymour missed Hull’s opening draw against Warrington Wolves through injury, which paved the way for local youngster Danny Nicklas to make his mark, but coach Peter Gentle admits he is tempted to opt for his experienced playmaker.
“We are looking to be a little smarter in terms of what we do with the ball,” he said.
“Hopefully, Brett will bring that to us and the rest of the team will be better for having got that first run out under their belts.
“There is a lot of competition for places and the players know that. If Brett comes back, it means Danny Nicklas can consider himself very unlucky as he would have had another run at scrum-half against Catalans had that game gone ahead.
“However, we’ve been very impressed with his attitude and he’s likely to get a bench spot this weekend.”