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Bradford v Warrington preview.

7th of June 2014
Bradford v Warrington preview.

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Cup clash welcomed by Diskin

Bradford captain Matt Diskin is happy for his beleaguered Bulls to battle on two fronts as they prepare to meet Warrington for a place in the semi-finals of the Tetley's Challenge Cup.

The Super League strugglers are still waiting to hear the outcome of their appeal against a six-point deduction for entering administration, which could be crucial in their bid to avoid relegation.

Bradford lifted their survival hopes with a precious win over Wakefield last Sunday and victory over the Wolves at Odsal on Sunday would take them to within 80 minutes of a first Challenge Cup final appearance for 11 years.

"There's a long way to go in the league," Diskin said. "We're only halfway through the year so there will be lots of ups and downs before that's decided.

"The Challenge Cup is welcome for us. Coming off the back of a decent win last week, we want to keep building.

"The cup is a really romantic event and every club wants to play in it. It's one of those where the underdog always has a chance and that's the position we're in.

"We want to keep the run going for as long as possible because it keeps morale high and keeps everything rolling."

Bradford's triumph over the Wildcats ended a run of three straight defeats going back to their surprise win over Warrington at the Provident Stadium five weeks ago.

The Wolves have since put together an impressive three-match winning run, which includes handsome victories over St Helens and Leeds, the teams in first and second places, and coach Tony Smith says his side took on board some valuable lessons from their loss to the lowly Bulls.

"We certainly learned some lessons that day, lessons about desperation from Bradford, who were fighting for their lives at that stage and still are," Smith said.

"It was about fighting right to the end. We were probably guilty of clocking off at certain stages. They taught us some lessons about not giving in."

Diskin admits Smith's men probably underestimated his side that day and that will add to the size of their task on Sunday.

"That win gives us some confidence but it also gives Warrington that kick up the backside they probably needed in the sense that they underestimated us," Diskin said.

"I think a lot of teams have underestimated us and probably rightly so. Some of our performances this year haven't been exactly fantastic. We've really struggled for some consistency - we've had some fantastic performances and some dire ones.

"That underdog tag is there for us. We've nothing to lose, nobody is expecting anything of us.

"If you look at the recent history of the Challenge Cup, Warrington deliver when it matters in the big games. They've got fantastic players across the field and that was reflected in their win last week."

The Bulls announced on Saturday morning that half-back Adam Brook has pledged his future to the club, agreeing a new two-year deal.

Warrington are the modern cup kings, having triumphed at Wembley three times in the last five years.

Smith said: "We've had some good times in the cup and it gets you excited each time it comes around. It is very special.

"The fact you've got to perform on the day is a big thing. It's a big achievement when you get to the final and perform but it's about concentrating on each and every game and we're intending to play our best rugby league on Sunday.

"If we do that, it will take a great performance from Bradford to stop us."


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