BATLEY BULLDOGS coach John Kear expects tomorrow’s opponents Bradford Bulls to throw everything at them – despite the Bulls playing their third game in eight days.
Bradford defeated Oldham in midweek to add to their victory over Workington last weekend but Kear does not expect fatigue to be a factor at Odsal tomorrow when third-placed Bulldogs take on fourth-placed Bulls.
“I don’t buy into the view that Bradford will be fatigued,” said Kear. “They will have rotated the squad and will be ready to play on Sunday just as we will. They’ve got a great fanbase, we’re a pretty good team and I think some fare will be served up at the weekend.”
Dewsbury Rams boss Glenn Morrison is expecting a tough assignment at home to fifth-placed Halifax tomorrow.
“Halifax are going to be tough,” said Morrison. “They’ve obviously got aspirations of being in the top four but we’ve had some good results against them at our ground over the past couple of years.
“If we can stick to the game plan and manage the game like we have the last couple of weeks, we’ll go into the game knowing we’ll give it a good shout.
“If we’re not on our A game, it will be a long day at the office.”
Elsewhere, sixth-placed Featherstone Rovers host ninth-placed Whitehaven but coach Jon Sharp won’t be taking anything for granted.
He said: “We’ve played against Whitehaven in the past and always treated them with respect and understand they can play football.
“We have got to be at the same level as we were last week, that’s our challenge.”
In League One, eighth-placed Hunslet Hawks host 11th-placed Coventry and coach Matt Bramald is expecting a close encounter.
He said: “Coventry will be coming here full of confidence. They’ve had some close results against, what you’d call, the more established teams, they’ve been competitive so they’re going to come and have a go.
“They’ll be enthusiastic and will challenge us so we need to be right at the top of our game to make sure we get the two points.
“These last three games are vital to us, we really do need to win all three to make sure we’re in that top eight.”