Bradford Bulls are doing things backwards this season given their 100 per cent record on the road but an inability to win at home.
Curing the latter is hardly the easiest task when their next visitors to Odsal are unbeaten Super League leaders Warrington Wolves.
However, coach Mick Potter has seen enough positives in Saturday’s win at Wakefield and, previously, Castleford, to suggest they can turn that statistic around tomorrow evening.
Inconsistent Bradford have been punished by rampant Catalan and Wigan on their own turf so far and negating Warrington’s prolific talent pool will be their sternest test yet.
But Potter said: “We learned a harsh lesson with our last plays against Warrington last year.
“They put great kick pressure on us and came up with 18 points straight from that.
“But we are a better side than then and better equipped to deal with them.
“The biggest challenge is not allowing them to offload and – if they do – then making them do something they don’t really want to. It will be impossible to stop 100 per cent but forcing them into errors when they do offload is what we have to aim for.
“Also, making sure we don’t give them cheap field position so that we can build some pressure on them. Warrington want to get the ball out wide and we’ve got to make sure that when they move the ball or chance their arm it’s to our advantage and not theirs.”
One of Warrington’s most potent threats is Ryan Atkins, the strong-running centre released by the Bulls in 2006 without having played a Super League game. He has since gone on to flourish, winning two Challenge Cup finals and representing England.
Atkins needs just one try to reach a career century while Bradford are set to give Manase Manuokafoa his first Super League appearance.
The 26-year-old Tongan prop signed from Parramatta Eels over the winter but was injured against Castleford on Boxing Day.