COACH Mick Potter believes Bradford Bulls must shut down Rangi Chase to have any chance of overcoming unbeaten Castleford Tigers and avoiding a repeat of last week’s defensive misery.
They were picked apart far too easily at Huddersfield as they slumped to a 50-16 loss and host a side tomorrow who are similarly able to cut loose.
However, Bradford had delivered two consecutive wins before that defeat and Potter is confident they can quickly return to that sort of form.
“We made a couple of errors early on and were severely punished for them,” said Potter. “As much as we don’t like it to happen it’s a case of us looking to get something out of the Huddersfield game – with regards to improving.
“Rangi Chase is Castleford’s pivotal player. He touches the ball 40-odd times a game and his running, passing and kicking game are very dangerous.
“It’s a case of expect the unexpected from Rangi because I am sure he doesn’t sometimes know what he is going to do when he gets the ball in his hands. But we are expecting a different team on the field this week with regards to our defence.”
Crucial to that will be the potential return of the steely England back-row Jamie Langley who should make his 200th Bradford appearance after recovering from a shoulder injury suffered on the opening day against Leeds Rhinos who, meanwhile, will hand a debut to former Featherstone youngster Zak Hardaker in tonight’s game with St Helens at Headingley Carnegie.