Cummins urges his Bulls side to target veteran Gower

BRADFORD Bulls coach Francis Cummins is not much older than Craig Gower himself yet knows the irreparable damage the former Australian international could still do to his side today.

London Broncos’ veteran scrum-half turns 35 later this month but the man who starred for both New South Wales State of Origin and the Kangaroos is still delivering some quality displays.

He has underpinned some of their best performances this season and Cummins, 36, admitted: “Craig Gower is a massive player for London.

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“We have a very young side and you just can’t buy that experience but there is a trade-off.

“If you are still playing this game at his age then either you have a great knowledge of it, or are very fit, or your knowledge gets you through.

“We have to be wary of him but we have to target him as well and make him play.

“Chad Randall is another who we need to make play and be aggressive because if you stand and watch them then these guys can really pull the strings and box you in.”

Bradford are buoyant themselves after coming through Easter unbeaten, now up to sixth place and just three points off Super League’s top spot.

Conversely, their hosts lost against both Catalan Dragons and Warrington Wolves but Cummins is wary of how this game, which has been switched from Twickenham Stoop to Wycombe’s Adams Park, could prove problematic.

“I looked at London’s team and it looks like they rested a few players,” he said.

“They had a real dig at Catalan and have probably thought it would be tough at Warrington so it looks like they prioritised and they are going to have a real go at us this week.

“That’s a challenge for us because they may be a bit fresher but we want to win because Easter doesn’t finish for us until after Saturday’s game.

“It has been moved but I don’t know if it will affect them or give us any advantage.

“They are in a strange position anyway looking at their crowds.

“It’s not like playing at those grounds where the crowd is like an extra man and you know they are going to get a few penalties because the crowd get on the referee’s back.”

Bradford drew at champions Leeds Rhinos and then backed up with a decent home win over Salford City Reds but have lost Jamie Foster and John Bateman to injury in the process.

“The schedule is punishing, so to come through like we did was very pleasing,” added Cummins.

“ It was a good fillip for us to get the three points because, as I have said before, it’s usually the sides with small squads that kop it on Easter Monday, so we have done really well there.

“But we know we have to go again now against London.”