Bradford Bulls and the Centurions are set to meet for the second time this season, as the two clash in the Fifth Round of the Betfred Challenge Cup. The match will take place at Odsal Stadium on Monday 14th March, kicking off at 7:45pm with live coverage being shown by Premier Sports.
A win for either side would see them progress to the Sixth Round of the Challenge Cup – the stage at which sides from the Betfred Super League enter the competition. Progression also means a defeat in the next round for this game’s victor, would see them enter the AB Sundecks 1885 Cup.
LAST TIME OUT:
The two sides have already crossed paths in the 2022 season. The Centurions entertained the West Yorkshire outfit at Leigh Sports Village in Round 3 of the Betfred Championship. Doubles from Keanan Brand and Ed Chamberlain helped the home side run out comfortable 38-4 victors. The game also saw Bulls’ full-back, David Foggin-Johnston, receive a straight red card for his tackle on Aaron Smith.
Highlights of the game can be watched below:
Adrian Lam (on Bradford):
“They’re a quality side. We’re expecting a different test on Monday to the one we had home a few weeks ago. They’ve got a couple of key players back – ball playing players – which’ll see them pose a different attacking threat.
“Odsal is one of the tightest pitches in the sport and is a really hard place to go and get a result. We’re under no illusions, it’s going to be a tough battle.”
To avoid being cup-tied, Leigh will be unable to call upon the services of on-loan Wigan forward, James McDonnell. New signing Krisnan Inu will be given as much time as possible to shake a foot issue and make the squad for Monday’s game.
In more positive news, prop Chris Green made his return to the grass this week as he steps up his recovery from a broken forearm.
For the Bradford, they will still be without full-back, Foggin-Johnson, as he still serves out the remainder of his 8-game ban. Half-back, Jordan Lilley, made his comeback and scored the winning drop-goal last week in the Bull’s 21-20 victory over Batley Bulldogs.
The man leading the officiating team for this one will be referee, Marcus Griffiths. Griffiths’ last game in charge of a Centurions fixture came last weekend, as Adrian Lam’s men ran out 34-18 at Leigh Sports Village.
This Challenge Cup tie will see the recent run of milestones at the club continue.
Winger, Jy Hitchcox, is set to make the 100th appearance of his career should he feature on Monday. Young backrower, Jacob Jones, is one game away from making his 50th career appearance as well.
Tickets are still available to purchase, with adult/concession tickets being priced at £15 each. Junior tickets are free of charge can be collected on the day at the Bradford Bulls team shop or on the turnstile.
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