PREVIEW: BRADFORD BULLS V SWINTON LIONS

12 July 2019

Here’s the latest preview at the Lions face Bradford Bulls in the Betfred Championship.

Swinton Lions travel to Odsal Stadium in the Betfred Championship to face Bradford Bulls in round 21.

It’s sixth place vs ninth as the Lions face John Kear’s Bradford Bulls this Sunday at Odsal Stadium.

Here’s the latest preview…

FORM GUIDE

Swinton Lions climbed to ninth place in the Championship ladder following their 20-18 victory over Batley Bulldogs at Heywood Road.

A second-half comeback saw the Lions claim the two-league points in a thriller at Heywood Road, with tries from Rhodri Lloyd, Gavin Bennion and Lewis Hatton, whilst Jack Hansen claimed the sponsor’s Man of the Match award, kicking four from four.

It was back-to-back for the Lions following the 36-28 success in the local rival against Rochdale Hornets, and Stuart Littler’s side now have 14-points in the table.

It’s been a busy week for the club, with the extensions of Lewis Hatton, Matty Ashton and Jack Hansen for the 2020 season, whilst Wales international Ben Morris joins the side for the rest of the 2019 campaign.

Like Swinton, Bradford became just the third team to defeat Toulouse Olympique at the South of France with an entertaining 26-24 victory. Joe Keyes, Jake Webster, Ross Oakes, Brandon Pickersgill and Matty Wildie all crossed for four-pointers to help the Bulls secure their third win in a row.

Kear’s side have 12 wins so far this season and are chasing a play-off spot in the Championship.

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HEAD-TO-HEAD

Swinton’s last victory over Bradford came in Littler’s first game as Head Coach as his side travelled to Odsal to face Bradford, and tries from Shaun Robinson, Ben White and Liam Forsyth saw the Lions with a 16-6 victory in a dramatic Championship fixture.

The sides last met in round two of the 2019 campaign, with the Bulls claiming the victory at Heywood Road.

Three second-half tries from a strong Bulls outfit saw Kear’s side with a 31-12 victory, with just two points separating the sides 14-12 at half-time.

 

TEAM NEWS

Scott Moore could make his 250th career appearance this weekend if selected against Bradford.

Harry Smith re-joins the side from Wigan Warriors on dual-registration, whilst latest signing Ben Morris could make his debut for the Lions.

Mike Butt will miss the game through suspension from the Rochdale Hornets clash.

LIONS SQUAD TO FACE BULLS: Ashton, Bennion, Brickhill, Fairclough, Gray, Halton, Hansen, Hatton, P.Jones, Kenga, Kibula, Lepori, Lloyd, Moore, Morris, Mullen, Smith, Wells, Waterworth.

BULLS SQUAD TO FACE LIONS: Doyle, Farrell, Garside, Grant, Hallas, Hitchcox, Keyes, Kirk, Lilley, Magrin, Minchella, Oakes, Peltier, Pickersgill, Ryan, Storton, Webster, Wildie, Wood.

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