Updated: Monday, 24th September 2018 @ 5:48am

Salford City Reds looking to bounce back against Bradford Bulls after Leeds Rhino humiliation

Salford City Reds looking to bounce back against Bradford Bulls after Leeds Rhino humiliation

By Ben Burrows

For the second week running Salford City Reds will be hoping to bounce back from a heavy defeat as they look to avenge last weekend’s humiliating loss to Leeds Rhinos.

Reds face Bradford Bulls on Sunday and will be hopeful of returning to winning ways.

The Bulls pulled off a big upset turning over St Helens in a close contest last week.

Head coach Phil Veivers revealed that he and his coaching staff have spent the week working on defence and instilling the players with the need to be mentally strong over the coming matches.

“Every game at this level is big,” he said. “We simply haven’t been doing ourselves any favours lately by letting the opposition score some simple tries.

“Our contact has dropped off and that’s worrying. This is why we’ve done so much work on our defensive structures ahead of the Bradford game.”

Veivers took time to point out the strength of the Bulls pack.

“We’ll be taking on another big set of forwards. We’ve been working extremely hard to rectify situations.

“You can train and train for long periods but it’s so important to make sure what has been worked on is carried over into a match situation.”

Australian centre Joel Moon will return this week after missing the defeat by Leeds and he will be a big boost to a backline decimated by injury.

The talented centre broke his hand on the second weekend of the season and after making an early return against Catalan Dragons was forced to sit out again last weekend with a recurrence of the injury.

Experienced forward Vinnie Anderson has been blighted with injuries all season and after struggling with a calf problem the New Zealander has now been struck down with a virus which is likely to keep him out this weekend.

Bradford Bulls have had an up and down season so far with coach Mick Potter still searching for his best 13.

They are currently on a run of 3 wins in 4 and performed superbly last weekend to turn over out-of-form St. Helens and will be looking to continue their winning run at home to the Reds.

Speaking this week Potter was wary of the threat the Reds will pose.

“Salford have some quality players in their squad. Daniel Holdsworth, Luke Patten and Matty Smith are running the show for them. They will be very tough in their approach to this game, particularly after what happened to them last week,” he said.

Potter added: “They have some quality players in their side and they have some speed out wide – such as Danny Williams.”

“They will be targeting us as a must-win game and throwing everything at us. But I am confident that if we do the things we can do then we will be able to deal with the threat,” he said.

Bulls are suffering themselves with several high profile injuries and they will have to do without the services of forward Olivier Elima this weekend.

The ex-Catalan Dragon was charged with a grade B offence for a dangerous tackle on St. Helens’ standoff Lee Gaskell and will serve his one match ban this weekend.

Reds will have to be wary of standoff Jarrod Sammut pulling the strings in midfield as well as trying to stop giant winger Karl Pryce from adding to his already prolific scoring tally.

Salford are desperate for the win with tough tests against Wigan Warriors and Huddersfield Giants just around the corner in coming weeks.