BRADFORD Bulls will travel to the John Smith’s Stadium on Sunday with total respect for what the Huddersfield Giants have done at the start of Super League XVIII.
That’s the message from Bulls winger Jamie Foster as his side prepares for what he knows will be the toughest of West Yorkshire derbies.
While leaders Huddersfield are the only Super League XVIII still to boast a 100% record with four wins out of four, the Bulls have opened with two wins and two defeats.
Their second loss was a heavy 36-10 home loss last Saturday to a St Helens side thrashed 44-4 at home to the Giants on the opening night of the 2013 campaign.
Those results haven’t been lost on former Saints ace Foster, who knows the task of trying to bounce back against a Huddersfield side who are one point clear at the top of the table and looking to win five games at the start of a Super League campaign for the very first time couldn’t be tougher.
“We’ve got to bounce back against Huddersfield because if you put a few losses together then that’s when the confidence starts to drain away,” said Foster.
“Huddersfield have got an awesome pack and, to be quite honest, they’re not a team I looked into too closely before the season started. But I think everyone already has the greatest of respect for what they’re doing.
“After watching them in that first game against St Helens, they blew them away.
“It was frightening in a way and you think, are they going to keep this up or are they going to drop off?
“I thought they might run out of steam but all of a sudden they’re rolling Wigan, and everyone is taking them very seriously. It’s going to be a massive test but I think it’s something we need.
“We don’t want to be playing a team that we’re expected to beat and then just roll past them.
“We need to be playing these teams to test ourselves to see where we are.”
“Right now, you don’t get a bigger test than against Huddersfield.”