Paul prepares to cause upset on return to Odsal
Friday 07 May 2010
Robbie Paul gets a return to Odsal tonight that he never expected when he dropped down a division by signing for Leigh.
Paul spent 12 seasons as arguably the pivotal player in Bradford's success in Super League. This evening he will be back at the scene of past glories after the Challenge Cup fifth-round draw paired his Co-operative Championship club with the Bulls. "I never expected to play again at Odsal, but it will be great to go back," he said. "Bradford will always be very close to my heart."
Not so close, though, that Paul would not prefer to have been playing at Leigh. "I would like to have been paired with the Bulls, but at home. We would have had our best-ever crowd, but we will just have to go to Odsal to pull off the competition's biggest-ever shock."
A Leigh side coached by Bradford's old adversary, Ian Millward, will be without the suspended winger Dave Alstead.
The Leeds scrum-half Rob Burrow is out of tonight's other tie against Blackpool, with a knee injury that the Rhinos fear could sideline him for as long as 12 weeks.
A familiar face from Championship circles makes his first appearance for New Zealand in the Anzac Test today. Aaron Heremaia cut his teeth as a scrum-half with Leigh, Widnes and Halifax, but will come off the bench as hooker for the Kiwis against Australia in Melbourne.
The Newcastle second-rower Zeb Taia is New Zealand's other new cap for a game in which they start as massive underdogs.
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