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Rugby League

Potter happy for Bulls to be underdogs


Bradford will relish the role of underdogs in today's Carnegie Challenge Cup fifth-round tie at Warrington, according to coach Mick Potter.

The Wolves are 3-1 second favourites to reclaim the trophy they won at Wembley in 2009 and 2010 but Potter's Bulls defied the odds to beat both 2011 Grand Finalists Leeds and St Helens in Super League at home this season and, beaten just once away, he says they can spring another upset on the road.

"We have come from a low point in the last couple of seasons," he said. "We are very much the underdogs as far as our standings in the competition go and what they have achieved in the past few years but that's probably good. We could trouble Warrington."

The Bulls have experienced an upturn in fortunes despite the financial cloud hovering over Odsal and a first Wembley appearance for 15 years could provide a timely boost to the club's coffers. Bradford lost only 26-22 to the Wolves in the quarter-finals two years ago and pushed them close in Super League earlier this year. "We competed with Warrington for 60-odd minutes but we need to do it for 80," Potter said. "It would be a great result if we could win and it would take the club forward relatively quickly.

"You don't get any second chances with Warrington. They're a team that will play from their own tryline. They're dangerous and it takes a lot of effort and determination to compete with them for 80 minutes."