PAUL Rowley says Bradford Bulls are worthy Championship favourites.
The Leigh coach made the comments ahead of Sunday’s much anticipated clash between the sides at the Sports Village.
A crowd of around 7,000 is expected for the game, the first of the new Championship season. It pits the newly relegated Bulls against a Leigh side which last season won the Kingstone Press Championship Grand Final and the League Leaders’ Shield.
“Bradford are a highly decorated club and a huge organisation,” said Rowley. “Bradford employ a lot more staff than we do and are a big brand with Super League standards.
“Their 2014 squad has been strengthened and don’t forget this was a team which picked up some big wins in Super League last season. They are competition favourites.”
But Rowley says his side are not daunted by the challenge presented by James Lowes’ side.
“We are a progressive club with a young team and we are fearless,” he said.
“I’ve watched Bradford’s games against Castleford and Leeds and they mixed things around in that second game at Castleford with all the youngsters.
“But the beauty of Bradford and where they have come from is that they have not lacked exposure for the last 12 months.
“We know quite a lot about their individuals and we like to think we’ve learnt a bit about how they want to play from watching their two friendly matches.
“The great thing is that there is an element of unpredictability about games so early in the season.
“The intelligence on both sides will be somewhat limited and it’s a case of going out there to live and learn. Let’s see who thinks on their feet the best in this first game.”