HALIFAX’S former Bradford prop Neil Cherryholme believes the Bulls are a long way from their best ahead of Sunday’s Carnegie Challenge Cup derby at the Shay.
But the Bulls-supporting front rower has emphasised that Fax will still need a miracle to threaten Mick Potter’s side.
Bradford were flogged 58-14 by Warrington at home last weekend, giving Matt Calland’s out-of-form Championship Grand Final winners a glimmer of hope as they aim to repeat their 2009 heroics at Castleford, when they eventually lost to a golden-point drop goal from Australian half back Brent Sherwin.
“They probably are vulnerable if you look at it from a Super League perspective, but that’s still a big step above where we are at the moment,” said Cherryholme, who was outstanding in defeat against Barrow last weekend.
“Even if we were on top form, there is a big difference between the two competitions.
“We just need to play a lot better than we have been doing to even begin to push them.
“There is probably less pressure on us, because they will obviously be massive favourites.
“But we still have expectations of our own performance and that’s what we need to live up to.
“If we are going to have any chance at all we need to complete our sets, put the ball in the corners and make them come off our line.”
And while Cherryholme is realistic in his expectations, he admitted that playing against the club he still supports, after spending his teenage years in the Odsal set up , will add to his motivation in front of the BBC cameras.
“I’ve always supported them, I was there six years and really enjoyed myself up there,” he said.
“It’s the first result I look for after ours and I want to give them a game. We need a performance, not for 40 minutes or 60 minutes but for 80.
“It’s on the TV and the last thing we need is to make a show of ourselves.
“We want to give them a run for their money rather than being embarrassed.”