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Bradford happy to be dark horse: Menzies

By John Hodgson 10/09/2009 07:09:49 PM Comments (0)

Steve Menzies insists Bradford would be more than happy to perform the role of play-off dark horse - if the Bulls complete their unlikely charge for the top eight.

The former Manly legend has been a key figure in the Bulls return to top form and a run of four wins on the bounce has given them a great chance of claiming the final play-off place.

If the Bulls make it five from five at Hull this weekend and Catalans fail to beat high-flying St Helens they will enter the season finale on the crest of a wave.

But Menzies, who is the NRL's most prolific try-scoring forward and won the Grand Final with the Sea Eagles last season, insists they have got to produce the goods at Hull first.

"It would be really good to get in the play-offs now because we've started to play good football," said Menzies.

"But first we've got to make sure we play as well as we have been doing and win the game at Hull and hope St Helens do us a favour.

"And if we get in it is game on from there - it doesn't matter how many points you finish on.

"If you finish first or second you can lose a couple of games and be out but you can go in eighth and anything could happen."

The Bulls hopes of booking their place have been lifted with the news that coach Steve McNamara, who was under pressure earlier in the season, has named the same squad that beat Salford last weekend.

Full-back Dave Halley's should be okay despite a dead leg while Michael Worrincy's back problem has cleared up.

But Hull coach Richard Agar has warned the Bulls they will be doing them no favours as they bid to end a dreadful season with a bang.

Hull won their first five matches of the season but five more wins from the last 21 have seen their play-off hopes go up in smoke.

Australian stars Mark O'Meley and Craig Fitzgibbon will arrive for next season and Agar said: "There's a clear aim to go out on a high with a good performance - regardless of what Bradford or us have got to play for.

"If we can finish with the performance and the win we want it will leave everyone on a positive and looking forward."

If the Dragons and Bradford both slip up then either Warrington or Harlequins, who clash at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, will have the chance to extend their season.

Leeds, who will win the League Leaders Shield if they avoid defeat at Salford, travel to the Willows without suspended England internationals Keith Senior and Jamie Jones-Buchanan.

Senior has been banned for punching Jon Wilkin and Jones-Buchanan after his dangerous tackle on James Graham in the fiery clash with St Helens.

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