Ratcliffe Previews Bradford

Ratcliffe Previews Bradford

  • Wigan Warriors Women Head Coach Kris Ratcliffe previews Sunday’s Women’s Super League fixture vs Bradford Bulls Women.

  • Game to feature live on Our League app, free to watch from 1pm.

  • Warriors looking to back up their recent victory over Wakefield Trinity.

Wigan Warriors Women Head Coach Kris Ratcliffe is expecting a difficult task as his side head on the road in the search of two points against Bradford Bulls on Sunday.

Wigan travel to face Bradford at Odsal Stadium (K.O. 1pm) as they return to league action following a two week break in games.

The Warriors beat Wakefield Trinity Ladies in their last outing in the Super League, and will be hoping to register another two points as they try to stay in the play-off positions.

On the game, Ratcliffe said: “Our last game against Wakefield seems like a long time ago. I’m not normally a fan of the breaks in the calendar as they disrupt the consistency that we are looking for as a team.

“However, having only 17 fit players for our last fixture it has provided a timely opportunity to get some rest and recovery for our depleted squad.

“Our physio has certainly had a very busy spell. We will be back to near full strength against Bradford. Rachel Thompson and Gemma Walsh should both be ready to return and their influence on the team is huge.”

He added: “It will be nice to have some selection decisions to make. The break in fixtures has allowed us to focus on some of the individual improvements players need to make.

“We will be fully focussed on the task ahead this week and know we have tough opponents in Bradford waiting for us.”

The Warriors currently sit fourth in the league, above their opponents Bradford on points difference.

On the opposition, Ratcliffe said: “They are very physical and boast some of the best players in the game.

“Kirsty Moroney has improved their structure and understanding to complement that toughness, making them a difficult prospect, particularly on their home patch.

“Looking at the table it could be a straight battle between us and Bradford for the final play-off slot.

“A win this weekend would give either side a two-point cushion and some breathing space. The girls know it’s an important match and will be giving their best to get the result.”

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