CASH-STRAPPED Bradford Bulls reached the Challenge Cup quarter finals with a win over Catalan Dragons, but remain bottom of Super League ahead of Wolves’ visit.
Sunday’s cup win ended a three-game losing streak, which saw Bulls suffer their biggest Super League defeat in Round 10 when they were hammered 84-6 at Wigan.
The home side are firmly fixed to the bottom of the table after being docked six points for going into administration.
They have won twice in Super League this campaign, beating pointless London Broncos 25-12 a week after a 10-23 victory at fellow strugglers Wakefield Wildcats.
Seven straight league defeats have followed that two-match winning run, shipping more than 300 points in the process.
Wolves have won their last 11 clashes with Bradford, with this fixture in June last year finishing 12-26 in Tony Smith’s side’s favour.
Nine of those Warrington wins came in Super League and the last time Bulls got the better of Wolves was at The Halliwell Jones Stadium in 2009, where they came out 10-21 victors.
However you have to go back another year to find Bradford’s last win against Sunday’s visitors on home soil, a 23-10 triumph in March 2008.
The four-time Super League winners witnessed a large turnover in their squad during pre season, with props Garreth Carvell and Nick Scruton then departing before a ball had been kicked.
And injuries have not helped their cause, although Hull pair Jay Pitts and Joe Arundel have been brought in on loan to help out and heavyweight Jamal Fakir is a recent signing after being released by Catalan Dragons.