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Tuesday, 25 September, 2001, 20:23 GMT 21:23 UK
Cowie set for Sunday showdown
Neil Cowie was fined 500 for a dangerous tackle
Neil Cowie was fined 500 for a dangerous tackle
Wigan prop Neil Cowie has been cleared to play in Sunday's Super League qualifying semi-final at Bradford.

The veteran front-rower was found guilty of a careless high tackle during the Warriors' 27-24 Super League play-off win over Hull last Friday.

He was fined 500 at a hearing of the League's disciplinary committee but avoided suspension.


They're physically as fresh as I've ever seen a squad in five or six years here at Bradford
Brian Noble, Bradford coach
Cowie was ordered to appear before the committee after being placed on report.

The news will come as a big relief to Wigan, who are set to be at full strength as they bid to book a return trip to Old Trafford on 13 October.

Winger Brett Dallas (hamstring) and centre Paul Johnson (shoulder), who both missed the Hull game, are poised to return.

Bradford coach Brian Noble is convinced that his side will have benefited from the time off they gained through finishing top of the Super League table.

"We've worked hard with those two weeks off and managed to keep people fresh," Noble said.

Bradford were in good form against Leeds
Bradford were in good form against Leeds
"Having fresh legs will be an issue. I don't buy into the theory that having a week off is detrimental to your preparations."

The Bulls were in tremendous form in the final weeks of the regular season, scoring 146 points in their last two matches against Warrington and Leeds.

"The last month's preparations have been very, very good and generally when we prepare well, we play well," said Noble.

"The side is completely different mentally to what it was last year.

"Mentally they are very fresh and they're also physically as fresh as I've ever seen a squad in five or six years here at Bradford."

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