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RugbyL: Sammut keen to add substance to style

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With his bushy beard and long hair Jarrod Sammut is not hard to spot on a rugby field at the best of times.

But the Bradford Bulls back has been in such a rich vein of form at the start of the 2013 Super League season that it is not just his grooming regime that is catching the eye.

Five tries in the first five games of the season, including a magnificent hat-trick and a drop-goal last time out in his side's 43-18 win at the previously unbeaten Huddersfield Giants, have ignited the Bulls' start to the campaign.

The versatile former Penrith Panther is currently pulling the strings in the half-backs for Francis Cummins' side as they find themselves sixth in the table ahead of their trip to Widnes on Friday.

For a club that nearly ceased to exist altogether last season after they plunged into administration that is a remarkable achievement.

But rather than rest on their laurels, the 26-year-old Sammut wants his team-mates to use last weekend's win at the Galpharm Stadium as the benchmark for the rest of their season.

"We need to find some consistency now," he said.

"To bring that level of performance every week and then this team can go a long way, we all bought into what we are trying to do as a team against Huddersfield and you saw the quality we produced.

"The tough times that we went through last season have brought us all closer together as a squad, we came out the other side and that has given us all a big lift.

"We missed the play-offs last year so if we don't get into the top eight this time as a bare minimum that will be disappointing.

"From a personal perspective it was great to get a hat-trick, I felt like I owed the team that as the week before I'd been struggling to hold onto the ball at all.

"The lads have been giving me a bit of stick for the beard and I am planning to shave it for charity soon, I just hope it doesn't mean I lose all my skills!"

Elsewhere Salford City Reds chief executive Ed Farish has admitted current Australia coach Tim Sheens is on their shortlist to replace Phil Veivers, sacked last weekend after his side dropped to the bottom of the table with a 38-4 defeat by the previously winless London Broncos.

And after the club's takeover by the ambitious Dr Marwan Koukash at the end of January, Farish hopes there is still time to turn this season around.

"We haven't discussed anything with Tim (Sheens) at this stage, but Tim's a great coach so I'm sure he'll be on the list," he said.

"We've got a plan to move quickly. Marwan wants silverware by the end of next year but we haven't written the season off by any means."

Fixtures (2000GMT unless stated)

Friday: Hull v Castleford, Leeds v Huddersfield, Warrington v St Helens, Widnes v Bradford, Wigan v Catalan Dragons

Saturday: London Broncos v Hull KR (1815GMT)

Sunday: Wakefield v Salford (1530GMT)

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