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BRADFORD CUP BLOW.

Bradford's hopes of a Wembley rematch with Saints on May 3 were badly hit when Aussie second row star Jeremy Donougher was ruled out for three months with a broken ankle.

Donougher, injured in last Friday's Super League win at Oldham, is out of Saturday's Silk Cut semi-final with Leeds .

He will also miss the Bulls world club championship games in June against the Penrith Panthers, the Auckland Warriors and the Cronulla Sharks.

"It's a sad state of affairs, and the whole club really feels for Jed ," said Bulls media executive Jason Costigan.

Donougher, who is still in the Royal Oldham Hospital, said: "It's the worst injury of my career, but I'm still hoping to be back in time for our World Club Challenge return games in Sydney and Auckland.''

Donougher, who underwent surgery on Saturday, will have his ankle supported by a specially fitted pin for the next six months.

But Saints boss Shaun McRae is still tipping Bradford to beat Leeds on Saturday and set up a mouth-watering repeat of last year's epic Wembley final.

"Leeds have improved and bought well but I don't think they can control all the ball-players that Bradford have.

''I think Bradford will win but I'm not bothered if I'm wrong,'' he added.

"There is a theory in Australia that suggests you have to get beaten in a final to win one. If Bradford get through I hope it isn't true. But we have got to be confident, whoever we play."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Richards, Martin
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Mar 25, 1997
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