Featherstone, one of the most successful teams in the league this year, advanced to the fifth round of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup as Bradford bowed out to a 21-13 defeat.
Despite the loss, Leigh Beattie is overjoyed by his team’s determination in difficult weather conditions: “I’m over the moon with their performance, the conditions were awful but they tried their best. We had four hookers out there today and they did the best with what we could do.
“They really showed them what we were made of. The boys dug deep and didn’t let Featherstone get away with much. I don’t think that the score line represented the game.
“I’m really happy with the boys that played their hearts out, out there today. They are disappointed with the loss but they were a credit to the team out there.
“We were all over the moon, I thought that we had a really good dig at them, it was tough old school rugby out there in that mud. We didn’t really have any fit bodies left for the final ten minutes.”
Scoring the first try of the afternoon for the Bulls was debutant and academy graduate, Evan Hodgson: “I thought Evan was outstanding. He’s a middle man that played in at back row for parts of the game, so I’m over the moon with his performance.
“It’s a credit to our academy as well, it’s a fantastic set-up they have down there they are in a position to shape the future of the Bulls.”
Bradford can now turn their focus back to the main point of attention, the league. As the team stand on minus six points, looking to reduce the deficit.
“Our main goal is next week, we just have to keep ticking them off, we just have to keep on focusing on them one by one and doing our best every week.”
WATCH the Bulls take on Dewsbury Rams this Sunday at the Provident Stadium (kick-off 3.00pm).
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