11th September 2017, 18:50
TOOVEY LEFT PROUD AFTER DERBY DOMINATION
Head Coach Geoff Toovey watched on yesterday afternoon as Bradford Bulls defeated Dewsbury Rams 16-12 to pick up back to back wins.
Toovey, sponsored by Bradford Bulls Banter, paid his first visit to the Tetley’s Stadium to pick up his fourth victory in five games.
The Bulls battled with the Rams on the notoriously narrow field and were restricted to punching the ball down Dewsbury’s throat, which was something they had prepared for during the week.
“The game became rather scrappy towards the end but I’m very pleased that the players managed to keep them out,” said Toovey.
“When we got in front some costly errors almost lost us the match, and we put ourselves under pressure which is disappointing.
“A lot of mistakes by both side, but pleasing that we played particularly well in the first half. Defensively we were strong. They got a soft try off a kick, but going down by 12-6 before half time and coming back to get the victory I was very pleased with.”
The former Manly man was pleased with his side’s determination to hold a dangerous Rams attack to a scoreless second period.
“I spoke to the players after the match because I was really pleased that they have still given their all to play for each other and the club in these last few weeks. It wasn’t pretty but they are playing as a team and scrapping it out for the win.
“It’s a pleasing effort and I’m pleased for the fans who turned up again and showed their grit in pretty horrible conditions but they were rewarded with a win.
“Our kicking game was quite good and helped us keep them down by their end. We had some nice touches of the ball but again it was the simple errors that could have cost us at the end as well as some pretty tough penalties letting them out of their end.”
Bradford host Rochdale Hornets in the final game of the season as they look to make it five wins from seven Championship Shield games.
“It has been a well-documented, tough season for everyone at the club but to go out on a high would be good. We have done it for the last five weeks now, so to finish off at home with a win would be ideal.
“We are going to do our best and focus on the players sticking to their routines and enjoying their last game in front of hopefully a large home crowd.”