13th March 2018, 12:45
PELTIER: "MY ONLY FOCUS WAS DOING THE TEAM AND SHIRT JUSTICE"
Ross Peltier has hailed the "professional performance" in last Sunday's 54-6 demolition of rivals Keighley Cougars, paying tribute to the army of Bulls supporters who travelled to Cougar Park.
The lung-busting prop returned to face the Cougars for the first time since his switch to become a Bull in 2017, having enjoyed a three-year spell prior to his move back to his hometown club.
25-year-old Peltier, who is sponsored by Captain Hornblower, Carol and Tony, was one of seven try-scorers in the Red, Amber and Black that afternoon, a feat made sweeter considering the verbal jousting by his former side in the build-up to Sunday’s drubbing.
The two points on the league ladder is all that matters according to the Bradford-born forward, who believes the hard work at the club’s Tong training base is reaping early rewards.
“The two points was the most pleasing part of the day but the lads put in a very professional performance out there,” said Pelter, 25.
“We are disappointed to have let the 6 points through but we are very happy with the win.
“There were a lot of things said about me beforehand but my only focus was doing the shirt and my team justice.
“I always want to do a good job when I put the jersey on, I wanted to prove a few people wrong and managed to do that as well.
“To get over for the try was a great moment and after that we ran away with the game and ended up winning it quite comfortably.”
Nearly 3,000 supporters packed at Cougar Park with the game acting as a sequel to a fiery pre-season clash in which John Kear’s men emerged victorious.
No extra motivation was required as Peltier and his team-mates prepared to face their cross-city rivals with a 100% record to defend.
But the former Keighley Cougar was quick to highlight the importance of the Bradford Bulls supporters, who he believes will play a key role in any eventual promotion this term.
“It is no surprise to us anymore but it is a great feeling as players to travel to away games and see our supporters take over,” said Pelter.
“We have bigger away followings than some Super League teams and that tells you all you need to know.
“They give us that extra 10% out on the field and that could be the difference to us achieving promotion back to the Betfred Championship.”