Bradford Bulls


19th May 2018, 17:14


John Kear has hailed his Bradford Bulls’ defensive efforts having seen his side scrape past Newcastle Thunder in yesterday’s ‘Magic Night Out’, running out 26-16 to the good.

In front of a record crowd of 4,137 at Kingston Park, the hosts came out flying and soon found themselves 12-0 up.

But the visitors, inspired by Brandon Pickersgill and Ross Peltier, responded with tries from Elliot Minchella, Ethan Ryan and George Flanagan to lead 18-12 at the break.

Dane Chisholm extended the Bulls’ advantage and despite a late consolation score, the Bradford Head Coach believes the stellar exploits in defence secured the two points in a scrappy affair.

“Newcastle are a very good team and I was very concerned heading into this game and we could not get the ball in the first 15,” said Kear, who is sponsored by Bradford Bulls Banter.

“That impacted us as the game went on but I am really pleased with how we defended our way to a win because in the second half it was attack vs defence.

“We kept making basic errors and then we had to defend sets on our line and I thought we did that very well.

“The error count was too high and we will need to look at that so we did not help ourselves at times but credit to the boys we defended ourselves to a win.

“The players deserve the credit for coming away with two points, ball in hand we looked scratchy but we have not got that edge in attack yet.

“I am happy to have come up here on a Friday night and take the win back to Odsal.”