Bradford Bulls


11th February 2019, 17:00


HEAD coach John Kear has praised his side’s character in yesterday’s 31-12 defeat of Swinton Lions – as Bradford registered 25 unanswered points to seal a second successive win in 2019.

Matty Wildie opened the scoring early on before the hosts hit back with back-to-back tries in a tightly-contested first-half where defences were firmly on top.

Ethan Ryan’s try from a beautifully weighted Dane Chisholm kick levelled scores before the half-back’s penalty handed Kear’s men a slender first-half advantage at the break.

A much-improved second-half display saw Elliot Minchella, Steve Crossley and Rhys Evans all cross for the visitors – with Jordan Lilley also landing a drop-goal to maintain the side’s 100% start to the season.

“I am really pleased with the result because we have come away from home to play a tough team and there was certainly a reaction from Swinton from their Sheffield defeat, said Kear, who is sponsored by Lowie Recruitment Ltd.

“They challenged us and had an edge and hunger about them from the first minute so it was great to see us come out the other end 31-12 victors.

“We scored early on but they came straight back at us and only in the last ten minutes did you feel like the game was won which was a good lesson for us as a team.

“You have to bring your ‘A-Game’ and work hard before you get anything and after a disappointing first-half we had the character, skill and personnel to redeem that in the second half.

“The players certainly came good as the game went on and we started to play quick and smart and when that happens with the players we have in our squad we will be difficult to handle.

“It was a tough but rewarding afternoon and there is a lot for us to work on heading into Sheffield on Friday.”