Bradford Bulls


12th June 2019, 09:48


HOOKER George Flanagan hailed the Bulls’ resilient defence against an-inform Batley Bulldogs side on Sunday – as Bradford completed a league double over their Yorkshire rivals.

The Bradford-born star is enjoying a prolonged run in the side after injury and played a key role in ensuring John Kear’s side shut out Betfred Championship opposition for the first time this season.

In a game played in atrocious conditions, the home side ran in three tries with David Foggin-Johnston diving over for two either side of the break – Elliot Minchella profiting from a ricochet to touch down under the uprights.

31-year-old Flanagan praised the ‘willingness and togetherness in defence’ as one of the key factors to Bradford’s return to winning ways on Sunday.

“Credit to our lads, I thought we stuck by it, Batley threw a lot of shape at us, especially in the last 20 minutes with their big middles,” said Flanagan, who is sponsored in memory of Sheila McCormick / Bull-Tech Solutions.

“We spoke all week about turning up with the correct attitude and today I thought we did; we know Batley never ever go away for 80 minutes.

“They had us trapped on our line for a long time and we didn’t break, we scrambled to everything and there were no lazy efforts, to nil a team like Batley is a great achievement.

“Our forward pack was excellent today, it really drove us forward, the likes of Callum Bustin and Liam Kirk are true professionals which drove us on.

“The last three weeks have been tough, but we all understand each other, and we give each other guidance.

“Hopefully now we can kick on in the league and concentrate on securing a top five finish.”