BOSS CUMMINS PULLS NO PUNCHES

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8th March 2014

HEAD COACH Francis Cummins pulled no punches in his assessment of last night's 44-16 defeat at the hands of Hull FC.

Despite racing into an early lead, with a try from skipper Matt Diskin during the opening exchanges, the Bulls proved unable to build on their initial advantage.

And Cummins admits his side were “second best” to Lee Radford’s Black and Whites, insisting the Bulls lacked patience and momentum.

“We made a host of errors, in key areas, and it proved extremely costly as the game wore on," he said.

“The first half wasn’t great but we did improve after half time. Our composure let us down.

“We lacked patience, momentum went against us and we leaked a lot of points.

“We were very much second best and Hull made us pay.

“At times, we worked far too hard and it led to fundamental errors.

“We started very well. We took both of our chances in the first half, but we couldn’t get on the front foot.

“You can’t throw passes out, without some momentum, but we did and it led to us handing over possession to Hull on several occasions.

“We didn’t make their forwards do any work, we did not make them tackle.”

The loss leaves Bradford two points adrift at the foot of the First Utility Super League table, ahead of the weekend’s action.

But boss Cummins is adamant the Bulls will dust themselves off as they bid to bounce back against Huddersfield Giants, a week on Sunday.

“Overall, we simply weren’t good enough,” he added.

“But we won’t dwell on this result, there is a long season ahead.

“Like I have said to the players, we have to be ready put this right in training next week.

“We have to make sure we don’t find ourselves in this position after the Huddersfield game.”

Francis Cummins is being proudly sponsored by Chef Up North for the 2014 campaign.

 

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