CUMMINS: 'TIME TO UP THE PRESSURE'

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22nd March 2014

HEAD COACH Francis Cummins believes his side can apply pressure on their First Utility Super League rivals by halting a two-match losing streak this weekend.

Bradford Bulls tackle Hull Kingston Rovers on Sunday, from 3.00pm, and Cummins has received a major boost with news of Matty Blythe’s return to full fitness.

Victory would see the Bulls back onto zero points and the Provident Stadium chief is hopeful of success on Humberside. 

He said: “Our immediate goal is to get back to zero points and we know that a win, this weekend, will up the pressure on the clubs placed just above us.

“The boys need to stick together for the next few weeks and then, hopefully, we will be smiling by the end of it.

“We have Anthony Mullally, Adam Sidlow and Matty Blythe all available for selection, which I believe will be crucial for us.

“We will look like a little bit more of a Super League team on Sunday and their presence also creates further competition for places amongst the players.”

The Bulls have suffered back-to-back defeats at the hands of Hull FC and Huddersfield Giants.

And Cummins says the prevention of errors and greater concentration will prove key, as his men look to bounce back.

“We have to be better with the ball but we are very confident in what we are capable of,” he added.

“Hopefully, with the lads coming back in, we will be able to generate more quick play-the-balls and make the most of the field position gained.

“Hull KR are very strong at home, though, so we will need to hit our straps.

“We are taking confidence out of the things we are doing. We just need to avoid overplaying and take better control of our game.

“If we stick to what we believe in then things will happen for us. The focus is on the process of winning the next game.

“We cannot afford to burn out by concerning ourselves with the bigger picture.

“The players have to concern themselves on the small things because we have some real quality here.”

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