HEAD COACH Francis Cummins has spoken of his frustration following last night's defeat at the hands of arch-rivals Leeds Rhinos.
The Bradford Bulls chief looked on as the visiting Rhinos ran in nine tries to run out 46-6 winners in front of a five-figure crowd at The Provident Stadium.
Cummins claims poor decision making and errors cost his side dear, though injuries suffered to four key members of his squad did not help the Bradford cause.
Matty Blythe (knee), James Donaldson (ankle), Adam Sidlow (back) and Lee Gaskell (ankle) were all helped from the field in quick succession.
“Matty has picked up what looks like quite a serious knee injury and is facing a scan, as are James, Adam and Lee,” said coach Cummins.
“It perhaps rules them out of Monday's trip to Wigan – and the situation left us without any interchanges for the final quarter of last night's game.
“But, even still, it is massively frustrating because we are playing nowhere close to our potential.
“I thought Leeds started very well, we had the ball twice in 14 minutes and against a team like Leeds Rhinos you simply cannot allow that to happen.
“We clawed ourselves out of a bit of a situation early on, but we are not putting enough pressure on the opposition line.
“We made it down there on a couple of occasions in the first half – but we panicked and it cost us.
“Our game management is not good enough and we are not building any pressure.
“Having said that, we lost a couple of players early – who were not going to return – and we lost our way.
“You get the feeling if something can go wrong then it will go wrong, but we have got to be much better than that.
“Although we had players playing out of position, it wasn't until we lost players in the game until we started to really suffer.
“Trying to defend a white-hot Rhinos team, with such quality in their outside backs, with a couple of back-rower and a half-back as your back three, it is very difficult.”
The Bulls return to First Utility Super League action on Easter Monday, with Cummins' men travelling to the DW Stadium to face reigning champions Wigan Warriors (kick-off 3.00pm).
Unreserved seating in the North Stand can be purchased until 2.00pm TOMORROW, with prices starting at £21 (adults) and £14 (concessions, students and juniors).
And we are also offering coach travel for the round-ten clash – for just £15. Coaches will leave The Provident Stadium at 12.30pm on the day of the game.
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