12th July 2014

JAMES LOWES is taking the positives from last night's defeat at the hands of St Helens.

It was perhaps a case of what might have been for Lowes' Bradford Bulls, who racked up 22 points in the second half, having trailed by five unanswered tries at the interval.

But the Provident Stadium general paid credit to the battling response of his side, in what proved an exciting closing quarter at Langtree Park.

“It is a very tough place to go and it can be intimidating, but there is definitely something there and the boys dug deep late on,” said Lowes, who is being proudly sponsored by Swim Stars UK.

“We were miles off in the first half, absolutely miles off, but it was good to see us coming back strong.

“It is a shame we allowed the scoreboard to be stacked against us because when we got going and put St Helens under pressure, we looked like a very good side.

“We seemed to almost cut loose just past the hour mark but, unfortunately, we did not compete in the first half – on any level – and that was the difference.”

The Bulls return to the First:Utility Super League action next Sunday, taking on Huddersfield Giants at the John Smith's Stadium from 3.00pm.

Coach Lowes says he wants to see a repeat of Bradford's second-half effort on Merseyside, insisting the Giants' attacking flair will need to be contained.

“We have got a game next week against a side who are very good with the ball,” he added.

“We will have to compete with that and show the sort of fight we did for the final 25 minutes last night.

“It wasn't a case of St Helens stopping playing, it was a case of us starting to play.

“The lads are trying hard, displaying personal pride and showing they are decent blokes, and that is the pleasing thing.”