9th July 2018, 10:32
DEFENSIVE RESOLVE WILL AID HUNSLET PREPARATION
John Kear has praised his side’s defensive resilience in Friday’s 24-4 defeat of Newcastle Thunder – insisting the 11th straight win bodes well for the rest of the season.
In sweltering conditions at Odsal Stadium in front of 3,029 supporters, the Bulls took a 14-4 lead into the sheds at half-time courtesy of tries from Dane Chisholm and Brandon Pickersgill.
An error-strewn second stanza followed as the heat took its toll, with Ethan Ryan crossing for the only try of the half in addition to six points from the boot of half-back Chisholm.
Despite the high error count in the second-half, the titanic tussle will benefit the Bulls ahead of the trip to Hunslet this week, and the visit of York City Knights.
“It was a very tough game indeed, there were some very slow rucks which meant it was all rather pedestrian and not good to watch,” said Kear, who is sponsored by Bradford Bulls Banter.
“But I am delighted with the way we defended especially in the second half, we kept giving the ball away but to their credit, they stood firm and shut them out.
“We controlled the first half and our completion rate was pretty good but we made it hard for ourselves in the second.
“When you keep dropping the ball on your own line you will not tire out the opposition and that made it a real arm wrestle for us.
“We did not work them hard enough early on to tire them out in the heat and that is why it was a such a close game all the way through.
“I am delighted we have won a game like that though, you cannot win them all by 40 or 50 points and this will stand us in good stead ahead of Hunslet and York in the coming weeks.”