Bradford Bulls


8th October 2018, 11:03


John Kear has paid tribute to his players following Sunday’s play-off final victory over Workington Town – insisting they are continuing to evolve as the focus now turns to life in the Championship.

First-half tries from Jy Hitchcox, George Flanagan and Joe Keyes saw Kear’s men establish a 12-2 advantage at the break.

A Fuifui Moimoi red card handed the impetus back to the hosts’ following an early score by the Cumbrians before Hitchcox’s second try extended his side’s lead in the final quarter.

The Australian winger sealed his hat-trick in spectacular fashion before Chisholm added the icing on the cake on the hooter leading to jubilant scenes on the terraces at Odsal Stadium.  

“I think in these two play-off matches we have really evolved as a team and when the chips were down they fronted up so I am delighted for them and I congratulate them on the achievement,” said Kear, who is sponsored by Bradford Bulls Banter.

“We scored 15 tries and only conceded one against two of the best teams in the league and again today they defended as if their lives depended on it.

“The ten minutes where Matt Garside was in the bin we did not give them an inch and I think that spell set us up to see the game out from there on in.

“I think we surprised Workington with how we attacked them, we changed things up to what we threw at them last time and it paid off with some breathtaking tries.

“The players have been the ones to be shot at all season and that has only hardened them up for these types of games and the players have handled that pressure really well.

“Now we can look forward to being a good championship team, we have stability and quality – but we will get even better!”

The Bradford head coach also spoke of the nucleus of Bradford-born players in the side, hailing the efforts behind-the-scenes to unearth the game’s next stars.

“Having a squad with so many Bradford-born players makes an achievement like this extra special as they know what the club has been through,” said Kear.

“The people behind the scenes, the likes of Andrew Chalmers and John Bastian are really passionate about bringing homegrown players through here.

“They have a real eye for spotting talent and we have a great core of Bradford-born players but the whole squad has contributed this year."