Cummins salutes Bradford Bulls' response as they go from sinners to saints (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Francis Cummins salutes Bradford Bulls' response as they go from sinners to saints
Francis Cummins declared himself proud of his players after the Bulls destroyed leaders Huddersfield with a stunning 43-18 win at the John Smith’s Stadium yesterday.
It was the perfect antidote to the dismal home defeat at the hands of St Helens the week previously and left Cummins in buoyant mood.
The Bulls coach said: “We know what sort of team we are and we’ve got to have everybody 100 per cent sticking to what we do. When we do that we can cause teams trouble and I thought we did that today.
“I’m really proud of them and how hard they worked.”
The Bulls were vibrant from the outset and Sammut darted over the line in the third minute to open the scoring and Blythe’s smart finish in the right corner put them 12-0 up in the tenth minute.
Cummins added: “You don’t have to be Einstein to know that if you make a good start in this game then you can gain a bit of momentum.
“We didn’t do that last week – Saints ran straight through us – but I thought we started really well today and we needed to after last week.”
Sammut claimed centre stage with his hat-trick of tries, the last one coming after the final hooter, but Addy also impressed alongside him.
Cummins added: “We’ve not got too many options but I thought both of them (Sammut and Addy) looked dangerous within the structure.
“Jarrod can pull a play out of somewhere, and he’s done really well, but he can still show his flair within that.
“I’m really happy with Danny Addy too.”
Heath L’Estrange, who started the match after fellow joint-captain Matt Diskin was ruled out with a severe dead leg, enjoyed an outstanding game.
He was withdrawn in the second half and replaced by O’Brien but Cummins revealed the switch was a tactical move.
“I just thought Heath had done a good stint and it was time to bring Adam on.
“It was nice for Adam to score and one of those moments where people think ‘what a great substitution!’ “But seriously, I’m happy for him because he’s been doing it at Dewsbury and is ready to play Super League.”
Addy suffered a bang on the head and was withdrawn as a precaution, while prop Manase Manuokafoa was also replaced in the second half after sustaining a knock to his shoulder.
Cummins said: “Nas is laughing and joking in there, so hopefully that means it’s nothing too serious.”
Giants coach and former Bulls prop Paul Anderson was forced to concede his men got what they deserved.
Anderson, who was without scrum half Danny Brough through illness, said: “Some of the errors we made, such as dropping the ball, were childish.
“Bradford got what they deserved, which was a good win, and we got what we deserved, which was nothing.”