Francis Cummins calls for more quality from Bradford Bulls

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Ben Evans touches down his first Super League try but it proved to be the Bulls’ only first-half score Ben Evans touches down his first Super League try but it proved to be the Bulls’ only first-half score

Bulls coach Francis Cummins admitted his side lacked quality as champions Leeds romped to a 42-22 win at the Provident Stadium last night.

Cummins could not fault the desire of his players but conceded they could not live with the Rhinos during a first half in which Bradford fell 30-6 behind.

Leeds never looked back after opening up a 12-0 lead inside six minutes thanks to tries from Kallum Watkins and Mitch Achurch.

Prop Ryan Bailey marked his return from a four-match ban with his first try of the season, centre Carl Ablett touched down twice and captain Kevin Sinfield kicked seven goals from as many attempts on his 450th appearance for the club.

The result marked a third straight defeat for the Bulls and Cummins said: “They were too good for us at the start.

“The lads probably looked a bit nervous before and you can’t afford to give Leeds four tries.

“We probably had one or two players off tonight and, while I’m happy with the character we showed, we need more quality.”

On-loan Warrington prop Ben Evans marked his home debut with a first-half try and a second-half fightback saw winger Elliot Kear scored twice and Brett Kearney touch down.

After seeing his side lose to Wigan, Warrington and Leeds in their last three Super League outings, Cummins insisted: “We’ve hit the wall in terms of results but I think we’re okay.

“We haven’t got too many injuries and just need to dust ourselves off and get ready for London in the cup next week.”

Leeds coach Brian McDermott watched his side move up to third place in the table but says he is not getting carried away by their recent run of form.

The reigning champions are just four points behind leaders Wigan with two games in hand after extending their unbeaten run to eight matches, a far cry from last year when they were outside the top six.

“It doesn’t take much to be miles ahead of where we were last year,” said McDermott.

“We’re reasonably happy with where we are but things can quickly turn and we’re not going to get carried away.

“We’re 12 games in so there is half a season to go before we start to think how it looks in terms of the play-offs.

“We looked impressive for periods, in that first half especially, but we knew this game was going to be a fight at some stage and there were spells when they made a contest of it.

“In the second half you’ve got to give a lot of credit to Bradford, who threw a lot at us, but I thought we were very good. Things are working for us at the moment. They’re making that extra effort.”

McDermott dropped a hint that veteran prop Kylie Leuluai would be offered a new contract after revealing in the week that he wanted to postpone his retirement plans for a second time.

“Kylie is looking as fit and strong and rejuvenated as we’ve seen for a while,” he said.

“He wants another year and, however old he says he is, he’s got another 18 months in him. He’s looking really good.”

Comments (26)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

8:19am Sat 4 May 13

jozieme says...

RL fans in general are going to suffer more and more with poor judgements from the officials on forward passes and raking out the ball.The sarcastic cheers that went up from the Bulls fans when we finally got a forward pass decision, and the blatant disregard for questioning Sinfield's hand raking out the ball from L'Strange.
I thought the ref could question the 3rd ref how the ball came loose? having said that .we were completely 'off the pace' in the 1st half we are toiling all the time and getting nowhere.The team has it in them to come up with winning plays... the effort is there, no doubt about it, that 'magic' ingredient' that turns games was missing last night, a good win under their belt will give them that boost.COYB!
RL fans in general are going to suffer more and more with poor judgements from the officials on forward passes and raking out the ball.The sarcastic cheers that went up from the Bulls fans when we finally got a forward pass decision, and the blatant disregard for questioning Sinfield's hand raking out the ball from L'Strange. I thought the ref could question the 3rd ref how the ball came loose? having said that .we were completely 'off the pace' in the 1st half we are toiling all the time and getting nowhere.The team has it in them to come up with winning plays... the effort is there, no doubt about it, that 'magic' ingredient' that turns games was missing last night, a good win under their belt will give them that boost.COYB! jozieme
  • Score: 0

8:54am Sat 4 May 13

raisemeup says...

jozieme wrote:
RL fans in general are going to suffer more and more with poor judgements from the officials on forward passes and raking out the ball.The sarcastic cheers that went up from the Bulls fans when we finally got a forward pass decision, and the blatant disregard for questioning Sinfield's hand raking out the ball from L'Strange.
I thought the ref could question the 3rd ref how the ball came loose? having said that .we were completely 'off the pace' in the 1st half we are toiling all the time and getting nowhere.The team has it in them to come up with winning plays... the effort is there, no doubt about it, that 'magic' ingredient' that turns games was missing last night, a good win under their belt will give them that boost.COYB!
Good assessment - a player in a forward pass position breaks the line without any effort, and puts the defence in a no win situation. Also, when there are three dummy runners, running in front of the ball carrier, it is boarderline obstruction and possibly offside.. This needs looking at, as it is becoming counterproductive to a good game. That said, as you state we were 'off the pace in the first half' and Leeds played exceptionally well.
[quote][p][bold]jozieme[/bold] wrote: RL fans in general are going to suffer more and more with poor judgements from the officials on forward passes and raking out the ball.The sarcastic cheers that went up from the Bulls fans when we finally got a forward pass decision, and the blatant disregard for questioning Sinfield's hand raking out the ball from L'Strange. I thought the ref could question the 3rd ref how the ball came loose? having said that .we were completely 'off the pace' in the 1st half we are toiling all the time and getting nowhere.The team has it in them to come up with winning plays... the effort is there, no doubt about it, that 'magic' ingredient' that turns games was missing last night, a good win under their belt will give them that boost.COYB![/p][/quote]Good assessment - a player in a forward pass position breaks the line without any effort, and puts the defence in a no win situation. Also, when there are three dummy runners, running in front of the ball carrier, it is boarderline obstruction and possibly offside.. This needs looking at, as it is becoming counterproductive to a good game. That said, as you state we were 'off the pace in the first half' and Leeds played exceptionally well. raisemeup
  • Score: 0

9:26am Sat 4 May 13

Mumby was the best says...

We`ve just played the best three teams in the competition on the trot, did anybody expect us seriously to beat them with our limited resources?
I for one am pleased with the not throwing in the towel attitude nowadays which seemed to always be the case during the codhead era once we fell 18 points behind and went on to lose by a landslide.
As long as we can beat the teams around and below us that should be our goal.
Just a thought last nights crowd looked bigger than the 12 thousand quoted. I don`t think if you doubled it they would fit in Odsal`s 25000 capacity!!
We`ve just played the best three teams in the competition on the trot, did anybody expect us seriously to beat them with our limited resources? I for one am pleased with the not throwing in the towel attitude nowadays which seemed to always be the case during the codhead era once we fell 18 points behind and went on to lose by a landslide. As long as we can beat the teams around and below us that should be our goal. Just a thought last nights crowd looked bigger than the 12 thousand quoted. I don`t think if you doubled it they would fit in Odsal`s 25000 capacity!! Mumby was the best
  • Score: 0

9:46am Sat 4 May 13

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Mumby was the best wrote:
We`ve just played the best three teams in the competition on the trot, did anybody expect us seriously to beat them with our limited resources?
I for one am pleased with the not throwing in the towel attitude nowadays which seemed to always be the case during the codhead era once we fell 18 points behind and went on to lose by a landslide.
As long as we can beat the teams around and below us that should be our goal.
Just a thought last nights crowd looked bigger than the 12 thousand quoted. I don`t think if you doubled it they would fit in Odsal`s 25000 capacity!!
It looked vary sparce on the TV. with London and Catalan still to come at home it looks like a season average of about 8,500 is on the cards.
Same happened at BCFC after admin crowds dropped massively.
[quote][p][bold]Mumby was the best[/bold] wrote: We`ve just played the best three teams in the competition on the trot, did anybody expect us seriously to beat them with our limited resources? I for one am pleased with the not throwing in the towel attitude nowadays which seemed to always be the case during the codhead era once we fell 18 points behind and went on to lose by a landslide. As long as we can beat the teams around and below us that should be our goal. Just a thought last nights crowd looked bigger than the 12 thousand quoted. I don`t think if you doubled it they would fit in Odsal`s 25000 capacity!![/p][/quote]It looked vary sparce on the TV. with London and Catalan still to come at home it looks like a season average of about 8,500 is on the cards. Same happened at BCFC after admin crowds dropped massively. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: 0

10:05am Sat 4 May 13

Holmesy says...

I thought the crowd looked significantly bigger that 12K but there you go.
Our big problem is the play the ball. Our 1st and 2nd marker work is poor and it doesnt allow us to stop teams momentum. I thought Mr Silverwood really allowed Leeds to be constantly offside and the time we received the pass we were tackled. Im sorry to say it but Matt Diskin is no longer a top hooker. Also he is a crock but we are not the same physically without Jamie Langley and I am still not convinced with Gale...bit player. However without question we are not big enough or strong enough. How the hell can Bailey have five players around him and score. Ablett scored from just physicality. Watkins long range tackle physicality to make the bust. Woeful tackling and the reality is that against the top teams we are not strong enough. I wouldnt say we are good enough because when were moving forward we can beat anyone but we are not strong enough. How can Hardaker be allowed to skip out of a try again the physical battle lost. One other point is that Blythe looked fat and slow to me. The problems of a bad back are often caused by overweight and he looks unfit and suspect. My main emphasis without question is try to get Foster back as he looks the only fast player we have and also some guile. A good big un will beat a good little un. If we had Delaney, Leulai and Bailey in our team last night we would have won. You can't play rugby going backwarsd and we all thought we were going to be light in the forwards and against
the top teams we most definately are!
My shopping list would be two srong props. This Ben Wales good try but tackle technique he would not get in West Bowlings starting 13!
However lets pray for a good cup run, get to a semi before we play a top team and like 96 hope we come good as underdogs. Tough ine though but we have a team to watch and thats important although the bradford public are fickle and will soon forget that. Wonder if Leper Hood was watching last night??
I thought the crowd looked significantly bigger that 12K but there you go. Our big problem is the play the ball. Our 1st and 2nd marker work is poor and it doesnt allow us to stop teams momentum. I thought Mr Silverwood really allowed Leeds to be constantly offside and the time we received the pass we were tackled. Im sorry to say it but Matt Diskin is no longer a top hooker. Also he is a crock but we are not the same physically without Jamie Langley and I am still not convinced with Gale...bit player. However without question we are not big enough or strong enough. How the hell can Bailey have five players around him and score. Ablett scored from just physicality. Watkins long range tackle physicality to make the bust. Woeful tackling and the reality is that against the top teams we are not strong enough. I wouldnt say we are good enough because when were moving forward we can beat anyone but we are not strong enough. How can Hardaker be allowed to skip out of a try again the physical battle lost. One other point is that Blythe looked fat and slow to me. The problems of a bad back are often caused by overweight and he looks unfit and suspect. My main emphasis without question is try to get Foster back as he looks the only fast player we have and also some guile. A good big un will beat a good little un. If we had Delaney, Leulai and Bailey in our team last night we would have won. You can't play rugby going backwarsd and we all thought we were going to be light in the forwards and against the top teams we most definately are! My shopping list would be two srong props. This Ben Wales good try but tackle technique he would not get in West Bowlings starting 13! However lets pray for a good cup run, get to a semi before we play a top team and like 96 hope we come good as underdogs. Tough ine though but we have a team to watch and thats important although the bradford public are fickle and will soon forget that. Wonder if Leper Hood was watching last night?? Holmesy
  • Score: 0

10:06am Sat 4 May 13

Holmesy says...

Sorry my mistake Ben Evans of Wales I meant to put!
Sorry my mistake Ben Evans of Wales I meant to put! Holmesy
  • Score: 0

10:16am Sat 4 May 13

Tricky Dicky says...

It was men against boys again and any side with a large pack will trouble the Bulls. Some of the tackling in the first half was just plain bad. Certainly, something there for Mr Cummins to work on in training; some of the younger lads need to learn to bend their backs. But the Bulls made it even harder by slinging the ball about in a cavalier fashion after some very hard earned yardage. Mr Cummins says it is not what he is telling them to do so why are they doing it? Once again, we were like rabbits in headlights against a top four side and Mr Cummins is correct when he says we lack quality. It was a very lack-lustre display against our greatest enemy. The Bulls were quick out of the traps at the start of the season but we looked a very tired side, last night. I wasn't expecting the side to win against Wigan, Warrington and Leeds but we have never even competed and have only started to play when the game was well beyond us and the opposition have taken their foot off the gas. I am sure Mr Cummins knows what and who he needs for next season but there is still a long way to go in this one. The loss of Langley is significant as there is no one getting up and into the opposition's faces as he does so effectively. I now believe that making the top eight is not a priority as there are, effectively, only four teams in this competition. I would much prefer to see the Bulls go out and compete in the first twenty minutes rather than the last twenty minutes and possibly all the game. Whilst everyone may be saying it is a young side, development has to be progressive and not sporadic and the young guns should be showing why they are worth another Super League contract. The most disappointing result of the season so far IMHO but nil desperandum. Let's wear that shirt with pride, passion and power.
It was men against boys again and any side with a large pack will trouble the Bulls. Some of the tackling in the first half was just plain bad. Certainly, something there for Mr Cummins to work on in training; some of the younger lads need to learn to bend their backs. But the Bulls made it even harder by slinging the ball about in a cavalier fashion after some very hard earned yardage. Mr Cummins says it is not what he is telling them to do so why are they doing it? Once again, we were like rabbits in headlights against a top four side and Mr Cummins is correct when he says we lack quality. It was a very lack-lustre display against our greatest enemy. The Bulls were quick out of the traps at the start of the season but we looked a very tired side, last night. I wasn't expecting the side to win against Wigan, Warrington and Leeds but we have never even competed and have only started to play when the game was well beyond us and the opposition have taken their foot off the gas. I am sure Mr Cummins knows what and who he needs for next season but there is still a long way to go in this one. The loss of Langley is significant as there is no one getting up and into the opposition's faces as he does so effectively. I now believe that making the top eight is not a priority as there are, effectively, only four teams in this competition. I would much prefer to see the Bulls go out and compete in the first twenty minutes rather than the last twenty minutes and possibly all the game. Whilst everyone may be saying it is a young side, development has to be progressive and not sporadic and the young guns should be showing why they are worth another Super League contract. The most disappointing result of the season so far IMHO but nil desperandum. Let's wear that shirt with pride, passion and power. Tricky Dicky
  • Score: 0

11:24am Sat 4 May 13

Bev says...

Agree with above,we are being broken down the middle on a regular basis-oh for a Daniel Gartner, Brad Mackay, Mike Forshaw, even Johnny Rae at loose forward- Chev Walker is not up to it-many breaks coming in his channel. Attack is fine but we must start with the pack.
Agree with above,we are being broken down the middle on a regular basis-oh for a Daniel Gartner, Brad Mackay, Mike Forshaw, even Johnny Rae at loose forward- Chev Walker is not up to it-many breaks coming in his channel. Attack is fine but we must start with the pack. Bev
  • Score: 0

11:34am Sat 4 May 13

hypjack says...

I agree with a lot of what has been said above. Leeds offside constantly but they were faster in defence whilst we just stood still at times allowing Burrows to scamper 10 - 15 yards forward before he was tackled.Leeds dropped the ball in the first few minutes right in front of the linesman & he missed it even though we saw it clearly in the stand. Linesmen are a waste of space in my opinion. plenty of forward passes & leeds getting the majority of the calls when playing dirty. Ryan Bailey should have been put on report for Kearney tackle at the end that nearly took his head off. Besides that i cannot disagree that Leeds were the better side, we need to get back to the tackle bags! As for our attack, we lacked composure & quality near their line & the one man rugby up the middle is never going to win you games against a top 4 side. COYB
I agree with a lot of what has been said above. Leeds offside constantly but they were faster in defence whilst we just stood still at times allowing Burrows to scamper 10 - 15 yards forward before he was tackled.Leeds dropped the ball in the first few minutes right in front of the linesman & he missed it even though we saw it clearly in the stand. Linesmen are a waste of space in my opinion. plenty of forward passes & leeds getting the majority of the calls when playing dirty. Ryan Bailey should have been put on report for Kearney tackle at the end that nearly took his head off. Besides that i cannot disagree that Leeds were the better side, we need to get back to the tackle bags! As for our attack, we lacked composure & quality near their line & the one man rugby up the middle is never going to win you games against a top 4 side. COYB hypjack
  • Score: 0

11:40am Sat 4 May 13

caledonia15 says...

Got to agree with a lot of the comments above, but we need to remember that we are in the process of re-building, this time last year we didn't know if we would have a team for the next match.
I read a comment from Francis Cummins in which he stated that we are around 4 years behind the top sides, that's a very fair assessment in my view, lets face it we didn't really know until the end of last season if we would be here this year, thank good for Omar and his team who are doing an excellent job rebuilding our wonderful club.
At least Super League ( what a wonderful professional set up that is - no sponsor yet for this season !!!) have stated we can join the party again next year, so at least we can forward plan and not have to wait until the end of the season to try and put a team together.
Lets get behind the Bulls, with the present set up in a few years time we will be up there again,we have some wonderful young talent coming through, who want to play for the Bulls. Leeds are having their time in the sunshine, they played well last night and deserved to win, but there time is coming to a close, a lot of their stars are getting the wrong side of 30+ and the pendulum will swing again.
Got to agree with a lot of the comments above, but we need to remember that we are in the process of re-building, this time last year we didn't know if we would have a team for the next match. I read a comment from Francis Cummins in which he stated that we are around 4 years behind the top sides, that's a very fair assessment in my view, lets face it we didn't really know until the end of last season if we would be here this year, thank good for Omar and his team who are doing an excellent job rebuilding our wonderful club. At least Super League ( what a wonderful professional set up that is - no sponsor yet for this season !!!) have stated we can join the party again next year, so at least we can forward plan and not have to wait until the end of the season to try and put a team together. Lets get behind the Bulls, with the present set up in a few years time we will be up there again,we have some wonderful young talent coming through, who want to play for the Bulls. Leeds are having their time in the sunshine, they played well last night and deserved to win, but there time is coming to a close, a lot of their stars are getting the wrong side of 30+ and the pendulum will swing again. caledonia15
  • Score: 0

11:53am Sat 4 May 13

Prycey says...

Franny needs to recruit our own young “hard” forwards and bring them through. We did it a decade ago and built a team around them as they matured and we desperately need it again. This is a game for hard men and I think some of our young lads need to toughen up or they will always be remembered as skilful but pushovers when they come up against the real tough guys. We can’t afford to buy readymade players but we need to scour the lower leagues and find the next fieldens, peacocks, forshaws etc. I will also say I do think Franny needs a hard forward as his assistant to drill them and teach our lads how to face up and learn better tackling techniques. I too am happy with our guts and determination and don’t see top 8 as paramount – as long as the long term plan is growing. I am not gutted at the last 3 results as we can’t match them yet. Even with limited funds this summer it is vital that Franny spends it well and brings in some tougher forwards – and I would let Diskin go and use his wage to help achieve that.
Franny needs to recruit our own young “hard” forwards and bring them through. We did it a decade ago and built a team around them as they matured and we desperately need it again. This is a game for hard men and I think some of our young lads need to toughen up or they will always be remembered as skilful but pushovers when they come up against the real tough guys. We can’t afford to buy readymade players but we need to scour the lower leagues and find the next fieldens, peacocks, forshaws etc. I will also say I do think Franny needs a hard forward as his assistant to drill them and teach our lads how to face up and learn better tackling techniques. I too am happy with our guts and determination and don’t see top 8 as paramount – as long as the long term plan is growing. I am not gutted at the last 3 results as we can’t match them yet. Even with limited funds this summer it is vital that Franny spends it well and brings in some tougher forwards – and I would let Diskin go and use his wage to help achieve that. Prycey
  • Score: 0

11:58am Sat 4 May 13

bullybullman says...

Mumby was the best wrote:
We`ve just played the best three teams in the competition on the trot, did anybody expect us seriously to beat them with our limited resources?
I for one am pleased with the not throwing in the towel attitude nowadays which seemed to always be the case during the codhead era once we fell 18 points behind and went on to lose by a landslide.
As long as we can beat the teams around and below us that should be our goal.
Just a thought last nights crowd looked bigger than the 12 thousand quoted. I don`t think if you doubled it they would fit in Odsal`s 25000 capacity!!
And with a mentality like yours thats why we wont win sorry to say that 60% of the squad & Franny are the same ! come on its not about winning all the time its about commitment & pride the last 3 games have shown how far off we are.

Stop the it does`nt matter if we lose by 30 points mentality because we need to stop shipping 30 plus score lines if we want to move forward.

The crowd last night told a big story I feel due to recent poor performances Wigan in particular that many supporters who may have gone did`nt & watched it at home instead. The ability is there & it has nothing to do with last year I think perhaps the commitment is missing.
[quote][p][bold]Mumby was the best[/bold] wrote: We`ve just played the best three teams in the competition on the trot, did anybody expect us seriously to beat them with our limited resources? I for one am pleased with the not throwing in the towel attitude nowadays which seemed to always be the case during the codhead era once we fell 18 points behind and went on to lose by a landslide. As long as we can beat the teams around and below us that should be our goal. Just a thought last nights crowd looked bigger than the 12 thousand quoted. I don`t think if you doubled it they would fit in Odsal`s 25000 capacity!![/p][/quote]And with a mentality like yours thats why we wont win sorry to say that 60% of the squad & Franny are the same ! come on its not about winning all the time its about commitment & pride the last 3 games have shown how far off we are. Stop the it does`nt matter if we lose by 30 points mentality because we need to stop shipping 30 plus score lines if we want to move forward. The crowd last night told a big story I feel due to recent poor performances Wigan in particular that many supporters who may have gone did`nt & watched it at home instead. The ability is there & it has nothing to do with last year I think perhaps the commitment is missing. bullybullman
  • Score: 0

12:00pm Sat 4 May 13

Odsal53 says...

Does anybody know exactly why Adam Purtell's try was disallowed? It happened infront of me and I could not se anything wrong. If allowed it would have been 30points to 22points which may have had a big bearing on the result. 8 points in it and the Bulls at that time seemed to be getting on top of Leeds. However on the whole they were faster in movement and ball distrobution. Forward passes though are the norn these days with dummy runners playing the part of blockers.
Does anybody know exactly why Adam Purtell's try was disallowed? It happened infront of me and I could not se anything wrong. If allowed it would have been 30points to 22points which may have had a big bearing on the result. 8 points in it and the Bulls at that time seemed to be getting on top of Leeds. However on the whole they were faster in movement and ball distrobution. Forward passes though are the norn these days with dummy runners playing the part of blockers. Odsal53
  • Score: 0

12:15pm Sat 4 May 13

THEMANOFSTEEL says...

I aren't taking a lot of these excuses of rebuilding for last night
Leeds were outstanding
We lacked fight and determination last night
Sorry to say but we aren't competing for SL Crown or Challenge Cup with this years team
We just need to see out this season and hope for a playoff spot

For me these players need to be kept an eye on
Luke Gale just come back from injury looks very very lost 1 decent kick last night. Seems to have lost his way
Keith Lulia now all teams no what to expect from him never goes up for the high ball
Matt Diskin too slow L'estrange twice the player he is
Chev Walker tackling lacked last night
To compete with the big boys these are all key areas which need looking at
I aren't taking a lot of these excuses of rebuilding for last night Leeds were outstanding We lacked fight and determination last night Sorry to say but we aren't competing for SL Crown or Challenge Cup with this years team We just need to see out this season and hope for a playoff spot For me these players need to be kept an eye on Luke Gale just come back from injury looks very very lost 1 decent kick last night. Seems to have lost his way Keith Lulia now all teams no what to expect from him never goes up for the high ball Matt Diskin too slow L'estrange twice the player he is Chev Walker tackling lacked last night To compete with the big boys these are all key areas which need looking at THEMANOFSTEEL
  • Score: 0

12:36pm Sat 4 May 13

pjbull says...

Odsal53: There was a knock-on in the tackle which Leeds re-gained and played on. They passed the ball and Purtell intercepted, But the new rules allow for the ref to wait to see if a full advantage has been gained from an infringement before blowing. As we regained the ball, Leeds didn't get full advantage.
Odsal53: There was a knock-on in the tackle which Leeds re-gained and played on. They passed the ball and Purtell intercepted, But the new rules allow for the ref to wait to see if a full advantage has been gained from an infringement before blowing. As we regained the ball, Leeds didn't get full advantage. pjbull
  • Score: 0

12:45pm Sat 4 May 13

pjbull says...

We cannot fault the effort of the team but some of our problems can be fixed-up and it is frustrating that they aren't being.

Four times last week we coughed up possession on the first tackle and again, last night, we gave possession away too cheaply.
Defensively we need to be tighter - forward passes or not, our line is too easily broken.

Gale and Sammut spent 15 mins before kick-off practising kicks to touch and yet our kicking game was poor (again).

Sammut is now an easy target in goal-line defence and whilst he can be a line-breaker, his retention of the ball is not good enough.

Neither of our half-backs control our attacks and so much of what we do looks pedestrian and off-the-cuff.

The league is splitting into 3 tiers - we need to ensure we stay firmly in the middle one this season and build on it for next.
We cannot fault the effort of the team but some of our problems can be fixed-up and it is frustrating that they aren't being. Four times last week we coughed up possession on the first tackle and again, last night, we gave possession away too cheaply. Defensively we need to be tighter - forward passes or not, our line is too easily broken. Gale and Sammut spent 15 mins before kick-off practising kicks to touch and yet our kicking game was poor (again). Sammut is now an easy target in goal-line defence and whilst he can be a line-breaker, his retention of the ball is not good enough. Neither of our half-backs control our attacks and so much of what we do looks pedestrian and off-the-cuff. The league is splitting into 3 tiers - we need to ensure we stay firmly in the middle one this season and build on it for next. pjbull
  • Score: 0

12:45pm Sat 4 May 13

nidgenodge says...

agree with most of the above but watch again at how quick Leeds were at the play the ball and how slow we were at retreating 10 yards.Young Evans was walking back as Burrow slid past him and missed tackles are punished by top teams.I will not knock the team but you do not have to be a top player to learn that if you get up and into the other teams face, they do not like it.Tackling is to quote Stevo basic rugby league football and our tackling last night was way below par.Leeds looked like they wanted to win more than we did last night and Franny needs to get them laying their bodies on the line again.Being 30 points down against Leeds, Saints and Wigan at half time leaves you no chance of winning.Good coaching eventually produces results just look at The Rabbitohs in NRL under Maguire - get the basics right and the rest will follow.Coyb
agree with most of the above but watch again at how quick Leeds were at the play the ball and how slow we were at retreating 10 yards.Young Evans was walking back as Burrow slid past him and missed tackles are punished by top teams.I will not knock the team but you do not have to be a top player to learn that if you get up and into the other teams face, they do not like it.Tackling is to quote Stevo basic rugby league football and our tackling last night was way below par.Leeds looked like they wanted to win more than we did last night and Franny needs to get them laying their bodies on the line again.Being 30 points down against Leeds, Saints and Wigan at half time leaves you no chance of winning.Good coaching eventually produces results just look at The Rabbitohs in NRL under Maguire - get the basics right and the rest will follow.Coyb nidgenodge
  • Score: 0

1:29pm Sat 4 May 13

Mumby was the best says...

On a note about defensive frailties particularly in our back row (Addy, Olbison and Walker) why is Franny not playing Donaldson? He may not be the most creative, but at least he knows how to tackle.
Most posters seem to think Diskin is past it, add Walker as well.I hope they are not keeping their places because they are Franny`s mates.
On a note about defensive frailties particularly in our back row (Addy, Olbison and Walker) why is Franny not playing Donaldson? He may not be the most creative, but at least he knows how to tackle. Most posters seem to think Diskin is past it, add Walker as well.I hope they are not keeping their places because they are Franny`s mates. Mumby was the best
  • Score: 0

2:27pm Sat 4 May 13

raisemeup says...

The style of play from leeds owes a lot to Brian Mac and Jimmy Lowes reading of the game gained at the Bulls...In a way we should be flattered, but it's pretty well disguised at the moment.

Someone mentioned the Forward coach as a specific, to begin the toughening up of the Pack...I agree 100%. If we are not a bit more street wise for the Magic weekend game with Huddersfield, Paul Anderson will do what Leeds did to us..
At the moment though it's about a very steep learning curve, which is about half way up (or down on the curve for our negative posters).

I still feel confident that when we can afford to build our squad with some more decent signings we will be a force to reckon with.

COYB

PS Not sure what others think about our chant??? I find it quite unimaginitive, and monotonous! Perhaps we should have a contest to bring on a new tuneful Bulls song?
The style of play from leeds owes a lot to Brian Mac and Jimmy Lowes reading of the game gained at the Bulls...In a way we should be flattered, but it's pretty well disguised at the moment. Someone mentioned the Forward coach as a specific, to begin the toughening up of the Pack...I agree 100%. If we are not a bit more street wise for the Magic weekend game with Huddersfield, Paul Anderson will do what Leeds did to us.. At the moment though it's about a very steep learning curve, which is about half way up (or down on the curve for our negative posters). I still feel confident that when we can afford to build our squad with some more decent signings we will be a force to reckon with. COYB PS Not sure what others think about our chant??? I find it quite unimaginitive, and monotonous! Perhaps we should have a contest to bring on a new tuneful Bulls song? raisemeup
  • Score: 0

2:35pm Sat 4 May 13

CHLOE220696 says...

i am sorry to say but half the team is only champonship quality we played better without gale cant tackle cant make a break elliott whitehead was head and shoulders and kear the rest need to learn how to tackle and franny you need to buy some big forwards and dont blame the ref leeds were better in every part of the pitch and that smarts
i am sorry to say but half the team is only champonship quality we played better without gale cant tackle cant make a break elliott whitehead was head and shoulders and kear the rest need to learn how to tackle and franny you need to buy some big forwards and dont blame the ref leeds were better in every part of the pitch and that smarts CHLOE220696
  • Score: 0

3:01pm Sat 4 May 13

kellyh1981 says...

Leeds were organised, had options and were quicker at everything they did.
Their speed at the ruck in attack was brilliant and against slow markers, who on a lot of occasions we still had 1 defender on the floor and then struggled to get in the defensive line.
Evans shows potential of being a no nonsense actions speaker than louder than words forward but he needs game time.
Chev Walker does not have a good tackling technique and has the habit of putting his head in the wrong postion on a regular basis which the causes him an injury.
We have the 3 top players for missed tackles in Super League in Whitehead / Sammut and Walker and they were targeted by Leeds and it was successful.
We need a strong pack to lay the platform for the halfbacks, we are not going to win games from our own half or trying to pin the oppositon in their own half with long kicks as we end up defending and too tired to tyen play if we get the opportunity.
the team spirit / determination and enthusiasm is there but we need to strengthen the forwards.
I also think we need a real leader on the pictch, not necassarily the captain, but a Graeme Bradley / Jimmy Lowes type player who can lift the team and oush them.
Last night when they scored a couple of tries they were lifted and the intensity went with it, as soon as Leeds scored again the heads went down, we need someone who can motivate the team on the pitch to keep them going.
I think we will finish in the top 8, but we need to stop seeing that we are at a disadvantage to other teams, get on with it and let actions peaker louder than words on the pitch.
On another note Danny maguire is a sneaky dirty player. Punching, kicking, cheap digs. Needs to be cited for some of his actions last night.
Leeds were organised, had options and were quicker at everything they did. Their speed at the ruck in attack was brilliant and against slow markers, who on a lot of occasions we still had 1 defender on the floor and then struggled to get in the defensive line. Evans shows potential of being a no nonsense actions speaker than louder than words forward but he needs game time. Chev Walker does not have a good tackling technique and has the habit of putting his head in the wrong postion on a regular basis which the causes him an injury. We have the 3 top players for missed tackles in Super League in Whitehead / Sammut and Walker and they were targeted by Leeds and it was successful. We need a strong pack to lay the platform for the halfbacks, we are not going to win games from our own half or trying to pin the oppositon in their own half with long kicks as we end up defending and too tired to tyen play if we get the opportunity. the team spirit / determination and enthusiasm is there but we need to strengthen the forwards. I also think we need a real leader on the pictch, not necassarily the captain, but a Graeme Bradley / Jimmy Lowes type player who can lift the team and oush them. Last night when they scored a couple of tries they were lifted and the intensity went with it, as soon as Leeds scored again the heads went down, we need someone who can motivate the team on the pitch to keep them going. I think we will finish in the top 8, but we need to stop seeing that we are at a disadvantage to other teams, get on with it and let actions peaker louder than words on the pitch. On another note Danny maguire is a sneaky dirty player. Punching, kicking, cheap digs. Needs to be cited for some of his actions last night. kellyh1981
  • Score: 0

4:18pm Sat 4 May 13

Tricky Dicky says...

I'll just throw this one in for discussion. Is Mr Cummins putting all his eggs in one basket and that basket being the Challenge Cup? Is he cherry-picking his matches, giving up those that are perceived losses? He did quote that we have come out of these tough games without major injuries. Is the Cup all or nothing for the Bulls this season? It will be interesting to see the side's motivation and intensity, next week against the Broncos. Just a supposition but it will not be the first time that a team has a specific agenda for the season.
I'll just throw this one in for discussion. Is Mr Cummins putting all his eggs in one basket and that basket being the Challenge Cup? Is he cherry-picking his matches, giving up those that are perceived losses? He did quote that we have come out of these tough games without major injuries. Is the Cup all or nothing for the Bulls this season? It will be interesting to see the side's motivation and intensity, next week against the Broncos. Just a supposition but it will not be the first time that a team has a specific agenda for the season. Tricky Dicky
  • Score: 0

1:05am Sun 5 May 13

liverpoolbull says...

We have more chance of winning the cup than the super league , realistically we want to compete and finish in the top eight , would any proper Bradford fan not settle for that , we have less funding than the rest of super league but a chairman who is committed to the cause unlike the last lot , the least we can do is to show a bit of patience and give our full support without the knockers that we have on this site , they know who they are , and to try to put it politely, it rhymes with tankers , support the team or sod off we don't need or want you, rant over
We have more chance of winning the cup than the super league , realistically we want to compete and finish in the top eight , would any proper Bradford fan not settle for that , we have less funding than the rest of super league but a chairman who is committed to the cause unlike the last lot , the least we can do is to show a bit of patience and give our full support without the knockers that we have on this site , they know who they are , and to try to put it politely, it rhymes with tankers , support the team or sod off we don't need or want you, rant over liverpoolbull
  • Score: 0

1:25pm Sun 5 May 13

axlef1963 says...

come on people lets take a reality check here.we have half the money of everybody else oops forgot the gready gits shared our half between themselves.we cant rotate our squad like all thetop sides and we could only recruit at the last minute.we are seventh in the table god what do some people want a bloody miracle.this season home and away not once have we had a go at the team when its not going well.thats true support.on friday at half time they could have just gone threw the motions and got well and truly stuffed but no they came out and never gave up thats team spirit.rome wasnt built in a day and neither are rugby league teams.come on people get real and get behind the lads snipping at individual players isjust negative crap so lay off.right thats my rant over ahhhh COYB till i die
come on people lets take a reality check here.we have half the money of everybody else oops forgot the gready gits shared our half between themselves.we cant rotate our squad like all thetop sides and we could only recruit at the last minute.we are seventh in the table god what do some people want a bloody miracle.this season home and away not once have we had a go at the team when its not going well.thats true support.on friday at half time they could have just gone threw the motions and got well and truly stuffed but no they came out and never gave up thats team spirit.rome wasnt built in a day and neither are rugby league teams.come on people get real and get behind the lads snipping at individual players isjust negative crap so lay off.right thats my rant over ahhhh COYB till i die axlef1963
  • Score: 0

4:00pm Sun 5 May 13

olicanabull says...

At the beginning of this three game sequence I wrote that I'd be happy with one win but slightly surprised as well. It is not losing so much that hurts, it is the manner of it - in the first half our tackling was woeful. I'd have thought we should have started with Donaldson in the absence of Langley. The latter is not a constructive loose forward but he definitely stiffens up the midfield defence and some of those breaks last night would not have materialised if he'd been playing. Donaldson can tackle and he'd have been a better option than Walker in this match when good defence was essential. The criticism of Gale is a bit harsh - he's only just coming back from injury and moreover he can't play without the ball. I agree we need one really tough forward enforcer, a Fairbank would be ideal. On the back, we do need Foster back but I'm concerned about Lulia who is not half the player he was last year. Does he really want away? On present form I'm not sure he's worth his place. Olbison, also coming back from injury, looked off the pace last night. And we missed Bateman. Kear improves match by match both in defence and attack and in taking the high ball. Growing maturity of the young players and one or two enforcers in the forward and we should have a reasonably good team next year and afterwards. Earlier if the RFL gave us the money we deserve - that decision seems spiteful and political and is very hard on Omar and Gerry.
At the beginning of this three game sequence I wrote that I'd be happy with one win but slightly surprised as well. It is not losing so much that hurts, it is the manner of it - in the first half our tackling was woeful. I'd have thought we should have started with Donaldson in the absence of Langley. The latter is not a constructive loose forward but he definitely stiffens up the midfield defence and some of those breaks last night would not have materialised if he'd been playing. Donaldson can tackle and he'd have been a better option than Walker in this match when good defence was essential. The criticism of Gale is a bit harsh - he's only just coming back from injury and moreover he can't play without the ball. I agree we need one really tough forward enforcer, a Fairbank would be ideal. On the back, we do need Foster back but I'm concerned about Lulia who is not half the player he was last year. Does he really want away? On present form I'm not sure he's worth his place. Olbison, also coming back from injury, looked off the pace last night. And we missed Bateman. Kear improves match by match both in defence and attack and in taking the high ball. Growing maturity of the young players and one or two enforcers in the forward and we should have a reasonably good team next year and afterwards. Earlier if the RFL gave us the money we deserve - that decision seems spiteful and political and is very hard on Omar and Gerry. olicanabull
  • Score: 0

1:12pm Tue 7 May 13

Bone_idle18 says...

Interesting that the RFL have decided no to charge any of the Leeds players cited after Fridays game. Seemingly McGuire didn't knee whitehead, he was just trying to get his leg free!
And Luluai didn't tackle high, he hit the shoulder and it was a grab (I'm sire Evans just whipped his head back himself), same with Bailey.

Luckily, Addy also has the same outcome. I think the fact Leeds has 6 citings and we had 1 sums up the sort of team Leeds are.
Interesting that the RFL have decided no to charge any of the Leeds players cited after Fridays game. Seemingly McGuire didn't knee whitehead, he was just trying to get his leg free! And Luluai didn't tackle high, he hit the shoulder and it was a grab (I'm sire Evans just whipped his head back himself), same with Bailey. Luckily, Addy also has the same outcome. I think the fact Leeds has 6 citings and we had 1 sums up the sort of team Leeds are. Bone_idle18
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

Get Adobe Flash player
About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree