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Bradford Bulls boss Francis Cummins optimistic for the future
Bulls coach Francis Cummins admitted his side failed to perform yesterday but predicted the club would be stronger on and off the field next season.
The 46-34 defeat at Castle-ford condemned the Bulls to a fifth successive year outside of the play-offs.
Cummins accepted that his side had failed to achieve their goals after falling away badly in the second half of the campaign.
But with a number of notable signings having already been announced – and more to come – Cummins spoke of his optimism for 2014.
He said: “We will be in a stronger position next year, both on and off the field.
“We’re a young group and we will get better.
“We’re investing in staff, we’ve a lot of good people coming in and it's going to be a great place.
“We needed a bit of luck in keeping people fresh and we’ve not had it. I am frustrated but we have to take it on board and improve.”
The Bulls shipped eight tries yesterday but they kept fighting to the death and Brett Kearney almost went over late on for a try that could have levelled the scores in a dramatic finale.
As it was, he was tackled just short of the line and Castleford hit back with another try of their own.
Cummins, who was missing Luke Gale through injury, added: “Without repeating the record, the one thing this group have got is character.
“We didn’t play well at all but Cas are very good at playing that sort of game.
“It’s not touch rugby but it’s not far off and they came up with some great play.
“We can’t play like that although we did it that way at the end.
“We worked really hard after we got ourselves in certain situations but we’ve got to not get there in the first place.
“We’re coming up with some big skill but we’re making it too hard at times. Defensively we weren’t soft but we weren’t smart with what we were doing.”
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