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Bradford Bulls coach Francis Cummins: Pride will motivate us to the end
The Bulls “owe it to themselves” to finish with a flourish after another play-off no-show.
The Challenge Cup final means a blank weekend at the Provident Stadium as they come to terms with missing out on a top-eight finish for the fifth year running.
But Francis Cummins insists there will be no problems getting the team up for the final two matches against London and Super League leaders Huddersfield.
Cummins said: “There’s no doubt it has been a big disappointment we can’t reach the goal we are after.
“We have worked so hard and there have been times when we’ve let ourselves down. But we can finish on a strong note.
“The players don’t need me to make them train any harder. One thing rugby league players have is pride in their performance; that’s the ultimate thing.
“We owe it to ourselves to keep going and play as well as we can for the remaining games.”
Cummins admitted numbers have been down at training in the aftermath of last week’s loss at Castleford. The Bulls have taken the opportunity of a blank game day to rest some knocks they have been carrying.
As they prepare to sit out the play-offs once more, the coach firmly believes that progress is being made.
“We are on the cusp of something good,” he added. “We were right there and it’s just down to the odd time when we lost concentration and didn’t make the right pass or put in the right kick.
“We haven’t had any blow-outs as we did last year.
“I talk a lot about my career at Leeds but it took me ten years to finally achieve something.
“Look at Bradford’s recent past. Robbie Paul didn’t achieve anything for five years.
“They had that time before it started to happen. But once they did achieve as a club, they were able to kick on.
“Sometimes you do learn more in defeats and we do need to be better. But I know it will happen.”
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