Cummins admits Bradford Bulls let themselves down in Broncos shocker (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Francis Cummins admits Bradford Bulls let themselves down in Broncos shocker
Francis Cummins felt the Bulls had suffered their “biggest disappointment of the season” after yesterday’s humiliating 20-10 home defeat to London Broncos.
The crisis-torn capital club cashed in on a woeful display from Bradford to rack up only their fourth Super League win of the campaign.
It was a bitterly disappointing way for the Bulls to mark Omar Khan’s first-year anniversary at the helm and came on the day that season tickets for 2014 were launched.
Asked where it ranked in the Bulls’ season, Cummins said: “I think it was the biggest disappointment of the season.
“We’ve probably had one game where we were really poor and that was against Huddersfield at the Magic Weekend but we never gave up working hard for each other. We just didn’t today and we let each other down.”
The Bulls lost influential full back Brett Kearney to a shoulder injury in training and Jamie Foster deputised, with Academy captain Sam Wood handed his home debut on the left wing.
The Bulls were missing a handful of other key players through injury but Cummins said: “There’s no excuse – we should have been miles better than that with the standards we have set.
“It’s not just me saying that; it’s the standards the players have set themselves.
“We let each other down today and it was very disappointing. We looked like we had a few players who had given up, which they didn’t.”
Jamie Soward provided the inspiration for London by scoring one try, creating another and kicking two goals.
But Cummins accepted his players had only themselves to blame for their carelessness in possession.
“We defended big sets for a lot of time and then we just threw the ball away,” he said.
“We made 18 errors and I don’t know what our completion rate was but it was about 40 per cent and that’s just ridiculous.
“London all had the ball, were offloading at will and it takes a lot of petrol out of you.
“It’s a very simple game but it’s difficult to play, especially if you don’t have any ball. When we did have it, we threw it away.”
Meanwhile, Bulls deputy director Robbie Hunter-Paul yesterday launched an initiative that will see the first 1,000 supporters to buy season tickets handed the opportunity to be on a huge team photo that will take pride of place on a billboard overlooking Odsal next season.
Supporters will also be offered a voucher to buy a 2013 replica shirt in the club shop as part of the ‘Belong 1000 Challenge’ – but must buy their season tickets before 3pm on Saturday.
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