Jarrod Sammut factor adds to intrigue for Bradford Bulls at Wakefield

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Jarrod Sammut faces his former club just two games into the new season Jarrod Sammut faces his former club just two games into the new season

Francis Cummins admits the inclusion of Jarrod Sammut gives added spice to tonight’s clash at Wakefield as the Bulls bid to get their Super League campaign up and running.

The Australian stand-off is poised to make his debut for Richard Agar’s side against the club where he has spent the past two seasons.

Sammut quit the Bulls last Friday after a fee was agreed with the Wildcats – but Cummins is more concerned with the two points on offer.

Any possible points penalty against the Bulls is not expected to be known until next week now as the club’s ownership continues to hang in the balance.

Bulls head coach Cummins said: “It has been well documented that people think we’re going to go down and Wakefield are going to go down, but it’s very early – it’s round two.

“Both clubs want to register a win to get off the mark and there is the inclusion of Jarrod as well, so there are a lot of things surrounding the game.

“But players come up against their former clubs all the time, although it’s unusual for it happen in round two of the season when Jarrod was our player only last week.

“The bigger picture is the game, so we’ll just get on with it.”

Cummins could not fault the commitment of his players during last weekend’s home defeat at the hands of Castleford.

But he is looking for an improvement in composure tonight and is poised to hand a debut to on-loan Huddersfield forward Anthony Mullally.

Cummins, who remains on the look-out for more new recruits, said: “I thought we were very good against Cas but we shot ourselves in the foot in the second half.

“Castleford played well but it was more like us and we just needed a bit more composure.

“We played a bit on emotion, which is hard, but that’s where we are at the moment – we are wanting to prove people wrong. We just need to stay composed and we’ll be okay.”

Matt Diskin has accepted Sammut’s explanation for leaving and admits he will pose a threat tonight.

The Bulls captain said: “He’s a fantastic player and we still like him in our changing room. But he’s made a choice for him and his family and you’ve got to respect that decision.

“On his day he can be the best player in the world and on another day he can be the total opposite. I just hope we get the latter version.”

Diskin joined Cummins in dismissing tonight’s match as a relegation four-pointer and said: “There’s obviously a cloud hanging over us, about whether we’re going to get points deducted or not.

“Wakefield have had a bit of turmoil, so you can understand why people would say that, but it is a bit disrespectful so early in the year to be placing that tag on it.”

The Bulls are still waiting to discover their punishment for going into administration for the second time in two years but Diskin insists morale in the camp remains high, despite the succession of off-field blows and Sunday’s opening 36-18 home defeat by Castleford.

Diskin said of the likely points deduction: “I’ve lost interest in it. You never know what’s going to happen from the RFL. We’ll just go with whatever happens.

“As a group, we are very close-knit. The adversity we’ve had over the last couple of years has made this squad very unique in how close it is.

“It would be naive to think the external stuff doesn’t have an effect – it does – but when we get in to training or on the pitch, the boys are very honest with each other.”

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8:10am Thu 20 Feb 14

Bulls2014 says...

Points deduction not going to be known until next week now ...RFL TAKING THE PI** !!!!!! Just not fair on anybody at the club !!!
Points deduction not going to be known until next week now ...RFL TAKING THE PI** !!!!!! Just not fair on anybody at the club !!! Bulls2014
  • Score: 11

8:15am Thu 20 Feb 14

oddshapedballs says...

Not related but, we are being told that everyone has spent up to their salary caps, & it would be expected so late that this would be the case, so how do Hull sign Carvell and Liam Colburn as the season starts??
Not related but, we are being told that everyone has spent up to their salary caps, & it would be expected so late that this would be the case, so how do Hull sign Carvell and Liam Colburn as the season starts?? oddshapedballs
  • Score: 2

8:21am Thu 20 Feb 14

oddshapedballs says...

This decision is now becoming tedious as diskin says. And also it seems that the decision is being held up until tonights result is determined. Could this be the case from the rfl if we win 6 points, if we lose just 4???
This decision is now becoming tedious as diskin says. And also it seems that the decision is being held up until tonights result is determined. Could this be the case from the rfl if we win 6 points, if we lose just 4??? oddshapedballs
  • Score: 3

8:47am Thu 20 Feb 14

raisemeup says...

oddshapedballs wrote:
This decision is now becoming tedious as diskin says. And also it seems that the decision is being held up until tonights result is determined. Could this be the case from the rfl if we win 6 points, if we lose just 4???
You know what OSB you are cynical to suggest they would think that???
Can I join you!
The barriers to success, have the usual three letters, the first one is R second F no more clues, you will have to guess the third!
This situation is like the "chinese torture " analogy.
The difference being the tortured souls include our club and some 4 to 8 thousand supporters.
[quote][p][bold]oddshapedballs[/bold] wrote: This decision is now becoming tedious as diskin says. And also it seems that the decision is being held up until tonights result is determined. Could this be the case from the rfl if we win 6 points, if we lose just 4???[/p][/quote]You know what OSB you are cynical to suggest they would think that??? Can I join you! The barriers to success, have the usual three letters, the first one is R second F no more clues, you will have to guess the third! This situation is like the "chinese torture " analogy. The difference being the tortured souls include our club and some 4 to 8 thousand supporters. raisemeup
  • Score: 8

8:49am Thu 20 Feb 14

danger mouse says...

Very poor decision making from the RFL. Regardless of whether the club is fully purchased or not, the points deduction should have been put into place before the season started. On another note really looking forward to tonight's game. I think Jarrod might score one or two but I reckon the Bulls will take the points tonight.
Very poor decision making from the RFL. Regardless of whether the club is fully purchased or not, the points deduction should have been put into place before the season started. On another note really looking forward to tonight's game. I think Jarrod might score one or two but I reckon the Bulls will take the points tonight. danger mouse
  • Score: 8

9:22am Thu 20 Feb 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

Vindicates what I have posted on another topic.The R.L hierarchy have not got a clue how to run anything.The lot of them should resign on block.Once again the laughing stock of the sporting world.Is it any wonder other sports mock R.L. How in heavens name can you leave a decision that should have been made weeks ago until the first two games of the season have been played.Here is me thinking " The Pub Landlord " was a comedy television show.Bring back Maurice Lindsay.
Vindicates what I have posted on another topic.The R.L hierarchy have not got a clue how to run anything.The lot of them should resign on block.Once again the laughing stock of the sporting world.Is it any wonder other sports mock R.L. How in heavens name can you leave a decision that should have been made weeks ago until the first two games of the season have been played.Here is me thinking " The Pub Landlord " was a comedy television show.Bring back Maurice Lindsay. spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: 9

9:41am Thu 20 Feb 14

raisemeup says...

Supporters want the luxury of supporting their Team, seeing a competitive game of Rugby, enjoying their match. Players want to play to win, without all the drama off the field. The Club want to manage the Team and the Corporate hospitality. Our biggest mistake was letting the Stadium go to the RFL who should not wield it over our heads like the sword of Damecles. We all have enough problems in our life and look to our sport to take us out of the real world for a couple of hours. Unfortunately we at the Bulls have not had that privilege for two years. We should be able to look to the ruling body for some decisions and help, but it just drags on and on and on. Can you blame Bradford supporters for thinking that there is some hidden agenda.
Supporters want the luxury of supporting their Team, seeing a competitive game of Rugby, enjoying their match. Players want to play to win, without all the drama off the field. The Club want to manage the Team and the Corporate hospitality. Our biggest mistake was letting the Stadium go to the RFL who should not wield it over our heads like the sword of Damecles. We all have enough problems in our life and look to our sport to take us out of the real world for a couple of hours. Unfortunately we at the Bulls have not had that privilege for two years. We should be able to look to the ruling body for some decisions and help, but it just drags on and on and on. Can you blame Bradford supporters for thinking that there is some hidden agenda. raisemeup
  • Score: 11

9:43am Thu 20 Feb 14

mumbyfan says...

Honestly i wouldn't be surprised if we didn't get a points deduction, after all the RFL ratified the latest owners that went in to administration, and with relegation at the end of the season, that would be deemed to be unfair to the rest of the competition.
Despite what other people think on here, the RFL need Bradford in super league, arguably more than london etc.
Success goes around in circles, we will be back as a force someday, can't see london ever doing that.

But it is the RFL at the end of day, so anything can happen!
Honestly i wouldn't be surprised if we didn't get a points deduction, after all the RFL ratified the latest owners that went in to administration, and with relegation at the end of the season, that would be deemed to be unfair to the rest of the competition. Despite what other people think on here, the RFL need Bradford in super league, arguably more than london etc. Success goes around in circles, we will be back as a force someday, can't see london ever doing that. But it is the RFL at the end of day, so anything can happen! mumbyfan
  • Score: 7

10:18am Thu 20 Feb 14

bully4us says...

I agree with Mumby on this. Yes the RFL are terrible at times but I do get the impression they really do want us in the top flight and have possibly put other clubs noses out by loaning us money and buying the lease to help us. This is why we are losing half of the money as the other clubs were furious they lent us money without telling anyone. Having said that, they are very poor in many other ways when you look at other governing bodies.
I have this awful feeling that Sammut will score a sensational hat-trick but wouldn't it be lovely to walk away with two points tonight.
I agree with Mumby on this. Yes the RFL are terrible at times but I do get the impression they really do want us in the top flight and have possibly put other clubs noses out by loaning us money and buying the lease to help us. This is why we are losing half of the money as the other clubs were furious they lent us money without telling anyone. Having said that, they are very poor in many other ways when you look at other governing bodies. I have this awful feeling that Sammut will score a sensational hat-trick but wouldn't it be lovely to walk away with two points tonight. bully4us
  • Score: 5

11:36am Thu 20 Feb 14

BD16 says...

raisemeup wrote:
oddshapedballs wrote: This decision is now becoming tedious as diskin says. And also it seems that the decision is being held up until tonights result is determined. Could this be the case from the rfl if we win 6 points, if we lose just 4???
You know what OSB you are cynical to suggest they would think that??? Can I join you! The barriers to success, have the usual three letters, the first one is R second F no more clues, you will have to guess the third! This situation is like the "chinese torture " analogy. The difference being the tortured souls include our club and some 4 to 8 thousand supporters.
Isn't it the case that the RFL are waiting for the terms of any takeover? If the new owners agree to honour all creditors then it's no points and if they wipe the slate clean then it's six.
[quote][p][bold]raisemeup[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oddshapedballs[/bold] wrote: This decision is now becoming tedious as diskin says. And also it seems that the decision is being held up until tonights result is determined. Could this be the case from the rfl if we win 6 points, if we lose just 4???[/p][/quote]You know what OSB you are cynical to suggest they would think that??? Can I join you! The barriers to success, have the usual three letters, the first one is R second F no more clues, you will have to guess the third! This situation is like the "chinese torture " analogy. The difference being the tortured souls include our club and some 4 to 8 thousand supporters.[/p][/quote]Isn't it the case that the RFL are waiting for the terms of any takeover? If the new owners agree to honour all creditors then it's no points and if they wipe the slate clean then it's six. BD16
  • Score: 8

1:13pm Thu 20 Feb 14

StevieLad says...

bully4us wrote:
I agree with Mumby on this. Yes the RFL are terrible at times but I do get the impression they really do want us in the top flight and have possibly put other clubs noses out by loaning us money and buying the lease to help us. This is why we are losing half of the money as the other clubs were furious they lent us money without telling anyone. Having said that, they are very poor in many other ways when you look at other governing bodies.
I have this awful feeling that Sammut will score a sensational hat-trick but wouldn't it be lovely to walk away with two points tonight.
On the other hand they must be sick to the back teeth of how much involvement they've needed to have with us & the damage to RL's image

- The sale+leaseback loan
- Hood's begging bowl again dragging the game through the mud
- Administration #1
- One owner deemed too crooked
- Curtailing the central funding to placate other clubs
- ...Then advancing it to keep Bulls alive
- Another financial collapse & ownership disagreements on the eve of the season
- Administration #2

If the OK creditors don't get 100pc from new owners, points deduction is the least of our worries. Remember Blake Solly and his "moral debt" last time, that we're still paying off in reduced central funding? If creditors are given the finger again what view do you think would be taken?
[quote][p][bold]bully4us[/bold] wrote: I agree with Mumby on this. Yes the RFL are terrible at times but I do get the impression they really do want us in the top flight and have possibly put other clubs noses out by loaning us money and buying the lease to help us. This is why we are losing half of the money as the other clubs were furious they lent us money without telling anyone. Having said that, they are very poor in many other ways when you look at other governing bodies. I have this awful feeling that Sammut will score a sensational hat-trick but wouldn't it be lovely to walk away with two points tonight.[/p][/quote]On the other hand they must be sick to the back teeth of how much involvement they've needed to have with us & the damage to RL's image - The sale+leaseback loan - Hood's begging bowl again dragging the game through the mud - Administration #1 - One owner deemed too crooked - Curtailing the central funding to placate other clubs - ...Then advancing it to keep Bulls alive - Another financial collapse & ownership disagreements on the eve of the season - Administration #2 If the OK creditors don't get 100pc from new owners, points deduction is the least of our worries. Remember Blake Solly and his "moral debt" last time, that we're still paying off in reduced central funding? If creditors are given the finger again what view do you think would be taken? StevieLad
  • Score: 2

2:30pm Thu 20 Feb 14

oddshapedballs says...

BD16 wrote:
raisemeup wrote:
oddshapedballs wrote: This decision is now becoming tedious as diskin says. And also it seems that the decision is being held up until tonights result is determined. Could this be the case from the rfl if we win 6 points, if we lose just 4???
You know what OSB you are cynical to suggest they would think that??? Can I join you! The barriers to success, have the usual three letters, the first one is R second F no more clues, you will have to guess the third! This situation is like the "chinese torture " analogy. The difference being the tortured souls include our club and some 4 to 8 thousand supporters.
Isn't it the case that the RFL are waiting for the terms of any takeover? If the new owners agree to honour all creditors then it's no points and if they wipe the slate clean then it's six.
Point deductions havent been formalised by the rfl I think it is just everyones interpretation. But if we lose tonight thats 8 points behind wakey (if 6 points deducted)not good for S.L as it is unlikely we will claw them back and be relegated with London. Then the rot really sets in for S.L without our following.
[quote][p][bold]BD16[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]raisemeup[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oddshapedballs[/bold] wrote: This decision is now becoming tedious as diskin says. And also it seems that the decision is being held up until tonights result is determined. Could this be the case from the rfl if we win 6 points, if we lose just 4???[/p][/quote]You know what OSB you are cynical to suggest they would think that??? Can I join you! The barriers to success, have the usual three letters, the first one is R second F no more clues, you will have to guess the third! This situation is like the "chinese torture " analogy. The difference being the tortured souls include our club and some 4 to 8 thousand supporters.[/p][/quote]Isn't it the case that the RFL are waiting for the terms of any takeover? If the new owners agree to honour all creditors then it's no points and if they wipe the slate clean then it's six.[/p][/quote]Point deductions havent been formalised by the rfl I think it is just everyones interpretation. But if we lose tonight thats 8 points behind wakey (if 6 points deducted)not good for S.L as it is unlikely we will claw them back and be relegated with London. Then the rot really sets in for S.L without our following. oddshapedballs
  • Score: 4

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