Bradford Bulls all smiles after welcome win

Bulls players congratulate Adam O’Brien after his try ended any doubt about last night’s result

Bulls players congratulate Adam O’Brien after his try ended any doubt about last night’s result

First published in Sport Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford Bulls Reporter

Francis Cummins could not hide his delight after the Bulls marched to a hard-fought 23-10 victory at Wakefield last night.

Much had been made of the significance of the match beforehand but tries from Adrian Purtell, Brett Kearney, debutant Luke George and Adam O’Brien gave Bradford a thoroughly-deserved success.

The only negative was a knee injury sustained by Lee Gaskell which forced him out of the game in the opening exchanges.

The former St Helens stand-off left Belle Vue on crutches and the seriousness of the injury will be assessed today.

But Cummins said: “I’m really pleased because we’ve talked about our character and the lads have been through a lot.

“Wakefield played well too but we’ve got some people who worked really hard for each other, especially after losing Lee Gaskell so early on.

“It was his knee and a real shame for Lee – but let’s hope it’s not as bad as it could be.

“He’s in a brace at the moment and will have a scan but Danny Addy dropped in and did a good job.

“The short turnaround from Sunday’s game was ridiculous but we don’t make those decisions. It was just a great feeling for the lads afterwards because we’ve not had much to smile about recently.

“But this was a feeling of joy and relief, so good on them because they deserved this.”

Cummins praised the calming influence of captain Matt Diskin and singled out vice-skipper Luke Gale for special praise.

The Bulls boss was also vindicated in his decision to pick George ahead of Elliot Kear, who was dropped from the 17 on duty.

Cummins explained: “Luke made an error but he looked really tough in contact. It was a tough one on Elliot Kear, to be fair, because he needs to improve his game.

“He needs to have a week out to work on that but there is pressure on Jamie Foster now as well.

“I needed Luke to play and get some rugby into him. That’s why we brought these players to the club and if you have a few players competing for one position, then it makes you stronger.”

It is believed the current board of directors have been given the green light to take control of the club on a permanent basis and confirmation is expected today.

Cummins said: “I don’t know – I just coach the team – but I think the lads that are in there have got it, so let’s crack on.”

The Bulls are not in action again until they host London Broncos a week on Sunday.

Cummins reported no other injuries and was also left delighted with the performance of Anthony Mullally on his debut.

The Bulls coach said: “I thought there were a lot of big performances out there for us tonight.”

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8:03am Fri 21 Feb 14

Mickbull4eva says...

Wakefield played well?? Seriously i really dont think so,mullally gave 4 penalties away and knocked on twice,shocking,less said about kearney the better
Wakefield played well?? Seriously i really dont think so,mullally gave 4 penalties away and knocked on twice,shocking,less said about kearney the better Mickbull4eva
  • Score: -28

8:39am Fri 21 Feb 14

A650 says...

The Bulls showed far superior discipline and ball security and kept their composure at key moments. A deserved win. Luke Gale had his best game for ages. Well done Bulls.
The Bulls showed far superior discipline and ball security and kept their composure at key moments. A deserved win. Luke Gale had his best game for ages. Well done Bulls. A650
  • Score: 20

8:59am Fri 21 Feb 14

TomBulls says...

Mickbull4eva wrote:
Wakefield played well?? Seriously i really dont think so,mullally gave 4 penalties away and knocked on twice,shocking,less said about kearney the better
are you for real??

Mullally was a massive presence for us! granted he gave away a few penalties but hes just what we need in our pack, his defence was strong and he managed to break tackles.

Huddersfield Examiner reported we were open to extend his loan should we need to. with any sense we will do if he keeps up performances like that.
[quote][p][bold]Mickbull4eva[/bold] wrote: Wakefield played well?? Seriously i really dont think so,mullally gave 4 penalties away and knocked on twice,shocking,less said about kearney the better[/p][/quote]are you for real?? Mullally was a massive presence for us! granted he gave away a few penalties but hes just what we need in our pack, his defence was strong and he managed to break tackles. Huddersfield Examiner reported we were open to extend his loan should we need to. with any sense we will do if he keeps up performances like that. TomBulls
  • Score: 20

9:10am Fri 21 Feb 14

THEMANOFSTEEL says...

What a plonker Mickbull4eva
granted he gave away a coupe of penalties and knocked on but im with TomBulls
his presence was very lifting to our pack. I know we don't have the best pack at the moment but Scruton Sidlow, Nas Bridge and Mullally def adds size
felt happy with George on the wing. only 1 real mistake but he looked with it more than kear does
if we can use this extra time to build fitness and get a result against London I will be happy if its -6 then we will hopefully be on -2 I we beat London
I just keeping the faith.
What a plonker Mickbull4eva granted he gave away a coupe of penalties and knocked on but im with TomBulls his presence was very lifting to our pack. I know we don't have the best pack at the moment but Scruton Sidlow, Nas Bridge and Mullally def adds size felt happy with George on the wing. only 1 real mistake but he looked with it more than kear does if we can use this extra time to build fitness and get a result against London I will be happy if its -6 then we will hopefully be on -2 I we beat London I just keeping the faith. THEMANOFSTEEL
  • Score: 17

9:28am Fri 21 Feb 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

MickBull,
What on earth do you expect with all the turmoil these lads are having to go through.You have obviously never been on a Rugby field.Admitted it was not an eye catching performance but to go out there and play and then come away with a win shows great character on their part.Well done Franny and all the team.
MickBull, What on earth do you expect with all the turmoil these lads are having to go through.You have obviously never been on a Rugby field.Admitted it was not an eye catching performance but to go out there and play and then come away with a win shows great character on their part.Well done Franny and all the team. spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: 23

9:38am Fri 21 Feb 14

helenshep says...

spanglishbull.uk wrote:
MickBull, What on earth do you expect with all the turmoil these lads are having to go through.You have obviously never been on a Rugby field.Admitted it was not an eye catching performance but to go out there and play and then come away with a win shows great character on their part.Well done Franny and all the team.
Good to see some sensible posts after the early morning post. Maybe i do not have high expectations but I was really proud of the lads last night and the way the all stuck together and dug deep. I also think Francis Cummins deserve lots of praise for the way he is handling the on going situation. Only 1 win but things seem more positive today.
[quote][p][bold]spanglishbull.uk[/bold] wrote: MickBull, What on earth do you expect with all the turmoil these lads are having to go through.You have obviously never been on a Rugby field.Admitted it was not an eye catching performance but to go out there and play and then come away with a win shows great character on their part.Well done Franny and all the team.[/p][/quote]Good to see some sensible posts after the early morning post. Maybe i do not have high expectations but I was really proud of the lads last night and the way the all stuck together and dug deep. I also think Francis Cummins deserve lots of praise for the way he is handling the on going situation. Only 1 win but things seem more positive today. helenshep
  • Score: 20

9:59am Fri 21 Feb 14

Mickbull4eva says...

Fpmsl oh dear oh dear
Fpmsl oh dear oh dear Mickbull4eva
  • Score: -13

10:09am Fri 21 Feb 14

Mickbull4eva says...

Getting called names for having an opinion wow love it
Getting called names for having an opinion wow love it Mickbull4eva
  • Score: -13

10:20am Fri 21 Feb 14

graz smith says...

Last night’s game was not pretty but ALL the lads dug in and got the job done.
We’ve now got a few extra days prepare for London the only worry is Lee I just hope Gaskells injury is not long term.
Now the administrator has decided on ownership it’s time for the RFL to give us the required penalty and lets all move on and start to concentrate on doing what’s needed to be in Super League next season.
COM’ON YOU BULLS
Last night’s game was not pretty but ALL the lads dug in and got the job done. We’ve now got a few extra days prepare for London the only worry is Lee I just hope Gaskells injury is not long term. Now the administrator has decided on ownership it’s time for the RFL to give us the required penalty and lets all move on and start to concentrate on doing what’s needed to be in Super League next season. COM’ON YOU BULLS graz smith
  • Score: 18

11:19am Fri 21 Feb 14

Bone_idle18 says...

Read on one of the RL forums that a few wakey fans were not happy at the bulls preferential treatment after administration, and that we should be kicked out of SL. they claimed they'd boycott Odsal in protest.

Looking at last nights crowd, seems they are also boycotting their own club :)

Not sure what their definition of fair is. They enter administration, get 4 point deduction and no loss of sky money. We enter admin and get 6 points and £1.2 million docked from sky money (1 year).
Read on one of the RL forums that a few wakey fans were not happy at the bulls preferential treatment after administration, and that we should be kicked out of SL. they claimed they'd boycott Odsal in protest. Looking at last nights crowd, seems they are also boycotting their own club :) Not sure what their definition of fair is. They enter administration, get 4 point deduction and no loss of sky money. We enter admin and get 6 points and £1.2 million docked from sky money (1 year). Bone_idle18
  • Score: 20

12:11pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Loyalbull1981 says...

one of dullest, scrappiest games i've ever been to, nearly nodded off 30mins in but glad I went in the end, the delight on the lads faces was clear and it meant a lot to get that first win against our potential relegation rivals if believe pundits
one of dullest, scrappiest games i've ever been to, nearly nodded off 30mins in but glad I went in the end, the delight on the lads faces was clear and it meant a lot to get that first win against our potential relegation rivals if believe pundits Loyalbull1981
  • Score: 7

12:55pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Bone_idle18 wrote:
Read on one of the RL forums that a few wakey fans were not happy at the bulls preferential treatment after administration, and that we should be kicked out of SL. they claimed they'd boycott Odsal in protest.

Looking at last nights crowd, seems they are also boycotting their own club :)

Not sure what their definition of fair is. They enter administration, get 4 point deduction and no loss of sky money. We enter admin and get 6 points and £1.2 million docked from sky money (1 year).
They are having work done on the ground and therefore are on a reduced capacity until the Castleford game.

Re their admin they paid back many creditors, the Bulls didn't so there goes your difference.

Both teams looked shocking last night in a game fit for the championship which is where both could be next year.
[quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: Read on one of the RL forums that a few wakey fans were not happy at the bulls preferential treatment after administration, and that we should be kicked out of SL. they claimed they'd boycott Odsal in protest. Looking at last nights crowd, seems they are also boycotting their own club :) Not sure what their definition of fair is. They enter administration, get 4 point deduction and no loss of sky money. We enter admin and get 6 points and £1.2 million docked from sky money (1 year).[/p][/quote]They are having work done on the ground and therefore are on a reduced capacity until the Castleford game. Re their admin they paid back many creditors, the Bulls didn't so there goes your difference. Both teams looked shocking last night in a game fit for the championship which is where both could be next year. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: -6

1:01pm Fri 21 Feb 14

BradfordSportsFan says...

I've got such a conflicted opinion of Mulally!!
Really did beef up the pack, and looked solid in defence but did give away numerous penalties and a couple of knockons.
If we'd have been playing a better team he undoubtedly would've cost us quite a few points.

Lets hope the pens and ko's were just down to rustiness because otherwise his performance was good.
I've got such a conflicted opinion of Mulally!! Really did beef up the pack, and looked solid in defence but did give away numerous penalties and a couple of knockons. If we'd have been playing a better team he undoubtedly would've cost us quite a few points. Lets hope the pens and ko's were just down to rustiness because otherwise his performance was good. BradfordSportsFan
  • Score: 6

1:14pm Fri 21 Feb 14

robw93 says...

Granted it wasn't our best performance or the prettiest of games, but if we're going to stay up we're going to have to take points off the teams around us, and Wakefield away is never an easy place to go. Thought our pack were outstanding, easily getting over the advantage line in most sets, thought Donaldson had a great game, played the full 80, made the most tackles on the pitch (according to Super League) and wasn't afraid to carry the ball forward.

Another win against London will give the group another lift!! And does anyone know when Ferguson and Blythe are back? COYB!!
Granted it wasn't our best performance or the prettiest of games, but if we're going to stay up we're going to have to take points off the teams around us, and Wakefield away is never an easy place to go. Thought our pack were outstanding, easily getting over the advantage line in most sets, thought Donaldson had a great game, played the full 80, made the most tackles on the pitch (according to Super League) and wasn't afraid to carry the ball forward. Another win against London will give the group another lift!! And does anyone know when Ferguson and Blythe are back? COYB!! robw93
  • Score: 7

2:18pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Bone_idle18 says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
Bone_idle18 wrote:
Read on one of the RL forums that a few wakey fans were not happy at the bulls preferential treatment after administration, and that we should be kicked out of SL. they claimed they'd boycott Odsal in protest.

Looking at last nights crowd, seems they are also boycotting their own club :)

Not sure what their definition of fair is. They enter administration, get 4 point deduction and no loss of sky money. We enter admin and get 6 points and £1.2 million docked from sky money (1 year).
They are having work done on the ground and therefore are on a reduced capacity until the Castleford game.

Re their admin they paid back many creditors, the Bulls didn't so there goes your difference.

Both teams looked shocking last night in a game fit for the championship which is where both could be next year.
reduced to what, 4000?

Bulls and RFL have both said repayment of creditors is a priority!

Bulls looked a lot better than Wakey, both error ridden, but Bulls far better i defence and had better aggression.
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: Read on one of the RL forums that a few wakey fans were not happy at the bulls preferential treatment after administration, and that we should be kicked out of SL. they claimed they'd boycott Odsal in protest. Looking at last nights crowd, seems they are also boycotting their own club :) Not sure what their definition of fair is. They enter administration, get 4 point deduction and no loss of sky money. We enter admin and get 6 points and £1.2 million docked from sky money (1 year).[/p][/quote]They are having work done on the ground and therefore are on a reduced capacity until the Castleford game. Re their admin they paid back many creditors, the Bulls didn't so there goes your difference. Both teams looked shocking last night in a game fit for the championship which is where both could be next year.[/p][/quote]reduced to what, 4000? Bulls and RFL have both said repayment of creditors is a priority! Bulls looked a lot better than Wakey, both error ridden, but Bulls far better i defence and had better aggression. Bone_idle18
  • Score: 5

2:42pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Bone_idle18 says...

My mistake, reduced to 5,333. Seems like only 1284 people forgot the boycott was only at Odsal :)

abysmal crowd, but Wakey would be far more beneficial to SL than the Bulls eh? Bet Sammut is ecstatic!
My mistake, reduced to 5,333. Seems like only 1284 people forgot the boycott was only at Odsal :) abysmal crowd, but Wakey would be far more beneficial to SL than the Bulls eh? Bet Sammut is ecstatic! Bone_idle18
  • Score: 2

3:02pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Bone_idle18 wrote:
My mistake, reduced to 5,333. Seems like only 1284 people forgot the boycott was only at Odsal :)

abysmal crowd, but Wakey would be far more beneficial to SL than the Bulls eh? Bet Sammut is ecstatic!
2013 average attendances.

Bulls 8563.
Wakefield 7972.

Not much difference on the face of it and the Bulls first game this year was swelled by a large away support. Lets see what it is when London turn up before slating others.

Bradford City had over 12k there on a cold tuesday the other night as a comparision to where the Bulls are at the moment.
[quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: My mistake, reduced to 5,333. Seems like only 1284 people forgot the boycott was only at Odsal :) abysmal crowd, but Wakey would be far more beneficial to SL than the Bulls eh? Bet Sammut is ecstatic![/p][/quote]2013 average attendances. Bulls 8563. Wakefield 7972. Not much difference on the face of it and the Bulls first game this year was swelled by a large away support. Lets see what it is when London turn up before slating others. Bradford City had over 12k there on a cold tuesday the other night as a comparision to where the Bulls are at the moment. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: -3

3:06pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Parz says...

It was the reduced capacity that put me off. I kinda expected Wakey to bring more fans than that for a big game in thier own back yard. And with no chance for me to get up to the ticket office, I didn't want to get there to pay in at risk of being sent back because they were full. Especially not seen as it was on Sky anyway. I dunno if others were put off for the same reason. Had I known they've only sold just shy of 2000 season tickets though, I'd have probably gone.

They didn't play well because we didn't allow them to. Our forwards won the battle up the middle and the pressure we applied in defence was fantastic, much improved on Sunday. Thier halfback could do anything because their forwards couldn't set a platform and I thought Gale did especially well considering we lost Gaskell so early. All round a good performance by us. Purtell looks like a different player this year.
It was the reduced capacity that put me off. I kinda expected Wakey to bring more fans than that for a big game in thier own back yard. And with no chance for me to get up to the ticket office, I didn't want to get there to pay in at risk of being sent back because they were full. Especially not seen as it was on Sky anyway. I dunno if others were put off for the same reason. Had I known they've only sold just shy of 2000 season tickets though, I'd have probably gone. They didn't play well because we didn't allow them to. Our forwards won the battle up the middle and the pressure we applied in defence was fantastic, much improved on Sunday. Thier halfback could do anything because their forwards couldn't set a platform and I thought Gale did especially well considering we lost Gaskell so early. All round a good performance by us. Purtell looks like a different player this year. Parz
  • Score: 3

3:08pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Parz says...

Thier halfbacks couldn't do anything*

B***dy keyboard!
Thier halfbacks couldn't do anything* B***dy keyboard! Parz
  • Score: -1

3:11pm Fri 21 Feb 14

AUGUST1964 says...

Bone_idle18 wrote:
My mistake, reduced to 5,333. Seems like only 1284 people forgot the boycott was only at Odsal :) abysmal crowd, but Wakey would be far more beneficial to SL than the Bulls eh? Bet Sammut is ecstatic!
This guy TVOR spends hours doing his homework on other peoples comments on here, then runs off to the internet to try and out do them and thinks he is smart,he's not, last week he pretended he'd been to Odsal to watch us play Cas,but he didn't,he thinks he's a know it all,the mans a an utter fool.
[quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: My mistake, reduced to 5,333. Seems like only 1284 people forgot the boycott was only at Odsal :) abysmal crowd, but Wakey would be far more beneficial to SL than the Bulls eh? Bet Sammut is ecstatic![/p][/quote]This guy TVOR spends hours doing his homework on other peoples comments on here, then runs off to the internet to try and out do them and thinks he is smart,he's not, last week he pretended he'd been to Odsal to watch us play Cas,but he didn't,he thinks he's a know it all,the mans a an utter fool. AUGUST1964
  • Score: 6

3:19pm Fri 21 Feb 14

AUGUST1964 says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
Bone_idle18 wrote: My mistake, reduced to 5,333. Seems like only 1284 people forgot the boycott was only at Odsal :) abysmal crowd, but Wakey would be far more beneficial to SL than the Bulls eh? Bet Sammut is ecstatic!
2013 average attendances. Bulls 8563. Wakefield 7972. Not much difference on the face of it and the Bulls first game this year was swelled by a large away support. Lets see what it is when London turn up before slating others. Bradford City had over 12k there on a cold tuesday the other night as a comparision to where the Bulls are at the moment.
"At this moment",you simpleton,at one moment in September 1999 the Bulls had 24,020 inside Odsal,my dads bigger than yours grow up man.
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: My mistake, reduced to 5,333. Seems like only 1284 people forgot the boycott was only at Odsal :) abysmal crowd, but Wakey would be far more beneficial to SL than the Bulls eh? Bet Sammut is ecstatic![/p][/quote]2013 average attendances. Bulls 8563. Wakefield 7972. Not much difference on the face of it and the Bulls first game this year was swelled by a large away support. Lets see what it is when London turn up before slating others. Bradford City had over 12k there on a cold tuesday the other night as a comparision to where the Bulls are at the moment.[/p][/quote]"At this moment",you simpleton,at one moment in September 1999 the Bulls had 24,020 inside Odsal,my dads bigger than yours grow up man. AUGUST1964
  • Score: 1

3:22pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Eddiethepom says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
Bone_idle18 wrote:
My mistake, reduced to 5,333. Seems like only 1284 people forgot the boycott was only at Odsal :)

abysmal crowd, but Wakey would be far more beneficial to SL than the Bulls eh? Bet Sammut is ecstatic!
2013 average attendances.

Bulls 8563.
Wakefield 7972.

Not much difference on the face of it and the Bulls first game this year was swelled by a large away support. Lets see what it is when London turn up before slating others.

Bradford City had over 12k there on a cold tuesday the other night as a comparision to where the Bulls are at the moment.
Fair point with regards to the attandance last year, however, you cannot really compare the attendances of a football club (the most followed / supported / popular sport in the country I believe) and rugby league club with a lot of uncertainty. Especially taking into account Bradford Citys success last year. Its compating apples and oranges.

At the end of the day the Bulls went to Wakefield and came away with the points. Not the best of games at all but a win is a win.
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: My mistake, reduced to 5,333. Seems like only 1284 people forgot the boycott was only at Odsal :) abysmal crowd, but Wakey would be far more beneficial to SL than the Bulls eh? Bet Sammut is ecstatic![/p][/quote]2013 average attendances. Bulls 8563. Wakefield 7972. Not much difference on the face of it and the Bulls first game this year was swelled by a large away support. Lets see what it is when London turn up before slating others. Bradford City had over 12k there on a cold tuesday the other night as a comparision to where the Bulls are at the moment.[/p][/quote]Fair point with regards to the attandance last year, however, you cannot really compare the attendances of a football club (the most followed / supported / popular sport in the country I believe) and rugby league club with a lot of uncertainty. Especially taking into account Bradford Citys success last year. Its compating apples and oranges. At the end of the day the Bulls went to Wakefield and came away with the points. Not the best of games at all but a win is a win. Eddiethepom
  • Score: 3

3:23pm Fri 21 Feb 14

graz smith says...

I think some of you have not taken in to account the turn over for this game was only 4 day’s so you need to give a little credence to both teams, they gave us the best game they had in them.
COM’ON YOU BULLS.
I think some of you have not taken in to account the turn over for this game was only 4 day’s so you need to give a little credence to both teams, they gave us the best game they had in them. COM’ON YOU BULLS. graz smith
  • Score: 9

4:35pm Fri 21 Feb 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

T.V.O.R.
Correct me if I am wrong but do they count the Season Ticket holders in the crowd figures.The reason I ask this is because I have a good friend who is a season ticket holder at V.P.Last year he visited me for a holiday and I mentioned that City were getting some superb crowds for the bottom division.He said that actually the figures counted the season tickets they had sold and some games they were lucky if they had 5000 there.Right or wrong.
T.V.O.R. Correct me if I am wrong but do they count the Season Ticket holders in the crowd figures.The reason I ask this is because I have a good friend who is a season ticket holder at V.P.Last year he visited me for a holiday and I mentioned that City were getting some superb crowds for the bottom division.He said that actually the figures counted the season tickets they had sold and some games they were lucky if they had 5000 there.Right or wrong. spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: 2

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