Bradford Bulls their own worst enemy as Hull cash in

James Donaldson launches himself into a fierce challenge in a losing Bulls cause at Hull

Hull v Bulls match action

Hull v Bulls match action

Hull v Bulls match action

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

Hull FC 44, Bradford Bulls 16

When Matt Diskin crashed over the line to put the Bulls in front after just two minutes, it encouraged hopes of a momentous victory.

The sizeable and vocal contingent of Bradford supporters, who began singing ‘We are stayin’ up’ long before kick-off, celebrated wildly.

Diskin’s try, after Tom Lineham kicked out on the full from the kick-off, gave Francis Cummins’ men a platform on which to build.

Instead, Hull took the game by the scruff of the neck and replied with three tries of their own to lead 16-6 by the 15th minute.

It would be harsh on the Bulls to say the game was effectively over even at that early point.

But it would not be too far wide of the mark.

Although Bradford replied through Adrian Purtell in the 27th minute, Hull never looked likely to relinquish control and so it proved.

They scored three more tries before the break to establish a commanding 32-10 interval lead.

The Bulls were often their own worst enemy; coughing up what possession they had, missing tackles and switching off at vital moments.

Cummins admitted his men played like strangers at times and there is no doubting the Bulls are better than this.

But take nothing away from Lee Radford’s side.

They are an expensively-assembled outfit and Radford had called last night’s match an “acid test” of his players’ resolve after two straight defeats.

If the Black and Whites, even minus Garreth Carvell, were something of a wounded animal, then it showed as they ran out utterly convincing winners.

Aaron Heremaia was a hugely influential figure at stand-off on his first Hull start of the season.

Props Mickey Paea, Josh Bowden, Iafeta Paleaaesina, Liam Watts, and back-rowers Gareth Ellis, debutant Chris Tuson and Joe Westerman, ensured the hosts dominated up front.

It was a bitterly disappointing night for the Bulls after they had arrived at the KC Stadium on the back of two straight wins and with seemingly genuine hopes of maintaining that run.

The loss of debutant Greg Burke to a shoulder injury in the second half merely compounded Bradford’s agony.

So Cummins and his players will have to wait another week at least before they wipe out their six-point penalty.

Last night was never going to be it, despite the early promise provided by Diskin’s try.

Several hundred Bulls supporters made the trek across the M62 evidently full of belief in their team.

They did not stop singing from start to finish and it was difficult not to hark back to the trip here almost two years ago.

That 24-18 defeat came in the week the club announced they were facing financial ruin.

A Quest for Survival began and £500,000 was raised before a much-publicised slide into administration and flirtation with oblivion.

Much has changed since then, not least the personnel wearing the red, amber and black, but there is a spirit to this club which continues to come to the fore at times of crisis.

Cummins chose not to start on-loan Leeds stand-off Liam Sutcliffe last night as Danny Addy continued in the halves alongside Luke Gale.

Sutcliffe impressed when he entered the fray in the second half and gave Cummins food for thought ahead of next Sunday’s visit of Huddersfield.

On-loan Giants prop Anthony Mullally is ineligible to play in that match but he was handed his first start for the Bulls last night in the front row alongside Adam Sidlow.

The Bulls enjoyed a dream start when Lineham kicked out on the full from the kick-off.

That gave the Bulls a penalty from which they immediately gained the field position to put pressure on the hosts’ line.

Some neat handling between Gale, Brett Kearney, Addy and Purtell found Jamie Foster inside the left channel.

Foster, who enjoyed a highly successful loan spell at Hull during the second half of the 2012 campaign, saw his progress halted.

The Bulls kept the ball alive, however, and – after Mullally was stopped just short of the line – Diskin collected possession and scooted over from acting half.

Foster added the extras but that was about as good as it got for Cummins’ troops as Hull hit back with three tries in nine minutes.

First Ellis took a pass from the impressive Heremaia to gallop through a gaping hole and score from close range.

Hull quickly forced back-to-back drop-outs and were rewarded for their persistence when Westerman forced his way over.

Jamie Shaul crossed in the next set when, after a calamitous mix-up in the Bulls defence, Fetuli Talanoa collected possession and then sent the full back scampering clear past the despairing dive of Foster.

Bradford did move to within six points of their hosts courtesy of Purtell’s try in the corner in the 27th minute, which capped some fine handling.

Following Diskin’s try, it was probably the Bulls’ only other chance of the first half but they continued to make errors in yardage and were systematically punished.

After Purtell’s try, Manase Manuokafoa knocked on from the restart and Richard Whiting showed good strength to put the Black and Whites back in control.

Heremaia went under the sticks on 32 minutes after good play by Danny Houghton before the hooker took an offload from Watts to crash over from close range to give his side a 32-10 interval lead.

Hull were quickly into their stride in the second half and extended their advantage when Shaul pounced on Richard Horne’s brilliant reverse kick to touch down.

Jordan Rankin powered over after a break in the scoring to make it 44-10 and that is the way it stayed until the Bulls grabbed a consolation four minutes from time.

An enterprising run from halfway by Sutcliffe put Bradford in a promising position on the last tackle and Luke Gale’s cross-field kick was neatly helped on by Elliot Kear for Adam Henry to score.

Foster added the extras from out wide but the damage had already been done as Hull bounced back from successive defeats on the road but lost Lineham to a suspected ankle injury late on.

Burke was also in considerable pain as he departed the field, raising the prospect of a spell on the sidelines and giving Cummins plenty to think about ahead of Huddersfield’s visit next week.

Attendance: 11,307

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8:28am Sat 8 Mar 14

fedupwiththeBS says...

I am going to get slaughtered on here for this but I think the time has come to ask the question;

Does FC have what it takes to get us through this season?
I am going to get slaughtered on here for this but I think the time has come to ask the question; Does FC have what it takes to get us through this season? fedupwiththeBS
  • Score: -8

8:48am Sat 8 Mar 14

Lythambull says...

He's no less able than anyone else in his position. He's spent two years working with one hand tied behind his back. If you can genuinely name someone who could do better I'd love to hear who it is. Getting rid of Franny now would be suicide. The one thing this side has going for it is a seige mentality, if Franny goes that goes too. Sticking together is what gets us through this. We are not the Sydney Roosters. We have a lower end Superleague group of players who turn up (most of them) and play/train not knowing if they'll be paid. We can't expect them to cast down all before them, results like this are going to happen this year. We need to dust ourselves off and go again.
He's no less able than anyone else in his position. He's spent two years working with one hand tied behind his back. If you can genuinely name someone who could do better I'd love to hear who it is. Getting rid of Franny now would be suicide. The one thing this side has going for it is a seige mentality, if Franny goes that goes too. Sticking together is what gets us through this. We are not the Sydney Roosters. We have a lower end Superleague group of players who turn up (most of them) and play/train not knowing if they'll be paid. We can't expect them to cast down all before them, results like this are going to happen this year. We need to dust ourselves off and go again. Lythambull
  • Score: 15

9:09am Sat 8 Mar 14

Sheffieldbull says...

fedupwiththeBS wrote:
I am going to get slaughtered on here for this but I think the time has come to ask the question;

Does FC have what it takes to get us through this season?
A harsh reality check last night for the Bulls I’m afraid.
Is FC the right man to get us through the season? Oh dear. I hear Wayne Bennett, Tony Smith and a number of other top level Head Coaches are in constant touch with the Administrator wanting to take over his position... I didn’t notice him taking to the field to fall off tackles, not find touch or drop the ball, unless of course you’re implying that he actually coaches those ‘skills’
Anyway, back to the game. Our defence was awful – It’s difficult to recall a Bulls tackle that was made below the waist and we paid the price heavily. Gale had a very poor game in my opinion and some of his delayed passes were just terrible. Not many positives to be taken from this. Let’s learn the lessons and move on...hopefully!
Well done to the Bulls fans that made the trip, good humoured and vocal from before the start to the end.
[quote][p][bold]fedupwiththeBS[/bold] wrote: I am going to get slaughtered on here for this but I think the time has come to ask the question; Does FC have what it takes to get us through this season?[/p][/quote]A harsh reality check last night for the Bulls I’m afraid. Is FC the right man to get us through the season? Oh dear. I hear Wayne Bennett, Tony Smith and a number of other top level Head Coaches are in constant touch with the Administrator wanting to take over his position... I didn’t notice him taking to the field to fall off tackles, not find touch or drop the ball, unless of course you’re implying that he actually coaches those ‘skills’ Anyway, back to the game. Our defence was awful – It’s difficult to recall a Bulls tackle that was made below the waist and we paid the price heavily. Gale had a very poor game in my opinion and some of his delayed passes were just terrible. Not many positives to be taken from this. Let’s learn the lessons and move on...hopefully! Well done to the Bulls fans that made the trip, good humoured and vocal from before the start to the end. Sheffieldbull
  • Score: 7

9:53am Sat 8 Mar 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

Agree with Lytham,to get rid of Cummins would be absolute suicide.Who would want the job?Nobody in their right mind would take the job on.Francis Cummins has done an absolutely superb job with the hand he has been given.Let us face facts,the only teams we have a good chance of beating are London,Wakey,Hull K.R. Salford at home,Widnes at home,possibly Catalan at home,if we play them soon,half of their team are going to be sidelined for a few weeks.Hopefully we can get enough points from those teams to stay up.Also,we do not know yet who might take the Club over.Who knows,somebody might come forward with money available to pay the debts and also sign some more better players.We can keep on hoping.One question,If somebody does come forward and agree to pay off ALL creditors will the points deduction of 6 still stand.I understand that the R.L. only deducted 6 because we would not pay all the creditors.If it still stands,morally the creditors should be paid,but unfortunately a lot of businessmen do not bother with the moral side of business,so why would they bother paying if they are still in the same situation after the takeover?
Agree with Lytham,to get rid of Cummins would be absolute suicide.Who would want the job?Nobody in their right mind would take the job on.Francis Cummins has done an absolutely superb job with the hand he has been given.Let us face facts,the only teams we have a good chance of beating are London,Wakey,Hull K.R. Salford at home,Widnes at home,possibly Catalan at home,if we play them soon,half of their team are going to be sidelined for a few weeks.Hopefully we can get enough points from those teams to stay up.Also,we do not know yet who might take the Club over.Who knows,somebody might come forward with money available to pay the debts and also sign some more better players.We can keep on hoping.One question,If somebody does come forward and agree to pay off ALL creditors will the points deduction of 6 still stand.I understand that the R.L. only deducted 6 because we would not pay all the creditors.If it still stands,morally the creditors should be paid,but unfortunately a lot of businessmen do not bother with the moral side of business,so why would they bother paying if they are still in the same situation after the takeover? spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: 3

11:56am Sat 8 Mar 14

bcfc1903 says...

Looking from outside, there will probably be two leagues within one Super League, one group going for the playoffs and one group going for survival. There will be certain games targeted by the management and from what I can see the Bulls can compete well with those teams, the six point penalty isn't insurmountable as has been shown with the two excellent results so far. Yes there will be bad results along the way so it's important that players confidence doesn't get hammered, that is where good man management comes in from the coaching staff. The Bulls supporters also have a massive part to play this season.
Looking from outside, there will probably be two leagues within one Super League, one group going for the playoffs and one group going for survival. There will be certain games targeted by the management and from what I can see the Bulls can compete well with those teams, the six point penalty isn't insurmountable as has been shown with the two excellent results so far. Yes there will be bad results along the way so it's important that players confidence doesn't get hammered, that is where good man management comes in from the coaching staff. The Bulls supporters also have a massive part to play this season. bcfc1903
  • Score: 6

2:03pm Sat 8 Mar 14

raisemeup says...

Fed up with...asks the question re: the coach's suitability to continue?
Unfortunately for you BS to use your proper acronym.With respect you aren't the best judge of that statement. Mainly because in all situations there is a plus and a minus, you always give us the minus.
So on the minus side of it, we don't actually know that yet, because we haven't had any time without some sort of adversity, and that always will give negativity the scope to breed! On the plus side, which in my opinion is how we should view what FC has achieved. It's a courageous fight for the survival of our team and our club, and I honestly would not know of any other coach who would have that spirit, skill or tenacity to motivate the lads day in & day out, for nigh on 13 months. That is some kind of special person, so your comment earns a mild rebuke from us all, who perhaps realise your pint glass is always half empty?
Fed up with...asks the question re: the coach's suitability to continue? Unfortunately for you BS to use your proper acronym.With respect you aren't the best judge of that statement. Mainly because in all situations there is a plus and a minus, you always give us the minus. So on the minus side of it, we don't actually know that yet, because we haven't had any time without some sort of adversity, and that always will give negativity the scope to breed! On the plus side, which in my opinion is how we should view what FC has achieved. It's a courageous fight for the survival of our team and our club, and I honestly would not know of any other coach who would have that spirit, skill or tenacity to motivate the lads day in & day out, for nigh on 13 months. That is some kind of special person, so your comment earns a mild rebuke from us all, who perhaps realise your pint glass is always half empty? raisemeup
  • Score: -1

3:13pm Sat 8 Mar 14

fedupwiththeBS says...

Funny how: Does FC have what it takes to get us through this season?

has been read as Franny out!

seems the days of trying to start an adult discussion on here are long gone.

For the record I think that FC has done the best he can with the cards he has been dealt but why do we still have a defence concedes easy tries and did last season as well? FC should be getting rid of his defensive coaching team or as coach the blame stops with him.
Funny how: Does FC have what it takes to get us through this season? has been read as Franny out! seems the days of trying to start an adult discussion on here are long gone. For the record I think that FC has done the best he can with the cards he has been dealt but why do we still have a defence concedes easy tries and did last season as well? FC should be getting rid of his defensive coaching team or as coach the blame stops with him. fedupwiththeBS
  • Score: 1

10:48pm Sun 9 Mar 14

bradfordbronco says...

fedupwiththeBS wrote:
Funny how: Does FC have what it takes to get us through this season?

has been read as Franny out!

seems the days of trying to start an adult discussion on here are long gone.

For the record I think that FC has done the best he can with the cards he has been dealt but why do we still have a defence concedes easy tries and did last season as well? FC should be getting rid of his defensive coaching team or as coach the blame stops with him.
You're the one asking if he has what it takes. Funny how it looked like you were suggesting he doesn't have what it takes, but what you really meant was he is ultimately to blame therefore he should go. Have I understood you correctly this time?
[quote][p][bold]fedupwiththeBS[/bold] wrote: Funny how: Does FC have what it takes to get us through this season? has been read as Franny out! seems the days of trying to start an adult discussion on here are long gone. For the record I think that FC has done the best he can with the cards he has been dealt but why do we still have a defence concedes easy tries and did last season as well? FC should be getting rid of his defensive coaching team or as coach the blame stops with him.[/p][/quote]You're the one asking if he has what it takes. Funny how it looked like you were suggesting he doesn't have what it takes, but what you really meant was he is ultimately to blame therefore he should go. Have I understood you correctly this time? bradfordbronco
  • Score: 0

6:13pm Mon 10 Mar 14

oswald777 says...

Lee St Hilaire should have been down the road 4 seasons ago, anyone disagree with that ????
Lee St Hilaire should have been down the road 4 seasons ago, anyone disagree with that ???? oswald777
  • Score: 1

8:02pm Mon 10 Mar 14

Bigal70 says...

Are we forgetting the situation we are in. It can't be easy to concentrate on the games finer points when you are not sure whether you are going to be paid or indeed whether you are going to have a job tomorrow. You probably don't sleep well and tiredness will certainly lead to loss of concentration. What we really need is for the RFL to get their act together and decide once and for all on the new owners. Then perhaps we will be able to see the Bulls perform at their true level. Maybe then we can see what Franny can do!
Are we forgetting the situation we are in. It can't be easy to concentrate on the games finer points when you are not sure whether you are going to be paid or indeed whether you are going to have a job tomorrow. You probably don't sleep well and tiredness will certainly lead to loss of concentration. What we really need is for the RFL to get their act together and decide once and for all on the new owners. Then perhaps we will be able to see the Bulls perform at their true level. Maybe then we can see what Franny can do! Bigal70
  • Score: 0

5:10pm Tue 11 Mar 14

axelf1963 says...

raisemeup wrote:
Fed up with...asks the question re: the coach's suitability to continue?
Unfortunately for you BS to use your proper acronym.With respect you aren't the best judge of that statement. Mainly because in all situations there is a plus and a minus, you always give us the minus.
So on the minus side of it, we don't actually know that yet, because we haven't had any time without some sort of adversity, and that always will give negativity the scope to breed! On the plus side, which in my opinion is how we should view what FC has achieved. It's a courageous fight for the survival of our team and our club, and I honestly would not know of any other coach who would have that spirit, skill or tenacity to motivate the lads day in & day out, for nigh on 13 months. That is some kind of special person, so your comment earns a mild rebuke from us all, who perhaps realise your pint glass is always half empty?
Your wife tell you to say that Brian ?
[quote][p][bold]raisemeup[/bold] wrote: Fed up with...asks the question re: the coach's suitability to continue? Unfortunately for you BS to use your proper acronym.With respect you aren't the best judge of that statement. Mainly because in all situations there is a plus and a minus, you always give us the minus. So on the minus side of it, we don't actually know that yet, because we haven't had any time without some sort of adversity, and that always will give negativity the scope to breed! On the plus side, which in my opinion is how we should view what FC has achieved. It's a courageous fight for the survival of our team and our club, and I honestly would not know of any other coach who would have that spirit, skill or tenacity to motivate the lads day in & day out, for nigh on 13 months. That is some kind of special person, so your comment earns a mild rebuke from us all, who perhaps realise your pint glass is always half empty?[/p][/quote]Your wife tell you to say that Brian ? axelf1963
  • Score: 0

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