Bradford Bulls told to cut out blunders if they want to beat the Giants

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Bulls players celebrate an Adam O’Brien try during their victory at Huddersfield early last season, which was later followed by another big win over the Giants at Odsal Bulls players celebrate an Adam O’Brien try during their victory at Huddersfield early last season, which was later followed by another big win over the Giants at Odsal

Francis Cummins is urging his Bulls side to cut out the mistakes as they bid to chop Huddersfield Giants down to size tomorrow.

Cummins was left frustrated after his team made a glut of errors during last week’s defeat at Hull FC. But he believes the blunders stemmed from overplaying at times and is now calling on his men to control possession better and complete their sets.

The Bulls coach said: “We gave away too much ball at Hull and I think we made eight yardage errors and came up with a couple of bad kicks.

“So that’s ten errors and, while Hull played well, we just made too many mistakes.

“We were poor on the night and sometimes that can happen, so you’ve got to dust yourselves off and go again.

“We’ve looked in review this week and there were a couple of mistakes where we have overplayed, which is the frustrating bit.”

Cummins, whose side beat Huddersfield home and away last season, is keen to play the game the right way and his philosophy will not change despite the scarcity of resources at his disposal.

After seeing Garreth Carvell and Nick Scruton depart following the club’s slide into administration, Cummins lost Wigan loanee Greg Burke to injury last weekend.

To make matters worse, on-loan Huddersfield prop Anthony Mullally is ineligible to face his parent club tomorrow, leaving the Bulls with only two recognised front-rowers in Manase Manuokafoa and Adam Sidlow.

Cummins said: “You evaluate how you want to play the game and we haven’t got the biggest middle unit at the moment.

Chev Walker played as a middle last year and we might have to move people around as we get going – that’s just the nature of it. But they are the kind of things we’ll have to do.

“It’s frustrating that Mulls can’t play for us this weekend but we’re in a position where we are totally grateful for having him here in the first place and I totally understand Huddersfield’s stance.

“The easiest thing would be to stop passing the ball, run from dummy half and kick the ball as far as you can – but that wouldn’t help us either.

“There are times to do that but we’ve got to carry on with what we believe in and if it’s there to pass it then we will.

“We might have to just play the percentages a little bit more early on to get that foundation set and then we’ll play.

“When we got some good ball and didn’t panic, we looked really good at times last week. We got down Hull’s end three times in the first half and scored twice.

“The other time we panicked but we’ve got enough quality to score against any team.

“We’ve just got to be able to stay in the arm-wrestle and not give all that possession over.”

Tomorrow’s match will see Craig Kopczak return to Odsal for the first time since his controversial departure in September 2012.

The Wales prop will lead a heavyweight Giants pack but Cummins is wary of their threat in every department.

The Bulls boss said: “Huddersfield will come at us down the middle but they’ve got some nice backs who can get on the end of things as well.

“Their threats are all over and they have a nice variation of where they can go down the middle and also shift the ball around.

“They’re a good team and would probably hope to be a little bit higher on the ladder by now.

“They are showing really good glimpses even if they’re perhaps looking as if they’re not quite in top form and not managing to get a roll-on.”

But Cummins is more bothered about his own team and is continuing to remain focused on what happens on the field amid the lingering uncertainty surrounding the club’s ownership.

“Our first goal is to get back on zero points and then kick on from there,” he said.

“We want to win every game because at the end of the day, you’ve got to win to stay up. We just need to improve on last week and get some form back.”

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6:56am Sun 16 Mar 14

bradfordbronco says...

Don't think we've much chance today. Lets just cheer the lads on and hope for an improved performance going into next weeks important game at Hull KR. I'd have been tempted to put out a virtual reserve team today and give sidlow and Manifikoa a rest rather than flogging them to death today and risk injury ahead of a possible two points next week
Don't think we've much chance today. Lets just cheer the lads on and hope for an improved performance going into next weeks important game at Hull KR. I'd have been tempted to put out a virtual reserve team today and give sidlow and Manifikoa a rest rather than flogging them to death today and risk injury ahead of a possible two points next week bradfordbronco
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8:14am Sun 16 Mar 14

AUGUST1964 says...

bradfordbronco wrote:
Don't think we've much chance today. Lets just cheer the lads on and hope for an improved performance going into next weeks important game at Hull KR. I'd have been tempted to put out a virtual reserve team today and give sidlow and Manifikoa a rest rather than flogging them to death today and risk injury ahead of a possible two points next week
And risk a drubbing by a massive score against.Then at the end of the season if relegation comes down to points difference? Not very wise to just give 2 points away,always a chance of a win no matter who we play.
[quote][p][bold]bradfordbronco[/bold] wrote: Don't think we've much chance today. Lets just cheer the lads on and hope for an improved performance going into next weeks important game at Hull KR. I'd have been tempted to put out a virtual reserve team today and give sidlow and Manifikoa a rest rather than flogging them to death today and risk injury ahead of a possible two points next week[/p][/quote]And risk a drubbing by a massive score against.Then at the end of the season if relegation comes down to points difference? Not very wise to just give 2 points away,always a chance of a win no matter who we play. AUGUST1964
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8:49am Sun 16 Mar 14

fash1966 says...

bradfordbronco wrote:
Don't think we've much chance today. Lets just cheer the lads on and hope for an improved performance going into next weeks important game at Hull KR. I'd have been tempted to put out a virtual reserve team today and give sidlow and Manifikoa a rest rather than flogging them to death today and risk injury ahead of a possible two points next week
I think your bang on the money Bronco, Franny needs to target the can win games against the likes of London, Wakefield, Hull KR. Games that are all 4 pointers and cut his cloth acordingley in terms of team selection.
[quote][p][bold]bradfordbronco[/bold] wrote: Don't think we've much chance today. Lets just cheer the lads on and hope for an improved performance going into next weeks important game at Hull KR. I'd have been tempted to put out a virtual reserve team today and give sidlow and Manifikoa a rest rather than flogging them to death today and risk injury ahead of a possible two points next week[/p][/quote]I think your bang on the money Bronco, Franny needs to target the can win games against the likes of London, Wakefield, Hull KR. Games that are all 4 pointers and cut his cloth acordingley in terms of team selection. fash1966
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9:12am Sun 16 Mar 14

axlef1963 says...

Cant believe people think we should rest players for certain games.When I pay my money I want to see our strongest side not a patched up side with fit players sat in the stand.We play ever game to win no matter who where playing,If we go down so be it but I want us to fight the death.Any way WE ARE STAYING UP COYB
Cant believe people think we should rest players for certain games.When I pay my money I want to see our strongest side not a patched up side with fit players sat in the stand.We play ever game to win no matter who where playing,If we go down so be it but I want us to fight the death.Any way WE ARE STAYING UP COYB axlef1963
  • Score: 5

10:53am Sun 16 Mar 14

bradfordbronco says...

The top teams rest players and target the big games. Its probably even more important for us with a small squad.
The top teams rest players and target the big games. Its probably even more important for us with a small squad. bradfordbronco
  • Score: -6

11:23am Sun 16 Mar 14

AUGUST1964 says...

bradfordbronco wrote:
The top teams rest players and target the big games. Its probably even more important for us with a small squad.
Its more important for us to sqeeze every point out of every game,start targeting games and we are relegation bound for certain, one of our other so called relegation candidates Wakefield scored 50 yesterday against London who themselves scored 22,so to cede a game with a hammering would be suicide,and if they were to do as you would want what would that do to the gates---plumet even further,just when the funds are needed most!
Don't think you thought your proposal through properly did you
[quote][p][bold]bradfordbronco[/bold] wrote: The top teams rest players and target the big games. Its probably even more important for us with a small squad.[/p][/quote]Its more important for us to sqeeze every point out of every game,start targeting games and we are relegation bound for certain, one of our other so called relegation candidates Wakefield scored 50 yesterday against London who themselves scored 22,so to cede a game with a hammering would be suicide,and if they were to do as you would want what would that do to the gates---plumet even further,just when the funds are needed most! Don't think you thought your proposal through properly did you AUGUST1964
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9:09pm Sun 16 Mar 14

bradfordbronco says...

No I didn't think it through. We should play full team and avoid losing 66-18
No I didn't think it through. We should play full team and avoid losing 66-18 bradfordbronco
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9:20pm Sun 16 Mar 14

bradfordbronco says...

On a positive not though. Donaldson was outstanding today as was Addy and a few others, If we hadn't given up so much possession and position it would have been a respectable scoreline.

Next week is a big game. We need to play better but show the same spirit.

COYB
On a positive not though. Donaldson was outstanding today as was Addy and a few others, If we hadn't given up so much possession and position it would have been a respectable scoreline. Next week is a big game. We need to play better but show the same spirit. COYB bradfordbronco
  • Score: -1

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