Let the fightback begin, says Bradford Bulls coach Francis Cummins

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: With Bulls players no longer distracted by off-field issues, it means they can concentrate all their efforts on the battle for survival, says Francis Cummins With Bulls players no longer distracted by off-field issues, it means they can concentrate all their efforts on the battle for survival, says Francis Cummins

Francis Cummins has declared himself confident of guiding the Bulls to safety as they bid to kick-start a new era with victory at Widnes tomorrow.

Leeds-based businessman Marc Green bought the club out of administration earlier this week, ending months of uncertainty over their future.

With that stability having been secured, Cummins believes his players can now focus all their energies on climbing the Super League table.

The Bulls’ move into administration on January 31 saw them lose three key players and be docked six points but Cummins said the fightback could now begin in earnest.

The head coach, whose side remain on minus two points, said: “We’re not talking about relegation.

“We might be in a tough situation now but we’re certainly not talking about relegation.

“We’ve got to improve and we will, but we’re going to get there.

“You saw the fight in us at Hull KR – we were poor with the ball but to defend as we did shows we have not given up and we’re going to get better.

“There were a lot more smiles after what happened this week because it has given the players closure.

“They have been tremendous in training and we’ve not had any bad days when it’s been a wash-out because the emotions or anxiety has got to them.

“There have been times when we’ve had only one prop on the pitch but they’ve never stopped working hard for each other.

“I’ve got players who don’t want to leave – despite everything.

“I don’t know what else we could have done to them – you’re not getting paid on time and while some players have gone, most didn’t want to go.

“I’ve got people from other clubs saying ‘is it sorted yet? Are you after a player in this position?’ So I know we’re doing a lot of things right but we just need more numbers now.”

No new additions have been made ahead of tomorrow’s clash with an in-form Widnes side who have won four of their opening five games.

With skipper Matt Diskin and prop Adam Sidlow having sustained calf and ankle ligament injuries res-pectively at Hull KR last weekend, ruling them both out for around a month, the Bulls are again down to the bare bones.

But Adam O’Brien said he was ready to step up to the plate of being the Bulls’ starting hooker in the light of Diskin’s injury.

O’Brien, who performed admirably after replacing Diskin after just ten minutes last week, said: “I had to do a job in that middle and stick up for myself – and personally, I thought I did all right.

“I could now be the starting hooker but we’ve got young Nathan Conroy, and Danny Addy can play there as well.

“It’s a massive blow to lose Disko because he’s such an experienced player and has been there and done it.

“We need players in quickly but the morale among the squad and in training has been great. Even last week at Hull KR, the effort was there and we never stopped trying.”

Meanwhile, Liam Sutcliffe is keen to stay with the Bulls beyond his initial one-month loan spell.

The highly-rated Leeds stand-off will play his fourth successive Super League game for Bradford tomorrow and the loan is expected to continue on a week-to-week basis.

Sutcliffe, who has shown glimpses of his class in his three appearances so far, said: “I’ve really enjoyed getting some game-time here.

“It’s a bit hard to do stuff with the ball when you don’t see a lot of it.

“That’s when a half-back really comes into his own – to score tries or set up tries – but if we can complete our sets and get more into the opposition half, then I think you’ll see the best of me.

“I’d be comfortable with staying here or if Brian McDermott wants me back at Leeds, then I’ll do that.

“But the Rhinos have obviously got a lot of strength in depth and if I’m not going to get any game-time then it makes no sense me going back there.

“I just want to play every week, so I’d be more than happy to stay at Bradford and try and get 80 minutes under my belt every week.”

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9:21am Sat 29 Mar 14

raisemeup says...

Good article, with a few more players, who knows - the commitment is already there and with attitude and stability in the camp, the only way is up. We have been rock bottom too long, it has been an awful time for all concerned, but we are still in with a chance. An appeal to the fans of the Bulls, let's behind OUR/YOUR TEAM and let's show we "ALL BELONG" COYB
Good article, with a few more players, who knows - the commitment is already there and with attitude and stability in the camp, the only way is up. We have been rock bottom too long, it has been an awful time for all concerned, but we are still in with a chance. An appeal to the fans of the Bulls, let's behind OUR/YOUR TEAM and let's show we "ALL BELONG" COYB raisemeup
  • Score: 15

9:23am Sat 29 Mar 14

raisemeup says...

sorry should say let's get behind OUR/YOUR TEAM
sorry should say let's get behind OUR/YOUR TEAM raisemeup
  • Score: -3

2:47pm Sat 29 Mar 14

oswald777 says...

I think we have 3 wins absolute maximum this season which will put us on 4 points....enough to stay up ?
I think we have 3 wins absolute maximum this season which will put us on 4 points....enough to stay up ? oswald777
  • Score: -8

5:43pm Sat 29 Mar 14

portugalbull says...

Hope the new management get behind the team and let FC sign 2 props to beef up the pack.
Maybe Bailey or Fakir, neither getting first team game time, on a season long contract with options would suit all parties. Will get penalised but added beef.
CoyB's
Hope the new management get behind the team and let FC sign 2 props to beef up the pack. Maybe Bailey or Fakir, neither getting first team game time, on a season long contract with options would suit all parties. Will get penalised but added beef. CoyB's portugalbull
  • Score: 3

11:59pm Sat 29 Mar 14

portugalbull says...

Had another thought, Scruton and Sammut did not want to leave and only went for family reasons. Is there a way for them to return? With one of the above would be great boost and they would fit in already knowing the team
CoyB's
Had another thought, Scruton and Sammut did not want to leave and only went for family reasons. Is there a way for them to return? With one of the above would be great boost and they would fit in already knowing the team CoyB's portugalbull
  • Score: -2

7:45am Sun 30 Mar 14

bradfordbronco says...

Why does the words "Leeds based Business man" have to prefix the name Marc Green in every report? is it relevant?

Do we have to do this with everyone now? Also mentioned in article were Lancashire based player Adam Sidlow, Leeds base players Matt Diskin, Dewsbury based coach francis Cummins, Leeds based player Liam Sutcliffe, I'm not sure where Adam O'Brein, Nathan Conroy, Danny Addy or Brian Macdermot live. I don't care. its not relevant.
Why does the words "Leeds based Business man" have to prefix the name Marc Green in every report? is it relevant? Do we have to do this with everyone now? Also mentioned in article were Lancashire based player Adam Sidlow, Leeds base players Matt Diskin, Dewsbury based coach francis Cummins, Leeds based player Liam Sutcliffe, I'm not sure where Adam O'Brein, Nathan Conroy, Danny Addy or Brian Macdermot live. I don't care. its not relevant. bradfordbronco
  • Score: 0

7:46am Sun 30 Mar 14

bradfordbronco says...

raisemeup wrote:
sorry should say let's get behind OUR/YOUR TEAM
Minus 2 for making this correction. Love it!!!
[quote][p][bold]raisemeup[/bold] wrote: sorry should say let's get behind OUR/YOUR TEAM[/p][/quote]Minus 2 for making this correction. Love it!!! bradfordbronco
  • Score: 0

7:58am Sun 30 Mar 14

bradfordbronco says...

oswald777 wrote:
I think we have 3 wins absolute maximum this season which will put us on 4 points....enough to stay up ?
It is difficult to see where the wins will come from especially with the amount of injuries we've got. Cant see us getting anything from saints, Leeds, Huddersfield or Hull. We might get a surprise win against Warrington or Wigan. If we play well and cut out the mistakes (We're top of SL tables for Mistakes and missed tackles) then we're capable of beating Salford Widnes and Catalan twice, Hull KR, Wakefield, London and Castleford once.

I stress we must play really well, which is something we haven't done yet. Lets hope for a good performance today
[quote][p][bold]oswald777[/bold] wrote: I think we have 3 wins absolute maximum this season which will put us on 4 points....enough to stay up ?[/p][/quote]It is difficult to see where the wins will come from especially with the amount of injuries we've got. Cant see us getting anything from saints, Leeds, Huddersfield or Hull. We might get a surprise win against Warrington or Wigan. If we play well and cut out the mistakes (We're top of SL tables for Mistakes and missed tackles) then we're capable of beating Salford Widnes and Catalan twice, Hull KR, Wakefield, London and Castleford once. I stress we must play really well, which is something we haven't done yet. Lets hope for a good performance today bradfordbronco
  • Score: 4

1:11pm Sun 30 Mar 14

axelf1963 says...

Brians wife must have been out to allow him to post twice
Brians wife must have been out to allow him to post twice axelf1963
  • Score: -2

6:08pm Sun 30 Mar 14

oswald777 says...

bradfordbronco wrote:
oswald777 wrote:
I think we have 3 wins absolute maximum this season which will put us on 4 points....enough to stay up ?
It is difficult to see where the wins will come from especially with the amount of injuries we've got. Cant see us getting anything from saints, Leeds, Huddersfield or Hull. We might get a surprise win against Warrington or Wigan. If we play well and cut out the mistakes (We're top of SL tables for Mistakes and missed tackles) then we're capable of beating Salford Widnes and Catalan twice, Hull KR, Wakefield, London and Castleford once.

I stress we must play really well, which is something we haven't done yet. Lets hope for a good performance today
I'm going to the bookies to bet we don't actually win another game, the squad is bad enough without the injuries but mistakes and missed tackles also ??? No hope at all, especially with Cummins and L. St hilaire still at the club.
[quote][p][bold]bradfordbronco[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oswald777[/bold] wrote: I think we have 3 wins absolute maximum this season which will put us on 4 points....enough to stay up ?[/p][/quote]It is difficult to see where the wins will come from especially with the amount of injuries we've got. Cant see us getting anything from saints, Leeds, Huddersfield or Hull. We might get a surprise win against Warrington or Wigan. If we play well and cut out the mistakes (We're top of SL tables for Mistakes and missed tackles) then we're capable of beating Salford Widnes and Catalan twice, Hull KR, Wakefield, London and Castleford once. I stress we must play really well, which is something we haven't done yet. Lets hope for a good performance today[/p][/quote]I'm going to the bookies to bet we don't actually win another game, the squad is bad enough without the injuries but mistakes and missed tackles also ??? No hope at all, especially with Cummins and L. St hilaire still at the club. oswald777
  • Score: 0

7:36pm Sun 30 Mar 14

BierleyBoy says...

After losing today, Bulls need to forget about the Challenge Cup next week and focus on Salford at home.

Lose that and it's all over. Win it and there will be a spell of 5.6 games lost against the better sides until the games against the sides around them come around.

Has Marc Green actually got any money to invest? I think not.
After losing today, Bulls need to forget about the Challenge Cup next week and focus on Salford at home. Lose that and it's all over. Win it and there will be a spell of 5.6 games lost against the better sides until the games against the sides around them come around. Has Marc Green actually got any money to invest? I think not. BierleyBoy
  • Score: 0

10:52pm Sun 30 Mar 14

bradfordbronco says...

oswald777 wrote:
bradfordbronco wrote:
oswald777 wrote:
I think we have 3 wins absolute maximum this season which will put us on 4 points....enough to stay up ?
It is difficult to see where the wins will come from especially with the amount of injuries we've got. Cant see us getting anything from saints, Leeds, Huddersfield or Hull. We might get a surprise win against Warrington or Wigan. If we play well and cut out the mistakes (We're top of SL tables for Mistakes and missed tackles) then we're capable of beating Salford Widnes and Catalan twice, Hull KR, Wakefield, London and Castleford once.

I stress we must play really well, which is something we haven't done yet. Lets hope for a good performance today
I'm going to the bookies to bet we don't actually win another game, the squad is bad enough without the injuries but mistakes and missed tackles also ??? No hope at all, especially with Cummins and L. St hilaire still at the club.
Hi OSWALD777. I bet you're not going to the bookies tomorrow. You're just being stupid.
[quote][p][bold]oswald777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bradfordbronco[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oswald777[/bold] wrote: I think we have 3 wins absolute maximum this season which will put us on 4 points....enough to stay up ?[/p][/quote]It is difficult to see where the wins will come from especially with the amount of injuries we've got. Cant see us getting anything from saints, Leeds, Huddersfield or Hull. We might get a surprise win against Warrington or Wigan. If we play well and cut out the mistakes (We're top of SL tables for Mistakes and missed tackles) then we're capable of beating Salford Widnes and Catalan twice, Hull KR, Wakefield, London and Castleford once. I stress we must play really well, which is something we haven't done yet. Lets hope for a good performance today[/p][/quote]I'm going to the bookies to bet we don't actually win another game, the squad is bad enough without the injuries but mistakes and missed tackles also ??? No hope at all, especially with Cummins and L. St hilaire still at the club.[/p][/quote]Hi OSWALD777. I bet you're not going to the bookies tomorrow. You're just being stupid. bradfordbronco
  • Score: 0

6:26pm Mon 31 Mar 14

oswald777 says...

bradfordbronco wrote:
oswald777 wrote:
bradfordbronco wrote:
oswald777 wrote:
I think we have 3 wins absolute maximum this season which will put us on 4 points....enough to stay up ?
It is difficult to see where the wins will come from especially with the amount of injuries we've got. Cant see us getting anything from saints, Leeds, Huddersfield or Hull. We might get a surprise win against Warrington or Wigan. If we play well and cut out the mistakes (We're top of SL tables for Mistakes and missed tackles) then we're capable of beating Salford Widnes and Catalan twice, Hull KR, Wakefield, London and Castleford once.

I stress we must play really well, which is something we haven't done yet. Lets hope for a good performance today
I'm going to the bookies to bet we don't actually win another game, the squad is bad enough without the injuries but mistakes and missed tackles also ??? No hope at all, especially with Cummins and L. St hilaire still at the club.
Hi OSWALD777. I bet you're not going to the bookies tomorrow. You're just being stupid.
Ha ha, it'll be decent odds but i really can't see us winning another game in Superleague, i know you get the delusional idiots, walking round in their Bulls tops on with their own names on the back, actually thinking we'll get in the playoffs !! You need to wake up and face reality....we are shi te !!!
[quote][p][bold]bradfordbronco[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oswald777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bradfordbronco[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]oswald777[/bold] wrote: I think we have 3 wins absolute maximum this season which will put us on 4 points....enough to stay up ?[/p][/quote]It is difficult to see where the wins will come from especially with the amount of injuries we've got. Cant see us getting anything from saints, Leeds, Huddersfield or Hull. We might get a surprise win against Warrington or Wigan. If we play well and cut out the mistakes (We're top of SL tables for Mistakes and missed tackles) then we're capable of beating Salford Widnes and Catalan twice, Hull KR, Wakefield, London and Castleford once. I stress we must play really well, which is something we haven't done yet. Lets hope for a good performance today[/p][/quote]I'm going to the bookies to bet we don't actually win another game, the squad is bad enough without the injuries but mistakes and missed tackles also ??? No hope at all, especially with Cummins and L. St hilaire still at the club.[/p][/quote]Hi OSWALD777. I bet you're not going to the bookies tomorrow. You're just being stupid.[/p][/quote]Ha ha, it'll be decent odds but i really can't see us winning another game in Superleague, i know you get the delusional idiots, walking round in their Bulls tops on with their own names on the back, actually thinking we'll get in the playoffs !! You need to wake up and face reality....we are shi te !!! oswald777
  • Score: 0

9:08pm Mon 31 Mar 14

bradfordbronco says...

What are you giving me to bet that we DO win another SL game. I think i'll take you up on the offer. Hope it doesn't go down to final game of the season away at London though!
What are you giving me to bet that we DO win another SL game. I think i'll take you up on the offer. Hope it doesn't go down to final game of the season away at London though! bradfordbronco
  • Score: 0

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