Catalan Dragons ideal cup draw for Bradford Bulls

Luke Gale dives over for one of his hat-trick of tries for the Bulls against Oldham

Luke Gale dives over for one of his hat-trick of tries for the Bulls against Oldham

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Bulls coach Francis Cummins admitted he was delighted to be drawn at home to Catalan Dragons in the Tetley’s Challenge Cup fifth round after his side cruised past Oldham yesterday.

Bradford beat Scott Naylor’s Championship One outfit 60-6 and will face the Dragons at the Provident Stadium on the weekend of April 26-27.

Cummins said: “Going to Catalan straight after the Easter weekend would have been tough, but we’re at home so that’s a bonus.

“It is a while away yet, and it’s a short turnaround for both teams after the Easter period, but the pleasing thing is that we do appear to have numbers coming back.

“The squad is looking a little thicker than it has been and we’re getting people in, so I’m going to have some headaches for Friday’s game against Salford.”

The visit of Catalan will see Jamal Fakir facing his former club after the France prop made his Bulls debut alongside Dale Ferguson yesterday.

Fakir struggled with the pace of the game during his opening stint but came back strongly to play for a longer spell after the break.

Cummins said: “Jamal blew a few cobwebs off and while he has been training on his own, there is nothing like playing.

“The first game back is always difficult for the middle men but he went better in his second spell and will only get better.”

Ferguson, meanwhile, was particularly impressive and scored the last of Bradford’s 11 tries.

“We know that Dale has got that in him,” said Cummins after the Bulls’ first home game since Marc Green became the club’s new owner.

“You watch him and he can look like he’s not travelling but he’s got great feet and he will be glad of that run-out.

“It’s been a frustrating time for him but he’s game-ready and can come up with things.”

The only negative was a bicep injury to young back-rower Oliver Roberts but Tom Olbison, Lee Gaskell, Danny Bridge and Anthony Mullally are all back in contention to face Salford on Friday.

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9:21am Mon 7 Apr 14

Bowlingboy says...

“The squad is looking a little thicker than it has been and we’re getting people in, so I’m going to have some headaches for Friday’s game against Salford.”

Does that mean we are getting another announcement today?
“The squad is looking a little thicker than it has been and we’re getting people in, so I’m going to have some headaches for Friday’s game against Salford.” Does that mean we are getting another announcement today? Bowlingboy
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9:44am Mon 7 Apr 14

bully4us says...

He said last week there will be no announcements this week. He just means we are getting some back. I suspect there are a couple in the pipeline that will take a week or two to process. Hopefully, one more big, nasty prop. Get Sidlow, Disko and Gaskell back and we are looking much better. We have been linked with the Hull full-back - McDonnell. I would be happy with that as I have always preferred Kearney in the halves. Three halves puts pressure on to play well especially when Gaskell can play in the backs and 13.
He said last week there will be no announcements this week. He just means we are getting some back. I suspect there are a couple in the pipeline that will take a week or two to process. Hopefully, one more big, nasty prop. Get Sidlow, Disko and Gaskell back and we are looking much better. We have been linked with the Hull full-back - McDonnell. I would be happy with that as I have always preferred Kearney in the halves. Three halves puts pressure on to play well especially when Gaskell can play in the backs and 13. bully4us
  • Score: 5

10:33am Mon 7 Apr 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

I wouldn't say the Catalan's was the ideal draw for the Bulls.
With teams like Keighley still in the draw surely a tie again them would have been much better than a fairly dangerous Super League side who will add nothing to the gate.
I wouldn't say the Catalan's was the ideal draw for the Bulls. With teams like Keighley still in the draw surely a tie again them would have been much better than a fairly dangerous Super League side who will add nothing to the gate. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: 7

11:00am Mon 7 Apr 14

bradford_Northern says...

Agree with TVOR, would have preferred an easier tie to help us gain a bit of confidence and momentum.
With regards to yesterday, Id just like to congratulate the Oldham players: thought they stuck at it really well, were good in the individual tackle, and were a credit to themselves and Scotty Naylor.
Agree with TVOR, would have preferred an easier tie to help us gain a bit of confidence and momentum. With regards to yesterday, Id just like to congratulate the Oldham players: thought they stuck at it really well, were good in the individual tackle, and were a credit to themselves and Scotty Naylor. bradford_Northern
  • Score: 15

12:27pm Mon 7 Apr 14

raisemeup says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
I wouldn't say the Catalan's was the ideal draw for the Bulls.
With teams like Keighley still in the draw surely a tie again them would have been much better than a fairly dangerous Super League side who will add nothing to the gate.
The point is that at some time we have to begin challenging ourselves, and Keighley whilst being a good crowd puller, would not mount the same opposition as Catalans or Salford for example.

And TVOR as the draw is made, why disagree!
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: I wouldn't say the Catalan's was the ideal draw for the Bulls. With teams like Keighley still in the draw surely a tie again them would have been much better than a fairly dangerous Super League side who will add nothing to the gate.[/p][/quote]The point is that at some time we have to begin challenging ourselves, and Keighley whilst being a good crowd puller, would not mount the same opposition as Catalans or Salford for example. And TVOR as the draw is made, why disagree! raisemeup
  • Score: 7

2:32pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Out of site says...

Looks like the bulls will go out of the cup that is as long as they don't go bust.
Looks like the bulls will go out of the cup that is as long as they don't go bust. Out of site
  • Score: -30

3:10pm Mon 7 Apr 14

axelf1963 says...

Any super league club difficult when you are bottom of the league
Any super league club difficult when you are bottom of the league axelf1963
  • Score: -12

3:33pm Mon 7 Apr 14

bullyboysrbestCOYB says...

A good challenge coming up then and I will be glad when we get Gaskell back and sign more players totally agree with bully4us Kearney in the halves and McDonnell would be good signing COYB
A good challenge coming up then and I will be glad when we get Gaskell back and sign more players totally agree with bully4us Kearney in the halves and McDonnell would be good signing COYB bullyboysrbestCOYB
  • Score: 4

3:49pm Mon 7 Apr 14

bartsbull says...

It has been said before you can only play what is in front of you Oldham need some credit they played to the last whistle and never gave up credit to Scott
Naylor
Yes Catalan will be a test but so will every game in the league no team are easyif you dont play you get beaten
Lets hope the next news i we are going for the points back then a couple of new players someone told us at the game Scrutts is not happy at Wakey lets have a go at getting him back COYB
It has been said before you can only play what is in front of you Oldham need some credit they played to the last whistle and never gave up credit to Scott Naylor Yes Catalan will be a test but so will every game in the league no team are easyif you dont play you get beaten Lets hope the next news i we are going for the points back then a couple of new players someone told us at the game Scrutts is not happy at Wakey lets have a go at getting him back COYB bartsbull
  • Score: 4

5:11pm Mon 7 Apr 14

hunsworthbull says...

Out of site wrote:
Looks like the bulls will go out of the cup that is as long as they don't go bust.
Go eat some burgers then you might go bust
[quote][p][bold]Out of site[/bold] wrote: Looks like the bulls will go out of the cup that is as long as they don't go bust.[/p][/quote]Go eat some burgers then you might go bust hunsworthbull
  • Score: 6

5:41pm Mon 7 Apr 14

col 64 says...

bully4us wrote:
He said last week there will be no announcements this week. He just means we are getting some back. I suspect there are a couple in the pipeline that will take a week or two to process. Hopefully, one more big, nasty prop. Get Sidlow, Disko and Gaskell back and we are looking much better. We have been linked with the Hull full-back - McDonnell. I would be happy with that as I have always preferred Kearney in the halves. Three halves puts pressure on to play well especially when Gaskell can play in the backs and 13.
Sorry to disappoint you bully4us but Shannon McDonnell is a non starter,it's not happening and the rumour was called garbage by one in the know.
[quote][p][bold]bully4us[/bold] wrote: He said last week there will be no announcements this week. He just means we are getting some back. I suspect there are a couple in the pipeline that will take a week or two to process. Hopefully, one more big, nasty prop. Get Sidlow, Disko and Gaskell back and we are looking much better. We have been linked with the Hull full-back - McDonnell. I would be happy with that as I have always preferred Kearney in the halves. Three halves puts pressure on to play well especially when Gaskell can play in the backs and 13.[/p][/quote]Sorry to disappoint you bully4us but Shannon McDonnell is a non starter,it's not happening and the rumour was called garbage by one in the know. col 64
  • Score: 5

6:09pm Mon 7 Apr 14

NG1972 says...

Scrutes didn't want to leave in the first place so why not get him back surely he would jump at the chance to come back now we are sorted out.
Scrutes didn't want to leave in the first place so why not get him back surely he would jump at the chance to come back now we are sorted out. NG1972
  • Score: -2

8:10pm Mon 7 Apr 14

Odsal53 says...

Oldham gave it a good dig inspite of the points run in against them. Had wee been more posertive with our passing it could have been more. Have to give the Oldham lads and scotty a clap they never folded their tent.
Was anybody else surprised that the crowd was only 2788, the stand was packed. I was under the impresion that it held far more than the figure given. Anybody know what the capacity of the stand is, I thought 5-6 thousand.
Oldham gave it a good dig inspite of the points run in against them. Had wee been more posertive with our passing it could have been more. Have to give the Oldham lads and scotty a clap they never folded their tent. Was anybody else surprised that the crowd was only 2788, the stand was packed. I was under the impresion that it held far more than the figure given. Anybody know what the capacity of the stand is, I thought 5-6 thousand. Odsal53
  • Score: 0

8:50pm Mon 7 Apr 14

axelf1963 says...

It holds whatever figure needed to dupe the tax man
It holds whatever figure needed to dupe the tax man axelf1963
  • Score: -7

9:15am Tue 8 Apr 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

raisemeup wrote:
Thee Voice of Reason wrote: I wouldn't say the Catalan's was the ideal draw for the Bulls. With teams like Keighley still in the draw surely a tie again them would have been much better than a fairly dangerous Super League side who will add nothing to the gate.
The point is that at some time we have to begin challenging ourselves, and Keighley whilst being a good crowd puller, would not mount the same opposition as Catalans or Salford for example. And TVOR as the draw is made, why disagree!
There is me thinking the Club wanted to progress as far as possible and get the biggest gate possible to make money out of a cup run.

Calling it an ideal draw is rediculous.
[quote][p][bold]raisemeup[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: I wouldn't say the Catalan's was the ideal draw for the Bulls. With teams like Keighley still in the draw surely a tie again them would have been much better than a fairly dangerous Super League side who will add nothing to the gate.[/p][/quote]The point is that at some time we have to begin challenging ourselves, and Keighley whilst being a good crowd puller, would not mount the same opposition as Catalans or Salford for example. And TVOR as the draw is made, why disagree![/p][/quote]There is me thinking the Club wanted to progress as far as possible and get the biggest gate possible to make money out of a cup run. Calling it an ideal draw is rediculous. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: -2

9:56am Tue 8 Apr 14

Out of site says...

hunsworthbull wrote:
Out of site wrote:
Looks like the bulls will go out of the cup that is as long as they don't go bust.
Go eat some burgers then you might go bust
No need to be rude,I only stated an obvious fact
[quote][p][bold]hunsworthbull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Out of site[/bold] wrote: Looks like the bulls will go out of the cup that is as long as they don't go bust.[/p][/quote]Go eat some burgers then you might go bust[/p][/quote]No need to be rude,I only stated an obvious fact Out of site
  • Score: -2

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