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Catalan Dragons ideal cup draw for Bradford Bulls
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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