Sickness adds to Bradford Bulls frustration

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Several players have been struck down by a bug that affected Luke Gale last week Several players have been struck down by a bug that affected Luke Gale last week

Bulls coach Francis Cummins will make late calls on a number of players ahead of their Magic Weekend showdown with Huddersfield on Sunday.

A sickness bug in the camp which affected Luke Gale last week has since struck down other members of Cummins’ squad.

The Bulls boss will check on those affected and players nursing injuries such as Gale (hamstring), Chev Walker (toe), Manase Manuokafoa (hamstring) and James Donaldson (ankle).

“We had a little bit of sickness in the camp last week and Luke Gale was probably out all week with it,” said Cummins.

“We’ve had a few more lads suffering with it this week, so we’ve sent them home and kept them away from training.

“We know we were going to be down on numbers anyway this week – but we’ve been in this position all year.

“We just have to confront it and be better than we were against St Helens.”

On the players he hopes to have available to face the Giants, Cummins added: “Chev will be a late call and we will go right to the wire with him.

“We’re hopeful on Luke Gale but he will be another late call.

“James Donaldson has been edging back towards fitness and has taken another step forward but again, it’s going to be Friday or Saturday before we know.

“Nas is rehabbing and we also will leave him until the end of the week.”

Cummins said he was hopeful of adding to his squad shortly but that it was unlikely any deal would be sealed in time for Sunday’s game.

“I’ve got everything crossed but I think this weekend will probably come a bit too early,” he said.

“We’re trying every possible area we can because we are down on numbers and that has been well documented.

“Hopefully something will happen next week and we definitely need middle men, so we are trying to prioritise in that position, although we do want to improve the overall numbers and quality we’ve got.

“It may well start to happen in the next few weeks that players get a bit fed up of not playing or having to play somewhere else, which could open doors for us.”

Antonio Kaufusi is ineligible to face his parent club this weekend but can play against Catalan and Wakefield before his initial one-month loan spell expires.

Cummins said: “Antonio was our best forward against St Helens and is really enjoying himself here, so we’ll look to keep him as long as possible.”

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8:08am Thu 15 May 14

axelf1963 says...

My old mate Spangles is on standby franny just give the word.
My old mate Spangles is on standby franny just give the word. axelf1963
  • Score: 4

8:26am Thu 15 May 14

Bowlingboy says...

I think the truth is nobody will sign as the writing is on the wall.
gutting really.
I think the truth is nobody will sign as the writing is on the wall. gutting really. Bowlingboy
  • Score: 5

8:30am Thu 15 May 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

Axelf,
What a front row, Gus,Me, Snudge.We will scare them to death.
Axelf, What a front row, Gus,Me, Snudge.We will scare them to death. spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: 4

8:31am Thu 15 May 14

bully4us says...

It will be just a few more weeks until it will be too late to bring someone in.
It will be just a few more weeks until it will be too late to bring someone in. bully4us
  • Score: 4

8:57am Thu 15 May 14

Bullmaniac says...

Signing to be announced today apparently so hopefully this will negate the effect of this sickness bug just a little bit, however unless we're signing Greg Inglis it will be one way traffic at the Etihad unfortunately.
Signing to be announced today apparently so hopefully this will negate the effect of this sickness bug just a little bit, however unless we're signing Greg Inglis it will be one way traffic at the Etihad unfortunately. Bullmaniac
  • Score: 1

10:06am Thu 15 May 14

Savethebulls says...

http://www.stuff.co.
nz/dominion-post/spo
rt/rugby-league/1005
0353/

Think it may be these two!
http://www.stuff.co. nz/dominion-post/spo rt/rugby-league/1005 0353/ Think it may be these two! Savethebulls
  • Score: -1

10:08am Thu 15 May 14

Savethebulls says...

The experiment to bring two young English players to the Warriors is over, with both Mason Tonks and Jordan Baldwinson returning to the UK to play Super league.

The 19-year-olds left Leeds last season with the intention of working through the Warriors' youth setup and making it in the NRL.

However, they struggled to hold down places in the Warriors' under-20 team were farmed out to Northcote in the Fox Memorial Cup in an attempt to adjust to the physicality of footy in the southern hemisphere.

Today it was agreed they would end their time in New Zealand and head home as soon as this weekend.

The pair have been signed by their former club for next year, but will join the Bradford Bulls on loan for the rest of the 2014 season
The experiment to bring two young English players to the Warriors is over, with both Mason Tonks and Jordan Baldwinson returning to the UK to play Super league. The 19-year-olds left Leeds last season with the intention of working through the Warriors' youth setup and making it in the NRL. However, they struggled to hold down places in the Warriors' under-20 team were farmed out to Northcote in the Fox Memorial Cup in an attempt to adjust to the physicality of footy in the southern hemisphere. Today it was agreed they would end their time in New Zealand and head home as soon as this weekend. The pair have been signed by their former club for next year, but will join the Bradford Bulls on loan for the rest of the 2014 season Savethebulls
  • Score: -1

10:23am Thu 15 May 14

axelf1963 says...

The bar would have to stock up a bit more if Gus playing
The bar would have to stock up a bit more if Gus playing axelf1963
  • Score: 1

10:31am Thu 15 May 14

Bowlingboy says...

So Still no real quality signed up then,
So Still no real quality signed up then, Bowlingboy
  • Score: 3

10:46am Thu 15 May 14

axelf1963 says...

2 more on loan from your neighbours that many slag off.
2 more on loan from your neighbours that many slag off. axelf1963
  • Score: 5

11:34am Thu 15 May 14

Bullmaniac says...

axelf1963 wrote:
2 more on loan from your neighbours that many slag off.
To be honest I don't think many people have slagged off Leeds since this whole sorry saga began. In fact they have been one of the clubs to act with the utmost integrity loaning us players and donating ticket money to keep the club afloat.

Th clubs that are on my personal hit list (i.e. clubs who I look forward to steam rolling in 5 years time) are Huddersfield, Wakefield and Hull who have tapped up our players and kicked us when we are down for their own benefit. I would also like to wipe the smug smile off Adam Pearson's face especially after his points deduction comment he made.
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: 2 more on loan from your neighbours that many slag off.[/p][/quote]To be honest I don't think many people have slagged off Leeds since this whole sorry saga began. In fact they have been one of the clubs to act with the utmost integrity loaning us players and donating ticket money to keep the club afloat. Th clubs that are on my personal hit list (i.e. clubs who I look forward to steam rolling in 5 years time) are Huddersfield, Wakefield and Hull who have tapped up our players and kicked us when we are down for their own benefit. I would also like to wipe the smug smile off Adam Pearson's face especially after his points deduction comment he made. Bullmaniac
  • Score: 8

12:23pm Thu 15 May 14

Videoref says...

Sounds to me as a appology in advance.
If there is any truth in these 2 being signed then yet again it's pointless 2 x 19yr olds won't keep us in Superleague
Sounds to me as a appology in advance. If there is any truth in these 2 being signed then yet again it's pointless 2 x 19yr olds won't keep us in Superleague Videoref
  • Score: 1

1:21pm Thu 15 May 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

Bullmaniac,
How can you have Huddersfield on that list.They have loaned us Mulhally and Kaufusi.Read the Paul Anderson report about the Bulls.Of course he has to protect his own club first but he has been willing to help the Bulls out.As for Leeds,they have tried their utmost to help the Bulls stay in S.L.Of course Wakey will not help the Bulls because they themselves are in financial strife and might just about see the season out.At the end of the day it is previous Boards,call them what you will,who have got us in this mess.Unfortunately they have all disappeared into the undergrowth and left others to clear up their mess.
Bullmaniac, How can you have Huddersfield on that list.They have loaned us Mulhally and Kaufusi.Read the Paul Anderson report about the Bulls.Of course he has to protect his own club first but he has been willing to help the Bulls out.As for Leeds,they have tried their utmost to help the Bulls stay in S.L.Of course Wakey will not help the Bulls because they themselves are in financial strife and might just about see the season out.At the end of the day it is previous Boards,call them what you will,who have got us in this mess.Unfortunately they have all disappeared into the undergrowth and left others to clear up their mess. spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: 5

2:56pm Thu 15 May 14

Bullmaniac says...

spanglishbull.uk wrote:
Bullmaniac,
How can you have Huddersfield on that list.They have loaned us Mulhally and Kaufusi.Read the Paul Anderson report about the Bulls.Of course he has to protect his own club first but he has been willing to help the Bulls out.As for Leeds,they have tried their utmost to help the Bulls stay in S.L.Of course Wakey will not help the Bulls because they themselves are in financial strife and might just about see the season out.At the end of the day it is previous Boards,call them what you will,who have got us in this mess.Unfortunately they have all disappeared into the undergrowth and left others to clear up their mess.
The reason why Huddersfield are on there is due to the Kopczack tapping up, and I feel that the only reason they have loaned us Mullally and Kaufusi is through a sense of guilt and nothing more.

If we hadn't had a revolving door installed in the boardroom over the last couple of years then the Giants may have well found themselves in court over their dishonest (and illegal actions) that came to light after the Keith Mason case.

It's times like these that you find out who your friends are, and if the Bulls do rise from the ashes and put together a top team I for one will take great pleasure in mopping the floor with these teams.
[quote][p][bold]spanglishbull.uk[/bold] wrote: Bullmaniac, How can you have Huddersfield on that list.They have loaned us Mulhally and Kaufusi.Read the Paul Anderson report about the Bulls.Of course he has to protect his own club first but he has been willing to help the Bulls out.As for Leeds,they have tried their utmost to help the Bulls stay in S.L.Of course Wakey will not help the Bulls because they themselves are in financial strife and might just about see the season out.At the end of the day it is previous Boards,call them what you will,who have got us in this mess.Unfortunately they have all disappeared into the undergrowth and left others to clear up their mess.[/p][/quote]The reason why Huddersfield are on there is due to the Kopczack tapping up, and I feel that the only reason they have loaned us Mullally and Kaufusi is through a sense of guilt and nothing more. If we hadn't had a revolving door installed in the boardroom over the last couple of years then the Giants may have well found themselves in court over their dishonest (and illegal actions) that came to light after the Keith Mason case. It's times like these that you find out who your friends are, and if the Bulls do rise from the ashes and put together a top team I for one will take great pleasure in mopping the floor with these teams. Bullmaniac
  • Score: -4

3:06pm Thu 15 May 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

Bullmaniac,
Point taken
Bullmaniac, Point taken spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: -1

5:10pm Thu 15 May 14

Out of site says...

Full of optimism I see,give the lads a chance they can't be any worse than the dross who are supposed to play every week.
Full of optimism I see,give the lads a chance they can't be any worse than the dross who are supposed to play every week. Out of site
  • Score: 2

9:33pm Thu 15 May 14

nosher says...

spanglishbull.uk wrote:
Axelf,
What a front row, Gus,Me, Snudge.We will scare them to death.
An aggregate age of 215 there lol.
[quote][p][bold]spanglishbull.uk[/bold] wrote: Axelf, What a front row, Gus,Me, Snudge.We will scare them to death.[/p][/quote]An aggregate age of 215 there lol. nosher
  • Score: 0

10:48pm Thu 15 May 14

Shipley Paul says...

Well if we are going to field a complete team of loan players we might as well get as many as possible then when a few of them come down with a sickness bug we still have cover players to cover the other cover players! I know we don't have any money but at this stage of the season it seems a waste of time to bring in teenage loan players to bolster the squad. How can they make a difference? It's more that Leeds can have them playing and not pay wages until they need one back then it's off overnight. Why are they touted as "signings" when they are loan players?
Well if we are going to field a complete team of loan players we might as well get as many as possible then when a few of them come down with a sickness bug we still have cover players to cover the other cover players! I know we don't have any money but at this stage of the season it seems a waste of time to bring in teenage loan players to bolster the squad. How can they make a difference? It's more that Leeds can have them playing and not pay wages until they need one back then it's off overnight. Why are they touted as "signings" when they are loan players? Shipley Paul
  • Score: 0

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