Bradford Bulls ready for test of nerves

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Jamie Foster is felled during last year’s Magic Weekend clash with Huddersfield Jamie Foster is felled during last year’s Magic Weekend clash with Huddersfield

Francis Cummins believes the battle to avoid relegation will see a number of teams grow increasingly nervous as the Bulls bid to cause an upset in tomorrow’s Magic Weekend showdown with Huddersfield.

Two recent victories over Catalan Dragons and Warrington breathed new life into the Bulls’ campaign before last weekend’s thumping home defeat to St Helens, coupled with Wakefield’s second successive win, left Cummins’ men eight points adrift of safety.

Yet the Bulls head coach is remaining typically upbeat and has urged his players to focus on the task in hand heading into their clash with the Giants.

As the Bulls await the outcome of the appeal against their points penalty, due to be heard later this month, Cummins knows they must cope with the adversity which has seen his squad reduced to the bare bones again this weekend.

Although Luke Gale and James Donaldson are poised to return from hamstring and ankle injuries respectively, Manase Manuokafoa remains sidelined with a hamstring strain and Antonio Kaufusi is ineligible to face his parent club.

Cummins said: “We are nervous but there are a number of other nervous clubs out there too.

“Depending on where this points appeal goes, and us having had a couple of good wins, teams are looking over their shoulder now.

“Our main focus is just to get our job done right and if we do that we will put pressure on other teams.”

When asked about the pressure of trying to keep the Bulls in Super League, Cummins added: “It’s frustration more than anything.

“You can build the pressure up but you have to just look at the stuff you can control.

“You have to keep doing your best. Yes, we’re in a tough old position – but that’s no different to where we have been all year.

“You have to keep working hard and, as a team sport, eventually things will start to turn your way.

“We’ve got to show that commitment to one another but if you give a lot of ball away then you work twice as hard to try and put things right and you don’t stick to what your job is.

“That’s what we’ve seen at times. A lot of times, people aren’t underworking or taking short-cuts; they’re actually doing too much and trying to chase things when they don’t need to. We need people to stick to what they’re doing.”

With his side decimated by injuries, Cummins is wary of the threat posed by a Huddersfield side who are seeking a fifth straight Super League win.

The Bulls have won only one in seven Magic Weekend encounters since the concept was introduced – against Wakefield in 2009 – and were heavily beaten by Paul Anderson’s men 12 months ago.

Cummins said: “I’ve known ‘Baloo’ for a very long time, since I was about 13 at a Leeds camp and he was about 18.

“We chat and I’m always asking him for players, so we have a good working relationship.

“They were right at the top last year and there was plenty of focus on them. But I reckon they can do it differently this season because there is perhaps less pressure on them.

“It’s nice to finish top, and be the most consistent team, but if you get it right at the back end of the year then you can still become a champion side.”

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10:18am Sat 17 May 14

Videoref says...

Yep bet the ones close to us a quivering in their boots now they are only 8 points clear of us the way we are playing.
Yep bet the ones close to us a quivering in their boots now they are only 8 points clear of us the way we are playing. Videoref
  • Score: 6

8:07pm Sat 17 May 14

Bowlingboy says...

Even if its championship next year we need a change of personel.
sick of hearing all the bs.
actions speak louder than words from the coach, players and board.
Even if its championship next year we need a change of personel. sick of hearing all the bs. actions speak louder than words from the coach, players and board. Bowlingboy
  • Score: 3

9:35pm Sat 17 May 14

The Fat Lady Sings says...

"Francis Cummins believes the battle to avoid relegation will see a number of teams grow increasingly nervous."
Could you please name these teams, Mr Cummins? Or are you talking about the Bulls? Heaven forbid it, Francis, but you are sounding more like Steve MacNamara by the day!
"Francis Cummins believes the battle to avoid relegation will see a number of teams grow increasingly nervous." Could you please name these teams, Mr Cummins? Or are you talking about the Bulls? Heaven forbid it, Francis, but you are sounding more like Steve MacNamara by the day! The Fat Lady Sings
  • Score: 6

11:54pm Sat 17 May 14

portugalbull says...

Don't think we will get our second result at a Magic Weekend, however hope the score is closer than some of the defeats this season. The injuries don,t help. Neither does the fact that we always (except once) have to play miss matches ie last seasons league winners. Some one has to I suppose, but 1 v 2, 2v3 would be more fair. Still what do we expect from the RFL.
Some good matches today hope ours is as good and I'm wrong with my prediction. COYB's
Don't think we will get our second result at a Magic Weekend, however hope the score is closer than some of the defeats this season. The injuries don,t help. Neither does the fact that we always (except once) have to play miss matches ie last seasons league winners. Some one has to I suppose, but 1 v 2, 2v3 would be more fair. Still what do we expect from the RFL. Some good matches today hope ours is as good and I'm wrong with my prediction. COYB's portugalbull
  • Score: 4

7:56am Sun 18 May 14

Paul from Idle says...

Wish they would do the talking on the field.Absolutely no chance today. Wigan showed the way yesterday hustled and harassed Leeds for 80 minutes and got the result. There is no excuse for not having line speed it's not about skill it's about passion and fitness both of which we seem to lack....
Wish they would do the talking on the field.Absolutely no chance today. Wigan showed the way yesterday hustled and harassed Leeds for 80 minutes and got the result. There is no excuse for not having line speed it's not about skill it's about passion and fitness both of which we seem to lack.... Paul from Idle
  • Score: 6

8:58am Sun 18 May 14

nosher says...

All the magic games so far have been close, entertaining contest. I hope we can do the same and not be a total embarrassment.
All the magic games so far have been close, entertaining contest. I hope we can do the same and not be a total embarrassment. nosher
  • Score: 2

9:01am Sun 18 May 14

Shipley Paul says...

Watching Magic games on Saturday, London seem the ones to watch. Our points deduction and our reliance on loan players means that we are almost certain to go down, barring a miracle. London played with a much more enthusiastic attitude against Catalan and I bet they string some wins together soon, Wakefield will be watching them closely.
Watching Magic games on Saturday, London seem the ones to watch. Our points deduction and our reliance on loan players means that we are almost certain to go down, barring a miracle. London played with a much more enthusiastic attitude against Catalan and I bet they string some wins together soon, Wakefield will be watching them closely. Shipley Paul
  • Score: 4

9:14am Sun 18 May 14

Out of site says...

What's magic about a minority sport played by strange men in skin tight shirts,a bit strange if you ask me.
What's magic about a minority sport played by strange men in skin tight shirts,a bit strange if you ask me. Out of site
  • Score: -2

9:21am Sun 18 May 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

Out of site,
Nobody did ask you.Now get back on site and get some work done.
Out of site, Nobody did ask you.Now get back on site and get some work done. spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: -2

9:49am Sun 18 May 14

axelf1963 says...

Another sunny day so my prediction is still Hudds by 44+
Another sunny day so my prediction is still Hudds by 44+ axelf1963
  • Score: 4

10:08am Sun 18 May 14

Out of site says...

axelf1963 wrote:
Another sunny day so my prediction is still Hudds by 44+
Correct.
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Another sunny day so my prediction is still Hudds by 44+[/p][/quote]Correct. Out of site
  • Score: 0

12:07pm Sun 18 May 14

Out of site says...

spanglishbull.uk wrote:
Out of site,
Nobody did ask you.Now get back on site and get some work done.
Unlike you i work Seven days a week,if I had the time the last thing I would do is watch this useless shower in their tight clothes
[quote][p][bold]spanglishbull.uk[/bold] wrote: Out of site, Nobody did ask you.Now get back on site and get some work done.[/p][/quote]Unlike you i work Seven days a week,if I had the time the last thing I would do is watch this useless shower in their tight clothes Out of site
  • Score: 0

7:44pm Sun 18 May 14

axelf1963 says...

axelf1963 wrote:
Another sunny day so my prediction is still Hudds by 44+
1 Minute from exact score, Not bad for a know nowt eh ?
Spangles did you or viking post a prediction ? A bit of fun that's all, I won't turn up in Spain for the money lad.
[quote][p][bold]axelf1963[/bold] wrote: Another sunny day so my prediction is still Hudds by 44+[/p][/quote]1 Minute from exact score, Not bad for a know nowt eh ? Spangles did you or viking post a prediction ? A bit of fun that's all, I won't turn up in Spain for the money lad. axelf1963
  • Score: 0

8:30pm Sun 18 May 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

Axel,
You should know by now,I never make predictions about the Bulls.I have watched Northern/Bulls for over 60 years and you never no know what to expect from them.I must admit I did not expect them to win but like I say,you never know.Another thing you should also know about me,I never,ever slate any player who plays R.L like some on here do.,Any player who goes onto a R.L. field deserves respect.The toughest game in sport.Did you notice todat Gale and Gaskell trying to stop Larne Patrick?he just kept on running with them clinging on.That to me is trying their hardest to stop a man twice as big and twice as heavy.That takes guts and they should be commended for their efforts as anybody who has played the game will agree.
Axel, You should know by now,I never make predictions about the Bulls.I have watched Northern/Bulls for over 60 years and you never no know what to expect from them.I must admit I did not expect them to win but like I say,you never know.Another thing you should also know about me,I never,ever slate any player who plays R.L like some on here do.,Any player who goes onto a R.L. field deserves respect.The toughest game in sport.Did you notice todat Gale and Gaskell trying to stop Larne Patrick?he just kept on running with them clinging on.That to me is trying their hardest to stop a man twice as big and twice as heavy.That takes guts and they should be commended for their efforts as anybody who has played the game will agree. spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: 2

10:55pm Sun 18 May 14

axelf1963 says...

Totally agree Spangles, I have much pleasure reading various sites and can tell the posters who have played from the ones who have not just from their posts.
Totally agree Spangles, I have much pleasure reading various sites and can tell the posters who have played from the ones who have not just from their posts. axelf1963
  • Score: 1

7:39am Mon 19 May 14

bradfordbronco says...

Hudds by 44 wasn't exactly a brave or clever prediction. Think its what most most people expected. But well done to you for bothering to take the time and state the obvious.
Hudds by 44 wasn't exactly a brave or clever prediction. Think its what most most people expected. But well done to you for bothering to take the time and state the obvious. bradfordbronco
  • Score: 0

9:50pm Mon 19 May 14

axelf1963 says...

It is very hard predicting winning margins so no don't agree with you.
my prediction this week is Catalan by 30+ why don't you have a go ?
It is very hard predicting winning margins so no don't agree with you. my prediction this week is Catalan by 30+ why don't you have a go ? axelf1963
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