Francis Cummins thrilled with Bradford Bulls win but now wants to build momentum

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Adrian Purtell celebrates after touching down for the first of his two tries against Wakefield Adrian Purtell celebrates after touching down for the first of his two tries against Wakefield

Francis Cummins could not hide his delight after the Bulls beat relegation rivals Wakefield 20-12 to give their Super League survival prospects a massive boost.

Adrian Purtell scored twice either side of a try from Tom Olbison to establish a 16-0 interval lead during a vibrant first-half display from Cummins’ men.

The Wildcats hit back through Matt Ryan’s second-half brace but they lost former Bradford prop Richard Moore to the sin-bin for fighting and the outstanding Luke Gale kicked two second-half penalties to seal a potentially priceless victory.

Head coach Cummins said: “The first-half performance really laid the platform. I can’t often say this about Odsal but it was stinking hot and the players played the conditions well.

“They troubled us with the offload but we looked really assured and were doing what we planned to – really believing – which is pleasing.

“The second half was tough and they probably had more sets because we didn’t start great and although Wakefield have got some players missing – as have we – they still have some very good players.

“You could see us get a little bit edgy and the fans sensed that and we tightened up a bit and came up with some plays that we didn’t need to.

“I’m going to enjoy it (the win) but I’m not going to get too high. We’ve got a tough Challenge Cup quarter-final coming up against Warrington now and we need some momentum to get us where we want to be in a fortnight when we go to Salford.”

The Bulls now face an anxious wait to discover the outcome of their points appeal on Wednesday and it remains to be seen whether a verdict will be reached on the same day.

Cummins acknowledged that all focus will now be put on the outcome of the midweek hearing but he insisted: “I’m not wasting my emotions on things like that. I’m focusing on making things better on the field.

“My job is to get those lads in the best shape I can. If we get points back, then great, if we don’t we just have to focus on the job in hand.

“I don’t know all the information about the administration, so all I can do is concentrate on what I can do. But I’ll deal with that on Wednesday.”

The Bulls were boosted by the return of Jamal Fakir, Matt Diskin, Matty Blythe, Chev Walker and Dale Ferguson yesterday.

Luke Gale enjoyed a fine game and had a hand in all three of the Bulls’ tries, with Cummins saying: “Although last week was a low point, we knew the cavalry was coming and they all played their part.

“Luke Gale came up with some nice plays and Tom Olbison ran some great lines.”

Antonio Kaufusi’s loan expired after yesterday’s game but Cummins is hoping to secure an extended spell for the Huddersfield prop.

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8:03am Mon 2 Jun 14

The Fat Lady Sings says...

The game against Salford is pivotal as I expect Wakefield to have beaten London on the previous Friday, reopening a two point lead (I expect all 6 points to come back our way on Wednesday). What is worrying is relegation could come down to points difference and Wakefield's is far superior to ours. To be relegated on that basis would be the cruelest cut of all.
The game against Salford is pivotal as I expect Wakefield to have beaten London on the previous Friday, reopening a two point lead (I expect all 6 points to come back our way on Wednesday). What is worrying is relegation could come down to points difference and Wakefield's is far superior to ours. To be relegated on that basis would be the cruelest cut of all. The Fat Lady Sings
  • Score: 4

8:04am Mon 2 Jun 14

axelf1963 says...

I very much doubt the momentum will continue this week and Spangles has even taken my prediction of Warrington by 30 so on that basis I will go with Warrington by 24.
I very much doubt the momentum will continue this week and Spangles has even taken my prediction of Warrington by 30 so on that basis I will go with Warrington by 24. axelf1963
  • Score: -9

10:00am Mon 2 Jun 14

olly_bradford says...

Personally, I couldn't give two hoots if Warrington put 80 past us next weekend, as long as we come out of that game with no injuries. The cup is a fantastic competition but personally all I want is 100% focus on the league!!
Personally, I couldn't give two hoots if Warrington put 80 past us next weekend, as long as we come out of that game with no injuries. The cup is a fantastic competition but personally all I want is 100% focus on the league!! olly_bradford
  • Score: 10

10:13am Mon 2 Jun 14

Bullmaniac says...

olly_bradford wrote:
Personally, I couldn't give two hoots if Warrington put 80 past us next weekend, as long as we come out of that game with no injuries. The cup is a fantastic competition but personally all I want is 100% focus on the league!!
My exact thoughts Olly, although a drubbing could seriously dent the confidence of the squad and undo the good progress made yesterday. A good performance next week (regardless of the result) and avoiding injuries could give the boys momentum going up against a Salford team that has misfired all season.

On the points appeal I do hope we get all points back - then at least the club's destiny is in the players' hands. If we perform on the pitch we stay up, if we don't put in the effort and desire then we get the drop - you can't say fairer than that. In my opinion we are a superior club and team to Wakefield without a doubt, but that will mean nothing if the players on the park don't produce the goods.
[quote][p][bold]olly_bradford[/bold] wrote: Personally, I couldn't give two hoots if Warrington put 80 past us next weekend, as long as we come out of that game with no injuries. The cup is a fantastic competition but personally all I want is 100% focus on the league!![/p][/quote]My exact thoughts Olly, although a drubbing could seriously dent the confidence of the squad and undo the good progress made yesterday. A good performance next week (regardless of the result) and avoiding injuries could give the boys momentum going up against a Salford team that has misfired all season. On the points appeal I do hope we get all points back - then at least the club's destiny is in the players' hands. If we perform on the pitch we stay up, if we don't put in the effort and desire then we get the drop - you can't say fairer than that. In my opinion we are a superior club and team to Wakefield without a doubt, but that will mean nothing if the players on the park don't produce the goods. Bullmaniac
  • Score: 10

10:53am Mon 2 Jun 14

graz smith says...

On Sunday the BULLS had the game in the bag by halftime, I felt the lads played second half with next week in mind.
COM’0N YOU BULLS
On Sunday the BULLS had the game in the bag by halftime, I felt the lads played second half with next week in mind. COM’0N YOU BULLS graz smith
  • Score: 3

12:54pm Mon 2 Jun 14

BradfordSportsFan says...

graz smith wrote:
On Sunday the BULLS had the game in the bag by halftime, I felt the lads played second half with next week in mind. COM’0N YOU BULLS
Silverwood allowed them to slow the play the ball down to a standstill, almost inevitably causing the fight with Moore after yet another lie on in the tackle.
Saying that we did let up, and the effort put in in the 1st half seemed to have sapped their energy. Will require 80 mins worth next week just to avoid a drubbing - can't wait though!! COYB!!
[quote][p][bold]graz smith[/bold] wrote: On Sunday the BULLS had the game in the bag by halftime, I felt the lads played second half with next week in mind. COM’0N YOU BULLS[/p][/quote]Silverwood allowed them to slow the play the ball down to a standstill, almost inevitably causing the fight with Moore after yet another lie on in the tackle. Saying that we did let up, and the effort put in in the 1st half seemed to have sapped their energy. Will require 80 mins worth next week just to avoid a drubbing - can't wait though!! COYB!! BradfordSportsFan
  • Score: 4

1:42pm Mon 2 Jun 14

portugalbull says...

Just remind the players 2 wins in the cup and their at Wembley, might make a difference although the way Warrington beat Leeds shows they are getting back to form and as one of their players pointed out they owe the Bulls one.
Don't mind either way but need good form going into Salford match to beat them.
Everything crossed for points back on Wednesday though not expecting too much with RFL involved.
Just remind the players 2 wins in the cup and their at Wembley, might make a difference although the way Warrington beat Leeds shows they are getting back to form and as one of their players pointed out they owe the Bulls one. Don't mind either way but need good form going into Salford match to beat them. Everything crossed for points back on Wednesday though not expecting too much with RFL involved. portugalbull
  • Score: 0

5:38pm Mon 2 Jun 14

slattsdad says...

portugalbull wrote:
Just remind the players 2 wins in the cup and their at Wembley, might make a difference although the way Warrington beat Leeds shows they are getting back to form and as one of their players pointed out they owe the Bulls one.
Don't mind either way but need good form going into Salford match to beat them.
Everything crossed for points back on Wednesday though not expecting too much with RFL involved.
the rfl arnt involved fool, its an independent tribunal tho i suppose you will still bleat if the initial result stands
[quote][p][bold]portugalbull[/bold] wrote: Just remind the players 2 wins in the cup and their at Wembley, might make a difference although the way Warrington beat Leeds shows they are getting back to form and as one of their players pointed out they owe the Bulls one. Don't mind either way but need good form going into Salford match to beat them. Everything crossed for points back on Wednesday though not expecting too much with RFL involved.[/p][/quote]the rfl arnt involved fool, its an independent tribunal tho i suppose you will still bleat if the initial result stands slattsdad
  • Score: -3

8:12pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Milo08 says...

slattsdad wrote:
portugalbull wrote:
Just remind the players 2 wins in the cup and their at Wembley, might make a difference although the way Warrington beat Leeds shows they are getting back to form and as one of their players pointed out they owe the Bulls one.
Don't mind either way but need good form going into Salford match to beat them.
Everything crossed for points back on Wednesday though not expecting too much with RFL involved.
the rfl arnt involved fool, its an independent tribunal tho i suppose you will still bleat if the initial result stands
How independent???
Why not bleat?
[quote][p][bold]slattsdad[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]portugalbull[/bold] wrote: Just remind the players 2 wins in the cup and their at Wembley, might make a difference although the way Warrington beat Leeds shows they are getting back to form and as one of their players pointed out they owe the Bulls one. Don't mind either way but need good form going into Salford match to beat them. Everything crossed for points back on Wednesday though not expecting too much with RFL involved.[/p][/quote]the rfl arnt involved fool, its an independent tribunal tho i suppose you will still bleat if the initial result stands[/p][/quote]How independent??? Why not bleat? Milo08
  • Score: 2

2:07am Tue 3 Jun 14

portugalbull says...

Evidence given by Bulls will no doubt be refuted by RFL to the independent panel otherwise they will only have Bulls word for it and case would be proved. Who do you think will dispute the Bulls case if it not the RFL.
Evidence given by Bulls will no doubt be refuted by RFL to the independent panel otherwise they will only have Bulls word for it and case would be proved. Who do you think will dispute the Bulls case if it not the RFL. portugalbull
  • Score: 3

5:44am Tue 3 Jun 14

Paul from Idle says...

Rest players against Wire need full side for Salford, it is a winnable game.
Rest players against Wire need full side for Salford, it is a winnable game. Paul from Idle
  • Score: 3

9:31am Tue 3 Jun 14

bully4us says...

I would put the second team out next weekend as the league is vital to the clubs existence. I can't see us beating Wire so why take the risk of a couple of injuries to key players. The least I would do is use the two Leeds lads and sit out Diskin, Fakir, Manu and Sidlow as Kaufusi is cup-tied. Give Ferguson 20 mins to help in his fitness. Salford game is massive - much more than Wire.
I would put the second team out next weekend as the league is vital to the clubs existence. I can't see us beating Wire so why take the risk of a couple of injuries to key players. The least I would do is use the two Leeds lads and sit out Diskin, Fakir, Manu and Sidlow as Kaufusi is cup-tied. Give Ferguson 20 mins to help in his fitness. Salford game is massive - much more than Wire. bully4us
  • Score: 1

2:36pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Bone_idle18 says...

A good cup run can lift a team, I'd go all out for the win on Sunday!

I'm sure that a good run would also be financially beneficial, and we all know we need some money.
A good cup run can lift a team, I'd go all out for the win on Sunday! I'm sure that a good run would also be financially beneficial, and we all know we need some money. Bone_idle18
  • Score: 1

2:56pm Tue 3 Jun 14

axelf1963 says...

Thought second team had been put out all year
Thought second team had been put out all year axelf1963
  • Score: 1

11:27pm Tue 3 Jun 14

bradfordbronco says...

portugalbull wrote:
Evidence given by Bulls will no doubt be refuted by RFL to the independent panel otherwise they will only have Bulls word for it and case would be proved. Who do you think will dispute the Bulls case if it not the RFL.
Does anyone understand what the hearing is about? Are the Bulls arguing that the RFL advised Bradford Bulls 2014 Ltd to go into admin as a way of sorting out the takeover from OK Bulls which had stalled.

At the time Bradford Bulls 2014 ltd were the preferred bidders and it seems obvious by comments made by Mark Moore after the meeting with RFL when they went into and out of admin in a matter of hours that someone had made promises that the Bulls wouldn't face any further sanctions on this occasion.

Somebody at the RFL went back on their word and Moore & co walked away from the deal to take the club out of admin. Think it will be Mark Moore's word against Ralph Rimmers. Not sure what the outcome will be but lets hope they accept the Bulls argument that were "advised" by the RFL to go into admin to get rid of OK Bulls claim for money for selling the club.

Could be very embarrassing for the RFL and If the Bulls get points back somebody will be hung out to dry. Hope we finally find out the truth
[quote][p][bold]portugalbull[/bold] wrote: Evidence given by Bulls will no doubt be refuted by RFL to the independent panel otherwise they will only have Bulls word for it and case would be proved. Who do you think will dispute the Bulls case if it not the RFL.[/p][/quote]Does anyone understand what the hearing is about? Are the Bulls arguing that the RFL advised Bradford Bulls 2014 Ltd to go into admin as a way of sorting out the takeover from OK Bulls which had stalled. At the time Bradford Bulls 2014 ltd were the preferred bidders and it seems obvious by comments made by Mark Moore after the meeting with RFL when they went into and out of admin in a matter of hours that someone had made promises that the Bulls wouldn't face any further sanctions on this occasion. Somebody at the RFL went back on their word and Moore & co walked away from the deal to take the club out of admin. Think it will be Mark Moore's word against Ralph Rimmers. Not sure what the outcome will be but lets hope they accept the Bulls argument that were "advised" by the RFL to go into admin to get rid of OK Bulls claim for money for selling the club. Could be very embarrassing for the RFL and If the Bulls get points back somebody will be hung out to dry. Hope we finally find out the truth bradfordbronco
  • Score: 2

12:19am Wed 4 Jun 14

portugalbull says...

My thoughts exactly bradfordbronco. Solly should have gone after the Hood fiasco. Now he's SL Manager, a job not advertised or interviewed by SL club Chairmen but handed out by RFL. This time Rimmer looks to have promised something not in his Power. RFL attended every meeting and advised the way forward. We have to wait and see outcome but I hope the panel give us some points back, keeping everything crossed but RFL are a law to themselves and could even overrule the panel.
My thoughts exactly bradfordbronco. Solly should have gone after the Hood fiasco. Now he's SL Manager, a job not advertised or interviewed by SL club Chairmen but handed out by RFL. This time Rimmer looks to have promised something not in his Power. RFL attended every meeting and advised the way forward. We have to wait and see outcome but I hope the panel give us some points back, keeping everything crossed but RFL are a law to themselves and could even overrule the panel. portugalbull
  • Score: 1

7:32am Wed 4 Jun 14

bradfordbronco says...

Did the RFL or someone at the RFL advise tjhe Bulls to go into administration knowing that Omar Khan had agreed to personally to return all last years sky money to the RFL? We only found out this clause existed a few weeks ago but it would have a shed a different light on matters had we known about it at the time.

Whatever happens today they'll be so much that went on behind the scenes that we'll never find out about.
Did the RFL or someone at the RFL advise tjhe Bulls to go into administration knowing that Omar Khan had agreed to personally to return all last years sky money to the RFL? We only found out this clause existed a few weeks ago but it would have a shed a different light on matters had we known about it at the time. Whatever happens today they'll be so much that went on behind the scenes that we'll never find out about. bradfordbronco
  • Score: 0

7:56pm Wed 4 Jun 14

BierleyBoy says...

Bulls fans need a reality check. Bulls were pratically full strength. Wakefield were missing 5 players. Even against 12, they failed to score a try in the second half.

Wakefield could have got something out of the game, particularly if the Mathers try had been given.to Wembley again

Warrington will hammer them next weekend, partially to payback for the league defeat, and because they want to go back to Wembley.
Bulls fans need a reality check. Bulls were pratically full strength. Wakefield were missing 5 players. Even against 12, they failed to score a try in the second half. Wakefield could have got something out of the game, particularly if the Mathers try had been given.to Wembley again Warrington will hammer them next weekend, partially to payback for the league defeat, and because they want to go back to Wembley. BierleyBoy
  • Score: 0

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