Hard work pays off as Bradford Bulls upset Wigan

HE’S IN: Danny Williams scores the Bulls’ opening try

HE’S IN: Danny Williams scores the Bulls’ opening try

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JIMMY Lowes paid tribute to his players after the Bulls recorded a famous victory over reigning champions Wigan.

The legendary former hooker had seen his men lose all four of his previous games in charge but a 16-8 success got his reign up and running.

Bradford were worthy winners after overcoming the early loss to concussion of Brett Kearney, ruling him out of Friday’s trip to Leeds, as Elliot Kear stepped into the breach superbly.

Head coach Lowes said: “I'm not delighted for myself, I’m delighted for the boys. They've worked extremely hard since I've been at the club and I'm overjoyed for them.

“It's not about me, because some of the stuff we've done in training paid off in a big way today. Defensively they worked so hard for each other and that's a lot to do with what we do in training.

“You need belief in yourself and the efforts they've put in through training have been second to none – and that's how you build belief. You get self-confidence and that grows through you.”

The Bulls were forced to dig deep in the second half as Wigan scored their second try late on to set up a tense finish.

Lowes said: “There were still a couple of occasions where we were just a bit loose, particularly on Wigan's line.

“But the other side of that was how hard they hard to work in defence. That's down to them and down to their efforts each and every day in training.

“There's a lot of things players have got to work on, including where some of them are going to be next year.

“Players are leaving and one or two players are coming in, so there's a little bit of pressure there to perform – especially at home.

“We spoke about not throwing the towel in – we know where we are now and some of the lads don't really know what's happening with their rugby next year.

“We were tested on plenty of occasions again but we stood up really well and I could see a performance like that coming.”

When asked about the display of teenage back-rower Alex Mellor, Lowes refused to single out individuals.

“I could go through the team and say they all did really well," he said.

“Mellor played well and has got something special about him – but they were all fantastic. It's been a big team effort.”

Meanwhile, Danny Williams' loan spell from Salford expired after yesterday's game but the Bulls are looking to extend it ahead of Friday's trip to Leeds.

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7:54am Mon 28 Jul 14

Bowlingboy says...

Good show...
Hopefully we can get a permanent signature from Williams pairs well with Henry.
Good show... Hopefully we can get a permanent signature from Williams pairs well with Henry. Bowlingboy
  • Score: 19

8:32am Mon 28 Jul 14

Cityman23 says...

Well done to the Bulls!!
Thought not a fan of Rugby Lge it has been very sad to see the slow demise of a once proud team.

The supporters of the team have come on here to pledge their support which is great and this victory surely gives them hope that the decline can be halted and gradual progress and a turnaround in their fortunes achieved.
Well done to the Bulls!! Thought not a fan of Rugby Lge it has been very sad to see the slow demise of a once proud team. The supporters of the team have come on here to pledge their support which is great and this victory surely gives them hope that the decline can be halted and gradual progress and a turnaround in their fortunes achieved. Cityman23
  • Score: 36

9:08am Mon 28 Jul 14

Out of site says...

Fluke,it won't last.but well done.
Fluke,it won't last.but well done. Out of site
  • Score: -39

9:29am Mon 28 Jul 14

nosher says...

Out of site wrote:
Fluke,it won't last.but well done.
Fluke off lol. The best team on the day usually win. That's exactly what happened.
[quote][p][bold]Out of site[/bold] wrote: Fluke,it won't last.but well done.[/p][/quote]Fluke off lol. The best team on the day usually win. That's exactly what happened. nosher
  • Score: 24

10:44am Mon 28 Jul 14

Bowlingboy says...

Out of site wrote:
Fluke,it won't last.but well done.
No fluke about it mate, defence was solid attack was good,
If we had sacked Cummins earlier we wouldn't be in this mess now.
Should be some great matches in the championship next year though
[quote][p][bold]Out of site[/bold] wrote: Fluke,it won't last.but well done.[/p][/quote]No fluke about it mate, defence was solid attack was good, If we had sacked Cummins earlier we wouldn't be in this mess now. Should be some great matches in the championship next year though Bowlingboy
  • Score: 24

7:25am Tue 29 Jul 14

Worstbus says...

Good to see all the hard work that Francis Cummins put in pay off.

FOYB!!!
Good to see all the hard work that Francis Cummins put in pay off. FOYB!!! Worstbus
  • Score: -4

9:45am Tue 29 Jul 14

axelf1963 says...

1/5 great stats keep it up.
1/5 great stats keep it up. axelf1963
  • Score: -5

9:48am Tue 29 Jul 14

bradfordbronco says...

Worstbus wrote:
Good to see all the hard work that Francis Cummins put in pay off.

FOYB!!!
Good to see your're spending time writing and following the Bulls. You might as well get a season ticket next year, you seem to be obseded by the club
[quote][p][bold]Worstbus[/bold] wrote: Good to see all the hard work that Francis Cummins put in pay off. FOYB!!![/p][/quote]Good to see your're spending time writing and following the Bulls. You might as well get a season ticket next year, you seem to be obseded by the club bradfordbronco
  • Score: 2

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