Mick Potter vows to up Bradford Bulls tempo after delight at beating St Helens

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Karl Pryce celebrates with his team-mates after touching down the Bulls’ second try against St Helens Karl Pryce celebrates with his team-mates after touching down the Bulls’ second try against St Helens

Bulls coach Mick Potter hailed a momentous first home Super League win of the season and then declared: “There is plenty more to come.”

Potter was left delighted after his men maintained their recent fine form with a performance full of courage, guts and determination to beat St Helens 12-8 at rain-soaked Odsal.

The result condemned Potter’s former club to a fourth straight defeat, their worst run in recent memory, but the outlook is far brighter for the Bulls.

Saturday’s success, courtesy of tries from Bradford-born duo Elliott Whitehead and Karl Pryce, marked a third victory in four games.

Asked about the vast improvement in performances, Potter said: “I’ve worked on the practical side of things because it’s there to see and do.

“I think we’re setting our structure up a little better in attack and defence.

This was a resilient and determined win but I’d hate to think that’s the best we can play. I think we can get better

Mick Potter

“It’s paying dividends for the players. They’re doing it themselves and it’s how badly they want it which is making the difference.

“But I think we can get better and we’re constantly working to improve further.

“This was a resilient and determined win but I’d hate to think that’s the best we can play. I think we can get better.”

Paul Sykes marked his first appearance of the season with a quietly impressive display alongside Ben Jeffries, producing several clever kicks and booting two crucial goals.

“Sykesy is a good professional and I think he acquitted himself very well,” said Potter.

“In the second half he had an adductor strain and pushed through it. He still made all of his tackles, carried the ball and kicked well. It’s good to have a competitive squad and be able to pick him.”

Potter will today check on several players nursing bumps and bruises from Saturday’s game.

As well as Sykes carrying a knock, Whitehead (quad), Chev Walker (quad) and Ben Jeffries (knee) will also be assessed.

“I don’t think they are majorly serious but they’re all contact injuries,” said Potter, whose squad is coping well with the absence of so many players.

“We’ve had some adversity but I think every team has injuries. It’s part and parcel of rugby league, being a collision sport.

“We’re getting through it. I want the other guys back as quickly as they can but we’re going all right at the moment so it’s not a concern.”

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8:53am Mon 19 Mar 12

Craig says...

I've said it on the other thread and I'll say it on this; get Bateman and Whitehead signed to long term deals immediately.

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Don't become a feeder club to clubs that not too long ago lived in our shadow. We must keep our outstanding young talent at this club, particularly when they are Bradford supporters in the first place!
I've said it on the other thread and I'll say it on this; get Bateman and Whitehead signed to long term deals immediately. * Don't become a feeder club to clubs that not too long ago lived in our shadow. We must keep our outstanding young talent at this club, particularly when they are Bradford supporters in the first place! Craig
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9:32am Mon 19 Mar 12

flashdonut says...

Craig wrote:
I've said it on the other thread and I'll say it on this; get Bateman and Whitehead signed to long term deals immediately.

*
Don't become a feeder club to clubs that not too long ago lived in our shadow. We must keep our outstanding young talent at this club, particularly when they are Bradford supporters in the first place!
Spot on. We need to follow Leeds example. Sign up the kids on 5 or 6 year deals. And do it NOW!!
[quote][p][bold]Craig[/bold] wrote: I've said it on the other thread and I'll say it on this; get Bateman and Whitehead signed to long term deals immediately. * Don't become a feeder club to clubs that not too long ago lived in our shadow. We must keep our outstanding young talent at this club, particularly when they are Bradford supporters in the first place![/p][/quote]Spot on. We need to follow Leeds example. Sign up the kids on 5 or 6 year deals. And do it NOW!! flashdonut
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10:00am Mon 19 Mar 12

AdeyG'man says...

Agreed. If we don't tie them to contracts now then other clubs will snap them up and I for one won't be renewing if we start feeding the likes of Warrington, Leeds, Saints & Wigan again!
Whitehead, Bateman, Crookes, Addy have to be priority. If Pryce keeps improving like he did this weekend, he needs to be re-signed too. We need to keep the new core.

If I were the Bulls, I'd get Potter signed up for another 3 seasons too. Let him continue the work he's started and it'll pay dividends. We're finally taking steps forward...lets not slip back now.
Agreed. If we don't tie them to contracts now then other clubs will snap them up and I for one won't be renewing if we start feeding the likes of Warrington, Leeds, Saints & Wigan again! Whitehead, Bateman, Crookes, Addy have to be priority. If Pryce keeps improving like he did this weekend, he needs to be re-signed too. We need to keep the new core. If I were the Bulls, I'd get Potter signed up for another 3 seasons too. Let him continue the work he's started and it'll pay dividends. We're finally taking steps forward...lets not slip back now. AdeyG'man
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10:26am Mon 19 Mar 12

A650 says...

Bateman and Whitehead aren't going anywhere.
Bateman and Whitehead aren't going anywhere. A650
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10:29am Mon 19 Mar 12

mdn says...

was mentioned at last fans forum that keeping likes of Whitehead (specifically mentioned) long term was a priority. would imagine contract talks have already started with a view to extensions. Elliotts already under contract til 2014 though and bateman 2013 IIRC. maybe more urgent to sort players out of contract this year first. Elima and Crookes spring to mind as key players OOC we need to retain.
was mentioned at last fans forum that keeping likes of Whitehead (specifically mentioned) long term was a priority. would imagine contract talks have already started with a view to extensions. Elliotts already under contract til 2014 though and bateman 2013 IIRC. maybe more urgent to sort players out of contract this year first. Elima and Crookes spring to mind as key players OOC we need to retain. mdn
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10:42am Mon 19 Mar 12

JAtkinson says...

Craig wrote:
I've said it on the other thread and I'll say it on this; get Bateman and Whitehead signed to long term deals immediately. * Don't become a feeder club to clubs that not too long ago lived in our shadow. We must keep our outstanding young talent at this club, particularly when they are Bradford supporters in the first place!
This ^

Good win over a good side that are struggling. They ran Wire (I think) v close and have not lost by many. Players needed passion, courage and spirit to win, and demonstrated all of the above.

COYB!
[quote][p][bold]Craig[/bold] wrote: I've said it on the other thread and I'll say it on this; get Bateman and Whitehead signed to long term deals immediately. * Don't become a feeder club to clubs that not too long ago lived in our shadow. We must keep our outstanding young talent at this club, particularly when they are Bradford supporters in the first place![/p][/quote]This ^ Good win over a good side that are struggling. They ran Wire (I think) v close and have not lost by many. Players needed passion, courage and spirit to win, and demonstrated all of the above. COYB! JAtkinson
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11:01am Mon 19 Mar 12

birkybull says...

Its like watching the film Cool Runnings... when your a bulls fan.... really poo to start with then they get better when the trouble starts in the bar. "I See Pride.... I See Power... I see a Bad ar5sed team... Who dont take no cr4p Offfa nobody... Cooool Runnings.... When Elima hit Gaskil all the lads were in and ready for a scrap. How much have we missed the enforcer in Elima.
Its like watching the film Cool Runnings... when your a bulls fan.... really poo to start with then they get better when the trouble starts in the bar. "I See Pride.... I See Power... I see a Bad ar5sed team... Who dont take no cr4p Offfa nobody... Cooool Runnings.... When Elima hit Gaskil all the lads were in and ready for a scrap. How much have we missed the enforcer in Elima. birkybull
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11:04am Mon 19 Mar 12

Prycey says...

Hope the club are on top of things as most of us are now starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel. That pack must have been the youngest in SuperLeague. What will they be like in another couple of years?
I feel happy for Potter and the coaching staff as the team performances have clearly improved. We are still going to lose games so let's not get down when that happens.
I am sure I heard that Simmons has been sacked. That will teach him not to tangle with the Bulls!
Hope the club are on top of things as most of us are now starting to see some light at the end of the tunnel. That pack must have been the youngest in SuperLeague. What will they be like in another couple of years? I feel happy for Potter and the coaching staff as the team performances have clearly improved. We are still going to lose games so let's not get down when that happens. I am sure I heard that Simmons has been sacked. That will teach him not to tangle with the Bulls! Prycey
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11:36am Mon 19 Mar 12

king karl says...

Yes royce has been sacked more here http://www.liverpool
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Yes royce has been sacked more here http://www.liverpool echo.co.uk/sport/rug by-league-general/st -helens/2012/03/19/s t-helens-sack-head-c oach-royce-simmons-1 00252-30569343/ king karl
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11:44am Mon 19 Mar 12

MeccaBingo1 says...

Good gritty win at the weekend, as others have said young guys need re-signing on long contracts. Build the team around them and not the likes of Langley and Scruton. When we get some bodies back from injury can see more improvement. But please put things into perspective Bradford are still only an average team and won against possibly the worse Saints team I can remember excluding game when Long was done for betting for loss.
Good gritty win at the weekend, as others have said young guys need re-signing on long contracts. Build the team around them and not the likes of Langley and Scruton. When we get some bodies back from injury can see more improvement. But please put things into perspective Bradford are still only an average team and won against possibly the worse Saints team I can remember excluding game when Long was done for betting for loss. MeccaBingo1
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11:58am Mon 19 Mar 12

Schoey 2 says...

Fantastic performances that have improved over the last 3 games.

Back looked strong and boosted by Elimas agression.

So much to build on now against Salford then Hull before we lock horns with the champs.

Heard bot Hull sniffing round Whitehead, and understand Bateman off to Wire - to play second team rugby as he won't get in 1st team over Waterhouse/ Westwood!!!

All our young players need signing up long term NOW - as Leeds did with all their young players back in 2003/04 and look at them now.

Likes of Crookes, Donno, Whitehead, Addy, Koppy, Burgess, Bateman, O'Brien, Pryce - are the future.
Fantastic performances that have improved over the last 3 games. Back looked strong and boosted by Elimas agression. So much to build on now against Salford then Hull before we lock horns with the champs. Heard bot Hull sniffing round Whitehead, and understand Bateman off to Wire - to play second team rugby as he won't get in 1st team over Waterhouse/ Westwood!!! All our young players need signing up long term NOW - as Leeds did with all their young players back in 2003/04 and look at them now. Likes of Crookes, Donno, Whitehead, Addy, Koppy, Burgess, Bateman, O'Brien, Pryce - are the future. Schoey 2
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12:38pm Mon 19 Mar 12

MeccaBingo1 says...

Schoey 2 wrote:
Fantastic performances that have improved over the last 3 games.

Back looked strong and boosted by Elimas agression.

So much to build on now against Salford then Hull before we lock horns with the champs.

Heard bot Hull sniffing round Whitehead, and understand Bateman off to Wire - to play second team rugby as he won't get in 1st team over Waterhouse/ Westwood!!!

All our young players need signing up long term NOW - as Leeds did with all their young players back in 2003/04 and look at them now.

Likes of Crookes, Donno, Whitehead, Addy, Koppy, Burgess, Bateman, O'Brien, Pryce - are the future.
Pryce, are you 100% sure on that? after 2 games it's far too early to say IMO sign him long term. Donno lets see what he is like next year, Burgess and Addy are improving but still average, Koppy, Bateman, Whitehead any maybe Crookes I agree try and sign long term.
[quote][p][bold]Schoey 2[/bold] wrote: Fantastic performances that have improved over the last 3 games. Back looked strong and boosted by Elimas agression. So much to build on now against Salford then Hull before we lock horns with the champs. Heard bot Hull sniffing round Whitehead, and understand Bateman off to Wire - to play second team rugby as he won't get in 1st team over Waterhouse/ Westwood!!! All our young players need signing up long term NOW - as Leeds did with all their young players back in 2003/04 and look at them now. Likes of Crookes, Donno, Whitehead, Addy, Koppy, Burgess, Bateman, O'Brien, Pryce - are the future.[/p][/quote]Pryce, are you 100% sure on that? after 2 games it's far too early to say IMO sign him long term. Donno lets see what he is like next year, Burgess and Addy are improving but still average, Koppy, Bateman, Whitehead any maybe Crookes I agree try and sign long term. MeccaBingo1
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12:49pm Mon 19 Mar 12

Bone_idle18 says...

Still too many missed tackles, but the recovery from missing them is far more pleasing.

Also, still lacking a bit of x-factor close to the line, can't keep relying on BJ's kicks, Hopefully when Gale is back, we'll add another string to our bow.
Still too many missed tackles, but the recovery from missing them is far more pleasing. Also, still lacking a bit of x-factor close to the line, can't keep relying on BJ's kicks, Hopefully when Gale is back, we'll add another string to our bow. Bone_idle18
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12:52pm Mon 19 Mar 12

jewels-howarth says...

I agree with many of the above, Bateman, Crooks, Whitehead, Lulia all need to be re-signed before others get a sniff, there are others too, such as Sammut, Jeffries, Heath along with Langers, Pryce, Koppy an Addy, we need a secure future, Get signing and building. the future is bright, the future id BULLS
I agree with many of the above, Bateman, Crooks, Whitehead, Lulia all need to be re-signed before others get a sniff, there are others too, such as Sammut, Jeffries, Heath along with Langers, Pryce, Koppy an Addy, we need a secure future, Get signing and building. the future is bright, the future id BULLS jewels-howarth
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2:49pm Mon 19 Mar 12

westybulls says...

if we are spending full salary cap this wear would new contract send us over it or do they count on next years
if we are spending full salary cap this wear would new contract send us over it or do they count on next years westybulls
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3:48pm Mon 19 Mar 12

olicanabull says...

westybull, we shall probably not renew several contracts next season, eg Sykes, Sibbit, Platt, Ainscough which will free up money to sign up good young players. Agree these guys should be signed up on long term contracts asap. Wardle was tempted to Hudds on a big salary, so the Bulls should get in first this time.
westybull, we shall probably not renew several contracts next season, eg Sykes, Sibbit, Platt, Ainscough which will free up money to sign up good young players. Agree these guys should be signed up on long term contracts asap. Wardle was tempted to Hudds on a big salary, so the Bulls should get in first this time. olicanabull
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4:01pm Mon 19 Mar 12

bullslad17 says...

Hopefully none of those knocks will rule those players out of the Salford game.

At least we'll have Sammut back.

I bet we'll be without Elima on Sunday as he has been charged with a Grade B offence for his 'tackle' on Lee Gaskell.
Hopefully none of those knocks will rule those players out of the Salford game. At least we'll have Sammut back. I bet we'll be without Elima on Sunday as he has been charged with a Grade B offence for his 'tackle' on Lee Gaskell. bullslad17
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4:22pm Mon 19 Mar 12

t'old man says...

bullslad17 wrote:
Hopefully none of those knocks will rule those players out of the Salford game.

At least we'll have Sammut back.

I bet we'll be without Elima on Sunday as he has been charged with a Grade B offence for his 'tackle' on Lee Gaskell.
yes 12 players referrred to disciplinary and Elima is the only one facing a ban all others were no charge !!! said it before RFL disciplinary system is totally inconsistent and a joke ......
[quote][p][bold]bullslad17[/bold] wrote: Hopefully none of those knocks will rule those players out of the Salford game. At least we'll have Sammut back. I bet we'll be without Elima on Sunday as he has been charged with a Grade B offence for his 'tackle' on Lee Gaskell.[/p][/quote]yes 12 players referrred to disciplinary and Elima is the only one facing a ban all others were no charge !!! said it before RFL disciplinary system is totally inconsistent and a joke ...... t'old man
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4:37pm Mon 19 Mar 12

lil_bull says...

t'old man wrote:
bullslad17 wrote:
Hopefully none of those knocks will rule those players out of the Salford game.

At least we'll have Sammut back.

I bet we'll be without Elima on Sunday as he has been charged with a Grade B offence for his 'tackle' on Lee Gaskell.
yes 12 players referrred to disciplinary and Elima is the only one facing a ban all others were no charge !!! said it before RFL disciplinary system is totally inconsistent and a joke ......
Couldn't agree more t'old man
[quote][p][bold]t'old man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bullslad17[/bold] wrote: Hopefully none of those knocks will rule those players out of the Salford game. At least we'll have Sammut back. I bet we'll be without Elima on Sunday as he has been charged with a Grade B offence for his 'tackle' on Lee Gaskell.[/p][/quote]yes 12 players referrred to disciplinary and Elima is the only one facing a ban all others were no charge !!! said it before RFL disciplinary system is totally inconsistent and a joke ......[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more t'old man lil_bull
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5:08pm Mon 19 Mar 12

helenshep says...

birkybull wrote:
Its like watching the film Cool Runnings... when your a bulls fan.... really poo to start with then they get better when the trouble starts in the bar. "I See Pride.... I See Power... I see a Bad ar5sed team... Who dont take no cr4p Offfa nobody... Cooool Runnings.... When Elima hit Gaskil all the lads were in and ready for a scrap. How much have we missed the enforcer in Elima.
Well said Birkybull, it was good to see the passion back in the team, welcome bock Elima
[quote][p][bold]birkybull[/bold] wrote: Its like watching the film Cool Runnings... when your a bulls fan.... really poo to start with then they get better when the trouble starts in the bar. "I See Pride.... I See Power... I see a Bad ar5sed team... Who dont take no cr4p Offfa nobody... Cooool Runnings.... When Elima hit Gaskil all the lads were in and ready for a scrap. How much have we missed the enforcer in Elima.[/p][/quote]Well said Birkybull, it was good to see the passion back in the team, welcome bock Elima helenshep
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8:05am Tue 20 Mar 12

oddshapedballs says...

Why oh why do people keep setting themselves up for a big fall by trying to make themselves look in the know. Once again well wide of the mark. Never mind ive started a new one for you regarding bateman
Why oh why do people keep setting themselves up for a big fall by trying to make themselves look in the know. Once again well wide of the mark. Never mind ive started a new one for you regarding bateman oddshapedballs
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2:32am Wed 21 Mar 12

terrysblackchicken says...

lil_bull wrote:
t'old man wrote:
bullslad17 wrote: Hopefully none of those knocks will rule those players out of the Salford game. At least we'll have Sammut back. I bet we'll be without Elima on Sunday as he has been charged with a Grade B offence for his 'tackle' on Lee Gaskell.
yes 12 players referrred to disciplinary and Elima is the only one facing a ban all others were no charge !!! said it before RFL disciplinary system is totally inconsistent and a joke ......
Couldn't agree more t'old man
The RFL and an ex local stalwart saved you from going under and own your ground so would call that a bigger favour so dont call the RFL for having favourites.
THE TRUTH HURTS :-P
[quote][p][bold]lil_bull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]t'old man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bullslad17[/bold] wrote: Hopefully none of those knocks will rule those players out of the Salford game. At least we'll have Sammut back. I bet we'll be without Elima on Sunday as he has been charged with a Grade B offence for his 'tackle' on Lee Gaskell.[/p][/quote]yes 12 players referrred to disciplinary and Elima is the only one facing a ban all others were no charge !!! said it before RFL disciplinary system is totally inconsistent and a joke ......[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more t'old man[/p][/quote]The RFL and an ex local stalwart saved you from going under and own your ground so would call that a bigger favour so dont call the RFL for having favourites. THE TRUTH HURTS :-P terrysblackchicken
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