Francis Cummins could barely conceal his delight after his reign as Bulls coach began with a thumping 40-6 win over Wakefield yesterday.
Cummins watched his men destroy Richard Agar’s side with a seven-try Super League rout that included scores for debutants Matty Blythe, Adam Sidlow and Jamie Foster, who kicked six goals from seven attempts.
But the real star of the show was Jarrod Sammut, who touched down twice and was joined on the scoresheet by Michael Platt and Brett Kearney.
It marked a thoroughly good first day at the office for Cummins, who said: “I was able to enjoy it, wasn’t I?
“That was down to the start we made and the possession we had.
“I’m just really pleased for the boys as well because we’ve talked about what we want to try and do and what we’re going to have to do for the season.
“And we’ve done it today. We’ve talked about being motivated and it’s something we’re going to hang our game on.
“You’re not going to be in this sport for that long, so when we’re here we’ve got to give it everything we’ve got.
“What happened with the club last season really brought it all home. They were scrambling to get a career or they thought their career was disappearing.
“But they’ve got another chance and that’s the way it’s got to be. That’s professional sport and we don’t know what’s around the corner.”
The Bulls were utterly dominant up front and controlled possession, giving Sammut and Kearney a platform to wreak havoc.
Cummins, who reported no injury worries from yesterday, paid tribute to Foster, Blythe and Sidlow following their impressive bows.
He said: “They were good, all three of them, as well as other players. The test will come on Friday at Hull because we won’t get all that possession and will have to work harder for each other.”
Wakefield grabbed a late consolation try through centre Dean Collis but the Bulls had the final say when Kearney went over for a deserved score.
Cummins said: “Jarrod is an exciting talent but he and Brett Kearney probably benefited from the work of the front-rowers.
“I thought Jamie Foster also did really well. He put himself about and I was really pleased with some of his play. He’s definitely got the skills and rugby league brain to play full back.”