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All in all, a bit of a reality check for the Bulls. Not helped by Michael Platt's early loss but plenty of spirit showed in the second half with the two tries.
On the Platt injury, Cummins said: “Platt suffered concussion and it was a bit worrying at the time because he was on the floor in the corner and couldn’t return.
“But we should have been better and I’m not going to use that as an excuse.
“Hull did really well early on and I thought we forced our way back up the field and had a lot of possession.
“To be fair to Hull, they scrambled really well but our decision-making wasn’t great today.”
Francis Cummins paid tribute to his side's character but admitted a handful of players were below par...
Post match... Francis Cummins reveals Michael Platt suffered concussion...
Hull FC 28, Bradford 12
Second-half tries from Matty Blythe and Brett Kearney were scant consolation for the Bulls after they were beaten at Hull FC in this afternoon’s rearranged fixture.
Former Bradford winger Jason Crookes plunged over the line in the right corner to open the scoring in the third minute and Michael Platt then succumbed to injury soon after.
Platt picked up a knock as he and Jamie Foster tackled Crookes into touch and it soon got worse for the Bulls as Shannon McDonnell touched down a kick from Crookes in the 24th minute.
That sent the Black and Whites in at the break with a 12-0 advantage which was soon added to early in the second half when England winger Tom Briscoe pounced in the left corner.
Daniel Holdsworth added a fourth try from McDonnell’s pass before Blythe struck in the right corner for the Bulls, leaving the scores at 22-6 after Foster converted.
Yet Hull grabbed their fifth try soon after when Jay Pitts crashed over before Kearney struck late on to give the travelling Bradford fans more reason to cheer.
FINAL SCORE: Hull FC 28, Bulls 12
78 - Brett Kearney grabs a late consolation for the Bulls... Foster converts to make it 28-12
Keith Lulia sends Elliot Kear clear but a brilliant saving tackle from Briscoe holds him up...
That leaves the scores at Hull FC 28, Bradford 6... about 14 mins remaining...
64 - Hull FC score again... this time through Jay Pitts.. definitely game over now...
Great conversion from Foster, so it's now Hull FC 22 Bradford 6... too little too late or game on??
Blythe, who had a try disallowed moments earlier after a forward pass, touches down after a fine pass from Elliott Whitehead...
60 - BULLS TRY - Matty Blythe in the right corner!!
Come on Franny, sort it for 2nd half! #BradfordBulls— @amyyates92 10 February 2013
Holdsworth looks certain to convert this.... he does. It's now Hull FC 22 Bradford 0...
54 - Fourth Hull try as McDonnell sends Holdsworth over...
Briscoe goes close again for Hull in the left corner... still 16-0...
Holdsworth fails to convert but a 16-0 lead looks insurmountable for Hull now...
45 - Hull FC claim their third try through Tom Briscoe, who touches down in the left corner...
The Bulls asking all the questions early in the second half... still 12-0 to Hull FC...
The second half is underway at the KC Stadium....
40 mins - Tom Briscoe orchestrates a fine counter-attacking move for Hull FC, but Bradford hold firm. The first half ends 12-0....
39 - Sidlow held up just short of Hull FC's line... still 12-0
Three minutes to half-time... still 12-0... the Bulls have steadied themselves since conceding those two tries but Hull are proving a tough nut to crack...
32 mins - Heath L'Estrange on for Matt Diskin... still 12-0...
32 - Adam Sidlow goes close but knocks on just short of the line... still 12-0.
30 - Great work by Keith Lulia inside the left channel but Hull hold firm and still lead 12-0...
Holdsworth converts to make it 12-0 to Hull FC...
23 - TRY for Hull FC as Jason Crookes' kick is touched down by Shannon McDonnell....
21 - Elliott Whitehead's pass goes awry after he had broken the Hull FC line...
Hull FC forced to drop out... good pressure from the Bulls...
Bulls now have Hull FC pinned back towards their own line.... but can they make it pay?
15 - Sammut grubber kick is too strong and comes to nothing... still 6-0 to Hull FC...
13 - Platt is coming off with a knock, Danny Addy is coming on....
11 - Joe Westerman almost send Jason Crookes over but a combination of Platt and Foster keep him at bay in the right corner... Platt took a knock in the process and now receiving treatment...
10 ...Another Holdsworth grubber which Foster cleared... another goal-line drop-out for Bradford it is then....
Hull FC well on top, Bulls struggling for air right now...
08... Holdsworth kick forces Bulls to drop out...
06 - Jason Crookes has just gone close again after knocking on from Ben Crooks' inside pass...
And Daniel Holdsworth converts to put Hull 6-0 up... bad start for the Bulls...
It had to be Jason Crookes didn't it? The former Bulls man goes over in the right corner... 4-0 kick to come...
We are off as the Bulls fans sing "Where were you on Friday night?"...
Excellent following of Bulls fans as usual... good few hundred behind the posts at one end of the KC Stadium...
Kick-off just seconds away now at the KC Stadium...
Bulls fans getting in now http://t.co/MCzbqcKh— @vipinjoshi97 10 February 2013
Bulls squad now warming up... #rugbyleague http://t.co/NFq1QljF— @rosshtanda 10 February 2013
Danny tickle in sports bar :-) http://t.co/EIb3W4Dv— @ladybull13 10 February 2013
Pre-match music at the KC Stadium - Hull City or Hull FC - always spot on. Now playing Black and White Town by The Doves. Class tune...
Around 25 minutes to go to kick-off. Stadium sparsely populated thus far. Expect most fans are keeping warm under the stands.
Today's teamsheet #rugbyleague http://t.co/vy84AoRC— @rosshtanda 10 February 2013
@bullschairman & @GSutcliffeMP answering your tweets. #BradfordBulls http://t.co/wpJh5Oec— @Rwhitcut 10 February 2013
Hull interchange: Heremaia, Pitts, Whiting, Johnson
Hull FC: McDonnell, Crookes, Crooks, Yeaman, Briscoe, Holdsworth, Horne, O'Meley, Houghton, Lynch, Galea, Westerman, Green.
First few Bulls fans getting in position. #rugbyleague http://t.co/yW4cft5H— @rosshtanda 10 February 2013
Bulls team: Foster, Kear, Lulia, Blythe, Platt, Sammut, Kearney, Scruton, Diskin, Manuokafoa, Olbison, Whitehead, Walker
Run out of work to get to game on time getting changed on M62 #flasher #COYB— @charl_sutty 10 February 2013
Game day....again!— @scrutsy 10 February 2013
Bulls look certain to be unchanged from last week... just awaiting official confirmation...
Tickets from Friday's game will still be valid at the KC Stadium this afternoon. #BradfordBulls fans can also pay at the turnstiles. #COYB— @OfficialBullsRL 10 February 2013
Good afternoon from the KC Stadium. Conditions rather blustery and drizzly ahead of today's rearranged match. Stay tuned for team news...
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