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Cummins heaped praise on Brett Kearney, who has now scored in all three matches so far this season and took his tally to five with the hat-trick.
"He's a quality player - he's huge," added the Bulls coach.
"He catches the ball well and runs with it and defends everywhere."
Cummins said: "We were a bit edgy when we get down there (near the line).
"We're trying to score a try all the time when if we ask a few questions, we'll get there.
"We just need a little bit more direction at times.
"I liked some of the stuff - we were skilful and made a couple of good off-loads but our structure just went away from us at times."
Francis Cummins said afterwards the Bulls need to be more ruthless when attacking their opponents' try-line...
Bradford Bulls 38, Castleford Tigers 12
Brett Kearney scored a superb hat-trick the Bulls edged a fraught encounter to claim their second Super League win of the season.
The Aussie full back opened the scoring and touched down twice again in the second half as Francis Cummins’ survived the first-half sinbinning of Danny Addy to coast to an ultimately comfortable win.
Tries from Kearney and Adam Sidlow helped the Bulls into a 12-6 interval lead but Castleford were game opponents and recovered well from the early loss to injury of Gareth O’Brien.
They scored through Jamie Ellis in the 27th minute and levelled the scores after the break through Kirk Dixon.
Yet the Bulls began to move through the gears and struck through Matty Blythe and Chev Walker before Kearney scored twice to complete his treble.
Ian Millward’s men were boosted by the return of O'Brien in the second half but were not helped by the second-half sinbinnings of Ellis and Justin Carney as the Bulls ran out worthy and emphatic victors.
FINAL SCORE - Bradford 38 Castleford 12
80... HAT-TRICK for Brett Kearney... this has turned into a rout...
76 - Brett Kearney has scored to put another nail in Castleford's coffin... it's now Bradford 30-12 up with the kick to come...
7,724 is the crowd tonight...
Nice little assist from Brett Kearney for Walker's try and Foster's conversion makes it 26-12 to Bradford with seven minutes remaining...
71 - Jamie Ellis sinbinned for persistent infringement... and CHEV WALKER scores!!! Game over now, surely... 24-12 with the kick to come...
Moments later, Murphy is held up just short of the line.... still 20-12....
67 - Justin Carney sinbinned for holding down Elliott Whitehead...
65 - NO TRY for Matt Diskin after Murphy is guilty of obstruction... could prove costly.... let's hope not... still 20-12 to the Bulls...
64 - Jobe Murphy ON for his Super League debut as Nick Scruton goes off..
Is Danny Addy the most underrated player in #superleague? #firstclasskickinggame #rugbyleague— @RyanSparksLW 16 February 2013
61 - Diskin ON L'Estrange OFF
Brilliant final pass from Brett Kearney to put Matty Blythe over in the right corner... Bulls lead 18-12 with 23 mins remaining...— @rosshtanda 16 February 2013
58 - Foster kicks a penalty to give the Bulls further breathing space... now 20-12 with 20 mins to go....
56 - Foster converts to make it 18-12 with 24 mins remaining...
TRY!!! Matty Blythe scores again for the Bulls after some delightful handling... BK with the final pass!!
52 - Manuokafoa ON Sidlow OFF
Gareth O'Brien back on for Cas after knock early in first half... still 12-12...
Increasingly fast-paced and at times fractious, the Bulls are now doing all the pressing... still 12-12...
43 - TRY for Cas - Kirk Dixon goes over after latching onto Jordan Tansey kicks forward... Ellis converts to make it 12-12...
Welcome back... the second half is now underway...
Half-time: Bulls 12 Cas 6... Bulls probably shaded the first half despite playing with 12 men after Addy's sinbinning
Was there ever a referee more preening & full of his own importance than Steve Ganson?— @LisaJoHudson 16 February 2013
Tom Olbison almost engineers his way through.....
Great try from the ex @WorkingtonTown player Adam Sidlow! #SLbracas #RugbyLeague— @RichdelaRiviere 16 February 2013
Spell of Castleford pressure as the interval approaches.... the Bulls hold firm... still 12-6...
36 - Brilliant run by Sammut to break the Cas line on halfway before his progress is unceremoniously halted on the Tigers' 20-metre line... still 12-6 to the Bulls..
33 - TRY!! Adam Sidlow charges over from close range and Foster converts to make it 12-6 to the Bulls...
30 - Danny Addy sinbinned for persistent infringement...
Ellis converted that to level the scores at 6-6...
Bulls fans not happy after Cas scored on the back of three successive penalties...
25 - Jamie Ellis scores for Cas to howls of derision from the Bradford faithful as Steve Ganson comes under fire...
Castleford enjoying a spell of pressure but can they make it pay?
26 - Bulls concede a penalty after Lulia fells Michael Shenton...
25 - Danny Addy is caught late as he fields a bouncing kick on the edge of his own try-line... still 6-0...
23 - Matt Diskin OFF Heath L'Estrange ON
20 - Matt Diskin’s flat pass almost sends Sidlow barrelling over from close range
18 - Langley ON Scruton OFF
17 - Sidlow ON Manuokafoa OFF
Jamie Foster converts to make it 6-0...
TRY!! Bulls lead after Brett Kearney scores from close range after following up his own high kick....
BRETT KEARNEY scores.... or does he?? Another one for the video referee
Still 0-0 after 11 mins.. balanced opening from both sides..
Someone needed to tell Sammut Splash finished last week... #rugbyleague— @JamiePeacock10 16 February 2013
Sadly, replays show he dropped the ball and failed to ground it. NO TRY.. 0-0..
Sammut hacks the ball forward and grounds it to open the scoring... or does he??
The on-loan Warrington half-back is replaced by Daryl Clark...
04 - Castleford debutant Gareth O'Brien is caught late by a heavy challenge from Nick Scruton, forcing him off the field after treatment...
03 - Matt Diskin makes vital challenge to halt Jake Webster's progress inside the left channel...
And we are underway here at the Provident Stadium....
Few hundred @CTRLFC fans behind the posts as we gear up for kick-off. #rugbyleague http://t.co/9d73HUXT— @rosshtanda 16 February 2013
I'm at Fat Dogs Bar w/ @bu07lls http://t.co/NzYCEi9N— @LisaJoHudson 16 February 2013
Boos ring out as Steve Ganson's name is read out by matchday host Steve Bailey....
Fifteen minutes to kick-off and the crowd looks as though it could be less than the Wakefield match...
@OfficialBullsRL squad warming up ahead of this evening's match. #rugbyleague http://t.co/RnzidppZ— @rosshtanda 16 February 2013
RT @rosshtanda: Bulls v Cas teamsheet. #bradfordbulls http://t.co/XHqj5tfN— @reeds1985 16 February 2013
Castleford will miss Chase, we need to bounce back from last week. Their away form is poor. #COYB #BradfordBulls— @daykind19 16 February 2013
Special mention to our #BradfordBulls wheelchair #RugbyLeague team @BullsWRLC who have been launching wheelchair RL in Dundee this morning.— @OfficialBullsRL 16 February 2013
Referee: Mr Steve Ganson (St Helens)
Interchange: Clark, Millington, Massey, Thompson
Castleford team: Tansey, Dixon, Shenton, Webster, Carney, O'Brien, Ellis, Walker, Milner, Huby, Gilmour, Hauraki, Holmes
Interchange: L'Estrange, Murphy, Sidlow, Langley
Bulls team: Kearney, Kear, Blythe, Lulia, Foster, Addy, Sammut, Scruton, Diskin, Manuokafoa, Olbison, Whitehead, Walker
The team to face Castleford shows just one change to the 17 who lost to Hull last weekend...
Jobe Murphy will make his Super League debut for the Bulls this evening....
Jobe Murphy will make his Super League debut for the Bulls this evening....
RT @Sarahwhitaker7: 3 points for City and 2 for the Bulls will do nicely today! #bcafc #bradfordbulls— @NellieDooglas 16 February 2013
Odsal's sunny once a year. Today seems to be that day and I'm missing it. Brilliant. #bradfordbulls— @ShandyPants_94 16 February 2013
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