GEORGE Flanagan has urged the Bulls to snap out of any “boredom” and step up their focus for a likely play-off battle.

The experienced rake insists they cannot afford any repeat of the awful second-half display in Sunday’s win at Oldham.

Having racked up 24 unanswered points in an impressive rally up to half-time, John Kear’s side then fell away – and Flanagan insists they cannot afford a repeat of that if, as expected, they finish second in the table and face a promotion shoot-out which kicks off a week on Sunday.

He said: “We just went away from everything – it was like the Workington and York games.

“We just seem to get bored of what we’re doing.

“We’re a quality team and have got some really good individuals. But we can’t do that much longer or it will be a disappointing season for us.

“I just don’t know what it is. We’ll have a good chat and see where it can be put right because that needs to happen sooner rather than later.

“We could be playing against Workington, Oldham again, Hunslet – some of those teams will really give it to us.

“All form goes out the window in play-off rugby. It’s the team who plays for the 80 minutes that will win.”

The Bulls, who host Hemel in their final league game this weekend, had recovered from a 10-point deficit to run in four tries.

Flanagan claimed one of them with a trademark finish from dummy half at a time when the visitors were well in the ascendancy.

“The first half was up there as one of the best I’ve felt we’ve played as a team all year,” added Flanagan.

“But I’ll hold my hand up as well for the second half. I probably got drawn into their ‘niggly piggles’ that they set out to do.

“Oldham have got the third best defence in the division and they are up there on merit. They are a quality team with some real robust forwards.

“It’s only a small field so it is a forwards game and they really gave it to us.

“We know there is a possibility we could play them again in the play-offs and we need to start learning.

“As much as we’ve got leaders on the field and we talk a lot, we need to start putting it into practice now.

“We can’t play like the last 40 minutes in the play-offs or we’ll get our backsides kicked.”