BULLS head coach John Kear was absolutely delighted after his side’s 37-18 win over York this afternoon, and admitted it made a huge difference being back at Odsal.

Asked whether he was glad that fans had returned to Bradford rather than Dewsbury, he said: “Very much so.

“Anybody who’s witnessed this and was fortunate enough to be in the stadium can see what a great occasion it’s been.

“I think we did the fans justice and we really appreciate what they bring to days like today. It’s a proper game with them in, as they bring that life and passion.

“We wanted to play well for them and I think you could see that desire in the players’ efforts.”

Speaking to the T&A last week, Kear was expecting a tight contest, but there was plenty of open, flowing rugby on display.

On whether that surprised him, he said: “I was just really impressed with how we attacked.

“I think the weather had an effect, and I’m sure there’ll have been some fair scores put on elsewhere, as that’s what happens on hot days like this.

“But I think if you keep a team below 20 points, you’re not doing a bad job, and they’ve kept a very good York side to 18, really working hard and putting their bodies on the line, so I’m delighted defensively, and attacking wise.”

Bulls began the game with the same 13 that took down London so impressively last weekend.

Kear was keen to share the praise out though, saying: “I think every one of the squad, not even just the 17, the likes of Anthony Walker and Joe Burton, they’ve took been left out on the chin and still supported the lads.

“Their attitude has been great so it’s not just about the lads that go on the field, it’s about a lot of other people as well. It’s been first class and we need to maintain that as long as we can.”

Winger Joe Brown stood out for Bulls, grabbing two tries, setting up Ross Oakes for one, and putting in a brilliant tackle to deny York when a score on the break looked certain.

A delighted Kear said: “When we signed Mitch (Vulukijapani), he’s a right-hand carrier of the ball, so we spoke to Joe about switching to the left.

“It might look an inspired decision by me but it was just circumstances.

“He just looks at home out there and he’s formed a great combination with Danny Brough, Aaron Murphy and Ross Oakes.

“It’s really effective. We might have stumbled on something by chance, but sometimes you just get lucky.”

That is two brilliant wins in two weeks now for Bulls against play-off rivals.

They take on a Newcastle side, who are still finding their feet at Championship level, at Odsal this coming weekend and asked about the dangers of complacency, Kear said: “We know what our aim is over the course of the season, and we’ll continue working towards that.

“There’s no way we’ll disrespect Newcastle and that might be my challenge this week to make sure that is the case.

“We’ll be ready for next week but I’m going to let them enjoy this win against York first.”

Kear also made the point after the game that he thinks Bulls should appeal the decision which has seen them stripped of elite academy status.

The deadline to appeal is this coming Friday.