JOHN Kear praised Bulls’ resilience and composure after they produced another comeback to win 33-26 at Halifax.

Their fifth victory on the bounce put them into the Championship top five and came hot on the heels of their fightback in the Challenge Cup against Featherstone.

Bulls were trailing 26-12 with less than a quarter of the game to go but turned it round with tries from Elliot Minchella, Steve Crossley and Jake Webster plus another long-range drop goal from Jordan Lilley.

Kear said: “I thought they were fantastic because we have turned round in five days but you couldn’t fault their energy, their effort and their determination once again and I thought we played some good rugby as well.

“To come home with 21 unanswered points in that last quarter of an hour or so was excellent.

“They are very well conditioned and they are getting smarter and are coming together great as a team. I am delighted where we are at this point in time.

“Days like last Sunday and today help build the character. You feel like you have been there, you’ve done it and you can do it again.”

Kear admitted the Featherstone comeback experience had helped Bulls dig themselves out of a hole again.

He said: “We didn’t panic. We got one score back and then took the two to take us within one score and when you come level, everybody’s bouncing, everybody’s energised and Jordan Lilley strikes another absolute peach of a drop goal.

“They all deserve a pat on the back because they were very hot conditions against a very good Halifax side who were playing quick high energy football and they handled it.”

Kear was in no doubt what the turning point of the match was, citing Minchella’s long-range interception try which sparked the fightback.

He said: “It was a massive, massive play. For a guy who has been playing up the middle for 60-65 minutes and to go 40-plus yards and hold off Steve Tyrer, who is chasing him down, is a hell of an effort and that just lifted everybody.

“We sent (assistant) Gaz Carvell on to say if you are too tired don’t take the goal kick but he said he wanted to kick that as well.

“That is how determined he is and what a good bloke he is and how much he cares about this club.”