BRIAN Noble says Bulls turned the clock back 15 years with their historic victory over Leeds Rhinos - and believes they are starting to win back the trust of the city.

The legendary former Bradford coach was at Odsal to commentate on last weekend's cup giant-killing for the tie's live television coverage.

He says he was confident Bulls head coach John Kear could pull off a Coral Challenge Cup victory, branding it an outstanding victory.

Noble also heaped praise on the support shown by the huge 10,258-strong crowd at Odsal, saying it made a difference to Bulls, who featured nine Bradford-born players against their West Yorkshire rivals. The tie also attracted the best match gate in the competition's last-16 since 2015.

He said: "It was an outstanding result. I'm absolutely thrilled for everybody at Bulls.

"I knew JK (Kear) had a joker up his sleeve. It was a thoroughly deserved victory. It was an outstanding performance.

"It's like turning the clock back 15 years. The crowd just shows you how much the Bulls need the support of the city of Bradford.

"It was a snapshot of what a great support can do."

Bradford-born Noble's five-year spell in charge of Bulls, between 2001 and 2006, saw him guide the club to two Minor Premiership titles, victory in three Grand Finals in 2001, 2003 and 2005, victory in the Challenge Cup in 2003 and to three World Club Championships in 2002, 2004 and 2006.

The former Great Britain head coach says the victory increases further the feel-good factor at Bulls which has been steadily growing following promotion from League One last season.

And with another televised clash at home to come when fellow Championship side Halifax visit in the quarter-finals on Sunday, June 2 (2.45pm), Bulls' Challenge Cup adventure is far from over.

Noble said: "Bradford are winning more than they are losing now. They are growing. They will have wanted anybody at home in the next round. Bradford are a tough team."

Noble added it was also good for Bulls to mark the 34th anniversary of the Bradford City fire disaster with a pre-match 56-second silence.

He said: "It was important that we remember the 56 people who died at Bradford City too."

Meanwhile, Bulls ace Ross Peltier says he will never forget playing in the derby demolition.

He said: “It was one of those things you dream about as a kid – we have been open and honest with each other and said we would fight for each other out there.

“I never thought I’d play in a Bradford-Leeds derby and win at Odsal so, like many of the lads, I will never forget this moment."