THE Bulls are becoming their own biggest critics as their play-off push builds momentum.

Saturday’s hugely-impressive victory in the sapping heat of Toulouse made it three on the bounce for John Kear’s in-form side.

And Elliot Minchella, who captained them to the latest win in France, believes the upturn in form is down to the clear-the-air meeting that followed last month’s heavy loss at play-off rivals Leigh.

He said: “We got embarrassed that day at Leigh and were nowhere near good enough. We had a big meeting after that a lot of home truths were said.

“You can see the result because we’re three from three since.

“Everybody is working hard for each other and demanding high standards.

“If you don’t do it, you get told whereas before maybe we weren’t saying that.

“Nobody likes having their work ethic questioned and you don’t want to do that and let the boys down.”

The Bulls trailed Toulouse by 10 points at half-time – and got a rocket from John Kear to inspire a superb second-half turnaround.

Minchella added: “We started really well then that 15 minutes before half-time when they scored three back to backs, we were absolutely filthy.

“John gave us a spraying at half-time and rightly so because we weren’t good enough.

“He questioned some people’s pride and nobody likes that. It’s our job at the end of the day and it gets our backs up.

“But he wanted a reaction and it worked. They scored six points second half.

“It came from the simple stuff. We completed well second half and the field position bought us chances to score – and we know we’ve got good players in the team who will do that.”

The weekend game was split into four quarters to allow the sides to have a drinks break at the midway point of each half. Minchella admitted he had never encountered such extreme temperatures in his career.

“That was the hottest and most humid conditions I’ve ever played in,” he said.

“It hit you like a ton of bricks as soon as you came out the changing room.

“For us to go there like that and beat them by two points is absolutely awesome. It shows that when we put our minds to it, this is what happens.”