MARK Dunning praised the Bulls for their 31-6 win at Widnes and declared: “That’s the 80-minute performance we have been craving.”

Ryan Millar scored twice and there were also tries for Jordan Baldwinson, Kieran Gill and Joe Burton in a comprehensive victory in the first of three away games in the next week and a half.

Dunning said: "I'm absolutely delighted. We had a plan and we executed it very well.

"We showed a real togetherness and hunger to make sure we got the two points.

"The effort levels and attention to detail pleased me most - the minor things that become a big picture when you put them all together. We did that for 80 minutes.

"Anybody who watched that game will see it was a solid 80-minute performance - and that's something we've been craving for a number of weeks.

The Bulls, who face leaders Featherstone on Monday, lost back rower Brad England with a torn calf after just six minutes.

Dunning was delighted with the way that Samy Kibula stepped in – and the return of skipper Steve Crossley after being left out against Newcastle.

“After six minutes, we lost a back-rower and it threw all our rotation plans out the window,” added the interim coach.

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“It never rains but it pours but rugby league is a tough game and you pick injuries up.

“You look at the people who’ve come in. Samy Kibula got asked to go on loan and get some game time at Dewsbury.

“He didn’t want to leave Bradford. He wanted to stay but he knew it was right for him and for the club.

“He’s come back and put in a 70-minute shift. I thought he was outstanding.

“Steve Crossley was outstanding as well. He had to bite the bullet and admit a few things weren't right.

“We had to put a plan to get that right and I think we ticked the box on him.

“I could name every single one of them and tell you what they’ve done right.

"They are a good group who care about each other and care about the club and I think that showed in the full 80.”

The Bulls now face a quick turnaround before they head to Post Office Road to face unbeaten Fev.

Dunning said: “We've got one of the most daunting tasks in the division coming up on Monday night and not a lot of time to prepare.

“I've just asked the players to be sensible now. Enjoy some time with the families because it’s a Bank Holiday weekend but really look after themselves.”