Missed Opportunity

ROYCE Simmons refused to accept the 14-14 draw at Bradford Bulls as a point gained.

Speaking after Jamie Foster kicked a penalty after the hooter to hand his side a point – and their third draw of the season – he thought their performance was worth two.

“I thought we should have got the two points,” he said, “as we were slightly the better side. They played well, but we created more opportunities then they did.

“For them to get their points, they had to go to air. It still means the same on the scoreboard of course.

“We broke through and got over the line too. We had two tries disallowed that we will have a very close look at tonight.

“They got to the front through a penalty, but if there wasn’t half a dozen opportunities for us to get a penalty in the last five minutes underneath their posts then I will be surprised when I look at the video.

“I felt a little bit sorry for the referees as I didn’t think it was their best day. I thought they were off and I will probably have to go back to Stuart Cummings [head of referees] this week and have a chat with him.

“We’ve had three penalties for the opposition being inside the ten this season. The nearest side to us is on six, and the others are at around 15 to 18. So on three occasions this year have other teams been inside the ten when they have faced us.”

Simmons also took time out to praise his returning origin players, Paul Wellens and James Roby.

“Robes was really brave. He had a late fitness test and we did some things like run tackle bags across his face to make sure he would be fine. We only decided to play him at the last minute really.

“The six that came back did well too – and played a lot of time as well. Jon Wilkin played 70 minutes, Jammer 60 in the front row… and Wello and Robes played busted. I wouldn’t have played them but with the preparation we had they needed to. It was a strong effort.

“Francis Meli should be back for Friday – he has a dead leg.”

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