JON Wilkin is impressed with Bradford’s start to the Super League season.
Francis Cummins has guided the Bulls to two wins from three and has them playing an energetic and intensive brand of football.
“You have to give them credit,” Wilkin said. “With everything they went through last season and the doubts over their future they have started really well. Franny Cummins has done a great job and he has them playing well. They are showing that resilience and steel from last season too.
“It’s always physical, tight and aggressive at Bradford and I’m sure this weekend will be no different. It is always a good place to play as the atmosphere is good too. We need to be ruthless, play the game in their half and be physical in the middle; then we can take our opportunities. We will need energy and will need to kick well too.”
He continues: “We displayed some of that during the game against Hull FC on Friday. It was clear that we had an element of control in the first half. We played well in patches, put nice pieces of play together, looked threatening and played out our sets. Hull would have been happy to go in at half time within touching distance.
“But in the second half we didn’t have enough possession or field position to be a threat and whether it was from our penalties, or 50:50s going against us, we struggled to get out of our half.
“I do believe that many other teams would have lost that game but we managed to cling on. We showed resilience in defence.
“We were a couple of sets of six off causing Hull to implode, but we didn’t push them. We should have had them out of sight really and not having a chance of coming back into it.”