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McNamara pleased with effort

Bulls shrug off injury crisis to push Leeds at Odsal

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McNamara pleased with effort

McNamara: Proud

I don't think there is a full-back in the world who supports as well as Brent Webb does.

Brian McClennan
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Bradford coach Steve McNamara said he was encouraged by his patched-up side's display in their 30-14 defeat to Leeds at Odsal.

The Bulls were missing a number of key players, including Paul Deacon and Iestyn Harris, who were both late withdrawals through injury.

McNamara also saw winger Semi Tadulala taken to hospital with a dislocated shoulder, while Terry Newton had to play the full 80 minutes as understudy Wayne Godwin was also sidelined.

Despite those setbacks, Bradford pushed Leeds all the way in one of their best performances of the season.

"I thought the effort was superb," said McNamara. "We tried really really hard. Obviously we had a difficult preparation and I thought that showed in some of the things we did.

Shocked

"The players were a bit shell-shocked at what happened at training. We lost both players in the last five minutes of practice yesterday. We had to roll things around overnight and try to find a different way to play.

"We felt we could win with the team we had out and we're disappointed we haven't won. We kept trying to the end but Leeds came up with some killer plays. The game was a lot closer than the scoreline suggests."

Leeds twice came from behind and scored three tries in the last quarter to complete their hat-trick of derby wins.

They are now eight points clear at the top of the table and coach Brian McClennan immediately turned his thoughts to next Saturday's Carnegie Challenge Cup quarter-final with Wigan.

"We're pleased to get the win and consolidate our position at the top of the table," he said. "We can now look forward to playing Wigan.

"Bradford made us work. They're a top club and they stuck to their tactics but we got up in the end."

McClennan hailed New Zealand full-back Brent Webb, who scored his 10th try of the season and his 34th in 43 appearances for the Rhinos.

"I don't think there is a full-back in the world who supports as well as Brent Webb does," he said.

"He creates a lot of opportunities and it's not through luck, it's through hard work."

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