Potter praises red hot Bulls

Quins boss claims his side deserved better

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Potter praises red hot Bulls

Potter: Pleased with his team's efforts in scorching temperatures

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Bradford Bulls head coach Mick Potter praised his side for overcoming stifling heat to win 30-16 at Super League rivals Harlequins.

Samoa international Patrick Ah Van scored two tries and kicked five goals as ninth placed Bulls claimed their first win on the road since February.

But his 18-point haul condemned Quins to their sixth straight defeat and left the London club sitting third from bottom.

Potter bemoaned the effect of the high temperatures on his players but was impressed with their efforts.

He said: "It was too hot to play rugby in a sense - I love how warm it is but it's not really conducive to playing top-class rugby league and getting the best out of the players.

"We ran until we couldn't run any more and you could see that both teams were struggling to come up with plays and energy.

Fight

"I think we made it hard for ourselves at times but credit to Harlequins, who made us fight for everything.

"With our tackle count and our lacking possession early on, in this heat, I'm just happy to come away from here with two points."

Karl Pryce opened the scoring against his old club before Ah Van went over and converted to give the Bulls a lead they would never relinquish.

Shad Royston's superb individual score gave the visitors a 12-4 half-time lead and Ah Van's second try, before further touchdowns from Elliott Whitehead and Andy Lynch, clinched victory after the break.

Karl Temata and Pryce pulled tries back and their coach Rob Powell felt Quins were the better side despite the 14 point deficit.

Issue

He said: "We played well in large chunks of the game, but our kicking let us down massively.

"I thought we were the better team overall, but when we had the ball five metres out from their line we kicked it dead four times.

"With Bradford's players, you've got a group of people who are tired and then get the ball back on their 20-metre line when we should be attacking again.

"We've talked about this before that defence becomes an issue if you don't build pressure well enough, so on the whole we were very good but we just let them off the hook."

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