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Dragons draw Potter praise
Bulls boss offers up no excuses after opening defeat
Bradford coach Mick Potter admitted his side were simply beaten by the better team as they began their Stobart Super League season with defeat to the Catalan Dragons.
The Dragons ran in six tries to Bradford's two to record an impressive 34-12 victory at Odsal.
Potter admitted that his side's lack of physicality was a little worrying, but was happy to give credit where it was due to Trent Robinson's side.
"We were beat down the middle so it does worry us," Potter said.
"There were times where we showed a bit of fight but overall the other team got the better of us.
"They're a good strong team and they were just a little too big and a little bit too strong for us.
"They're strong all across the park so they've got depth in numbers and quality so they'll be a team that'll be tough to beat."
The game was in danger of being postponed as several inches of snow lay on the Odsal pitch.
But volunteers helped to clear the snow from in and around the ground and Potter hailed those who ensured the clash was not postponed.
He added: "It was probably good that we got the game on given that there was probably about 15cm of snow on the ground; I think there was a whole heap of volunteers who came down and tried to clear the pitch and make it playable.
"It wasn't a bad surface underneath so credit to a lot of people around the club and just some volunteers who came down to help us get the game on."
Catalan coach Robinson paid special tribute to his side's defending.
There were spells in either half where Bradford looked capable of fighting their way back into the match, but the Catalan line held firm.
Despite Jamie Langley and Elliot Kear grabbing consolation tries for the hosts, Robinson said: "I didn't find it easy.
"I thought we worked really hard on our defence to get that feeling in attack. Our attack was patchy at times but I thought our defence was pretty solid."
Jason Baitieri, Clint Greenshields, Thomas Bosc, Setaimata Sa, Daryl Millard and Sebastien Raguin all touched down for the Dragons, while Scott Dureau bagged four convresions and a penalty.
It was Greenshields' score - and Ian Henderson's lay-off to the full-back in particular - that gave encouragement to Robinson after feeling his side had not been working hard enough up until that point.
"I thought Hendo worked really hard for a really nice play," Robinson added.
"The second try was on the back of a really strong dummy-half carry from Hendo.
"I didn't think we were working hard enough to tell you the truth. We just weren't pushing enough around the ball and we had two good talents creating the try for us."Challenge Cup. Click here to bet.
Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||22||20|
|11||Salford Red Devils||22||17|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||22||4|
|Thursday 31st July|
|20:00||Wigan vs Salford|
|Friday 1st August|
|20:00||Hull vs St Helens|
|20:00||Catalan Dragons vs Warrington|
|20:00||Leeds vs Bradford|
|Sunday 3rd August|
|15:00||Widnes vs Hull K R|
|15:00||Wakefield vs Huddersfield|
|15:30||Castleford vs London Broncos|
|Thursday 14th August|
|20:00||Hull K R vs Wigan|
|Friday 15th August|
|20:00||Salford vs Catalan Dragons|
|20:00||Warrington vs Castleford|
|Sunday 27th July|
|Huddersfield 38 - 16 Catalan Dragons|
|Bradford 16 - 8 Wigan|
|Warrington 26 - 40 Wakefield|
|Saturday 26th July|
|London Broncos 10 - 62 Hull K R|
|Friday 25th July|
|Salford 18 - 22 Leeds|
|St Helens 44 - 22 Widnes|
|Thursday 24th July|
|Hull 18 - 18 Castleford|
|Sunday 20th July|
|Hull K R 18 - 38 Salford|
|Huddersfield 52 - 26 Bradford|
|Saturday 19th July|
|Catalan Dragons 40 - 6 Wakefield|
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