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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||27||23|
|10||Salford Red Devils||27||23|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||27||10|
|First Utility Super League|
|Thursday 5th February|
|20:00||Widnes vs Wigan|
|Friday 6th February|
|20:00||St Helens vs Catalans Dragons|
|Sunday 8th February|
|15:00||Huddersfield vs Hull|
|15:00||Warrington vs Salford|
|15:00||Hull K R vs Leeds|
|15:30||Castleford vs Wakefield|
|Thursday 12th February|
|20:00||Salford vs St Helens|
|Friday 13th February|
|20:00||Hull vs Warrington|
|20:00||Leeds vs Widnes|
|20:00||Wigan vs Huddersfield|
|First Utility Super League|
|Saturday 11th October|
|St Helens 14 - 6 Wigan|
|Friday 3rd October|
|Wigan 16 - 12 Warrington|
|Thursday 2nd October|
|St Helens 30 - 12 Catalans Dragons|
|Friday 26th September|
|Huddersfield 16 - 18 Catalans Dragons|
|Thursday 25th September|
|Castleford 14 - 30 Warrington|
|Saturday 20th September|
|Leeds 20 - 24 Catalans Dragons|
|Warrington 22 - 19 Widnes|
|Friday 19th September|
|St Helens 41 - 0 Castleford|
|Thursday 18th September|
|Wigan 57 - 4 Huddersfield|
|Sunday 14th September|
|Wakefield 18 - 42 Hull K R|
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