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Potter hails determined Bulls

Bradford boss says his side's defence was 'excellent'

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Potter hails determined Bulls

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Bradford coach Mick Potter praised the determination of his side after they ground out a 20-12 victory over Castleford at the PROBIZ Coliseum.

The Bulls secured their first win of the new Stobart Super League season with an impressive defensive display in heavy conditions.

Bradford suffered a convincing defeat to Catalan Dragons on the opening weekend of the campaign and Potter says his players would not settle for another loss.

"I think the players themselves were pretty determined to have a better outcome," the former St Helens boss said.

"It was about hard work. They worked their bums off and our try-line defence was excellent.

"We were under a whole heap of pressure either from our own doing from losing the ball or getting marched downfield from penalties.

Defence

"Our players defended so well on our try-line to keep Castleford out for long periods. A week makes a big difference."

Potter was particularly pleased with half-backs Luke Gale and Jarrod Sammut, the former setting up an early try for the latter and also landing four goals from four kicks.

He added: "I thought Luke and Jarrod worked very well together. When we kept hold of the ball I thought our kick chase was first rate.

"I thought Heath L'Estrange and Matt Diskin helped us get around the park and Brett Kearney was a steady influence as well at full-back.

"Both teams made a heap of errors but that was down to the conditions. It was very heavy today. It was back to winter rugby league and I think we just handled it just that little bit better than them.

"I thought there was no fuss about our intensity under adversity. They were just working together and doing what they needed to do to get the job done."

Castleford coach Ian Millward felt his side's failure to put away their chances cost them dearly, but he also admitted the Bulls were the better team.

Terrific

"I thought Bradford were terrific and the better team won," Millward said.

"It was very heavy underfoot but I thought we had a lot of opportunities to score tries. Our completion was quite low in the first-half but Bradford's was very high.

"We threatened to score quite a few times but we were pulled up short. We just weren't as clinical as we could be in attack. We were just a bit off the pace attacking-wise.

"We just didn't get the right plays at the right spot and build the right pressure when we were really threatening. The match was a game of inches and missed opportunities and not being able to build up sustained pressure.

"Bradford took their opportunities and I thought their attitude today was fantastic after coming off a tough loss.

"I liked the way their halves were very probing and meticulous. From a collective point of view Bradford were very good.

"In the conditions they were the most consistent team and kicking-wise they were better than us. Obviously, they had less errors and when they had opportunities they nailed them."

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3 Huddersfield Giants 27 37
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5 Warrington Wolves 27 35
6 Leeds Rhinos 27 32
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