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Potter praises Jeffries

Former Wildcat comes back to haunt Wakefield as Bulls star

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Potter praises Jeffries

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Bradford's former Wakefield half-back Ben Jeffries helped destroy his old club as the Bulls turned on the style to gain a 36-18 win over the Wildcats.

Second rower Elliott Whitehead scored a hat-trick of tries and full-back Brett Kearney touched down twice but it was Jeffries who stole the show with his kicking game, which directly produced all but two of his side's six tries.

"Being a former Wakefield player, I think he enjoyed coming back," said Bradford coach Mick Potter.

"He knows the ground pretty well. I thought his kicking game was very good."

Potter was especially delighted with the way his side bounced back from their 10-try mauling by Wigan.

Defending

"I was pleased with the way we defended in the first half and, when we got a flow of possession in the second half, we came up with some points," he said.

"I'm not saying the job's done. We got the two points and that's what we wanted.

"We had a tough week at training this week. We needed to build a bit of consistency in our performance and hopefully that will be the start of it."

The game was in the balance after a tightly-contested first half in which the lead changed hands three times.

Wakefield led 14-12 three minutes into the second half after scoring tries through captain Steve Southern, Ben Cockayne and Danny Kirmond but collapsed in the face of Jeffries' kicking game.

Wildcats coach Richard Agar said: "I thought there were some signs of it in the first half.

"I thought at half-time we could fix it up but some indiscipline crept into our play.

"Bradford came with a really simple game plan and they stuck to their guns better than we did over the 80 minutes.

"Our inability to deal with the kicks is obviously a little bit worrying."

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