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Emotional Potter praises Bulls
Bradford coach left close to tears after emotional Odsal victory
An emotional Mick Potter praised his players and the Bulls' fans after Bradford beat London Broncos 44-12 at Odsal.
The Australian coach agreed to return to work without pay in the run-up to Sunday's game after being made redundant at the start of the week.
He joined the players on an emotional lap of honour and heard his name sung by the club's 10,000 fans.
"It was touching," he said. "I'm not a guy that breaks out in tears very quickly but I reckon I came close at one stage.
"You can see from the fans' reaction why they have to be in Super League and why the club needs to continue because you just don't get that at too many places."
The popular Potter was also given a guard of honour by the players as he left the field at the end but he was quick to remove any hint it represented an act of finality.
"I said to them 'it's not all over yet'," he said. "The fat lady hasn't sung yet, although she's warming up."
Brendan Guilfoyle, the administrator who made the swingeing cuts, has given himself until Tuesday to find a buyer for the ailing club and Potter admits he is still in the dark over the immediate future.
"I don't know what's going to happen," he said. "No one is talking to me. I don't want to predict it. It's way out of our hands.
"If you can get a positive from this situation, it's that the players are playing at their best. It was on show today and it was there last week."
A third straight success has lifted Bradford up to sixth in the table and maintained their play-off hopes ahead of an inevitable points deduction for going into administration.
"I can't be happier with the players under the circumstances," added Potter. "They've been phenomenal all the way through.
"They're not letting anything affect what they do on the field. They've been great.
"We got a bit loose late in the game but it was well and truly over by then. The scoreline probably flattered us a little bit."
London Broncos coach Rob Powell, whose side remain bottom of the table, was full of praise for the Bulls.
"We need to pay Bradford some credit for coming out and playing as strong as they did and with as much enthusiasm as they did with the turbulence and turmoil they're going through," he said.
"They clearly out-enthused us from the first minute. That wasn't an easy act and it doesn't take away from the fact that we were poor."
Already without prop Antonio Kaufusi, who was hurt in the Exiles' win over England in midweek, the Broncos suffered a body blow before kick-off when captain Craig Gower failed a late fitness test.
"He hurt his ankle in the last game and was always going to be a doubt," said Powell. "Most people wouldn't have even travelled. He got injected but he couldn't run properly.
"It's the first game he's missed and it showed. We didn't have the competitiveness in certain areas that he would have brought."
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