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- First Utility Super League
- 29th Jul 2012
- KO 15:00
- Att: 10,750
Potter remains hopeful
Bradford coach says off-field situation is 'coming to a head'
Bradford coach Mick Potter is still hopeful a decision will be made over the club's future in the next few days.
Potter watched the Bulls lose 50-22 to Warrington on Sunday, with Wolves full-back Stefan Ratchford claiming four tries at Halliwell Jones Stadium.
But Bradford's off-field troubles continue to overshadow anything they do on the pitch, but Potter believes the picture will become clearer in the near future.
"We are coming to that time when everybody needs to make a call and I think it's coming to a head all round," he said.
"A decision will be made in the not too distant future and there have been talks over the weekend and I'm sure it is a priority for both Bradford and the Rugby League.
"I have had two brief conversations with both sets of people behind the bids and touch wood something positive will happen for Bradford."
Potter praised his team's effort in the defeat to Warrington but admitted the game was as good as over at half-time, by when the Wolves had built a 32-6 lead.
He added: "We probably didn't handle them as well as we would have liked in the first half and the game was virtually shot at half time.
"Warrington showed what they can do and are a formidable team who will be there or thereabouts for the major trophies at the end of the year I would have thought.
"The players just kept going, they wanted to play and still wanted to do their best and you only need one slip up in a set against Warrington for them to put six points on you.
"We probably had more slip-ups than we would have liked but it wasn't for the lack of trying and I can't fault the players for effort."
Warrington assistant coach Richard Marshall praised the contribution of Ratchford, while also reserving some words of praise for the Bulls.
Marshall said: "Stefan seems to have found his feet at full back and as well as his four tries contributed really well throughout the game.
"The influence he has over the team is pretty special and we scored some really good tries off the back of the work Stefan did as well.
"We have some tough fixtures coming up in Super League and with Wembley round the corner we are trying to get everyone in form and playing well. In Stefan's case he has got some big shoes to fill in Brett Hodgson's but everyone who comes in has a responsibility to perform.
"I thought it was a really good team performance and the first half was really good from our point of view and something to build on.
"There was some cause for concern with the points we conceded at the start of the second half which happened the week before at Castleford as well but you have to give Bradford some credit.
"Their backs are against the wall at the moment with their situation off the field but on it are really pulling together."
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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|
|Saturday 7th February|
|15:00||Warrington Wolves vs Salford Red Devils|
|Sunday 8th February|
|15:00||Huddersfield vs Hull|
|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|
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