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  • First Utility Super League
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Super League: Francis Cummins pulls no punches after Bradford lose in France

Last updated: 24th May 2014  

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Leon Pryce: Singled out for special praise by his head coach, Laurent Frayssinous

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Francis Cummins: Far from impressed with his team's start to the match in Perpignan

They haven't let me down, they've let everyone involved down, we were embarrassing.

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Bradford coach Francis Cummins bemoaned a "shocking start" from his side after they suffered a 46-4 defeat at the hands of Catalan Dragons in Perpignan.

The Bulls narrowly avoided conceding a half-century of points for the third successive outing despite conceding a try inside the opening 40 seconds at Stade Gilbert Brutus.

Morgan Escare wasted little time in breaking the deadlock as the Dragons - fresh off a Magic Weekend triumph over London Broncos - moved 18-0 up after just 15 minutes.

They did cool off for the rest of the first half, though still managed to run in eight tries in total to deepen the gloom for the struggling Bulls, whose only points came when Jamie Foster crossed after 52 minutes.

"It was a shocking start for us," Cummins said.

"You can't give Catalans all that time that we did. I thought it was embarrassing at the start of the game. They're a good team, we gave them all that possession with some really bad errors, especially from our outside backs and they start to roll you and it then became very difficult."

Cummins admitted Lee Gaskell had endured a particularly difficult afternoon at full-back, though he wasn't the only player to be below par in a performance he branded "embarrassing".

"He looked like was carrying a knock didn't he? He wasn't though, and he wasn't on his own," he added.

"If we have a handful of players that are way off the pace which we had, then we get embarrassed and that's what happened.

"They haven't let me down, they've let everyone involved down, we were embarrassing.

"Catalan were good, but we spoke at half time about respecting the ball and we just kept turning the ball over and if you're not prepared to defend on the back of errors then it's going to be a tough day at the office."

Smart Dragons

Catalan coach Laurent Frayssinous hailed a solid platform as his side moved into the top eight - though it could prove to a brief stay in the play-off places with Hull KR facing London Broncos on Sunday.

"I'm pleased for two reasons mainly, defensively we were very good," he said.

"On two separate occasions we defended our line five or six times in a row and in the second half three or four times in a row. We only conceded a try from a turnover so I've happy with our defence.

"Offensively with the ball we asked some really good questions, but we were smart too in the context, we weren't throwing stupid passes. We laid the platform in the first half to win that game and we can build on that."

The Dragons boss singled out half-back Leon Pryce for special praise, as well as Escare after his two-try performance.

"Morgan Escare and Leon Pryce impressed me," he added.

"Prycey showed again what a quality player he is, his tries were the reward for all the little things that he does for us in the game that probably go unnoticed in the stands."

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Super League Table - September 14 2014
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1 St Helens 27 38
2 Wigan Warriors 27 37
3 Huddersfield Giants 27 37
4 Castleford Tigers 27 36
5 Warrington Wolves 27 35
6 Leeds Rhinos 27 32
7 Catalans Dragons 27 29
8 Widnes Vikings 27 27
9 Hull K R 27 23
10 Salford Red Devils 27 23
11 Hull FC 27 22
12 Wakefield Wildcats 27 21
13 Bradford Bulls * 27 10
14 London Broncos 27 2
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