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  • First Utility Super League
  • 17th Apr 2014
  • KO 20:00
  • Att: 10,106

Super League: Bradford Bulls' injury problems mount after defeat to Leeds Rhinos

Last updated: 18th April 2014  

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Brian McDermott: Rhinos showed maturity in second half

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Francis Cummins: Bradford's game management 'not good enough'

Our game management is not good enough and there are certain areas of game where we are letting each other down.

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Bradford coach Francis Cummins was left cursing his luck after his injury-hit side suffered a sixth straight defeat to remain rooted to the foot of the First Utility Super League.

Cummins was forced to re-shuffle his side before kick-off after losing winger Jamie Foster to illness and skipper Matt Diskin with a calf injury and his side suffered major disruption during their 46-6 derby defeat by Leeds.

Centre Matty Blythe could be facing a lengthy lay-off after damaging a knee, while Cummins will check on injuries to James Donaldson (ankle), Adam Sidlow (back) and Lee Gaskell (ankle) before picking a team to play champions Wigan on Monday.

"If anything can go wrong, it's going wrong at the moment," Cummins said.

Hat-trick

England winger Ryan Hall scored a hat-trick of tries as Leeds cruised to their highest score against the Bulls in the history of Super League, eclipsing their 45-16 win in 1999.

The Rhinos never looked back after scoring four tries in the first 14 minutes through skipper Hall, Kevin Sinfield, Joel Moon and Danny McGuire.

Bradford pulled a try back through Gaskell, who went 90 metres after collecting a kick from Leeds full-back Zak Hardaker, but the visitors ran in 26 points in the last 25 minutes to finish emphatic winners.

"We had the ball for two sets in the first 14 minutes and against a white-hot team, you can't do that," Cummins said.

"We got ourselves into a bit of a game but we're not having enough pressure on the opposition line and when we do we look like a team who haven't been there for a long time.

"Our game management is not good enough and there are certain areas of game where we are letting each other down.

"We lost a couple of players early who weren't going to return. For a long time we had one sub and for the last while we didn't have any.

"We're miles better than we're showing but we can't stick to what we do well for long enough. We're not playing to anywhere near our potential, which is frustrating."

Milestone

Leeds were led out by long-serving half-back or hooker Rob Burrow on his 400th appearance for the club and he fittingly scored the final try of the match.

Rhinos coach Brian McDermott was delighted with the way his side started and finished the match but revealed his players were frustrated at half-time.

"We had a very good start, in which we looked quick and strong," McDermott said.

"We probably dropped off in the final 20 minutes of the first half but there was an element of frustration at half-time.

"The way we played in the second half was probably more pleasing than the start. It shows a fair amount of maturity to know how to react."

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