Bradford and Leeds play out entertaining 18-all draw at Headingley

Adam Sidlow

Draws are not always the most exciting spectacles, but both Bradford and Leeds played out an entertaining 18-all draw, in a performance that Leeds coach Brian McDermott was left disappointed by, due to their large number of errors.

“We lost too much possession,” said McDermott.

“There’s not much whingeing to be done when you lose so much unforced ball.

“Credit to Bradford, they fought and didn’t allow us to get to get two scores in front. If we had been, it would have been less attainable for them.”

The downside for Leeds, was that they finished the game with just 12 men after Jamie Peacock was sin-binned.

“I won’t be having any words with JP telling him to wind his neck in,” he continued.

“He cares immensely. I don’t know what he said to the referee but, in a game as heated as that, I would hope the referee hasn’t been precious.

“If you can’t cop a verbal from a 35-year-old bloke who’s been playing for 15 or 16 years in the heat of the moment there, it would be a shame.

“If he’s been out of order and very offensive, then it’s probably the right decision but, knowing JP, I don’t think he would have been overly offensive.”

It was the seventh draw so far this season in the Super League, and Bradford coach Francis Cummins who was a former Rhinos player himself, praised his side for their resolve.

“I’m pleased with the way the game went. The lads earned the right to play,” he said.

“We didn’t have enough quality at times, which was a bit frustrating, but boy have they got character.

“When you think about how we started the game, it was like we had half a dozen of our players left on the bus and we could have been blown away.

“At times it was ugly for us but we found a way, which was really pleasing. We lacked a bit direction but there was no lack of effort.”

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