Brett Kearney

It is often said that win, lose or draw, there is always room for improvement, and for Bradford Bulls coach Francis Cummins, he follows that mantra – as he demanded more from his side more forward play and structure, despite recording a 38-12 victory over the Castleford Tigers.

It was a hat-trick from Australian fullback Brett Kearney that set up the victory, with the win aided when Castleford backs Justin Carney and Gareth Ellis were sent to the sin-bin, reducing Castleford to 11 men.

Castleford were showing their grit and determination like they did last week in their narrow win against Leeds, but after their two backs were sin-binned, it became an uphill battle for them.

It was Bradford with all the possession in the game, but at times, they failed to capitalise as a result, leaving Cummins asking for more improvement.

“We were a bit edgy when we get down there near the line. We’re trying to score a try all the time when if we ask a few questions, we’ll get there,” said Cummins.

“We just need a little bit more direction at times. I liked some of the stuff – we were skilful and made a couple of good off-loads but our structure just went away from us at times.”

There was one player who received nothing but praise from Cummins and that was fullback Brett Kearney, who scored a hat-trick to take his tally to five tries this season, scoring at least once in every game so far.

“He’s a quality player – he’s huge,” added the Bulls coach.

“He catches the ball well and runs with it and defends everywhere.”

Ian Millward, Castleford’s coach, was a bit disappointed with some of the decisions made by the officials, but he will look at them more closely first.

“I’ll have a look at everything but I was confused. But I’m not going to sit here and pinpoint the ones (decisions) I was concerned with,” said Millward.

Despite the loss, he was pleased with the way his side defended on their line quite a few times.

“We showed some backbone and some spine,” said Cummins.

“We continually repelled the opposition when we were pinned on our own line through repeat sets which is pleasing.”

By ricky

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