Super League: Adrian Purtell glad to be back as Bradford Bulls defeat Hull KR
Last Updated: 18/03/13 11:27am
Adrian Purtell: Bradford star applauds the fans as he returns to action
Bradford back Adrian Purtell was glad to be back in action as he helped the Bulls extend their unbeaten Super League run to three games with a 34-12 home victory over Hull KR.
The 28-year-old Australian had not played since suffering a heart attack on the way home from the Magic Weekend defeat against Leeds last May.
But he was given the all-clear to return by specialists during the week and came off the substitutes' bench after 24 minutes to rapturous applause at the Provident Stadium.
He said: "There were times at the start when it felt like I might never get back but I've always had this goal to get back playing.
"I'm now glad we've got this game out of the way so we can focus on Bradford as a team, as we are playing really well at the moment.
"We can now put my misfortune 10 months ago behind us.
"I felt fine - the coaching staff have got me in really good shape - although the contact I've only been doing this week so that was a bit out."
Bradford remain third in the table while Rovers, who had won their previous two matches, are still eighth.
The visitors' coach Craig Sandercock shouldered some of the blame for his side's defeat.
He said: "It's possibly my fault as we had three players who were ill and didn't train during the week, and some who were a bit busted and I made a decision to play them and they weren't at their best.
"I need to take the blame for playing those boys and you saw our performance in the first half just wasn't good enough.
"We gave away too many penalties and made too many errors and Bradford are a good side."