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Super League: Bradford Bulls coach Francis Cummins claims off-field turmoil will be set aside

Last Updated: 15/02/14 2:19pm

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Francis Cummins: Believes Bradford Bulls can ignore off-field issues as they get their Super League campaign underway

Francis Cummins: Believes Bradford Bulls can ignore off-field issues as they get their Super League campaign underway

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Bradford coach Francis Cummins insists the besieged Bulls can cast confusion aside as they prepare for their opening Super League encounter against Castleford Tigers on Sunday.

It has been a week of off-field setbacks for the Bulls; with new signing Garreth Carvell being snapped up by Hull FC on a one-year deal, while Odsal favourite Jarrod Sammut has left for Wakefield.

Furthermore, the ongoing anguish surrounding the ownership of the financially-stricken club looks set to result in a points deduction.

However, on the field, Cummins believes his players are ready to put the turmoil - which came to a head in their recent 66-10 hammering by Castleford in a pre-season friendly - behind them and bounce back.

"It was a freakish result. Those lads never got stuffed once last season but the teams around us did."
Francis Cummins

"Physically we are miles ahead of where we were at this time last season, although the Castleford result didn't reflect that," Cummins said.

"We were really poor but we had some disruption - we only had 14 players training - and mentally we weren't there.

"It was a freakish result. Those lads never got stuffed once last season but the teams around us did."

He added: "So the Castleford result was a strange one but, after a few days, we were back into it.

"The lads have trained the house down. These players and backroom staff are dealing with things that they shouldn't have to but they are very professional and have created a great environment."

Meanwhile, Castleford coach Daryl Powell believes the situation currently facing their West Yorkshire rivals will bring out the best in them.

"They will be rattled a bit and they will respond so we've got to have the right mentality and make sure that we are right on top of our game to get two points," he said.

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