When Bradford Bulls were in their pomp in the early noughties, they were known for the flair and excitement they brought to the game of rugby league. The last decade or so has seen the club decline, however, and – with the 2018 season opener looming – new coach John Kear has outlined his desire for his team to focus on being defensive gladiators and believes that will be the platform his team need to work from in order to challenge for immediate promotion back to the Kingstone Press Championship.
Following their Boxing Day match against Halifax, Kear said that “we want to be a team that are difficult to score against” and that definitely proved the case as the Bulls conceded just six points against their local rivals following an early penalty – not a bad effort for a team whose players haven’t trained or played together too often since Kear arrived at Odsal in the middle of the month. However, attitude is something that players don’t need coaching into them and the former Wakefield head of rugby said that “the commitment to each other was marvellous.”
After nine players made their first appearance for the former Super League champions, Kear outlined that there is lots for the team to build on but, if they do, they will no doubt be up at the top of third tier competing for promotion and their first match, away at York City Knights, will be a good test for the team and show what their potential could be with York themselves likely to be competing for promotion.