Rugby League

Bulls remain upbeat despite penalty

Bradford Bulls can still make the play-offs despite the imposition of a six-point penalty, coach Mick Potter has said before Sunday's match at Warrington.

 
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Up to this week the players were largely protected from the effects of administration with the club ensuring their wages were paid on time but the imposition of a six-point penalty has directly hit their hopes of making the Stobart Super League play-offs.

In one fell swoop, the Bulls dropped out of the top eight, two points adrift of Hull KR.

However Mick Potter believes his players will continue to thrive on adversity. "The spirit is fine and the guys are up for playing every week," he said.

"I think it's probably been a bit of an outlet for them, something for them to take their frustrations out on. And probably because of that, they are really enjoying their football at the moment. We know it's not ideal but we will prepare for this game as we have for the others.

"It's not impossible to make the eight. It makes it harder and we are aware of that but we will just keep turning up and doing what we do. The players are very resilient and determined and this adversity has not only brought them closer together but it's bought a new confidence on the field and it has been producing results for us."

Warrington coach Tony Smith believes the points deduction will only serve to make the Bulls more determined than ever to strive for the win.

"They will feel aggrieved by the points deduction," he said. "They have certainly used the rest of the adversity that they have had this year as motivation so no doubt they'll add that onto the pile of motivation they already have."

Smith's men need the two points to keep in touch with leaders Wigan, who opened up a five-point gap following their 40-16 win over Castleford on Friday night.

The Wolves have already beaten Bradford twice this year, including a Cup-tie at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, and Potter knows his team will have their work cut out preventing a hat-trick of defeats.

"They are a quality team," he said. "You have got to account for every minute of the 80 minutes. They have got probably one of the best Super League squads that has been assembled for 10 years. I think they are in cruise mode at the moment. I don't think we have seen the best of them. I hope they remain in cruise mode this weekend."

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