Giving up a 12-0 early lead and losing narrowly can be forgiven somewhat. Leading 12-0 and allowing your opponents to outscore you 46-16 in 59 minutes cannot.
The 46-28 reading on the scoreboard at the end of the Bradford Bulls vs Sheffield Eagles game doesn’t tell the full story of Sunday afternoon’s game of rugby at Odsal Stadium. For 20 minutes Bradford carved out a decent 12-0 lead, subduing a somewhat lively Sheffield side; for the remaining 59 minutes they were yet again exposed and torn apart.
I have a lot of friends who are Bradford Bulls supporters, many for a lot of seasons nd all of them say that this is the lowest that they’ve seen their side. A team that only narrowly lost the ‘£Million Game’ last season to Wakefield are being beaten by teams such as Dewsbury and Halifax and demolished by Sheffield. It was a demolition on Sunday, make no excuses for it – Bradford were turned over by a much better, much hungrier side on the day.
Bulls coach James Lowes took personal responsibility for the loss, telling the club website: “It is a result based business and to lose at home to that score is unacceptable. We started off really well but made a couple of poor decisions and that is what’s hurting us at the moment, because in most games we have started off pretty well. I’ve got to find a way of helping the players through these sticky patches and at the moment I’m not, and I take full responsibility for the result today.”
As it stands, before their next game against eighth-placed Dewsbury, the Bulls sit in fourth place and trail leaders Leigh Centurions by five points. A win over the Rams, coupled with a London Broncos loss could see the Bulls move up to third in the table. However, it isn’t about league position with Bradford fans at the moment, it’s performances on the pitch that is the issue with their supporters and wht these performances are symptomatic of.
Bulls picked clean by flying Eagles – fans react on Twitter.
In response to captain Adrian Purtell’s comment, Bulls fan Dean says that it is put-up time on the field for the Bradford players.
@OfficialBullsRL talk is easy time to show it on the field
— Dean Helliwell (@Deano_Helliwell) April 4, 2016
Somewhat tongue-in-cheek or not, you can’t be sure, Bulls fan Andy asks about a refund from the club.
@OfficialBullsRL ;what's the chance of me getting mymoney back on my season ticket
— ANDY BCAFC McCARTHY (@andycity69) April 4, 2016
Bulls fans Claire appeals to the club to put a small positive in her life.
Bradford fan Tim fears the worse should the slump continue from the Sheffield game.
— Tim Ward (@TTBellies) April 4, 2016
Bulls fan Stephen puts it out there with no uncertainty just what he felt about the result of the Sheffield game.
— Stephen Taylor (@Stetalor83) April 4, 2016
This line of bluntness is also followed by Bradford fan Chris who definitely leaves the bones in what he has to say.
Ferres also needs to go. Absolutely clueless recruitment and terrible club PR. @OfficialBullsRL are a shambles from top to bottom
— Chris Lee (@Chris1014Lee) April 3, 2016
This fan has what he sees as the answers and no doubt many Bulls fans are also thinking along the same lines.
— Pete Dutton (@PeterDutton7) April 3, 2016
However, when it really comes to summing up feelings about the Bulls in 140 characters or less, Twitter user Wobbly Headed Bull has it cracked with this missive.
In thirty years I've never stood in a home crowd so frustrated, disheartened, and out right angry. #ChBraShe
— Wobbly Headed Bull (@wobblyhead) April 3, 2016
In the Championship, it’s only been two losses for the Bradford Bulls, with two drawn games against Batley and Leigh and four wins. However, it’s the manner of the loss against Sheffield on Sunday that has led Bulls fans to seemingly question their belief in the team.