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We can turn things around - Cummins

Salisbury Journal: Bradford coach Francis Cummins accepts some tough times are ahead Bradford coach Francis Cummins accepts some tough times are ahead

Bradford coach Francis Cummins accepts the need for his crisis-torn club to undergo some short-term pain in the hope of obtaining some long-term gains.

Huddersfield showed no mercy on their troubled hosts as they cruised to a 66-18 Super League victory in front of Mandy Koukash, the wife of Salford owner Marwan who is hoping to buy the beleaguered Bulls.

Mrs Koukash, whose bid is thought to be one of four to be considered by the administrators this week, has pledged to provide money for new signings if she is successful and top of her shopping list will be some front-row forwards.

The Bulls' Super League domination in the late Nineties and early Noughties was based on the awesome foursome, a prop quartet that included current Huddersfield coaches Paul Anderson and Stuart Fielden.

The late withdrawal of Adam Sidlow through illness, allied to the unavailability of loan duo Greg Burke and Anthony Mullally and the departure of Garreth Carvell and Nick Scruton, left the Bulls with just one specialist prop alongside makeshift front rower Chev Walker and it showed.

"We knew it was going to be a tough day," Cummins said. "The lads' effort was great but, if you are going to go into a game with two props, especially against a team of literal Giants, then it's going to be a tough day.

"They had more forwards on the bench than we did in our entire team. That meant our outside backs to do some extra work.

"We needed to be smarter but we were always going to struggle with the personnel.

"It's tough at the moment but I'm really confident about those players, the people around the club and the supporters. We're going to be okay. We need someone to take over this club and hopefully give us a little bit of back-up.

"It sounds like there's a few consortiums in there."

Anderson, who made 178 appearances for Bradford from 1997-2004, is desperately hoping for some good news for his old club this week.

"The real positive for them is that there are rumblings that something is going to happen," Anderson said.

"The doctor and his wife seem keen to take over and if it is them, or whoever it is, then they need to have the interests of Bradford at heart because it's a good club.

"There are a lot of good people here."

Huddersfield ran in six tries in each half, with Scott Grix, former Bradford centre Joe Wardle, Jermaine McGillvary and Ukuma Ta'ai all scoring two, while captain Danny Brough kicked nine goals from 12 attempts in the Giants' biggest ever win over the Bulls.

"We were just happy to get the win," Anderson said. "At times it was very slow and there was no ruck speed.

"Both teams fell down to a really slow level and we made four changes with 60 minutes gone. The whole speed of the game wasn't great but I thought we turned up at times.

"We were scrappy but we got through the game and obviously the scoreboard showed that."

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