sport

Bulls apologise for Wigan rout

Bradford managing director Steve Ferres has issued an apology to Bulls fans for Monday's "woeful and embarrassing" defeat to Wigan.

The Bulls were crushed 84-6 at the DW Stadium, conceding 15 tries as they slumped to their worst defeat in Super League.

Ferres, appointed last month following Bradford's takeover by Marc Green, revealed the club have already launched an inquest into Monday's performance, which he described as "a tortuous 80 minutes".

The heavy defeat came just days after being crushed 46-6 by local rivals Leeds Rhinos at Odsal to begin their Easter programme.

In a statement, Ferres said: "On behalf of Bradford Bulls, I would like to apologise for what was a truly woeful and embarrassing display against Wigan Warriors.

"It was, without any doubt, the worst performance I have seen by a Super League side - and one of the worst I have ever seen.

"I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the supporters who gave up a bank holiday, despite the busy Easter Weekend traffic, and made the strenuous journey over the Pennines.

Tortuous

"Our loyal supporters stuck with the team throughout the course of what was a tortuous 80 minutes.

"The squad has hit a low point and a root-and-branch review of what went wrong, why it happened and where we are going is now under way.

"The board of directors accept they have inherited a squad, which has been stripped of talent and hampered by injuries. But that cannot be used as an excuse for what happened at the DW Stadium."

Ferres insists that the club's new administration remain determined to restore pride to the club as coach Francis Cummins prepares his team for Sunday's Tetley's Challenge Cup fifth-round tie against Catalan Dragons on home soil.

"The club's new owner, Marc Green, is working tirelessly to improve its fortunes," he added. "In our sport, I have never met anyone as committed to turning something around.

"Supporters can rest assured that no stone will be left unturned as Mr Green and his team address the problems currently facing the club.

"We are committed to again making this club something for you, the supporters, to be proud of."