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Cummins purrs at Bulls display

New Bradford head coach Francis Cummins was thrilled with the energy of his team as they ran out 40-6 winners over Wakefield on Sunday.

Cummins was forced to re-build the Bulls team in the close season after a spate of departures followed last year's close shave with liquidation and he could have hardly enjoyed a better start to his new role.

Close-season signings Jamie Foster, Matty Blythe and Adam Sidlow all made a big impact, scoring tries on their debut, as the Bulls dominated the match from the start thanks to their rampaging forwards.

"I was able to enjoy it after the start we made," Cummins said. "I'm really pleased for the boys.

"To starve Wakefield of the ball was really pleasing. We earned right to play. We've got to do this all year."

Scrum-half Jarrod Sammut helped offset the absence of the injured Luke Gale by scoring two tries in a man-of-the-match display while Foster revelled in his switch from wing to full-back.

"Jarrod Sammut is an exciting talent but the front rowers allowed him and Brett Kearney to run off the back of their hard work," Cummins said.

"Jamie Foster stepped up again from the friendly against Leeds. He's got skills and he's definitely got a rugby league brain to play at full-back. He reads the game really well and he's quick."

Much was expected of Wakefield, who won their last seven league games of 2012 to snatch the last play-off spot from the Bulls, but they could not match the energy and enthusiasm of Cummins' superbly-drilled outfit and also missed last year's player of the year Tim Smith, who is still recovering from an ankle injury.

"I probably didn't see it coming but, if you are not in a physical contest, things can get a bit messy," Wildcats coach Richard Agar said.

"Our contact was nowhere near up to scratch, in fact it was disgraceful. I lay the blame firmly at the door of our forwards.

"I'm not sure Tim Smith could have conjured up too much on attack behind that pack.

"Bradford marched us downfield and I'm not too sure they strung too many passes together themselves because they didn't need to.

"They got total dominance in the ruck but one of the positive things for me is that it's probably the easiest thing to fix up. We will fix it up."