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John Drake

17/08/14 - Bradford Bulls v Hull FC KO 3pm

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Discuss Bradford Bulls v Hull FC here.

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Yeah I can see us winning this actually - probably won't be pretty though, neither team have set the world alight this season. Although I am attending this one - couldn't make the last two - so maybe I'm a jinx and we'll start losing again!

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Feel we may well nick this one as we seem to have a bit of momentum. Famous last words?

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Not said this for a while but I'm very optimistic about Hull's chances in this one.

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Dave, you're such a jinx. Never be optimistic again!

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Not said this for a while but I'm very optimistic about Hull's chances in this one.

You spoke far too soon. terrible season for Hull.

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Not a great game, dominated by a strong wind blowing straight down the pitch all game and driving rain in the first half . Hull had advantage of the wind  in the first half, and were the better team; Bradford reciprocated in the second half.

 

To tell the truth, neither team looked desperate to win.

 

The funniest aspect was seeing about a thousand people wearing the white weather capes given out to fans.

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Dave, you're such a jinx. Never be optimistic again!

Not only that, we got stuck on the M62 due to an accident and didn't get there until 20 minutes after the game had started.

 

Unfortunately there was a turnstile still open.

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Not a great game, dominated by a strong wind blowing straight down the pitch all game and driving rain in the first half . Hull had advantage of the wind  in the first half, and were the better team; Bradford reciprocated in the second half.

 

To tell the truth, neither team looked desperate to win.

 

The funniest aspect was seeing about a thousand people wearing the white weather capes given out to fans.

That was quite a comical sight, especially when people started discarding them and the wind caught hold of them. It was like some spooky pitch invasion.

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Looked like a KKK convention at the start of the match. Weather had a big say in the game, but not the outcome. Thought we were the better side all round even though we were much lighter in the pack.

FC lacked desire. Thought Houghton was stand out for them.

Any thoughts on the build up to the Ellis try where the ball didn't go 10yds as it blew back from the KO, yet Hicks ruled it had gone 10yds in the air?

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Looked like a KKK convention at the start of the match. Weather had a big say in the game, but not the outcome. Thought we were the better side all round even though we were much lighter in the pack.

FC lacked desire. Thought Houghton was stand out for them.

Any thoughts on the build up to the Ellis try where the ball didn't go 10yds as it blew back from the KO, yet Hicks ruled it had gone 10yds in the air?

I couldn't be sure but it looked like Hicks had got that right to me and the ball had travelled the required ten metres before being blown back.

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Its difficult to know where to start. Non-existent right hand side defence, woefully ambitious offloads under no pressure, lamentable kicking game & a coach so clearly lacking ideas and ability its an embarrassment. And while we're at it, who from the management at Hull FC thought it would be a great idea to give our loanees (Pitts, Arundel) the freedom to play against us?

Fair play to Bradford, they wanted it more, played the conditions well & once in front had excellent game management.

An awful season from us. Mediocrity punctuated with moments of pure garbage. Didn't agree with Radford as coach, but was prepared to back him but he's served up tripe week in, week out. I don't buy the "transition season" & "clearing out the dead wood" either. This is the man who (allegedly) led the mutiny against Gentle with the claim that he could do much better. Well Lee, we have our answer now, don't we?

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Has Richard Whiting become another victim of Radford's influence? Up until recently, If he'd had a bit of pace I would have classed him as one of the most complete players I've seen.

 

Now he looks one of the worst players I've seen, his defence has disappeared.

 

At the start of the season, if you'd asked any Hull fan whether they'd have Whiting or Arundel in the team and you'd have only got one answer.

 

Now you'd probably only get one answer but it'd be different.

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Actually I thought this game was pretty enjoyable, but then I would say that. Thought we played some pretty good stuff – always easier when the pressure is off – and scored some exciting tries. I agree, we did control the game well when we went ahead and made the most of the opportunities we created, I don’t think you could say the same for Hull. In the opening half hour they could have killed the game off and never got close to doing so. A few people around me were questioning just why Hull persist with Radford, and I have to say I agree. At the moment, it’s not hard to see these two teams meeting again in the middle 8 next year unless something changes at the KC.

 

As for us, well it’s just good to enjoy watching RL again – players seem to be enjoying it too.

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Actually I thought this game was pretty enjoyable, but then I would say that. Thought we played some pretty good stuff – always easier when the pressure is off – and scored some exciting tries. I agree, we did control the game well when we went ahead and made the most of the opportunities we created, I don’t think you could say the same for Hull. In the opening half hour they could have killed the game off and never got close to doing so. A few people around me were questioning just why Hull persist with Radford, and I have to say I agree. At the moment, it’s not hard to see these two teams meeting again in the middle 8 next year unless something changes at the KC.

 

 

 

As for us, well it’s just good to enjoy watching RL again – players seem to be enjoying it too.

 

+1

 

Hull were bigger than us and faster at the PTB - but the Bulls were like snapping terriers round their heels and never gave up.. a joy to see.

 

The players enjoying it is a big step forward and hasn't been the case for too long..

 

I feel sorry for Radford - not heard of the rumoured "rebellion" before this thread - but he has nowhere near enough experience to coach at this level yet.

 

I was amazed when he was appointed in the first place!

 

Taking the career paths of Lowes, McDermott, Anderson and Powell as a comparison - Radders is missing out a good few years of his apprenticeship.

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Has Richard Whiting become another victim of Radford's influence? Up until recently, If he'd had a bit of pace I would have classed him as one of the most complete players I've seen.

 

Now he looks one of the worst players I've seen, his defence has disappeared.

 

At the start of the season, if you'd asked any Hull fan whether they'd have Whiting or Arundel in the team and you'd have only got one answer.

 

Now you'd probably only get one answer but it'd be different.

Not unusual for a player's from to suffer a little in a testimonial season but Whiting's loss of form has been such that it can't be all down to that particular distraction. I don't know the reason but something (or somebody) has clearly affected his game.

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Didn't see yesterday's scores till read league express, pmsl!!!!

Good to know at least one Hull KR poster can have a laugh occasionally.

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I couldn't be sure but it looked like Hicks had got that right to me and the ball had travelled the required ten metres before being blown back.

From my seat in the centre I can confirm that, it easily went the ten and was blown back.

 

What puzzled me was the tactics Radders used in the first half, FC barely seemed to try and use the, pretty substantial, wind at all, whilst the Bulls certainly did when they got their turn. Enjoyed the game - for all its faults, I guess it's just nice to get a few wins....even if it is too late.

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