Bradford coach Francis Cummins criticised “a handful” of players as the Bulls’ fell to their heaviest defeat of all time against Wigan yesterday.
The Odsal side, who had seven first-team players out of action, were completely outclassed at the DW Stadium, losing 84-6. A dejected Cummins said: “Wigan were miles better than us. I can look at the situation we are in – seven players missing is a tough one – and we had a couple of part-time lads in the squad from the under-19s.
“I thought some of our lads had a real dig today but there were a handful who were way off it. There were times when we almost looked like we had given in.
“That wasn’t the case but it did look like it. You can’t play with a team who aren’t quite there against a team like Wigan. We had an average age of just over 23 and some young lads with not much experience, but I would expect my senior players to stand up.
“Some did and some didn’t, so we’ll have to address that this week. The game is too hard and that was because Wigan were scoring tries and we were missing tackles.
“There were a lot of mismatches out there and they all went Wigan’s way. There were some good things at the end but we needed more composure.”