We’re past the mid-way point of the season and the Bulls’ fortunes have taken even more of a downturn since our last blog, with not much going their way on or off the pitch.
Provident’s sponsorship activities have been a big plus for fans, though, going down a storm both on match days and otherwise.
And at least Bulls are off the bottom of Super League with their points tally in the black.
Read on for more….
Chinks Of Light Amongst The Gloom
The heavy defeats in March and April that dominated the headlines (and our blog) were almost forgotten after two results that suggested there was much to be positive about for the second half of the season.
Catalan Dragons and Warrington Wolves are two of the hottest teams in Super League right now but all looked different when they faced the Bulls a few weeks ago.
Following a great comeback win against Catalan to make the Quarter Finals of the Challenge Cup and a 34-28 victory in an incredible Super League match against Warrington everyone started to ‘believe’!
Then fans and players were brought straight back down to earth with some almighty bumps in the form of heavy league defeats against second place St Helens, revitalised Huddersfield and away to Catalan at the fortress that is the Stade Gilbert Brutus.
These setbacks meant two points against third from bottom Wakefield were critical to stand any chance of catching the Wildcats in the race for Super League survival, and the team duly obliged in a hard fought 20-12 victory.
This was once again a case of a false sense of security, however, as the next game saw Salford Red Devils, who had failed to win any of their previous seven league games, show what everyone thought they were made of and turn it on in a 46-18 reverse for Bulls.
Following this defeat Head Coach Francis Cummins was sacked after over two years at the helm and it wasn’t long before Bulls playing ‘legend’, Jimmy Lowes, was given the task of turning things around with a three year deal to take the reins at the Provident Stadium.
Behind the scenes, new Chairman Marc Green lodged his appeal to get back some or all of the six points deducted for going into administration briefly earlier this year. This proved to be fruitless, though, with the independent panel upholding the sanction (there may be more to come on this with a possible legal challenge so watch this space….).
With a Challenge Cup exit at the hands of Warrington to boot and Lowes’ first game in charge being a 50-24 defeat, also to the Wolves, the light at the end of the tunnel is fading fast with Salford and Wakefield now a distant nine and 11 points respectively ahead in the standings.
Bulls Bus Winners Beaming!
As mentioned in our last Blog, Provident’s ‘Supporting Bulls Supporters’ activities have proved to be very popular and a light hearted relief from the trials and tribulations of the Club.
Giveaways galore, match day activities and a Facebook page hitting over 3,000 likes have been the highlights but none could match the fantastic Bulls Bus competitions.
Twenty lucky winners were taken on a luxury, all expenses paid weekend coach trip to Perpignan, South of France for the Super League game away to Catalan. It was a long haul there and back but you only have to take a look at the photos on our Facebook page to see that plenty of fun and games, hospitality and the stunning French countryside made the journey pass far too quickly!
Hopefully we can do the same again next year!