Bradford forced to wait over RFL points appeal

Bradford's head coach Francis Cummins.
Bradford's head coach Francis Cummins.
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Bradford coach Francis Cummins insists the Challenge Cup is not a distraction from the club’s relegation battle as they face a further delay in the outcome of the club’s appeal against a six-point deduction.

The Bulls’ unprecedented appeal against their punishment for entering administration took place at a Leeds hotel yesterday afternoon when an independent sporting sanctions panel heard the cases put forward by the club and the governing body, the Rugby Football League.

The panel comprised Bill Broughton and Chris Booth, partners at Leeds-based legal firm Pinsent Mason, and James Sleight, an insolvency practitioner.

But the Bulls may have to wait several days to discover their fate after they were asked to provide “further supportive information” to support their appeal.

The Bulls said in a statement: “An independent sporting sanctions appeal panel today heard evidence prepared on behalf of Bradford Bulls.

“The panel has requested further, supportive information and is to decide on the outcome of the appeal in due course. We can make no further comment.”

Bradford are hoping for the return of at least two of the six Super League competition points in their fight to avoid a drop into the Championship but in the meantime Cummins is focusing on their bid to reach Wembley.

They take on 2012 Cup winners Warrington in Sunday’s quarter-final at Odsal boosted by last week’s precious league win over fellow strugglers Wakefield and Cummins is hoping to capitalise on their first victory in four matches.

“The Challenge Cup is not a distraction,” Cummins, a Cup winner with Leeds, told a joint press conference at Odsal.

“Momentum is a massive thing in sport. We’ve got to step up from last week and make sure our performance gets better.

“I’ll back these young men, if they get their performances right, that we’ll get momentum and we’ll get to where we should be at the end of the year.

“Everyone in our team wants to win a cup and there are only two to win. The Challenge Cup is so special, having experienced it myself. Everyone wants to progress and you’ve still got the dream.”

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