Just got back from probably the most frustrating game I have ever seen.
Bradford wasted enough chances to win this match 3 times over.
Bradford's main weekness seems to be their lack of pace in the backs. Time
and time again this season I have seen teams score from long distance in
broken play simply because no Bradford player is fast enough to track back.
This weakness hasn't been exploited by other British teams because Bradford
have got an excellent attack, especially when near the line. However, this
isn't enough against Aussie teams who normally have solid defences.
Penrith scored 3 tries from long distance after Bradford had spilled the
ball. Also when Bradford broke tackles, they never looked like scoring
because Penrith tracked back and got tackles in.
This problem with lack of pace has been exacerbated by Matthew Elliott's
decision to sell Paul Cook, the one genuinely quick player Bradford had. He
has now resorted to playing Matt Calland, a forward, on the wing!
Bradford probably have a big enough lead to win Super League but if they
wish to remain at the top they will need to sign somebody with speed and
not a hulking back /forward.