Bradford Bulls proved beyond all reasonable doubt on Sunday afternoon that you cannot keep a determined group of men down.
Beset by financial problems and having seen each and every one of their coaches relieved of their duties earlier in the week, the Bulls players headed into their match against London with the weight of the world resting on their shoulders.
But backed by a loyal following of more than 10,000 on the terraces, the men in red, amber and black produced a performance punctuated by moments of brilliant attacking play and brutal defence to extinguish the Broncos’ paltry challenge.
The Bulls raced into an 18-0 lead within the first 20 minutes of the match and had enough in the tank to not only repel an attempted fightback from their opponents, but add to their lead and win the match in the most handsome of fashions.
The RFL stated earlier this week their optimism that a buyer can be found for the troubled club, who announced in April that they needed to generate £500,000 in order to stave off the threat of administration.
Thanks to the efforts of the club’s supporters, the money was raised, but the threat of administration remained, as it transpired that the financial problems ran far deeper than first anticipated.
The spectre of total liquidation still hangs heavy over Odsal Stadium, but the players succeeded in putting smiles on the faces of fans betting at betvictor.com.
And the guard of honour formed for head coach, Mick Potter, who has returned to the club on a voluntary basis after losing his job earlier this week, was the perfect way to round off an emotional day in Bradford.