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Last Updated: Saturday, 26 April, 2003, 18:40 GMT 19:40 UK
'We were hanging on'

Robbie Paul
Bradford Bulls captain

I don't want to go through that again anytime soon. It was a great game to play in, but, man, it was tough.

It was another of those games where we had to hold on in the dying minutes.

Paul and Naylor celebrate at the final whistle
Paul and Naylor celebrate at the final whistle
We had to do it at Murrayfield in 2000 and we've had to do it again at the Millennium Stadium in 2003.

Leeds were well drilled and a lot more disciplined than we were, but individual ability got us out of trouble a few times.

We can play a lot better than we did and there are a few things we need to work on, but we can worry about them next week.

Now it's time to celebrate.

I decided before the game that if we won I'd let Jimmy Lowes go up and collect the trophy.

It was the greatest gift I could give him on a personal level.

Jimmy's been amazing for Bradford. He's been one of the best players they've ever had, if not the best.

And there have been so many times during my time at the club when I've looked to him for guidance and leadership when I've had nothing to offer.

I want to thank Scott Naylor for not getting drunk on Friday night
Robbie Paul

Each time he's come up trumps, so this was my way of letting him know what he means to us.

It just seemed right to let him go up and lift the cup.

I also want to thank Scott Naylor for not getting drunk on Friday night.

He was originally told he wouldn't be playing against Leeds but suddenly found himself back in the team when Michael Withers failed a late fitness test on Saturday morning.

It's a big ask to get yourself mentally right in such a short time but Scott is a top player who never lets us down.

And he kept Keith Senior quiet for most of the game, which is not an easy thing to do.

I was so pleased for Scott that he got his chance to play.

We have both been at the club a long time and I spend a lot of time with him away from the pitch.

He is a real man's man.

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