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Last Updated: Saturday, 28 July 2007, 16:05 GMT 17:05 UK
McNamara proud despite Bulls loss
Steve McNamara
McNamara says the better side won
Bradford coach Steve McNamara was full of admiration for his team despite their 35-14 loss to St Helens in the Carnegie Challenge Cup semi-finals.

Ben Harris had a first-half try ruled out for obstruction, which McNamara said was a costly call, but he had no quarrel with the final outcome.

"I'm hugely disappointed to lose but extremely proud of a bunch of players who worked their socks," he said.

"When the try was disallowed, it was a huge call not to go to the video ref."

You don't want to be chasing the game against St Helens but we had to throw caution to the wind in the second half

Steve McNamara

Tries by Willie Talau, Francis Meli and Matt Gidley put Saints 17-4 ahead at the break, forcing the Bulls to take the game to them in the second half.

But they were punished by further scores from Paul Clough, Leon Pryce and Mike Bennett.

"Their catch and pass was better than ours and that's why they scored more points than us," added McNamara.

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"We probably won a lot of the contact and a lot of the collisions - the one area we lost was on the scoreboard and that's the area that counts in a semi-final.

"You've got to give credit to them. They defended their line superbly and came up with some special plays.

"You don't want to be chasing the game against St Helens but we had to throw caution to the wind. The Leon Pryce intercept-type try knocked the wind out of our sails."

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