Bradford Bulls coach Jimmy Lowes admits he has his fingers crossed Jake Mullaney recovers from injury in time for their next match in the Super League qualifiers, after the Australian terrorised Salford on Sunday.
The Bulls recorded a sensational 41-10 victory over the Super League side, with former Parramatta Eels full-back Mullaney touching down either side of half-time to stun his former employers.
The 25-year-old was forced off with a knock before the end however, while another previous NRL player, Rangi Chase, added a consolation for Salford.
And Lowes insists Mullaney has a lot of fight in him, to perform so well against the club who released him just a few months into his first season in England last year.
“He’s a little rat up a drainpipe is Jake; he’s got some play in him,” he said. “Even at 80 per cent he’s a threat.
“Unfortunately he’s been dogged by injuries this year and that’s something we’ll look at in coming months and pre-season to make sure it doesn’t happen in the future.
“We performed really well. I believe in this bunch of players and when we perform like that we have some rugby in us.”
Elsewhere, Rob Worrincy’s hat-trick helped Sheffield Eagles come from behind to snatch a late 28-24 victory over Halifax, while Hull KR ground out a hard-earned win at Widnes Vikings.
Josh Mantellato kicked two goals that was ultimately were the difference in the 12-8 triumph, and KR boss Chris Chester now has his eyes on their Challenge Cup final appearance next weekend.
Brian Smith admitted pulling off the great escape with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats would rank among the finest achievements of his career, after Lee Smith’s drop-goal handed them a 17-16 victory over Leigh Centurions.
In a thrilling clash, former Sydney Roosters and Wests Tigers halfback Jacob Miller produced two sensational darting solo runs in the second half to bring Wakefield back from 16-6 down.