Bradford coach Lowes worried about Easter player burnout

Bradford may have won both of their Easter fixtures, but head coach James Lowes is not happy with how the busy schedule affects his players.

Lowes believes that there are some serious health and safety concerns about professionals playing twice in a four-day period, and thinks the RFL should act to change things soon.

“It’s always a tough ask to back up at any level from two games in four days,” he told the Bradford Telegraph & Argus.

“Both teams battled really hard but I hope something is done about this Easter weekend.

“We lost a couple of players who got busted today and it’s all down to fatigue.

“It’s about rehydration and recovery and Dewsbury are in a similar sort of situation.

“You can’t knock the lads’ efforts and endeavour to turn up, but it needs to be looked at.

“Wigan and Saints knocked bells out of each other on Friday and they have to back up Monday, while we had a good battle against Halifax today and there is the fatigue element.

“We talk about health and safety and concussion but you’re going to get concussed a lot easier when you’re dehydrated. That’s a given fact, so something needs to be sorted.”

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