11th September 2017, 10:07
BULLS DEFENCE HOLDS RAMS TO SCORELESS SECOND HALF IN VICTORY
Yesterday afternoon Bradford Bulls came out on top in a typically heated Yorkshire derby in challenging rainy conditions as they defeated Dewsbury Rams 16-12.
A hotly contested first half saw the two sides go into the half time break with the scores all level and Bradford dominate the second half, holding the Rams out to a scoreless 40 minutes.
The Bulls opened the scoring of the first half through half back, Cory Aston after mayhem on the Rams’ goal-line following Vila Halafihi’s grubber kick.
Joe Keyes made a break from the half way line to take the Bulls within 10m of the target, giving the Bulls great field position.
Halafihi’s prod forward was taken in by Dewsbury full-back, Glover, who made the ultimate error and fumbled the ball in front of the alert Cory Aston, who gratefully scooped up and slide over the line to open the scoring.
The Rams immediately bit back, charging down field with back to back penalties before Speakman pounced on a bouncing grubber kick which landed kindly for the forward.
Just ten minutes later Dewsbury scored their second and final try through loose forward, Brown. The Rams took advantage of great field position gifted to them by the referee as Brown received the ball from dummy on the goal line and strolled over for four.
Prior to the break, imposing forward Ross Peltier levelled up the scores to score his second try of the season.
James Bentley’s surge forward put the home side on the back foot, forcing them to concede a goal line drop out after a well executed kick and chase.
The Bulls charged forward and found themselves on the Dewsbury line on the second tackle, allowing Ross Peltier to bulldoze his way under the sticks.
Bradford’s half time team talk was clear to focus on tightening up in defence and plugging any possible gaps in the line, as they with-held numerous attacking sets on their line.
As Bradford held Neil Kelly’s Rams to a scoreless second half, Lee Smith gave Bradford the winning edge on the 56th minute mark.
The utility back took advantage of well earnt field position, latching onto a bullet pass from dummy-half to twist and turn in the tackle to touch down for the final try of the afternoon.
BRADFORD BULLS: Ryan, Macani, Halafihi, Smith, Caro, Keyes, Aston, Oledzki, Hallas, Kirk, Bentley, Hodgson, Sironen.
Interchanges: Roche, Moore, Wilkinson, Peltier
GOALS: Aston (2)
TRIES: Aston (3’), Peltier (38’), Smith (56’)
DEWSBURY RAMS: Glover, Morton, Hallett, Walshaw, Potts, Sykes, Knowles, Sheriffe, Speakman, Teanby, Crowther, Adamson, Brown.
Interchanges: Day, Everett, Ollett, Spicer
GOALS: Sykes (2)
TRIES: Speakman (5’), Brown (15’)