12th September 2017, 19:20
BULLS TAME TIGERS WITH EASE
On Sunday afternoon, the Bradford Bulls Women’s side came up with yet another victory to continue their 100% Super League record as they defeated Castleford Tigers 60-12.
The Bulls started the game in typical barnstorming fashion as three players; Charlotte Booth, Amy Hardcastle and Jess Courtman all found their way over the line to give Bradford an early lead.
Lucy Eastwood of Castleford scored the Tigers’ first of their three tries, although her effort was rapidly subdued by the rampant Bulls as Booth crossed over for her second try, which helped her claim the player of the match award.
Courtman and youngster, Savannah Andrade extended the Bulls lead before Maisie Birdstall of Castleford added four more points in Castleford’s desperate attempt to form a comeback.
As Andrade broke the whitewash twice more in the second half to complete her hat-trick, the Bulls ran in three more tries to demolish any hopes of a Tigers response.
Charlene Henegan opened the scoring in the second period early on, followed by Claire Garner’s conversion.
Hardcastle continued her impressive scoring run immediately after, as she added to her scoring record that has seen her dominate the lead for leading try scorer.
Beth Sutcliffe dealt the final blow as the Bulls romped to yet another impressive victory, to give their opponents little time to work on the ball and no chance to create momentum in attack.
Despite running away with a 48-point lead, Head Coach Mark Prescott hopes to tweak the minor errors in the Bulls’ performances, to become the ‘perfect team’.
“A decent performance again from the girls, although we let our standards slip from previous weeks,” said Prescott.
“We tried to force the play too much and too early in the tackle count and our defence was sloppy at times. We’ll learn from that though and work on it over the next couple of weeks ahead of the next game.
“Having said that, we did score some very good team tries and came away with another convincing victory.”
The Bulls are next in action against Featherstone Rovers on Sunday 24th September in the sixth round of the Women’s Super League (Venue and KO time tbc).
This is the first time the two sides will go head to head since Bradford’s victory over the Rovers in the Challenge Cup Final.