Sunday 1st June 2014, 15:00
Super League - Round: 15
Adrian Purtell 2, Tom Olbison,
Matt Ryan 2,
Luke Gale 4,
Jarrod Sammut 2,
Attendance: 6,249 Official: R Silverwood Venue: Provident Stadium, Odsal
Full Time Report
AN impressive first-half display helped Francis Cummins' Bradford Bulls record a vital First:Utility Super League victory over Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.
Centre Adrian Purtell scored twice as the Bulls recorded a 20-12 verdict on home soil and the Australian's efforts were added to before the close of the first quarter.
Coach Cummins' side was boosted by the return of five first-team players in Matt Diskin, Chev Walker, Jamal Fakir, Dale Ferguson and Matty Blythe.
Bradford took a commanding and unanswered 16-point lead into the break and appeared to be in full control.
But the visiting Wildcats battled back following the restart, narrowing the gap to just 10 points.
Purtell, who partnered the returning Luke George in the Bradford three-quarter line, opened the hosts' account on 11 minutes.
A jinking Matty Blythe run carved the Wakefield defence open and, following his offload, Purtell crossed from an inch-perfect Luke Gale pass.
Back-rower Tom Olbison followed up his effort with a similar score, again orchestrated by Gale – who kicked two conversions from three attempts.
Purtell's second was much like his first and it arrived nine minutes before the half-time hooter.
Matt Ryan hit back for the away side four minutes into the second half, providing Wakefield's travelling fans with some hope.
Though, in reply, Gale landed a penalty goal just minutes after Wildcat Richard Moore was ordered to the sin-bin, following a fracas with Bull Elliot Kear.
Wakefield were penalised six minutes from time – 20 metres from their own line – and Gale made them pay once more, adding another two points to the Bulls' tally for a 20-6 lead.
During the dying seconds, Ryan responded with his second score of the afternoon for the Wildcats.
But his effort provided only mere consolation for the visitors, who lost out at the Provident Stadium.
Diskin was named man of the match for the Bulls, though the Bradford skipper was not alone in providing an eye-catching performance with Purtell, Blythe, Jamal Fakir, Jay Pitts and Tom Olbison all standing out.
BULLS: Lee Gaskell, Elliot Kear, Matty Blythe, Adrian Purtell, Luke George, Danny Addy, Luke Gale, Manase Manuokafoa, Matt Diskin, Antonio Kaufusi, Tom Olbison, Jay Pitts, Chev Walker. Subs: Adam Sidlow, Dale Ferguson, James Donaldson, Jamal Fakir.
TRIES: Purtell (11, 30), Olbison (19)
GOALS: Gale 4/5
WILDCATS: Richie Mathers, Richard Owen, Matt Ryan, Lucas Walshaw, Chris Riley, Jarrod Sammut, Pita Godinet, Scott Anderson, Matty Wildie, Nick Scruton, Danny Kirmond, Dan Smith, Danny Washbrook.
TRIES: Ryan (44, 78)
GOALS: Sammut 2/2
REFEREE: Richard Silverwood