Friday 20th June 2014, 20:00
Super League - Round: 17
Hull Kingston Rovers
Elliot Kear, Adam O'Brien, Danny Addy,
Travis Burns, Josh Hodgson, Kris Welham, Craig Hall 2, Greg Eden 2, Adam Walker,
Luke Gale 3,
Travis Burns 6,
Attendance: 5,601 Official: R Hicks Venue: Provident Stadium, Odsal
Full Time Report
BRADFORD BULLS fell to a 44-18 defeat at the hands of Hull Kingston Rovers this evening at the Provident Stadium.
The visitors struck first as Travis Burns barged his way over from close range, prior to winger Elliot Kear's touchdown – which levelled matters.
The Rovers scored twice just before half-time, as tries from Josh Hodgson and Kris Welham gave them a clear advantage going into the interval.
Craig Hall’s early second-half score further deflated the home side, before full-back Greg Eden added to the home side’s woes.
An Adam O'Brien response ignited hopes of a late fightback – but the travelling Robins hit back, once again, sealing their success.
Bradford applied the early pressure but it was the visitors who drew first blood, as half-back Burns barged over from close range to dampen spirits.
The hosts hit back, though, through Welsh international Kear, as Luke Gale and Lee Gaskell beautifully combined.
And the Bulls were on the front foot going into the break, with O’Brien and Matty Blythe being held up over the line – before Rover Josh Hodgson dealt the Bulls a cruel blow.
On the back of a penalty, hooker Hodgson breezed through a gap in the home defence to restore the visitors’ advantage.
Welham’s improvisation extended the Robins’ lead shortly after, the centre stripping possession from Gaskell to race across the whitewash.
Hull KR, leading 18-16, picked up from where they had left off after the break, with Hall opening his account.
Eden was the next beneficiary of a Bulls mistake, the full-back crossing from close range.
Bradford's O’Brien later scooted over from dummy-half, handing the Bulls a much-needed lifeline.
But again, a home effort was cancelled out at the other end as former Bull Keal Carlile extinguished any hopes of a comeback.
Danny Addy reduced the arrears late on, thanks to a superb Adam Sidlow break and offload.
But it was the Robins who finished on top, with Hall and Eden bagging late tries.
BULLS: Lee Gaskell, Elliot Kear, Adrian Purtell, Matty Blythe, Luke George, Danny Addy, Luke Gale, Jordan Baldwinson, Matt Diskin, Adam Sidlow, Jay Pitts, Tom Olbison, James Donaldson. INTERCHANGES: Manase Manuokafoa, Adam O’Brien, Jamal Fakir, Chev Walker.
TRIES: Kear (20), O’Brien (59), Addy (66)
GOALS: Gale 4/4
ROVERS: Greg Eden, Ade Gardner, Kris Welham, Craig Hall, David Hodgson, Travis Burns, Kris Keating, Jason Netherton, Josh Hodgson, Michael Weyman, Graeme Horne, Rhys Lovegrove, Neville Costigan. INTERCHANGES: Aaron Ollett, Adam Walker, Keal Carlile, James Green.
TRIES: Burns (15), J Hodgson (35), Welham (38), Hall (41,70), Eden (52,79), Walker (63)
GOALS: Burns 6/8
FULL TIME: 18-44
REFEREE: Robert Hicks