Friday 1st August 2014, 20:00
Super League - Round: 23
Mitch Achurch, Brett Delaney, Luke Briscoe,
Danny Williams, Luke Gale, Lee Gaskell,
Luke Gale 4,
Attendance: 16,009 Official: T Roby Venue: Headingley Carnegie Stadium
Full Time Report
A LAST-GASP Lee Gaskell try sent Bradford supporters into raptures, as James Lowes and his in-form Bulls recorded a stunning 20-14 victory over arch-rivals Leeds Rhinos at Headingley.
Lowes' men marched into an early lead but matters were all square as the two sides returned to the dressing rooms for half-time.
Bradford began the second period as they did the first, however, regaining the upper hand.
But the Rhinos refused to lie down and tied the scores once again – with little over half an hour remaining on the clock.
Leeds looked set to claim the Yorkshire Day spoils having taken the lead for the first time on 74 minutes.
Though the Bulls were determined to provide coach Lowes with a winning return to his former stomping ground, in a stunning team effort.
On the back of some impressive go-forward from the Bradford pack, former Rhinos talent Danny Williams collected a Luke Gale bomb to send the away end wild inside the opening five minutes as Bradford hit the front.
The Bulls held firm as Leeds tried everything to post an immediate response, with some outstanding defence keeping the home side at bay.
But pressure eventually told and Mitch Achurch powered across the whitewash to cancel out Bradford's initial effort.
The scoreboard read 4-4 until almost nine minutes into the second half when Bulls half-back Gale pounced on a Luke Briscoe mistake to hand Bradford the lead once more.
His conversion attempt was successful, meaning the hosts trailed 10-4.
But Leeds were soon back in the contest, thanks to a try from Brett Delaney. The Australian, like Gale, made the most of a Bradford error to touch down.
With the rain lashing down, Gale opted at a shot at goal – when the Rhinos were penalised for holding down – 10 metres from their own line.
And the former Leeds Academy star did not disappoint, his effort making it 12-10 with less than a quarter of an hour remaining.
Undeterred, the Rhinos regained composure and took control of the tie – for five minutes at least – when youngster Luke Briscoe grabbed their third try of the evening.
But Zak Hardaker was unable to improve the score, as another of his three conversion attempts sailed wide.
The stage was set for a thrilling climax. Bradford trailed by two points but the travelling Bulls support could still sense an upset.
With less than two minutes remaining on referee Tim Roby's watch, the moment fell to Gaskell – who last week agreed a new two-year deal with the club.
The former St Helens star assaulted the Leeds line, beat a pair of would-be tacklers and weaved his way across the line to send the Western Terrace into raptures.
The South Stand was silenced and, having added extras to Gaskell's try, Gale tagged on another penalty goal – with the final kick of the game – to seal a memorable win for Lowes and the Bulls.