Match Report

Super League
Thursday 28th March 2013, 20:00
Super League - Round: 9
Super League
Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos

(12) 18


Bradford Bulls

(12) 18

Bradford Bulls


Kallum Watkins, Mitch Achurch, Jamie Peacock,



Adrian Purtell, Tom Olbison, Adam Sidlow,


Kevin Sinfield 3,




Jamie Foster 3,

Drop Goals


Drop Goals



Attendance: 16,604  Official: P Bentham  Venue: Headingley Carnegie Stadium



Action Timeline

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Full Time Report

Adam Sidlow’s last-gasp try saw the Bulls snatch a draw against Leeds at Headingley Carnegie.

The Bulls dominated the majority of the second half territorially, but failed to go over until the final play of the game after they took advantage of Jamie Peacock’s sin binning, with Jamie Foster kicking the two to snatch the point.

Returning former Rhinos legend Francis Cummins was able to recall Keith Lulia in the centres and Jamie Langley to the bench, but Matty Blythe failed to shake off a shoulder injury.

Brian McDermott’s men on the other hand named the same team as the previous round for the first time since 2011.

The Bulls were up against it right from the off, as Leeds won the ball from the kick off and Kallum Watkins ghosted in down the right edge, with just 24 seconds on the clock.

Kevin Sinfield coolly slotted home the extras and the Rhinos looked to be in again when Joel Moon’s smart kick through was missed by both Elliot Kear and Brett Kearney and Ryan Hall touched the ball down. However, video referee Ian Smith, adjudged Hall to have pushed a Bulls player in the back, handing the visitors a much needed penalty.

And, despite relentless pressure on the Bulls line, they held strong and then countered with one of the tries of the season.

Foster was the architect-in-chief, with the former Saints wingman involved twice in a move which went from right to left and then back again, as eventually Elliot Whitehead’s spectacular offload saw Adrian Purtell score for the first time since the Bulls Challenge Cup defeat to Warrington last year.

The Bulls were suddenly on top, and, after a forced repeat set from Sammut’s kick, Tom Olbison took advantage of some poor marker defence to touchdown to the left of the posts. Foster once again adding the extras to make it 12-6 to the visitors.

Addy then almost extended that lead, but the Bulls standoff just failed to ground the ball correctly at the vital moment.

But the Bulls onslaught petered out and the Rhinos got themselves back level when, on the back of a penalty, Mitch Achurch just managed to slide his way over the line, with Sinfield converting, which was the way the relentless first half ended.

A series of penalties then cost the Bulls dear, as Jamie Peacock charged over some tiring defence to get the ball down. Sinfield kicked the two to make it 18-12.

The Bulls were not to be disheartened, though, and they started to territorially dominate for the next quarter.

However, even with the flamboyance of Sammut, they just lacked that cutting edge with ball in hand to get themselves past the tenacious Rhinos defence, as the game got heated in the final 10 minutes.

Firstly, an accidental spear tackle, from Whitehead on Jones-Buchanan sparked up a mass brawl and saw Whitehead warned by Bentham.

A head clash between Ryan Bailey and Nick Scruton then saw the Bulls prop knocked out cold for a moment and the late dismissal of Peacock saw Sidlow find a gap in the defence to end the classic contest with a draw after Foster kicked over the simple two to the elation of the Western terrace.


Leeds Rhinos: Watkins; Vickery, Ablett, Moon, Hall; Sinfield, McGuire; Leuluai, Burrow, Peacock, Jones-Buchanan, Delaney, Bailey. Subs: Ward, Kirke, Achurch, Moore

Bradford Bulls: Kearney; Kear, Purtell, Lulia, Foster; Addy, Sammut; Scruton, Diskin, Manuokafoa, Olbison, Whitehead, Walker. Subs: Langley, L’Estrange, Bateman, Sidlow.

Ben Turner