Friday 3rd May 2013, 20:00
Super League - Round: 14
Ben Evans, Elliot Kear 2, Brett Kearney,
Kallum Watkins, Mitch Achurch, Carl Ablett 2, Danny McGuire, Ryan Bailey, Zak Hardaker,
Jarrod Sammut 3,
Kevin Sinfield 7,
Attendance: 12,016 Official: R Silverwood Venue: Provident Stadium, Odsal
Full Time Report
Two Elliot Kear tries were not enough as a spectacular first half performance saw Leeds beat the Bulls at the third time of asking in 2013
The home side trailed 30-6 at the break, but, after scoring the first two tries of the second half, a comeback looked to be on the cards.
But a disallowed Adrian Purtell try halted their momentum, with Zak Hardaker and Carl Ablett scores ending any hopes of a fight-back, before Kear restored some pride on the hooter.
Francis Cummins was able to name Matty Blythe at centre for the first time in eight weeks, pushing Adrian Purtell out to the wing. But John Bateman failed to recover from a wrist injury sustained at Warrington last Sunday, whilst
The Rhinos were unable to call upon Stevie Ward, although Ryan Bailey returned to the bench after a four match suspension.
The Rhinos got off to a flying start as a magnificent break from Kallum Watkins saw the centre burst through and step past the Bulls defence from inside his own half before touching down under the sticks. Sinfield added the extras to put the Rhinos six up, and two minutes later, they were in again.
After Watkins solo effort, the Rhinos combined smartly as a team from midfield, opening the Bulls up and then finishing out-wide through Mitch Achurch.
Jarrod Sammut then awoke the Provident stadium crowd by spectacularly stepping through. But a penalty against halted that momentum and Leeds fully capitalised. Ablett went over for their third from Rob Burrow’s short ball out of dummy half. Sinfield once again goaling.
Things then could of got worse for the home side as Bailey went close, but video referee ruled the Rhinos’s prop just short. The Bulls then took full advantage of their reprieve.
Two penalties on the bounce gave Heath L’Estrange a platform to play a no look pass, which saw Evans bravely over, as Kylie Leuluai went high before the Welshman touched down. Sammut added the extras to cut the deficit to 12.
Sinfield then kicked out on the full from the kickoff, and, suddenly, the Bulls looked to be in the contest with momentum behind them.
The Rhinos, and particulary Burrow were in inspired form though and were over again when the England hooker scampered through from dummy half before feeding in McGuire. Sinfield converted to restore their 18 point advantage, and, in the last play of the half, Bailey squeezed over through five tacklers, with Sinfield kicking the Rhinos into a 30-6 lead at the break.
To have any chance the Bulls needed to score the opening try of the second half, and the duly obliged, as Elliot Whitehead’s offload gave L’Estrange the overlap to play in Elliot Kear in the corner.
The comeback then looked to be on when they broke the Rhinos line again and Brett Kearney smartly stepped his way past Hardaker to go in between the posts. Sammut adding the extras to make it 30-16.
Purtell seemed to have cut the deficit further when he raced in down the right edge, but Silverwood ruled the first knock on against the Bulls.
Then, after the consultation of video referee Ganson, the Bulls were dealt a cruel blow as Hardaker, came off the floor to score down the left and the game was put well and truly past them when Ablett scored from a scrum play. Sinfield tagging on both tries to put the Rhinos 42-16 to the good.
But the Bulls had the last laugh when Kear went over with Sammut tagging on the extras in the last act of the match.
Bradford Bulls: Kearney; Kear, Blythe, Lulia, Purtell; Sammut, Gale; Scruton, Diskin, Manuokafoa, Olbison, Whitehead, Walker. Subs: L’Estrange, Addy, Evan, Sidlow.
Leeds Rhinos: Hardaker; Watkins, Ablett, Moon, Hall; McGuire, Sinfield; Leuluai, Burrow, Peacock, Achurch, Delaney, Jones-Buchanan. Subs: McShane, Kirke, Clarkson, Bailey.