Sunday 30th June 2013, 15:00
Super League - Round: 20
Chev Walker, James Donaldson,
Ben Currie, Lee Briers, Michael Monaghan, Trent Waterhouse, Ryan Atkins,
Jamie Foster 2,
Brett Hodgson 3,
Attendance: 8,485 Official: R Silverwood Venue: Provident Stadium, Odsal
Full Time Report
Tries to Chev Walker and James Donaldson were not enough as a depleted Bulls team were beaten 26-12 by high-flying Warrington at the Provident Stadium.
The home side, who welcomed back Robbie Hunter-Paul to the club at half-time, found it difficult in the first half against the Challenge Cup holders and conceded four tries, as injuries dogged Francis Cummins’s outfit.
But a spirited second period saw the Bulls get a well-deserved two tries and win the second half, with their defence also holding strong, only conceding an intercept score from Ryan Atkins
The Bulls were unable to name Luke Gale dew to a family bereavement and Brett Kearney who failed to recover from a shoulder injury.
That meant that Heath L’Estrange lined up with Danny Addy in the halves, whilst Jamie Foster returned at fullback and young second row starlet Alex Mellor was called up for his debut off the bench.
The Bulls held off an early Warrington onslaught after Lee Briers was held up over the line in the opening minutes of the game.
But, despite some dogged defence, the Wolves eventually broke the deadlock, as Stefan Ratchford’s cut-out pass saw Ben Currie charge through a gap on his way to the line.
Another score quickly followed when Briers and Rhys Williams smartly combined, with Briers going over down the right edge. Brett Hodgson converting to make it 10-0 to the visitors.
Michael Monaghan then shrugged off Manase Manuokafoa and went in down the middle out of dummy half with Hodgson improving.
And they were not finished there, as four minutes before the break, Trent Waterhouse touched down to put the visitors 20 points up at half-time.
The home side held out for the opening 10 minutes of the second-half but a fortuitous intercept try saw former Bull Atkins cross for a four-pointer. Hodgson adding the two
The Bulls looked to have got themselves on the score-sheet as Adrian Purtell made his way to the line, but for referee Richard Silverwood to call a knock on in the scrum.
John Bateman was then denied but, in the same set, the Bulls finally got the try that their endeavour deserved, with Walker charging in between the sticks. Jamie Foster converting.
And the Bulls then had the final say late on as a magnificent inside ball from Addy saw Donaldson over on the hooter, with the former St Helens man adding the extras.
Bradford Bulls: Foster; Kear, Purtell, Lulia, Platt; Addy, L’Estrange; Scruton, Diskin, Sidlow, Bateman, Blythe, Donaldson. Subs: Manuokafoa, Walker, Evans, Mellor.
Warrington Wolves: Hodgson; Riley, Atkins, Grix, Williams; Briers, Ratchford; Carvell, Monaghan, Wood, Waterhouse, Westwood, Currie. Subs: Bridge, Morley, Cooper, McCarthy.
Referee: Richard Silverwood (Mirfield)