Thursday 20th February 2014, 20:00
Super League - Round: 2
Peter Fox, Ali Lauitiiti,
Adrian Purtell, Brett Kearney, Luke George, Adam O'Brien,
Jamie Foster 3,
Attendance: 4,049 Official: R Hicks Venue: The Rapid Solicitors Stadium
Full Time Report
LUKE GEORGE bagged a debut try as Bradford Bulls collected their first points of the season, defeating West Yorkshire rivals Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 23-10.
The former Huddersfield talent raced over after the break, helping Francis Cummins' side into a two-try lead with little more than half an hour remaining.
They had led 10-4 at the interval, though a quick exchange of scores during the early stages of the second period made for a tense climax at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.
An injury to stand-off Lee Gaskell – during the opening seconds of the clash – threatened to hamper the Bulls' hopes.
The Provident Stadium newcomer was forced from the field of play after five minutes, nursing an ankle injury which cut his evening short.
But Bradford rallied, with Danny Addy taking over in the halves alongside Luke Gale, and they were ahead inside 11 minutes through three-quarter Adrian Purtell.
Jamie Foster was unable to add the difficult extras, but made up for his miss-fire on the half-hour mark as Australian full-back Brett Kearney cancelled out a Peter Fox Wildcats response.
A 'free-play', forced shortly after the resumption, led to arguably the try of the match as some thinking from Gale saw Kiwi centre Adam Henry send George across the whitewash. Foster again improved, making it 16-4 as he made it to 900 career points.
The Wildcats hit back, however, when towering forward Ali Lauitiiti charged through a wall of Bradford defenders to touch down.
And Jarrod Sammut introduced himself as a Wildcat in the moments which followed, reducing the arrears to just six points.
Wakefield appeared in control as the closing quarter arrived but their momentum was soon halted, as Bulls youngster Adam O'Brien bundled his way over from acting-half.
Foster added the extras and, with less than eight minutes left of the clock, attempted a field-goal from the half-way line.
His effort fell short of the mark, but it did not matter.
Scrum-half Gale tagged on a last-gasp drop goal, moving the Bulls up into eighth spot ahead of the weekend's First Utility Super League action.
BULLS: Kearney, George, Henry, Purtell, Foster, Gaskell, Gale, Scruton, Diskin, Sidlow, Walker, Bridge, Donaldson. Subs: Manuokafoa, Addy, Mullally, O'Brien.
Tries: Purtell (11), Kearney (32), George (45), O'Brien (65)
Goals: Foster 3/5
Drop-Goal: Gale (78)
WILDCATS: Mathers, Fox, Collis, Ryan, Lyne, Sykes, Godinet, Anderson, McShane, Smith, Lauitiiti, Kirmond, Washbrook. Subs: Raleigh, Tautai, Sammut, Walshaw.
Tries: Fox (23), Lauitiiti (55)
Goals: Sykes 0/1, Sammut 1/1