Friday 7th March 2014, 20:00
Super League - Round: 4
Gareth Ellis, Joe Westerman, Jamie Shaul 2, Richard Whiting, Aaron Heremaia, Danny Houghton, Jordan Rankin,
Matt Diskin, Adrian Purtell, Adam Henry,
Richard Whiting 5, Jordan Rankin,
Jamie Foster 2,
Attendance: 11,307 Official: P Bentham Venue: Kingston Communications Stadium
Full Time Report
BRADFORD BULLS fell to a heavy defeat at the hands of Hull FC tonight, going down 44-16 at the Kingston Communications Stadium.
Head coach Francis Cummins could not have dreamed of a better start for his side, as skipper Matt Diskin barged over to open the scoring just two minutes in.
But missed tackles and a handful of errors proved costly for the Bulls, who were unable to build on their initial advantage.
The visitors trailed 32-10 at the break, as the hosting Black and Whites racked up half-a-dozen first-half tries.
And Lee Radford’s Hull FC refused to lie down as the second half got underway, the home side only adding to their already sizeable tally.
The East Yorkshire outfit began poorly, though, with the full flying out on the full from the kick-off.
The Bulls made the most of their sudden, and somewhat expected, territorial advantage as captain Diskin bundled over from acting-half, leaving the home crowd stunned.
And Jamie Foster added the extras from bang in front, making it 6-0.
But Hull responded admirably, with a trio of quick-fire tries coming courtesy of Gareth Ellis, Joe Westerman and Jamie Shaul.
Richard Whiting added extras to two of three FC efforts, providing a 10-point lead.
Adrian Purtell replied for the Bulls, racing over out-wide for his third try of the season to put the away side were within touching distance.
But a mistake from the restart enabled the Humberside club to pull clear ahead of half-time, with further tries from Whiting, Aaron Heremaia and Danny Houghton.
The second half began as the first half finished as Shaul grabbed his second try of the night for FC, before interchange Jordan Rankin got in on the act just shy of the hour mark.
Bradford defended with vigour during closing stages, in a bid to stem Hull’s flow
Though their efforts provided only mere consolation for coach Cummins, whose side posted only one try after the interval via Adam Henry, which Foster improved.
HULL FC: Jamie Shaul, Tom Lineham, Richard Whiting, Kirk Yeaman, Fetuli Talanoa, Aaron Heremaia, Richard Horne, Mickey Paea, Danny Houghton, Josh Bowden, Gareth Ellis, Chris Tuson, Joe Westerman. Subs: Jordan Thompson, Liam Watts, Feka Paleaaesina, Jordan Rankin.
Tries: Ellis (6), Westerman (13), Shaul (15, 46), Whiting (28), Heremaia (32), Houghton (38), Rankin (58)
Goals: Whiting 5/8
BULLS: Brett Kearney, Elliot Kear, Adam Henry, Adrian Purtell, Jamie Foster, Danny Addy, Luke Gale, Anthony Mullally, Matt Diskin, Adam Sidlow, Tom Olbison, Danny Bridge, James Donaldson.
Tries: Diskin (2), Purtell (27), Henry (77)
Goals: Foster 2/3
Attendance: 11, 307