Friday 11th April 2014, 20:00
Super League - Round: 8
Salford Red Devils
Adrian Purtell, Adam Sidlow, Elliot Kear, Adam Henry,
Jake Mullaney, Junior Sa'u, Tim Smith, Matty Ashurst, Tony Puletua, Rangi Chase, Francis Meli,
Jamie Foster 4,
Jake Mullaney 5,
Attendance: 6,144 Official: P Bentham Venue: Provident Stadium, Odsal
Full Time Report
A PAIR of late tries provided only consolation for head coach Francis Cummins, as his battling Bulls slipped to a 38-24 defeat at the hands of Salford Red Devils.
A remarkable Elliot Kear try – just under 10 minutes from full-time, provided some hope for the hosts.
But errors and missed tackles proved extremely costly, with the visitors sealing victory with two scores of their own during the closing stages.
Salford scored three tries in the space of 13 minutes to take a commanding 22-6 lead into the half-time break.
Cummins' men were left with a mountain to climb as the second half began.
And, despite their best efforts during the closing quarter, they came up short.
Jake Mullaney made the most of a Gareth Hock break to open the Devils' account four minutes in, but the Australian full-back's conversion swung wide of the mark.
A quarter of an hour passed at The Provident Stadium before Bradford posted their response, in some style, with Luke Gale regathering his own kick-through to send Adrian Purtell across the whitewash.
Jamie Foster added the extras, as he did with the following three scores, to hand the Bulls a slender 6-4 lead.
But it was Salford who ended the opening period on top, with a trio of successive tries from Junior S'au, Tim Smith and Matty Ashurst. Mullaney goaled all three.
Adam Sidlow hit back for the Bulls, almost immediately after half-time.
But Bradford failed to kick on, with Iestyn Harris' side ensuring the two points were theirs as Tony Puletua, Francis Meli and Rangi Chase – arguably Salford's best player – all touching down.
Kear delivered a remarkable try, on 70 minutes, as he weaved his way around a handful of Red Devils to score under the posts – having started his run from the touchline.
Adam Henry scored three minutes from time, prior to a Meli last-gasp score.
BULLS: Brett Kearney, Elliot Kear, Adam Henry, Adrian Purtell, Jamie Foster, Lee Gaskell, Luke Gale, Manase Manuokafoa, Matt Diskin, Chev Walker, Dale Ferguson, Matty Blythe, James Donaldson. Subs: Jamal Fakir, Anthony Mullally, Adam Sidlow, Adam O'Brien.
Tries: Purtell (20), Sidlow (42), Kear (70), Henry (77)
Goals: Foster 4/4
RED DEVILS: Jake Mullaney, Greg Johnson, Martin Gleeson, Junior S'au, Francis Meli, Rangi Chase, Tim Smith, Adrian Morley, Tommy Lee, Lama Tasi, Harrison Hansen, Gareth Hock, Tony Puletua. Subs: Matty Ashurst, Jordan Walne, Logan Tomkins, Shannon McPherson.
Tries: Mullaney (4), S'au (25), Smith (33), Ashurst (38), Puletua (50), Chase (74), Meli (79)
Goals: Mullaney 5/7
REFEREE: Phil Bentham