Thursday 17th April 2014, 20:00
Super League - Round: 9
Kevin Sinfield, Joel Moon, Danny McGuire, Ryan Hall 3, Liam Sutcliffe, Kallum Watkins, Rob Burrow,
Kevin Sinfield 3, Zak Hardaker 2,
Attendance: 10,106 Official: R Hicks Venue: Provident Stadium, Odsal
Full Time Report
BRETT KEARNEY led out Bradford Bulls on his 100th career appearance for the club but celebrations were short lived as the Leeds Rhinos proved too strong an opposition for his side, easing to a 6-46 victory at The Provident Stadium.
Despite a late first-half fightback from Francis Cummins' side, Bradford had already let in four tries and left themselves with too much work to do.
The visiting Rhinos punished Bradford for an early penalty, when skipper Kevin Sinfield pounced on a loose ball from a kick towards the in goal area in the fourth minute. Sinfield then converted his own try.
Leeds were in again soon after, with winger Ryan Hall flicking a pass back to Joel Moon who dived over the line unchallenged.
The Bulls carried on giving away penalties and - inside the first quarter - Leeds scored two more tries, courtesy of Danny McGuire and Hall.
However, while 20 points down, the Bulls started responded in some style.
Lee Gaskell collected a Zak Hardaker kick, 10 metres from his own line, and raced the length of the field to touchdown. Half-back partner Luke Gale added the extras from bang in front.
Bradford's determination prevented the Rhinos from causing any further damage before the break but the hosts were also unable to find their own way over the line again, leaving the scoreboard reading 20-6 as the whistle sounded.
It was the Bulls who piled the pressure on early in the second half but, after Leeds had a try disallowed, the visitors took control and Hall went over for his second of the night.
And it was not long before Hall was in to seal his hat-trick, following a Tom Briscoe break.
Liam Sutcliffe, who enjoyed a brief loan spell with the Bulls last month, was next to score for the Rhinos.
The young half-back forced his way over the line, in a three-man tackle.
Kallum Watkins and Rob Burrow poured on further misery, bagging late tries in quick succession for the victorious Rhinos.
Injuries again proved costly for Cummins' side, who were severly weakened by the losses of Matty Blythe, Adam Sidlow, James Donaldson and - late on - Gaskell.
The quartet are to undergo scans tomorrow, before being fully assessed.
BULLS: Kearney, Kear, Blythe, Purtell, Henry, Gaskell, Gale, Manuokafoa, O’Brien, Fakir, Ferguson, Bridge, Donaldson. Subs: Addy, Sidlow, Walker, Olbison.
Tries: Gaskell (22)
Goals: Gale 1 /1
RHINOS: Hardaker, Briscoe, Watkins, Moon, Hall, McGuire, Sinfield, Leuluai, Burro, Singleton, Achurch, Ablett, Delaney. Subs: Ward, Kirke, Clarkson, Sutcliffe.
Tries: Sinfield (4), Moon (9), McGuire (12), Hall (15, 51, 56), Sutcliffe (66), Watkins (73), Burrow (79)
Goals: Sinfield 5/9
Referee: Robert Hicks