Sunday 4th May 2014, 15:00
Super League - Round: 11
Jamie Foster, Brett Kearney, Tom Olbison, Adrian Purtell 2, Elliot Kear,
Anthony England, Chris Bridge, Kevin Penny, Joel Monaghan, Matty Russell,
Jamie Foster 5,
Chris Bridge 4,
Attendance: 6,173 Official: R Silverwood Venue: Provident Stadium, Odsal
Full Time Report
LEE GASKELL produced arguably his best performance yet in red, amber and black as Bradford Bulls pulled off an incredible late fightback to defeat Warrington Wolves at The Provident Stadium.
Francis Cummins' side were six points adrift at the interval and trailed by the same amount, with less than nine minutes remaining.
But with Gaskell and Gale pulling the strings behind the power of new signing Antonio Kaufusi and his fellow pack men, Bradford battled back to seal a memorable victory in front of the Bulls faithful.
Coach Cummins was forced to make late changes to his line-up as Luke George pulled out during the warm-up, enabling Jamie Foster to start on the left wing.
And the Bulls boss suffered a further setback during the opening half hour when Brett Kearney left the field, nursing a hand injury.
However, undeterred and against the odds, Bradford refused to lie down, despite the Wolves moving into an early lead through front-rower Anthony England.
The Bulls responded superbly, though, bagging a quick-fire brace.
A sublime Gaskell miss-pass saw Foster, who landed five goals from seven attempts, crash over in the corner.
And Kearney crossed next, galloping 60 metres to touch down following a Kaufusi break.
Warrington matched Bradford's efforts, prior to the 30-minute mark, scoring two tries of their own through one-time Bull Chris Bridge and wingman Kevin Penny.
And it was Tony Smith's men who claimed control at the interval, much thanks to a late Michael Monaghan score, which followed an impressive Tom Olbison effort.
Somewhat against the run of play, Adrian Purtell opened the Bulls' second-half account, diving on a stunning Gaskell grubber kick to narrow the gap.
Though before going on to seal the most dramatic of wins, Purtell saw Warrington edge themselves clear once more as Matty Russell avoided a host of would-be tacklers to touch down.
But it was not to be for the Wolves, with Elliot Kear taking a Gaskell wonder pass to touch down – just inches from touchline.
With the scoreboard reading 28-26, in favour of Warrington, the Bulls were in desperate need of another try.
And their prayers were answered, just moments later, when Danny Addy sent Purtell racing away for his second of the afternoon.
Foster made sure of the Bulls' success – two minutes from time – as the former St Helens and Hull FC player hammered over a penalty goal from just to the right of the uprights.
Bradford's triumph moves them off the foot of the First Utility Super League ladder and back onto zero points, ahead of next Sunday's visit of St Helens.
BULLS: Lee Gaskell, Elliot Kear, Joe Arundel, Adam Henry, Jamie Foster, Brett Kearney, Luke Gale, Antonio Kaufusi, Matt Diskin, Adam Sidlow, Adrian Purtell, Jay Pitts, Danny Addy. Subs: Tom Olbison, Adam O'Brien, Alex Mellor, Sam Bates.
TRIES: Foster (11), Kearney (16), Olbison (30), Purtell (48, 72), Kear (70)
GOALS: Foster 5/7
WOLVES: Matty Russell, Joel Monaghan, Rhys Evans, Ryan Atkins, Kevin Penny, Chris Bridge, Gareth O'Brien, Chris Hill, Michael Monaghan, Anthony England, Trent Waterhouse, James Laithwaite, Ben Evans. Subs: Roy Asotasi, Ben Harrison, Ben Currie, Micky Higham.
TRIES: England (6), Bridge (18), Penny (23), Monaghan (34), Russell (59)
GOALS: Bridge 4/5
REFEREE: Richard Silverwood