Bradford Bulls v Sheffield Eagles
Sunday 9th April 2017, 15:00pm
Championship - Round: 9
Stats over last 8 encounters
Bradford Bulls defeated Sheffield Eagles in a crucial lower half of the table clash by 48 points to 16 this afternoon.
James Bentley showcased a stand out performance, crossing the line four times, as he aided a strong Bulls performance to take the home side to minus two.
Bradford took control of the game from the first kick off, scoring two tries in the opening ten minutes. Ethan Ryan slammed down a difficult bounce in the backfield to open the scoring of the afternoon. Thomas’ high kick left the opposing fullback on his heels, allowing Ryan to cross the try line and touchdown.
Following Ryan’s try, fellow academy graduate, James Bentley received a bullet pass from Scott Moore at dummy half on the line, to dive over for his first of the afternoon.
Succeeding Bradford’s early control of the game, The Eagles showed their grit and determination that earnt them back to back wins, as William Hope forced his way through a gap in the Bulls defence, to cross the line under the sticks.
As the game became close and neither side could contain control over the play of the ball, a break from Johnny Campbell forced a tackle from Yene Menzie, that saw the centre sent to the sin bin.
The Bulls took immediate advantage of the man deficit for the Eagles, as Ross Oakes received a fast pass out wide. Stepping inside to cross the whitewash, continuing his impressive scoring form.
Oakes was instrumental in the next play, that would see James Bentley cross the line for his second try. The young second row made his brake from half way, as a fast one two pass with Ross Oakes saw Bentley outpace Ryan Millar and slide over in the corner.
The Bulls were caught up in a much more strenuous second half, after an early score from Daniel Murray, which saw the on-loan prop stretch out, to touchdown in a three-man tackle.
Following Bradford’s score, Sheffield’s efforts kept the home side on the defensive foot for over 20 minutes of the second half.
During this period, Simon Brown and Ben Blackmore both scored from fast passes across the Bulls defensive line, pulling the wingers, enabling their scores.
Enter the final ten minutes of the game, Bentley doubled his tally of the fixture. The first, the 19-year-old was on the receiving end of an Omari Caro break. The supporting second row followed the run of the Jamaican International, battled his way over the line, as the defender was left helpless.
Two minutes after, Bentley crossed the line for his final try of the afternoon, topping of a performance that showcases the young players exciting ability. Moore fed Bentley five metres out, who barge his way over the defender, then stretching out to slam the ball down.
Putting Sheffield out of their misery, Johnny Campbell supported the break of Joe Keyes and Ross Oakes, to receive the pass into centre field, sliding under the sticks.
BRADFORD BULLS: Oscar Thomas, Omari Caro, Ross Oakes, Ethan Ryan, Johnny Campbell, Leon Pryce, Jordan Lilley, Jon Magrin, Scott Moore, Daniel Murray, Kevin Larroyer, James Bentley, Colton Roche.
INTERCHANGES: Liam Kirk, Brandan Wilkinson, James Davies, Joe Keyes.
TRIES: Ryan (4’), Bentley (8’, 32’, 73’, 75’), Oakes (31’), Murray (42’), Campbell (76’)
GOALS: Thomas (8)
SHEFFIELD EAGLES: Ryan Millar, Garry Lo, Yere Menzie, Jake Spedding, Ben Blackmore, Simon Brown, Elliot Minchella, Scott Wheeldon, Matthew Fozard, Mark Mexico, Matthew James, Duane Straugheir, William Hope.
INTERCHANGES: Gregory Burns, Kyle Trout Sam Scott, Liam Johnson.
TRIES: Hope (26’), Blackmore (49’), Brown (61’)
GOALS: Brown (2)