THE Bulls fell to a tough loss against West Yorkshire rivals, Halifax RLFC, tonight, as Bradford’s hopes of reaching zero have been postponed.
The opening twenty minutes of the game saw both sides locked in an arm-wrestle, where neither could gain control of the ball.
Both outfits exchanged kicks, as the sides looked to make their way through their sets, attempting to tire each other out.
Halifax drew first blood on the twenty-minute mark, as Scott Murrell placed a high bomb on the Bulls touchline, which bounced directly into the hands of James Saltonstall.
Ten minutes after, Johnny Campbell was sent to the sin bin as the utility back was left with no choice but to conduct a professional foul.
Campbell was chasing a grubber kick down the centre of the field, until he was pressured by the attacking Halifax forward in pursuit of the play. Campbell had no choice other than to strike the attacker, or concede a try.
Campbell’s sacrifice went without reward, as Shane Grady took immediate advantage of the men deficit, taking a quick restart then forcing his way over the line.
Bradford came out for the second half with Johnny Campbell returning to the field.
James Bentley’s early effort almost saw the in-form second row given four points, until the referee called play back to the ten metre line, as he was held up.
Scott Murrell troubled the Bulls defense with his kicking that created such a successful career for the former Super League half-back. A reverse field kick, landing in front of the posts caught the Bulls defense off guard, leaving Ben Johnstone to slide over in a two-man tackle.
The Bradford fight back began in the dying embers of the game, as Thomas stepped into the halves. The result of this followed Iliess Macani’s try.
A fast piece of play from the Bulls across the Halifax line, pulled in Rob Worrincy, permitting Iliess Macani to score after just coming on, when he gratefully received Joe Keyes’ long pass out to the touchline.
Halifax bit back, as the rival Yorkshire outfit put Scott Murrell in the limelight again, as a cross field kick allowed James Saltonstall to touchdown for the second time.
Prior to the final hooter, Ethan Ryan chased down Joe Keyes’ kick forward. The bounce of the ball caused troubles for Ben Johnston, whilst Ethan Ryan was on the chase, prodding the ball forward then touching down.
BRADFORD BULLS: Thomas, Campbell, Oakes, Ryan, Caro, Pryce, Keyes, Magrin, Moore, Kirk, Bentley, Larroyer, Wilkinson
Interchanges: Roche, Davies, Hodgson, Macani
Tries: Macani (67’), Ryan (78’)
Goals: Thomas (2)
HALIFAX RLFC: Sharp, Saltonstall, Tyrer, Heaton, Worrincy, Murrell, Johnston, Tangata, Kaye, Cahalane Grady, Grix, Fairbank
Interchanges: Barber, Morris, Moore, Boyle
Tries: Saltonstall (19’, 69’), Grady (29’), Johnstone (64’)
Goals: Tyrer (3)
|Last 8 Meetings|
|2nd July 2017: Halifax RLFC win 20-18 at MBi Shay|
|14th April 2017: Halifax RLFC win 22-12 at Provident Stadium, Odsal|
|14th August 2016: Bradford Bulls win 44-22 at Provident Stadium, Odsal|
|26th June 2016: Halifax RLFC win 32-24 at Provident Stadium, Odsal|
|28th March 2016: Halifax RLFC win 14-10 at MBi Shay|
|26th September 2015: Halifax RLFC win 52-18 at Provident Stadium, Odsal|
|26th July 2015: Halifax RLFC win 20-16 at The Shay|
|23rd May 2015: Bradford Bulls win 18-4 at Bloomfield Road|