UNDER the Saturday night lights, Bradford flaunted one of their finest performances of the season, able to deem themselves unfortunate to depart Blackpool without two points.
The Bulls held former Super League, Hull Kingston Rovers, in one of the closest games the Championship has seen all season.
Star half-back, Dane Chisholm returned to the Bradford squad. Appearing to uplift the team as performances across the Bulls board reached new heights.
Beattie’s side opened the scoring of the fixture on the third minute through James Bentley. The normally second row filled in at center, stamped his return from injury in the strongest possible way.
Dane Chisholm fed Bentley in the corner, prodding in a perfectly weighted kick, allowing the academy graduate to slam down for the first four points of the evening.
Throughout the first half Bradford held Hull KR up against the wall, forcing Tim Sheens’ side against their line, pressing the East coast outfit into some desperate defending.
Although the Robins fought back through their reliable, skillful players, forcing two repeat sets on the Bradford line half way through the first forty minutes. Until finally punching the ball in the corner, through Andrew Heffernan.
As Hull levelled the scoring, Dane Chisholm put his side back in font, knocking through a drop goal to gain the advantage.
Despite Bradford’s improvements, amending the errors of awarding penalties in recent game, the monkey was just not off the back of Beattie’s side.
Jamie Ellis struck two penalty goals that put Rovers back into the lead. The first came as the opening half drew to the final whistle. The second, seven minutes into the second half to try and dampen Bradford’s moral.
The smart game control from Tim Sheen to take two points on two separate occasions, proved to be the difference in the tantalizingly close game.
Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Who else other than Dane Chisholm on his grand return to the Bulls, to strike against his former side.
The half-back scooped up a loose ball on the sixtieth minute mark, taking it ten metres off Bradford’s line, down the field.
As both sides looked to brake the frustratingly close deadlock, Heffernan struck one more.
Hull KR began to pile the pressure on Braford, forcing the Bulls against their line, until Jordan Abdull faked a run from dummy half, stretching out to extend the Rovers lead.
What would normally see Bradford’s heads drop in recent times, saw the uplifted Bulls fight back with even more intent. Rushing to scrums within their ten metre line, forcing their way up the field with sheer determination.
Ethan Ryan latched onto the end of Jordan Lilley’s grubber kick next to the post, touching down to edge the Bulls closer to the Rovers lead, following Thomas’ conversion.
Bradford gave their hardest efforts to barge their way down the field, as the half-backs led the charge behind the inform pack, until Hull regained control of play within their half.
The Robins played up the jumper rugby in the closing minute, forcing the Bulls to leave Bloomfield Road itching to reach zero points once more.
BRADFORD BULLS: Thomas, Macani, Ryan, Bentley, Campbell, Lilley, Chisholm, Magrin, Hallas, Kirk, C. Smith, Roche, Peltier.
Interchanges: Oledzki, Moore, Keyes, Davies
Top of Form
GOALS: Thomas (3) Chisholm (DG)
TRIES: Bentley (3’), Chisholm (56’), Ryan (76’)
HULL KR: Cockayne, Moss, Butler-Fleming, Heffernan, Shaw, Abdull, Ellis, Scruton, Lunt, Johnson, Blair, Addy, Kavanagh.
Interchanges: Mulhern, Salter, Dockar-Clay, Cator
GOALS: Ellis (4)
TRIES: Heffernan (19’, 59’), Abdull (74’)
|Last 8 Meetings|
|27th May 2017: Hull Kingston Rovers win 20-19 at Bloomfield Road|
|5th February 2017: Hull Kingston Rovers win 54-24 at KCOM Craven Park|
|12th September 2015: Hull Kingston Rovers win 48-4 at KC Lightstream Stadium|
|19th April 2015: Hull Kingston Rovers win 50-30 at Provident Stadium, Odsal|
|20th June 2014: Hull Kingston Rovers win 44-18 at Provident Stadium, Odsal|
|23rd March 2014: Hull Kingston Rovers win 16-0 at KC Lightstream Stadium|
|2nd June 2013: Hull Kingston Rovers win 28-18 at MS3 Craven Park|
|17th March 2013: Bradford Bulls win 34-12 at Provident Stadium, Odsal|