AS the sun blistered down on the Provident Stadium this afternoon, the Bulls surge to zero points was finally rewarded, with a resounding 47-12 victory over Oldham Roughyeds.
Geoff Toovey’s side ran away to an outstanding victory over former Bull, Scott Naylor’s Oldham, as Ethan Ryan put on a masterclass display of finishing, touching down four times.
Not only did Bradford maintain a consistent, fearful attack, their defensive line appeared impenetrable for Oldham for the majority of the game, leaving the visitors scratching their heads, wondering how to burst through.
Ethan Ryan opened the scoring of the afternoon, reaching his hat trick in the first thirty minute of the fixture, showing the Bulls fans what they have been missing.
His first try was assisted by the boot of fellow academy graduate, James Bentley. Taking advantage of a free play, the second row scooped up a loose ball from a knock on 40m out of the Oldham goal line.
Bentley prodded a kick forward, allowing Ryan to out-pace Super League winger Gene Ormsby, leaving the dual registration man in his wake.
James Bentley added his name to the growing Bradford scoresheet, as the in-form youngster was on the end of a brilliant break from Joe Keyes.
Keyes broke from 30m out, stepping inside the Oldham defensive line, creating a two on one opportunity against the full back, feeding James Bentley to stroll over for his first try.
Ethan Ryan was the next to add to the Bradford scoreboard. The winger scored his second try after a Bradford surge forward, through half backs, Jordan Lilley and Joe Keyes. Ireland international, Keyes flew a bullet pass out wide to Ross Oakes, who lay off Ryan 5m out, diving over the line in formidable fashion.
Ryan showed his class, as the winger capped off his hat trick in the opening thirty minute of the game. Scoring his thirteenth try of the season, Ryan received the ball out wide and his quick step inside left Ormsby on his heels, allowing the winger to touch down whilst in the tackle.
Bradford gave Oldham very little room for attack in the opening half, as the shape of the line stayed strong and the attack proved costly to the Roughyed defence.
Bradford’s second half performance was the final blow for Naylor’s side. Despite conceding two tries, the Bulls ran away with an impressive victory over relegation candidates, Oldham.
Bradford’s first try came in the opening minutes of the half, as academy graduates Bentley and Ryan linked up on the wing once more. Bentley showed his strength as three Roughyeds couldn’t bring the 18-year-old down, offloading the ball to Ryan, who graciously touched down for his final try.
Bradford’s dual registration with Widnes Vikings is beginning to prove fruitful. Following Ted Chapelhow’s try last week, Ed Chamberlain scored his first in Bulls colours.
James Mendeika set up the Viking for his try, as his centre partner broke from half way, making room for the winger to receive the ball on the touchline. Chamberlain used his astonishing pace and a strong hand off on the full back to cross for four.
After helping set up Chamberlain, Mendeika joined him on the scoresheet. The winger repaid the favour, pushing a bullet pass from dummy half into Mendeika’s chest, before diving over the line for his second try of the season.
Despite Bradford’s dominance throughout the game, Oldham managed to cross the line twice in quick succession. Sam Gee and Dave Hewitt found their way over the Bradford try line, due to blips in concentration across a normally stubborn Bulls defence.
Following this, Chamberlain capped off Bradford’s fight back to winning ways, as he scored his second try of the game.
Chamberlain showed off his outstanding, promising quality, as the winger broke from the 30m mark, cutting inside to deem the full back useless, giving him room to roll under the sticks.
BRADFORD BULLS: Thomas, Chamberlain, Mendeika, Oakes, Ryan, Lilley, Keyes, Oledzki, Moore, Magrin, Bentley, C. Smith, Hallas.
Interchanges: Peltier, Kirk, Davies, Roche
GOALS: Thomas (5)
DROP GOALS: Thomas (1)
TRIES: Ryan (8’, 16’, 27’, 52’), Bentley (11’, 78’), Mendeika (60’), Chamberlain (54’,79’)
OLDHAM RFLC: Nield, Clay, Wood, Pearce – Paul, Ormsby, Leatherbarrow, Hewitt, Ward, Hughes, Neal, Thompson, Langtree, Spencer.
Interchanges: Gee, Adebiyi, Davies, Bent
GOALS: Hewitt (2)
TRIES: Gee, (72’) Hewitt (76’)
|Last 7 Meetings|
|13th August 2017: Bradford Bulls win 20-16 at Bower Fold, Stalybridge|
|25th June 2017: Bradford Bulls win 47-12 at Provident Stadium, Odsal|
|2nd April 2017: Oldham RLFC win 26-22 at Bower Fold, Stalybridge|
|21st August 2016: Bradford Bulls win 82-0 at Provident Stadium, Odsal|
|17th July 2016: Bradford Bulls win 44-12 at Provident Stadium, Odsal|
|15th June 2016: Bradford Bulls win 48-4 at Bower Fold, Stalybridge|
|6th April 2014: Bradford Bulls win 60-6 at Provident Stadium, Odsal|