Doncaster RLFC v Bradford Bulls
Sunday 29th April 2018, 15:00pm
League 1 - Round: 8
Stats over last 5 encounters
A top of the table encounter, which did not fail to disappoint, saw Bradford in control throughout against an in-form Doncaster side, handing them their second defeat of the year with the 32-6 score line emphasising the Bulls superiority.
Travelling to the Keepmoat Stadium with the Red Amber and Black army behind them, Bradford were pushed to an emphatic victory over the South Yorkshire outfit – in a game that included contenders for try of the season.
Bradford’s defence lived up to its reputation built as of late, conceding only one try against the free scoring side and that coming in the early stages of the first half.
The Bulls kicked off proceedings with a fantastic effort from Ethan Ryan after pilling early pressure on to the home side.
The winger spectacularly leapt over his opponent, latching onto Dane Chisholm’s perfectly weighted cross field kick, to touch down and score the first try of the afternoon.
Aware of the Dons’ ability to strike at any time, John Kear took points at a premium and pulled out the kicking tee to extend the lead, after Elliot Minchella was awarded a penalty for being held in the tackle.
Doncaster fought back and showcased why they are considered to be a high-class outfit, touching down with Jones-Bishop mid-way through the first half.
The number 2 linked up with half-back Miller, who sent a well-timed grubber kick to the back-field, allowing the winger to touch down and score.
Bradford then went on to hold the former table toppers to a scoreless 50 minutes, crossing the whitewash a further four times to cruise to victory.
Elliot Minchella scored his first of two prior to the half-time hooter. The free-scoring second row gave the shout to Flanagan, who prodded the ball forward off his right boot, allowing the former Super League youngster to extend the lead before the break.
The Bulls came out of the half-time team talk full of fire and determination, posting three early tries on the Dons.
Man of the Match Minchella showed up in front of the line once more after Doncaster came up with a handling error, which they quickly paid the price for.
Claiming his brace, the 21-year-old stretched out in the tackle to add four more points on to the scoreboard.
After jostling for possession against a determined Doncaster, Brandon Pickersgill broke the line in typical fashion from 50m out, offloading the ball to the supporting Mikey Wood to charge to the line and touch down for his first try in Bradford colours, crossing following an outrageous dummy.
Sealing an impressive, well-earnt victory for his side, George Flanagan crossed the whitewash for the final time as the hooker was in support of James Laithwaite’s surge forward.
Sucking in three would-be tacklers, Laithwaite’s perfectly timed offload allowed the Bradford academy graduate to touch down next to the posts, to make Joe Keyes’ fifth conversion of the afternoon a formality.
Bradford Bulls: Pickersgill; Hitchcox, Gibson, Smith, Ryan; Keyes, Chisholm; Bustin, Hallas, Crossley, Garside, Laithwaite, Minchella.
Interchanges: Flanagan, Kirk, Peltier and Wood.
GOALS: Keyes – 5/5
TRIES: Ryan (5’), Minchella (36’, 44’), Wood (47’), Flanagan (57’)
Doncaster RLFC: Harris, Doherty, Welham, Tali, Jones-Bishop, Miller, Howden, Boyle, Cross, Spiers, Martin, Downs, Wilkinson.
Interchanges: Hedges, Scott, Mariano, Litten.
GOALS: Miller - 1/1
TRIES: Jones-Bishop (25’)