Bradford Bulls v Doncaster RLFC
Sunday 24th June 2018, 16:00pm
League 1 - Round: 14
Stats over last 5 encounters
Meeting for the second time this season, Bradford Bulls claimed bragging rights once more as the side claimed a 56-14 victory over Doncaster RLFC at Odsal Stadium.
As the sun beamed down upon Odsal, making for a scorching hot Super Sunday, the Bulls faithful were rewarded with nine tries coming from six different scorers.
Ethan Ryan shone once more as the 22-year-old home grown talent claimed four tries to help extinguish the Doncaster threat.
The opening 15 minutes of the affair saw the two sides jostle for possession in a ‘your turn my turn’ kind of game.
Winger, Ryan, claimed the game’s opening try on the first attacking set of the afternoon as fast, attractive rugby league saw the Bulls float the ball through four pairs of hands, eventually into Ryan’s who gratefully touched down in the corner.
Just three minutes later Doncaster showed their attacking threat that has pitched them a protentional top four finish, as Aussie Hedges barged his way over the line in a two-man tackle.
The Bulls struck once more with Ryan as he claimed his brace. The Dane Chisholm-Ryan partnership that has blossomed this year played pivotal throughout, beginning on the wingers second try.
Sending a perfectly weighted cross-field kick to the corner, Chisholm set the stage for Ryan to bound over his opposing winger and touchdown to re-establish the lead.
Moments after the ever-reliable Steve Crossley, who put in another man of the match performance, squared up the oppositions number eight, barged at him like a man possessed to make his way to the line.
Jason Tali claimed a try for the visitors off the back of a Bradford handling error. Reaching out to touch down in the tackle just two minutes later, making for a thrilling affair.
Jostling for possession and control over the game, Bradford dealt a damaging blow to the Dons just before half time, as Brandon Pickersgill called for the inside ball from Matt Garside, making his way to the posts for four points.
Establishing a last-minute hold over the visitors in the first half, Bradford came out for the second period with all guns blazing.
Chisholm added his name to the growing scoresheet after planting his left foot to fool the full back and make his way through a gap to score under the sticks.
Despite Doncaster’s efforts to fight back, crossing the whitewash through Cameron Scott, James Laithwaite quickly came up with a response to null the visitors hopes of a comeback.
The double pump from Crossley caught the Doncaster line unaware, allowing him to offload the ball to Keyes, who in turn, fed a battering ram in the form of James Laithwaite to make his way to the line and score.
Continuing his impressive form, Pickersgill broke the whitewash for his second try following steady, reliable hands from Liam Johnson.
Shaking off the would-be-tackler, Johnson floated an inside pass to Pickersgill to touch down and score once more.
Defying gravity and claiming his hat-trick in fantastic style, Ryan leapt over his opposing winger for a third time and somehow managed to get the ball down whilst being carried on the shoulder of the Doncaster man.
On his return to action, Callum Bustin barged his way over the line to claim a try and further extend his sides lead.
Wrapping up a successful afternoon for the side, Ryan dove over in the corner, turning lateral to touch down and deal the final blow to a wounded Doncaster side.
Bradford Bulls: Pickersgill, Ryan, Gibson, Smith, Grant, Keyes, Chisholm, Kirk, Halafihi, Crossley, Garside, Laithwaite, Wood.
Interchanges: Peltier, Bustin, Hallas, Johnson.
GOALS: Chisholm – 8/10
TRIES: Ryan (2’, 18’, 70’, 77’), Crossley (20’), Pickersgill (39’, 64’), Chisholm (49’), Laithwaite (62’), Bustin (74’)
Doncaster RLFC: Owen, Doherty, Scott, Tali, Sanderson, Hedges, Miller, Spiers, Kesik, Boyle, Lane, England, Martin.
Interchanges: Bienek, Litten, Muranka, Conner Scott.
GOALS: Hedges 1/3
TRIES: Hedges (5’), Tali (22’), Scott (60’)