London Skolars v Bradford Bulls
Saturday 28th July 2018, 15:00pm
League 1 - Round: 19
Stats over last 2 encounters
Bouncing back to winning ways after last week’s gut-wrenching defeat to York, Bradford ran riot with a 58-12 victory over London Skolars at the New River Stadium.
Coming out of the blocks filled with a burning passion and desire to make up for last week’s slip up, John Kears’ side were fired up and asserted their dominance early on.
Three quick-fire tries from the Bulls set up the foundation for a successful first half, as Ethan Ryan, Dane Chisholm and James Green all crossed.
Breaking the line for the first time in the Red Amber and Black, the imposing 6’6ft prop crashed over the line after latching onto the quick pass from dummy-half for the first score of the afternoon.
Scoring on back to back attacking sets, Bradford were on fine form moving down field as Chisholm posted further points.
George Flanagan’s quick-fire pass across the face of the Skolars line, tantalizingly close to the home side’s hands, gave Chisholm room to stroll over.
With horns sharpened and charging like a rampant stampede, Bradford scored on their third attacking set through Ryan. The hot stepper, Chisholm, set Ethan Ryan up for his 21st league try of the season by breaking the line 60m out, shipping the egg out wide for an easy score and his second of the afternoon.
With their backs against the wall, the home side showed their attacking class and dogged determination which drove York City Knights to two-point victory last week.
Managing to tame and starve the rampant Bulls of the ball for 15 minutes, Skolars crossed the line through Juma, after a reverse pass on the face of Bradford’s goal-line gave room for the powerhouse to score.
Anything Skolars can do, Bradford can do better. Ross Peltier ran one of his fine lines just moments later, curving across the face of the Skolars side who sat in wait for destruction - calling for the dummy-half dump, the 120kg unit made ease of the Skolars defensive line and crashed over next to the sticks.
The travelling fans were rewarded with a second half barrage of points. Beginning with Ryan’s brace after debutant Egodo’s unorthodox but effective cross field banana kick.Charging down the right flank fending off two would be tacklers, the on-loan Castleford man sent a powerful kick to the hands of fellow centre, Ross Oakes, who prodded forward to the in-goal area for speedster Ryan to track down and scoop up for his second of the game.From this moment the tally began to grow, adding on a further 24 unanswered points to the Bulls extending lead.
Returning to first team action, Vila Halafihi emulated George Flanagan’s classic show and go, creating a gap for the former Penrith junior to dive through and claim the score.
Chisholm, who put in one of his best performances of the season to date continued to real havoc at the New River Stadium, breaking the line once more and sending a reverse kick to counter-part Ryan, to gratefully latch onto a score for an easy hattrick.
Continuing to be the star of the Bradford show, the Aussie broke the line once more to create a one-on-one with the fullback. Chisholm’s pump out wide left Bishay on his heels, allowing him to stroll over the whitewash and place the ball down between the posts.
Finding the game with eight total try scorers, Bradford’s sixth added his name to the sheet, in the form of fan favourite, Jordan Lilley. Shipping the ball out to the right and latching on to George Milton’s delayed pass, the second debutant had room to roll over the line for his first in the Bulls colours.
Stepping in to cover for Gregg McNally, who rolled an ankle warming up, Brandon Pickersgill took the ball from the base of the scrum, danced around two would be tacklers and fended off the fullback with a dominant stiff arm, the 21-year-old stretched out and slammed the ball down.
With their backs against the wall for the majority of the second period, London fought back and caught Bradford napping. Thorman out in a perfectly weighted kick behind the defensive line for Juma, who grabs his brace.
Asserting their dominance through the game, it was only fitting the Bulls took to the M1 with the last laugh, through Elliot Minchella.
The second row latched on to the delayed pass on the face of the line, putting the icing on top of the cake as the Bulls re-established a two-point lead at the top of the table over York City Knights.
All eyes now turn to the Coventry Bears vs. York City Knights game who kick off at Bootham Crescent at 3pm today.
Bradford Bulls: Pickersgill, Grant, Egodo, Oakes, Ryan, Lilley, Chisholm, Green, Flanagan, Crossley, Minchella, Garside, Wood.
Interchanges: Peltier, Halafihi, Kirk, Milton.
Goals: Chisholm – 7/11
Tries: Green (8’), Chisholm (10’, 58’), Ryan (12’, 41’, 51’), Peltier (35’), Halafihi (46’), Lilley (60’), Pickersgill (68’), Minchella (74’)
London Skolars: Bishay, Driver, Fleming, Juma, Brown, Coleman, Lawrence, Martin, Thorman, Pelo, Bryan, Williams, Chester.
Interchanges: Davies, Ross, Mbaraga, Sykes.