North Wales Crusaders v Bradford Bulls
Sunday 12th August 2018, 14:30pm
League 1 - Round: 21
Stats over last 8 encounters
Following a comprehensive 48-0 victory over North Wales Crusaders, Bradford Bulls claimed their second clean sheet in a week – breaking the whitewash 8 times to finish the weekend still at the top spot in the league.
Traveling west to take on a dogged North Wales Crusaders side, John Kears men showcased their defensive brilliance once more as they withheld the determined Welsh outfit.
After an error riddled opening 20 minutes the Bulls gripped control of the game with both hands, draining the home side of possession as well as putting them to the sword in defence.
Ethan Ryan got proceedings underway early on, leaping over his opposing winger in typical fashion - the try scoring sensation defied gravity and opening the scoring for his 29th try of the year.
Despite throwing the kitchen sink at John Kear’s side, the red and green men couldn’t break the forcefield that was the Bulls defensive line.
Withstanding numerous attacks, the Bulls crushed the hopes of the resolute side claiming a levelling try as Elliot Minchella broke the whitewash.
The second-row took a no look pass from Jordan Lilley, fooling the line to allow the in-form forward to stroll over.
Now with momentum and confidence growing, the Bulls crossed on their next attack with Tuoyo Egodo, breaking the line for his first try in the red amber and black.
As the ball was quickly played from the ruck to the right edge, the Super League man bulldozed his way over the line – taking the defender with him.
Prior to the half-time hooter, Bradford extended the lead by two from the boot of Dane Chisholm after Ross Peltier won a penalty for his side after being held down.
The second half saw an inspired Bradford outfit take to the field, claiming a further five tries.
Coming out of the blocks firing, man of the match Chisholm tacked on the first points of the half after darting through the line with a dangerous diagonal run, allowing him to step the full-back with ease and touch down under the sticks.
Approaching the hour mark, it became evident the Bulls were going to leave Wales with two points as the Aussie half-back claimed a brace to extend the lead to 30-0.
Fighting off two would be tacklers, the half-back continued to twist and turn to help him force his way to the corner and score a forward’s like try.
The former NRL man was at hand once again, sending the commonly seen cross-field kick to Ryan, who fed Matty Garside over his inside shoulder to charge over the whitewash and place the ball down next to the sticks.
Jonny Pownall came off the bench to strike by the pylon in spectacular fashion after the amazing flick pass from Ryan put the ball in the hands of his centre counterpart two metres out.
Closing the game out in style on his return to action, Joe Keyes breezed through the Crusader’s line 40m out, planting his left foot to fool the defence.
Latching onto the pass from dummy half, the Ireland-International moved through the line and weaved around the fullback for the final points of the game.
With the win the Bulls retain their spot of the top of the table, with York City Knights 10 points behind on points difference, following their impressive 130-0 victory over West Wales Raiders on Saturday afternoon.
Bradford Bulls: Pickersgill, Ryan, Oakes, Egodo, Grant, Lilley, Chisholm, Crossley, Hallas, Green, Garside, Minchella, Wood.
Interchanges: Peltier, Kirk, Keyes, Pownall.
Goals: Chisholm – 8/9
Tries: Ryan (5’), Minchella (26’), Egodo (30’), Chisholm (46’, 57’), Garside (66’), Pownall (70’), Keyes (76’)
North Wales Crusaders: Fairhurst, Bloomfield, Hurst, Trumper, Knox, Smith, Lyons, Thompson, Ashall, Baker, Houghton, Wild, Dandy.
Interchanges: Hudson, Brennan, Bate, Norman.