Bradford Bulls 54-16 London Skolars
Saturday 12th May 2018, 15:00pm
League 1 - Round: 2
Brandon Pickersgill, Ethan Ryan 4, Dalton Grant 2, Ross Peltier, Lee Smith, Ashley Gibson, Callum Bustin,
Dane Chisholm 5,
Ryan Burroughs, Eddie Mbaraga, Philip Lyon,
Neil Thorman 2,
Birthday boy, Ethan Ryan shone in today’s 11 try turnover of London Skolars as the winger claimed four tries to celebrate his 22nd birthday, with a 54-16 victory.
Despite London’s best efforts to remain in the fight, the South-based side could not over power the Bulls, who came into the game oozing confidence after their 124-0 victory over West Wales Raiders.
Kicking off proceedings, Brandon Pickersgill was in support of Ethan Ryan’s line break down the left flank, to gratefully take the ball 30m to the house.
Ryan scored his first try of the afternoon in emphatic fashion as the winger leapt over his opposing number, latching on to Dane Chisholm’s kick to touch down and score.
Ryan doing what Ryan does best, the now 22-year-old took the ball in a difficult position and somehow managed to find his way to the line and reach out and score in some style to extend the lead and claim his brace
Stepping up from the academy, debutant Rowan Milnes put in an impressive performance, one to catch the eye of head coach, John Kear.
Making his first impact on the game, the 18-year-old placed a troublesome kick high into the corner which combined with the pressure of Gibson, the Skolar man fumbled the ball, allowing Grant to scoop it up and stroll over.
Conceding four early tries, the Skolars were down but not out. Fast play of the ball from right to left created a jink in the Bradford armour, seeing Burroughs’s make his way to the line for London’s first try.
As London's heads began to lift, Ross Peltier struck to dampen spirits straight after.
The prop forward latched onto a pass on the face of the Skolar’s line and darted through a gap for his fourth try of the year.
Prior to the half time break, Lee Smith broke a tackle and forced his way to the line to extend Bradford’s lead by six more points, follow Chisholm’s conversion.
The second half began and tempers flared immediately. Elliot Minchella was dumped on his head and London player was sent to the bin to cool down.
Ashley Gibson struck just moments after to take advantage of man deficit. Turning on the pace the centre’s arcing run saw him make his way past his opposing number and touch down in the corner.
Making a line-break from 40m out, Ethan Ryan claimed his hat-trick and touched down next to the sticks to extend the lead to 36-4.
Giving their all despite being so far behind, the South-based side struck with Mbaraga. The imposing prop forward barged his way over the line despite the best efforts of three Bulls.
As Bradford looked to swing momentum back in their favour, Rowan Milnes popped up in front of the posts, placing a perfectly weighted kick to the corner to set up Grant for his second try.
As the game entered the final ten minutes, Ryan scored his fourth and final try in emphatic fashion, leaping over his opposing winger for the second time this afternoon.
With the full-time hooter looming, London refused to give in. Claiming a try off the back of a grubber kick, half back Lyon pounced on the ball for a consolation score.
With the clock ticking into the final minute of the game, Callum Bustin appeared on the face of the line and with some intent.
The prop refused to be stopped and barged his way over the line in the tackle, claiming his second try in as many weeks to put the cherry on top of the Bradford cake.
With this Bradford claim their fourth victory in four weeks and now turn their attention to Newcastle Thunder this coming Friday.
Bradford Bulls: Pickersgill, Ryan, Smith, Gibson, Grant, Milnes, Chisholm, Crossley, Flanagan, Bustin, Garside, Laithwaite, Minchella.
Interchanges: Peltier, Wood, Halafihi, Hallas
GOALS: Chisholm - 5/11
TRIES: Pickersgill (6’), Ryan (16’, 18’, 52’, 70’), Grant (26’, 61’), Peltier (34’), Smith (37’), Gibson (47’), Bustin (78’)
London Skolars: Hall, Finigan, Fleming, Caro, Burroughs, Thorman, Lyon, Sykes, Driver, Bryan, Ngawati, Williams, Chester.
Interchanges: Butler, Mbaraga, Davies, Nash.
GOALS: Thorman -2/3
TRIES: Burroughs (30’), Mbaraga (58’), Lyon (73’)