19th January 2014

 BRADFORD BULLS made an impressive start to their 2014 pre-season campaign, seeing off Lee Radford's Hull FC 30-18 at The Provident Stadium.

Francis Cummins' side raced ahead with a try during the opening minutes and they kicked on to lead by four unanswered tries at the break.

The Bulls picked up from where they had left off after the interval, extending their advantage inside the opening minute of the second period.

However, the visiting Black and Whites clawed their way back during the dying minutes to secure a trio of late tries.

Bradford took just two minutes to open their account through powerhouse front-rower Nick Scruton (see picture above), with winger Jamie Foster adding the extras from bang in front.

And they followed up their initial effort on 25 minutes as vice-captain Luke Gale raced through a hole in the Hull line and found Lee Gaskell on his inside.

The former St Helens and Salford man, operating at full-back this afternoon, beat one defender before sending Adrian Purtell over.

Foster again improved and he was called into action once more – just four minutes later – as Danny Addy brushed aside three would-be tacklers to score.

In total control and 18 points to the good, the hosts tightened their grip on the tie as Foster bagged a try of his own, which he then converted superbly from the touchline. 

New-signing Adam Henry introduced himself with a try from the restart, following an error from Hull's Jordan Rankin. 

And Foster again delivered from the kicking tee, making it 30-0.

Head coach Cummins rang the changes as the game entered its closing quarter and the Bulls' rising talents did not disappoint.

Youngsters Oliver Roberts, Nathan Conroy, Adam Brook, James Saltonstall, Alex Mellor and Joe Philbin were all thrown into the action.

And, nine minutes from time, under-19s talent Brook galloped over 30 metres and kicked for the line, only for Hull's Jamie Shaul to knock the ball dead in goal with three-quarter Henry in hot pursuit.

The Bulls defended admirably late on, at one stage holding Hull up over the line twice in quick succession. 

But the away side managed to gain some consolation, taking the shine off what was a near-perfect display from the hosts.

Shaul scored first, four minutes from time, and Radford's men followed up with a pair of last-gasp tries courtesy of Josh Bowden and Jordan Rankin.


BULLS: Lee Gaskell, Elliot Kear, Adam Henry, Adrian Purtell, Jamie Foster, Jarrod Sammut, Luke Gale, Nick Scruton, Adam O'Brien, Garreth Carvell, Tom Olbison, Danny Addy, James Donaldson. Subs: Chev Walker, Manase Manuokafoa, Oliver Roberts, Nathan Conroy, Adam Brook, Sam Wood, James Saltonstall, Alex Mellor, Joe Philbin. 

Tries: Scruton (2), Purtell (25), Addy (29), Foster (35), Henry (41)

Goals: Foster 5/5 


HULL FC: Jamie Shaul, Tom Stark, Ben Crooks, Joe Arundel, Tom Lineham, Richard Horne, Jacob Miller, Iafeta Paleaaesina, James Cunningham, Chris Green, Gareth Ellis, Jordan Thompson, Joe Westerman. Subs: Micky Paea, Josh Bowden, Bobby Tyson-Wilson, Brad Fash, Dean Hadley, Jay Pitts, Liam Kent, Jordan Rankin.

Tries: Shaul (76), Bowden (79), Rankin (80)

Goals: Westerman 3/3


Attendance: 2,472 

Half-Time: 24-0

Full-Time: 30-18