26th January 2014

A YOUTHFUL Bradford Bulls side fell to a 38-4 defeat at the hands of Kingstone Press Championship partners Dewsbury Rams this afternoon.

Only a handful of first-team regulars featured as Provident Stadium boss Francis Cummins handed a host of the Bulls' academy talent a taste of pre-season action.

But it was the hosting Rams who reigned supreme, racing into an early lead.

Despite being pegged back, Dewsbury kicked on to boast a six-point interval advantage.

And Glenn Morrison's men picked up from where they had left off after the break, bagging a quintet of second-half scores while preventing the Bulls from adding to their tally. 

Former Super League man Shane Grady opened the home side's account on four minutes and half-back Tom Hemingway added the extras.

However, a neat kick-through from Lee Gaskell paved the way for on-loan winger James Saltonstall to touch down out wide.

Jamie Foster's conversion attempt was unsuccessful and the 6-4 scoreline remained in place up until the dying seconds of the opening period.

On the stroke of half-time, ex-Wakefield Trinity Wildcats flyer Dale Morton crossed for an unconverted try.

And Morton was in for his second of the game – just three minutes after the restart.

The Bulls threatened, as they worked hard to reduce the arrears.

Though Dewsbury kicked on, adding tries courtesy of Makali Aizue, Aaron Brown and Anthony Thackeray – who bagged an impressive double on home soil.

One-time Bull Kieran Hyde landed two conversions from as many attempts, adding to Hemingway's earlier pair.


BULLS: Elliot Kear, James Saltonstall, Adam Henry, Sam Wood, Jamie Foster, Lee Gaskell, Adam Brook, Manase Manuokafoa, Danny Addy, Adam Sidlow, Joe Philbin, Oliver Roberts, Emmerson Whittel. Subs: Nathan Conroy, Sam Bates, Tom Walker, Brad Adams, Stephen Copeland, Nick Gomersall, Jordan Gale.

Tries: Saltonstall (10)

Goals: Foster 0/1


RAMS: Louis Sheriff, Dale Morton, Karl Pryce, Shane Grady, Greg Scott, Tom Hemingway, Anthony Thackeray, Stephen Nash, Wayne Godwin, Ryan Hepworth, Rob Spicer, Scott Hale, Aaron Brown. Subs: Makali Aizue, Matthew Haggerty, Josh Tonks, Tommy Gallagher, Shaun Robinson, Kieran Hyde, Joel Farrell. 

Tries: Grady (5), Morton (40, 43), Thackeray (51, 78), Aizue (70), Brown (74)

Goals: Hemingway 2/4, Hyde 2/2


Attendance: 1,239

Half-Time: 10-4

Full-Time: 38-4