MATHERS PLEASED WITH DEBUT PERFORMANCE

08 Feb 2016

NEW signing Richie Mathers made a strong start to his Bradford Bulls career after making his debut in the 22-12 win over Featherstone Rovers on Sunday.

The two-time Challenge Cup winner started at full-back in the Bulls’ opening game of the 2016 Kingstone Press Championship.

Mathers displayed his vast experience during the victory as he orchestrated the defence into try saving positions to deny Featherstone. 

“I was excited to get out there and it felt really good to be playing again.

“It was great to play with the lads, as well as to play in front of the Bulls fans, who were fantastic throughout the game.

“Obviously, there’s a few areas to improve at this stage, but I thought we played really well, especially in the second half, where we got some line speed.

“There are a lot of clever players in the team; Lee Gaskell, Danny Addy, Adam O’Brien, to name a few, and it’s about learning the combinations with them at the moment.

“Everybody is striving to get this club back into the Super League and there’s a lot of talent in this team to get us there. So, if I can add the missing 1%, then I’ll be more than happy.”

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JOIN THE TRAVELLING ARMY AT WHITEHAVEN

08 Feb 2016

MAKE sure you do not miss out on the first Bradford Bulls away game of 2016.

After Sunday’s 22-12 victory over Featherstone Rovers, the Bulls travel to Whitehaven on Saturday for their first away match.

The action kicks off at 6.30pm at the Recreation Ground and we want to see as many members of the travelling army as possible.

Last season, James Lowes’ men beat Haven 32-16, as current captain, Adrian Purtell, and Danny Williams both grabbed a brace of tries.

Tickets are available to buy from the Team Shop or over the phone now.

Adult - £16

Concession (65+, full-time students) - £11

Children (Under 16s) - £5

Under 2s – FREE

Junior and Youth 1863 Members will be able to gain access to The Recreation Ground upon presenting their 1863 Membership cards at the turnstiles.

Friday 12th at 5pm is your final chance to buy tickets for the game.

To purchase your ticket for the first away game of the season, call 08448 711 490 and select option 1, or come into the Team Shop, 9am-5pm, Monday to Saturday.

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LOWES PRAISES HAT-TRICK HERO CARO

07 Feb 2016

BRADFORD Bulls Head Coach, James Lowes was full of praise for Sunday’s hat-trick hero, Omari Caro.

Caro, who is sponsored by Jennifer Bennison, scored three tries as the Bulls beat Featherstone Rovers 22-12 in round one of the 2016 Kingstone Press Championship.

Lowes picked five debutants in the 17-man squad and was particularly impressed with Caro, who joined the club towards the end of 2015.

“We bought Caro for his finishing; his ability to put the ball down in tight positions,” said Lowes, who is sponsored by In Memory of Joyce Dobby.

“We brought him in at the end of last year to do exactly what he did on Sunday. He can finish really well and that is one of his main strengths.

“He’s got some other things to work on, but he certainly knows how to put the ball down.

“I’m pleased with all the boys, as well. They all showed what they are capable of.

“It is very pleasing to start the season with a win and it’s good to be playing rugby again.

“It is always nice to get your first win, but like I said last year after the opening game, this win won’t define what will happen for the rest of the year.

“We need to try and build consistency in our performances and we can do that off the back of a winning start.”

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CARO SCORES THREE AS BULLS BEAT ROVERS

07 Feb 2016

BRADFORD Bulls kicked off their 2016 season in style as Jamaican winger, Omari Caro scored a hat-trick of tries in a 22-12 win over Featherstone Rovers. 

Caro, sponsored by Jennifer Bennison, was instrumental throughout the game as he grabbed two tries in the first period before securing the victory in the second half, as he completed his hat-trick.

Full match report - CLICK HERE.

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NEW BOY MATHERS TO MAKE DEBUT

07 Feb 2016

TWO-TIME Challenge Cup winner Richie Mathers will make his Bradford Bulls debut in today’s Kingstone Press Championship opener.

Mathers, who put pen to paper on a one-year deal with the club last month, is to line up at full-back for this afternoon’s round one battle with West Yorkshire rivals Featherstone Rovers.

Fellow newcomers Ben Kavanagh and Kurt Haggerty also feature in the starting 13, appearing at prop and second row respectively.

Johnny Walker makes his competitive debut from the bench, while James Clare, Adrian Purtell and Omari Caro make up the three-quarter line.

Scotland star Danny Addy partners Lee Gaskell in the halves, with Adam O’Brien, Adam Sidlow, Tom Olbison and Jay Pitts making up Head Coach James Lowes’ starting pack.

Interchanges Matty Blythe, Dale Ferguson and Epalahame Lauaki complete the selected 17.

Oscar Thomas and Alex Mellor have missed out on selection this week.

George Stokes will referee today’s game, which is proudly sponsored by ISC.

This afternoon’s starting line up:

34. – Richie Mathers – available for sponsorship

22. – James Clare – sponsored by Captain Hornblower, Papa Holmes and the Hornettes

3. – Adrian Purtell – sponsored by Brian Widdop

4. – Kris Welham – sponsored by Stuart Readyhough at Maclean and Company

2. – Omari Caro – sponsored by Jennifer Bennison

6. – Lee Gaskell – sponsored by Hudson Foster Financial Services

13. – Danny Addy – sponsored by Bear Boating

25. – Ben Kavanagh – sponsored by B.M.G. Leeds

9. – Adam O’Brien – sponsored by The Monro Family

10. – Adam Sidlow – sponsored by Gareth and Ruth Rider

11. – Tom Olbison – sponsored by C & K Wood

28. – Kurt Haggerty – sponsored by Alexis Ridler

14. – Jay Pitts – sponsored by John Fountain

INTERCHANGES:

15. – Matty Blythe – sponsored by Smith Harrison Sampling

27. – Johnny Walker – sponsored by Double D Renovations

12. – Dale Ferguson – sponsored by In Memory of Helen Butterworth

21. – Epalahame Lauaki – sponsored by Vision On

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