LOWES PLEASED WITH STRONG PERFORMANCE

14 Feb 2016

HEAD Coach James Lowes saw his side comprehensively beat Whitehaven 46-10 on Saturday evening.

The Bulls flew out of the traps as James Clare scored within the first three minutes to set the tone for the game.

Lowes, sponsored by In Memory of Joyce Dobby, was impressed with the performance as Lee Gaskell scored a hat-trick, Jay Pitts grabbed a brace and Dale Ferguson and Adam O’Brien added to Clare’s opener.

It was Bradford’s second win of the 2016 Kingstone Press Championship and first victory on the road.

“I thought we played very well,” said Lowes.

“I was very pleased with the first 20 minutes. Before kick off we spoke about how we should start the game and that was good to see.

“There were a few patches where we were a bit slack and gave away silly penalties, a soft try at the end of the first half and another one at the start of the second half. But apart from that I thought we were very comfortable throughout the game.

“We haven’t played on a pitch like that for many years – it was very heavy. However, both teams tried to play rugby on it, which was pleasing to see.

“We are trying hard to work on certain aspects of the game and get the combinations right. Even though it is a decent squad we have still got to build combinations throughout the side.

“We’ve got a few players back from injury now and a new addition in Rhys (Lovegrove), so the squad is looking okay but we’re still trying to build combinations.”

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LOVEGROVE DELIGHTED WITH DEBUT WIN

14 Feb 2016

TRIALIST Rhys Lovegrove made his Bradford Bulls debut in yesterday’s comprehensive 46-10 win over Whitehaven.

The former Super League man came off the bench to help the team to an emphatic win in Cumbria.

Lovegrove signed a one-month trial in the week and was thrown straight into the action in Round Two of the Kingstone Press Championship.

The 28-year-old recently left London Broncos, but showed his Super League credentials as he battled on the difficult pitch at the Recreation Ground.

“I really enjoyed my first game in a Bulls shirt,” said Lovegrove.

“It’s been a pretty turbulent week for myself and my family, but it was good to get some normality to it by playing rugby and being amongst the boys and getting the important two points.

“Whitehaven is a difficult place to come and get the two points. These are the sorts of games that can trip you up throughout the year, as the field was very boggy.

“We knew it was going to be tough with the difficult conditions, but the boys got through it and we all worked very well.

“It was good to travel up and play some decent rugby and get the win and take that into next week.

“The way the squad plays definitely suits me. I’m not the biggest forward around so I tend to play with the ball a little bit and have runners around me. Hopefully, my style will fit in with the rest of the lads.

“Momentum is always a good thing, but it is also important how you perform as well.

“I think we played well yesterday, and the score signifies that, but I think we kicked well and we chased well and it is those little things that are really important, which we can build from throughout the year.”

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GASKELL POWERS BULLS TO VICTORY

13 Feb 2016

BRADFORD Bulls impressively beat Whitehaven 46-10 thanks to a hat-trick from Lee Gaskell.

Last year’s Kingstone Press Championship Player of the Year demonstrated his fantastic ability as he scored three of the Bulls’ eight tries at the Recreation Ground.

New-boy Rhys Lovegrove featured from the interchanges and Mitch Clark also made his debut from the bench in the comprehensive victory.

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LOVEGROVE NAMED AMONGST INTERCHANGES

13 Feb 2016

TRIALIST Rhys Lovegrove has been named in the 17-man squad for this evening’s game versus Whitehaven.

The former Hull KR forward, who spent seven years at the Super League club and made over 130 appearances, will make his Bulls debut from the bench.

Head Coach James Lowes has made one change from last Sunday’s starting 13, as Scotland international Dale Ferguson replaces Ben Kavanagh to start in the second row with Kurt Haggerty.

The backs remain the same as Richie Mathers continues at full-back with James Clare and hat-trick hero Omari Caro occupying the wings, as Kris Welham and Adrian Purtell partner each other in the centre.

Lee Gaskell plays alongside Scotland star Danny Addy in the halves, whilst Tom Olbison moves into the front row alongside Adam O’Brien and Adam Sidlow, and Jay Pitts makes up the starting line up at loose. 

Former NRL forward Mitch Clark will make his Bulls debut from the interchanges and is joined on the bench by Matty Blythe, Alex Mellor and Lovegrove.

Joe Lumb and Johnny Walker miss out on selection this week.

J Roberts will referee today’s game.

This afternoon’s starting line up:

34. – Richie Mathers – sponsored by O’Haras Limited

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 Canal Boat Holidays

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

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

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

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

28. – Kurt Haggerty – sponsored by Alexis Ridler

14. – Jay Pitts – sponsored by John Fountain

INTERCHANGES:

15. – Matty Blythe – sponsored by Smith Harrison Sampling

35. – Rhys Lovegrove

20. – Mitch Clark – sponsored by Bradford Bulls Supporters Group

23. – Alex Mellor – sponsored by The Top House

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SHOW YOUR SUPPORT

12 Feb 2016

FOLLOW the boys as they visit Kingstone Press Championship newcomers Swinton Lions in round three of the new season on Saturday February 20th, Kick-Off 7pm.

This is a rearranged fixture, which was first scheduled to be played on Sunday 21st but the fixture has been moved to accomodate the Bulls' massive travelling army, so is now being played at the Select Security Stadium, home of First Utility Super League side Widnes Vkings. 

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

Adult - £15

Concession (65) - £10

Children (Under 16s) - £10

Under 4s – FREE

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

Tickets are for the South West concourse and is unreserved seating throughout. 

Coach travel is also available with pricing starting from just £15 for 1863 Members and £18 for non-members. The coach will be departing at 4.30pm. 

You can purchase your tickets until Friday 19th at 5pm. 

To buy your ticket for the second 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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