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10:09pm

Bradford Bulls 6, Leeds Rhinos 46
England winger Ryan Hall grabbed a hat-trick and Rob Burrow marked his 400th appearance with a try as Leeds cantered to a 46-6 derby victory over the struggling Bulls.
The hosts never recovered from a blistering start by the visitors, who scored four tries in the first 14 minutes, and a sixth straight defeat keeps them rooted to the foot of the First Utility Super League.
Bradford fans were given a reminder of their glory days before kick-off when record-breaking winger Lesley Vainikolo was introduced to the crowd but it was one of the modern game's leading wingers who stole the show.
Hall created a try for centre partner Joel Moon before scoring three of his own to take his tally for the season to 11 in nine appearances.
The Bulls, who were without winger Jamie Foster and hooker Matt Diskin, clawed their way back into the game with a Lee Gaskell try, and full back Brett Kearney impressed on his 100th appearance for the club, but they were generally outclassed by their high-flying visitors.

9:00pm

Second half underway...

8:44pm

Half-time: Bulls 6, Leeds 20

8:39pm

Leeds come close to adding a fifth try but Bulls keep them at bay at the expense of a goal-line drop-out... still 20-6...

8:31pm

Fakir back on for James Donaldson... still 20-6 to Leeds...

8:26pm

Ironic cheers as referee Robert Hicks awards the Bulls their first penalty of the match... in the 24th minute... still 20-6...

8:25pm

Gale converts to make it 20-6... it was Gaskell's first try for the Bulls...

8:24pm

22 mins... TRY for the Bulls as Lee Gaskell races 90 metres to score a brilliant breakaway effort...!!!

8:19pm

17 mins... Chev Walker replaces Manase Manuokafoa...

8:17pm

Sinfield misses convesion so it's 20-0 with 15 minutes gone...

8:16pm

14 mins… TRY for Leeds as Moon sends Hall over in the left corner… Bulls have still not had a completed set…

8:14pm

Adam Sidlow replaces Jamal Fakir...

8:13pm

Sinfield's second conversion makes it 16-0...

8:13pm

11 mins… TRY for Leeds as Danny McGuire weaves his way through the Bulls defence all too easily...

8:11pm

Sinfield misses the conversion but it's 10-0 with ten minutes played...

8:10pm

8:09pm

08 mins... TRY number two for Leeds as Sinfield finds Hall, whose inside pass sends Joel Moon over in the corner....

8:05pm

Sinfield adds the extras and it's 6-0....

8:05pm

03 mins… TRY for Leeds as Kevin Sinfield touches down from Danny McGuire’s ricocheted kick…

8:00pm

Kick-off just seconds away....

7:34pm

Lesley Vainikolo has been introduced to the crowd... to rapturous applause...

7:31pm

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7:08pm

Jamal Fakir will make his first-ever Super League start as a Bradford Bull this evening, after being included in head coach Francis Cummins' first 13 for the visit of arch-rivals Leeds Rhinos.

The French international, who arrived earlier this month, lines up alongside fellow prop Manase Manuokafoa and hooker Adam O'Brien – in the front row – for tonight's game.

In the second row, Dale Ferguson partners loan signing Danny Bridge, who returns to Bulls action after this week agreeing to extend his deal with the club, with loose forward James Donaldson completing the pack.

Matty Blythe reverts to centre for the first time in 2014 and the former Warrington Wolves talent is to be joined by Brett Kearney – making his 100th appearance for the club, Elliot Kear, Adrian Purtell and Adam Henry in the Bradford backline.

With captain Matt Diskin out injured, Luke Gale will skipper the Bulls alongside Lee Gaskell in the halves.

Tom Olbison, Danny Addy, Adam Sidlow and ex-Rhino Chev Walker are to appear from the interchange bench but Jamie Foster is absent with illness.

Bulls line-up:

Brett Kearney

Elliot Kear

Matty Blythe

Adrian Purtell

Adam Henry

Lee Gaskell

Luke Gale

Manase Manuokafoa

Adam O'Brien

Jamal Fakir

Danny Bridge

Dale Ferguson

James Donaldson

Interchange:

Tom Olbison

Danny Addy

Adam Sidlow

Chev Walker

7:05pm

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6:51pm

6:49pm

Leeds Rhinos squad currently on the pitch in their tracksuits...  team news with us shortly...

6:10pm

6:08pm

The Bulls have lost their last five Super League games. Their last league victory was 25-12 at home to London Broncos on 2 March...

6:04pm

5:57pm

5:55pm

Brett Kearney needs one appearance to reach 100 for Bradford.

Kearney made his Bulls debut in a 24-12 defeat at Huddersfield on 5 February, 2010...

5:54pm

Rob Burrow needs one appearance to reach 400 for Leeds.

Burrow made his Rhinos debut off the bench in an 18-16 home defeat to Hull FC on 6 April, 2001.

5:53pm

Leeds' Kallum Watkins has scored tries in the Rhinos' last three meetings with Bradford as follows: 2-1-1.

5:53pm

Super League summary

Bradford won 28 (includes win in 2005 Grand Final & wins in 2000, 2003 and 2004 play-offs)

Leeds won 25 (includes win in 2004 Grand Final)

3 draws

Bradford highest score: 62-18 (H, 2001) (Widest margin: 54-8, H, 1996)

Leeds highest score: 45-16 (H, 1999) (Widest margin: 44-2, H, 2008)

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5:45pm

The Bulls are seeking to beat Leeds for the first time since a 12-4 win at Odsal on 6 April (Good Friday), 2012...

5:44pm

Welcome to the Provident Stadium, Odsal for tonight's Super League clash between Bradford Bulls and Leeds Rhinos...

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8:16pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Mike Strutter says...

Easy
Easy Mike Strutter
  • Score: 0

9:18pm Thu 17 Apr 14

bank top bantam says...

what a sorry state this great club has got itself into but at least they are still alive and believe me the good times will come back just ask a city fan
what a sorry state this great club has got itself into but at least they are still alive and believe me the good times will come back just ask a city fan bank top bantam
  • Score: 2

9:47pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

We had good times last season but in football it's a long hard fight to get back.
I do hope the Bulls get back on track and get sport buzzing again for us all and no favouritism from the council for anyone.
We had good times last season but in football it's a long hard fight to get back. I do hope the Bulls get back on track and get sport buzzing again for us all and no favouritism from the council for anyone. Papa Smurfs Wig
  • Score: 2

9:52pm Thu 17 Apr 14

axelf1963 says...

I did say 40 points on other thread.
Stick with me Viking , I'm in the money :)
I did say 40 points on other thread. Stick with me Viking , I'm in the money :) axelf1963
  • Score: 1

9:56pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Pablo says...

I don't know whether to laugh or cry. What was Jamie Foster saying? What a shambles! Men against boys.
I don't know whether to laugh or cry. What was Jamie Foster saying? What a shambles! Men against boys. Pablo
  • Score: 8

10:00pm Thu 17 Apr 14

oswald777 says...

How come none of the big teams have come in for our defensive coach, St Hilaire ????
How come none of the big teams have come in for our defensive coach, St Hilaire ???? oswald777
  • Score: 6

10:13pm Thu 17 Apr 14

nosher says...

Not surprised by anything tonight. Too many players not up to it. Plenty of effort but no ideas or direction. Very long season ahead.
Not surprised by anything tonight. Too many players not up to it. Plenty of effort but no ideas or direction. Very long season ahead. nosher
  • Score: 7

10:30pm Thu 17 Apr 14

nosher says...

oswald777 wrote:
How come none of the big teams have come in for our defensive coach, St Hilaire ????
Didn't know we had a defensive coach lol.
[quote][p][bold]oswald777[/bold] wrote: How come none of the big teams have come in for our defensive coach, St Hilaire ????[/p][/quote]Didn't know we had a defensive coach lol. nosher
  • Score: 3

11:53pm Thu 17 Apr 14

northern pig says...

Ieeds could have really took us to cleaners ,without getting out of second gear,thought they were almost apologetic at times. The way superleague is going, red hall have got it right..The format of eight elite clubs plus also rans,is about right. There is not the money or the quality of available players to suggest anything other. at this moment in time.,sad to say!!
Ieeds could have really took us to cleaners ,without getting out of second gear,thought they were almost apologetic at times. The way superleague is going, red hall have got it right..The format of eight elite clubs plus also rans,is about right. There is not the money or the quality of available players to suggest anything other. at this moment in time.,sad to say!! northern pig
  • Score: 5

7:00am Fri 18 Apr 14

caledonia15 says...

northern pig wrote:
Ieeds could have really took us to cleaners ,without getting out of second gear,thought they were almost apologetic at times. The way superleague is going, red hall have got it right..The format of eight elite clubs plus also rans,is about right. There is not the money or the quality of available players to suggest anything other. at this moment in time.,sad to say!!
Too true, Leeds were far too good, and that hurts being a lifelong Bradford northern /bulls fan, to be honest with the present performances its difficult to see where the next win will come from. Its time now for a change in coaching staff, if anything can be salvaged from this season, as much as i admire Francis Cummins for his fantastic efforts over the last 2 seasons, its clear that he isn't getting the best out of these players. We aren't going to win the league with this squad, but they are better than the dross that is being served up at the moment. Badly need fresh ideas and someone who can get the team to move up and tackle before the opposition get over the advantage line, it was pathetic at times last night, school boy stuff. It will be interesting to see how many folk turn up for the all pay cup game after last nights shambles - never thought i would see the day when a Bradford / Leeds derby would only attract 10000 to Odsal, sad times for our once great club
Northern Pig is right about this new league set up, there are only enough decent players around for 8 teams, sadly it will probably mean the end of a decent set up in professional RL, Cant see many folk turning out to watch the lower grade fare on offer, with the remaining teams playing in pretty meaningless leagues
[quote][p][bold]northern pig[/bold] wrote: Ieeds could have really took us to cleaners ,without getting out of second gear,thought they were almost apologetic at times. The way superleague is going, red hall have got it right..The format of eight elite clubs plus also rans,is about right. There is not the money or the quality of available players to suggest anything other. at this moment in time.,sad to say!![/p][/quote]Too true, Leeds were far too good, and that hurts being a lifelong Bradford northern /bulls fan, to be honest with the present performances its difficult to see where the next win will come from. Its time now for a change in coaching staff, if anything can be salvaged from this season, as much as i admire Francis Cummins for his fantastic efforts over the last 2 seasons, its clear that he isn't getting the best out of these players. We aren't going to win the league with this squad, but they are better than the dross that is being served up at the moment. Badly need fresh ideas and someone who can get the team to move up and tackle before the opposition get over the advantage line, it was pathetic at times last night, school boy stuff. It will be interesting to see how many folk turn up for the all pay cup game after last nights shambles - never thought i would see the day when a Bradford / Leeds derby would only attract 10000 to Odsal, sad times for our once great club Northern Pig is right about this new league set up, there are only enough decent players around for 8 teams, sadly it will probably mean the end of a decent set up in professional RL, Cant see many folk turning out to watch the lower grade fare on offer, with the remaining teams playing in pretty meaningless leagues caledonia15
  • Score: 2

7:20am Fri 18 Apr 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Instead of having near on 50 points racked up against the Bulls every week maybe rebuilding in a league where the game are more competitive might not be a bad thing.
Instead of having near on 50 points racked up against the Bulls every week maybe rebuilding in a league where the game are more competitive might not be a bad thing. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: 6

7:54am Fri 18 Apr 14

Third Generation Bull says...

Please don't blame the Coach. He is doing a good job, which no-one else in the game would want. Where other Superleague clubs start a game wanting to restrict the opponents to 10 points or less, the Bulls will be aiming to keep their opponents down below 10 tries. They are that bad.

The rot set in at Odsal in 2005, when Jamie Peacock left for Leeds. He was at the height of his powers. In one move he transformed Leeds and the Bulls started their decline. Since then there has been a revolving door at Odsal - talent out, dross in. The fault lies in 10 years of mis-management and incompetence. The club has been led by a succession of buffoons and self-serving con-men. They have brought us to this. A once-great club is now an embarrassment to its supporters and to the game.

It is sad to say, but the staff remaining at the Bulls are the ones who can't get a role anywhere else. Certainly nobody wants to come except for those who cannot get a game anywhere else. Fakir - tremendous coup for the club - really?

Cummins is working with no resources in an impossible position. He and the players deserve credit for trying so hard against all the odds. The club is going down. The only hope of a bright future is a multi-million input and some decent management at the top. In that impossible dream, I wonder in that dream, how many of the current squad would be kept?
Please don't blame the Coach. He is doing a good job, which no-one else in the game would want. Where other Superleague clubs start a game wanting to restrict the opponents to 10 points or less, the Bulls will be aiming to keep their opponents down below 10 tries. They are that bad. The rot set in at Odsal in 2005, when Jamie Peacock left for Leeds. He was at the height of his powers. In one move he transformed Leeds and the Bulls started their decline. Since then there has been a revolving door at Odsal - talent out, dross in. The fault lies in 10 years of mis-management and incompetence. The club has been led by a succession of buffoons and self-serving con-men. They have brought us to this. A once-great club is now an embarrassment to its supporters and to the game. It is sad to say, but the staff remaining at the Bulls are the ones who can't get a role anywhere else. Certainly nobody wants to come except for those who cannot get a game anywhere else. Fakir - tremendous coup for the club - really? Cummins is working with no resources in an impossible position. He and the players deserve credit for trying so hard against all the odds. The club is going down. The only hope of a bright future is a multi-million input and some decent management at the top. In that impossible dream, I wonder in that dream, how many of the current squad would be kept? Third Generation Bull
  • Score: 1

10:04am Fri 18 Apr 14

spanglishbull.uk says...

I think I agree with Caledonia .There are now probably only eight teams that can compete with each other.Three or four of those are only just surviving.Remember in Australia not that many years ago the same situation was developing,the A.R.L. stepped in and forced mergers on clubs.Either that or they were not going to be accepted into the League.Sure there was lots of animosity and supporters against it but look at the League now.None of our top clubs would win the A.R.L.It is time the R.F.L. in this country gave some clubs the same ultimatum,either merge or you are out of Super League.What is the point in having two or three clubs,who are all struggling,in a ten mile radius.Bradford and Keighley should be forced to merge with a purpose built ground,Cas,Wakey,Fev
. the same.Hudds,Halifax.,
same.The whole of Cumbria,one team.France,one team.London,one team.Etc.etc.In my opinion it is the only solution to save the game as a whole .
I think I agree with Caledonia .There are now probably only eight teams that can compete with each other.Three or four of those are only just surviving.Remember in Australia not that many years ago the same situation was developing,the A.R.L. stepped in and forced mergers on clubs.Either that or they were not going to be accepted into the League.Sure there was lots of animosity and supporters against it but look at the League now.None of our top clubs would win the A.R.L.It is time the R.F.L. in this country gave some clubs the same ultimatum,either merge or you are out of Super League.What is the point in having two or three clubs,who are all struggling,in a ten mile radius.Bradford and Keighley should be forced to merge with a purpose built ground,Cas,Wakey,Fev . the same.Hudds,Halifax., same.The whole of Cumbria,one team.France,one team.London,one team.Etc.etc.In my opinion it is the only solution to save the game as a whole . spanglishbull.uk
  • Score: 0

11:41am Fri 18 Apr 14

axelf1963 says...

So Spangles you would support a merger with Fax and play a the Shay ?

THOUGHT NOT
So Spangles you would support a merger with Fax and play a the Shay ? THOUGHT NOT axelf1963
  • Score: 0

7:16pm Fri 18 Apr 14

Alhaurinrhino says...

spanglishbull.uk wrote:
I think I agree with Caledonia .There are now probably only eight teams that can compete with each other.Three or four of those are only just surviving.Remember in Australia not that many years ago the same situation was developing,the A.R.L. stepped in and forced mergers on clubs.Either that or they were not going to be accepted into the League.Sure there was lots of animosity and supporters against it but look at the League now.None of our top clubs would win the A.R.L.It is time the R.F.L. in this country gave some clubs the same ultimatum,either merge or you are out of Super League.What is the point in having two or three clubs,who are all struggling,in a ten mile radius.Bradford and Keighley should be forced to merge with a purpose built ground,Cas,Wakey,Fev

. the same.Hudds,Halifax.,

same.The whole of Cumbria,one team.France,one team.London,one team.Etc.etc.In my opinion it is the only solution to save the game as a whole .
Why would a well run club like Keighley be interested in merging with your basket case of a club.
[quote][p][bold]spanglishbull.uk[/bold] wrote: I think I agree with Caledonia .There are now probably only eight teams that can compete with each other.Three or four of those are only just surviving.Remember in Australia not that many years ago the same situation was developing,the A.R.L. stepped in and forced mergers on clubs.Either that or they were not going to be accepted into the League.Sure there was lots of animosity and supporters against it but look at the League now.None of our top clubs would win the A.R.L.It is time the R.F.L. in this country gave some clubs the same ultimatum,either merge or you are out of Super League.What is the point in having two or three clubs,who are all struggling,in a ten mile radius.Bradford and Keighley should be forced to merge with a purpose built ground,Cas,Wakey,Fev . the same.Hudds,Halifax., same.The whole of Cumbria,one team.France,one team.London,one team.Etc.etc.In my opinion it is the only solution to save the game as a whole .[/p][/quote]Why would a well run club like Keighley be interested in merging with your basket case of a club. Alhaurinrhino
  • Score: 1

7:32pm Fri 18 Apr 14

axelf1963 says...

Too right, Fax to be fair are better than Bulls now so a merger with them sounds more likely with home been the Shay
Too right, Fax to be fair are better than Bulls now so a merger with them sounds more likely with home been the Shay axelf1963
  • Score: 0

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