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Widnes 22, Bulls 22
Francis Cummins was left stunned as Widnes withstood the dismissal of Gareth Hock to launch a remarkable fightback and deny the Bulls victory tonight.
On-loan Wigan forward Hock was dismissed after 30 minutes for an apparent show of dissent towards referee Robert Hicks, who endured a torrid night.
Hock’s dismissal came when the Bulls were 16-4 up and left his side facing a mountainous task.
But former Bradford winger Patrick Ah Van scored twice and then kicked a late penalty to level the scores.
Bradford, who were denied back-to-back wins for the first time this season, led when Elliott Whitehead took a pass from Brett Kearney to crash over the line.
Kearney then maintained his remarkable record of scoring in every game this season with a fine break to stretch the Bulls’ lead.
Widnes replied through Ah Van but a penalty was awarded against Widnes, which led to Matt Diskin going over, sparking the fury which led to Hock’s dismissal.
Keith Lulia added a fourth try before a spirited second-half fightback harvested tries for Rhys Hanbury, Ah Van and Lloyd White before Ah Van’s penalty levelled the scores.
FINAL SCORE... 22-22... Incredible game. Widnes deserved their point.
5,861 is the crowd tonight...
76 mins... AH VAN kicks a penalty from 40 metres to level the scores!!
Ah Van's conversions leaves the scores finely poised at 20-22 in the Bulls' favour...
TRY!! Lloyd White....
63 mins... Rhys Hanbury held up...
55 mins... Sammut kicks a penalty to give the Bulls a little breathing space... It's now 22-14
Ah Van converts to make it 14-20... this could get interesting...
48 mins... WIDNES try!! Ah Van again...
TRY for Widnes!! Hanbury goes over from Hep Cahill's pass...
Referee Robert Hicks leaves the field to a torrent abuse from the home stands. http://t.co/WoLo1VTvRo— @rosshtanda 08 March 2013
Half-time here... Bulls 20-4 up...
Hock sent off. Couldn't tell what for but he's off. Bulls 20-4 up after 38mins! 👌— @jamiefoster22 08 March 2013
Sammut fails to convert from a difficult angle... 20-4 to the Bulls..
TRY!!! Keith Lulia scores the Bulls' fourth try of the game... after good work from Sammut
Big Phil Joseph on for Widnes by the way...
Sammut converted that by the way, so it's 16-4 to the Bulls...
It appears that Gareth Hock has been sent off... for dissent presumably...!!!
TRY!! Matt Diskin scoots over from acting half...!!!
21 mins... Widnes have scored in the left corner through former Bulls man Patrick Ah Van... but he fails to convert... 4-10...
20 mins... Manuokafoa OFF Sidlow ON...
“Widnes, Widnes, give us a song,” is the chant from the large and raucous away following... still 10-0...
A 40-20 so often leads to a try but not this time as Keith Lulia sees his progress halted...
14 mins... Danny Addy with a superb 40-20...
Widnes have fashioned a highly impressive response... but the Bulls hold firm...
Sammut converts Kearney's try to make it 10-0...
Jarrod Sammut is kicking... he misses. 0-4.
TRY!!! Kearney sends Elliott Whitehead over the line!!
Bulls immediately on the front foot...
Big following of Bulls fans here tonight. Atmosphere building ahead of kick-off, which is just 10 minutes away...
Just interviewed John Bateman. He's in buoyant mood and hoping to come into contention to face Hull KR next Sunday...— @rosshtanda 08 March 2013
Match report from tonight's Academy win... http://t.co/KvxVIM2Eqn #rugbyleague— @rosshtanda 08 March 2013
Just interviewed John Bateman. He's in buoyant mood and hoping to come into contention to face Hull KR next Sunday...
Interchange: Diskin, Donaldson, Murphy, Sidlow.
Bulls: Kearney, Kear, Blythe, Lulia, Walker, Addy, Sammut, Scruton, L'Estrange, Manuokafua, Olbison, Whitehead, Langley
So Chev Walker takes Foster's place on the left flank...
Manuokafoa and Diskin are passed fit to play but Jamie Foster misses out after picking up a knock at Huddersfield last week...
Okay folks,now for first-team matters...
Widnes Academy 16, Bradford Academy 46
John Bateman put himself in contention for a first-team return after scoring a first-half hat-trick and playing eighty minutes for the Academy this evening.
The homegrown back-rower underwent a shoulder reconstruction during the off-season and has not played a Super League game since last August.
But, with his rehab having progressed well, Bateman followed a short stint in the Under-19s against Huddersfield last week with a strong display at the Stobart Stadium.
Bateman, 19, lined up in the second row and opened the scoring with a fine surge over the line and Sam Wood quickly added a second to put Paul Medley’s young guns in control.
Bateman scored his second with another formidable break and soon went on to complete his hat-trick after again proving too strong for Widnes’ youngsters.
He also had a hand in a number of other tries and looked in excellent physical condition, suggesting he will come into contention to face Hull KR in next weekend’s Super League clash.
Adam Brook’s four conversions made it 24-0 before tries from Kane Ditchfield and Jack Owens cut the Bulls’ lead before the break.
Kyle Moore added a fifth try for the visitors shortly after the restart before the hosts grabbed their third score of the game.
Nevertheless, the Bulls continued to probe and Stephen Copeland scored their sixth try before Todd Binns scampered clear for a delightful effort.
Wood added his second late on to complete the scoring and was impressive along with Bateman, Brook, Nathan Conroy and Alex Mellor in what marked a thoroughly good night's work for the Bulls before the first-team game at 8pm.
FINAL SCORE... Widnes 16 Bulls 46...
Brook adds the extras...
77 mins... Sam Wood has raced over for his second try...
Widnes Viking vs Bradford Bulls #superleague #rugbyleague #coyb (at @stobartstadium w/ @anthonyn77 @gerbelly) http://t.co/FRIUPeY9xC— @bu07lls 08 March 2013
The diminutive Brook scores the conversion to make it 40-16 with 19 minutes remaining....
Todd Binns scores a delightful try after Bateman put Brook away... scintillating stuff..!!
It is now 34-16 to the Bulls with 22 minutes remaining...
Brook adds the extras in front of coach Francis Cummins, who has arrived with the first-team squad...
Stephen Copeland stretches the Bulls' lead after barrelling over from close range... 32-16 with the kick to come...
Bulls coming back into the game as the hour mark approaches... another surging run from Bateman almost puts a team-mate over in the left corner... still 28-16...
Widnes have scored their third try which Tom Gilmore has converted... now 28-16 to the Bulls... 52 mins gone.
Another picture that will gladden the hearts of Bulls fans... Bateman back in action. Score still 28-10 by the way... http://t.co/TNmbW1ADfF— @rosshtanda 08 March 2013
John Bateman in action in tonight's game... http://t.co/B5tC8LU0Mr— @rosshtanda 08 March 2013
Widnes player Alma Tagayuna carried off on a stretcher following a tackle...
Kyle Moore has scored after more fine work from Bateman... it's now 28-10 to the Bulls with 44 minutes played.
I'm at @mcdonalds (Widnes, UK) http://t.co/Njg7VKlU8I— @ladybull13 08 March 2013
Will Bateman's performance here put him in contention to play first-team against Hull KR next week? You would certainly think so.— @rosshtanda 08 March 2013
The Bulls' young guns lead 24-10 at the break... John Bateman taking centre stage with a hat-trick of tries.
Tom Gilmore's conversion makes it 10-24... almost half-time...
Jack Owens scampers clear for a second Widnes try...
Sam Wood enjoying a fine game at left-centre for the Bulls...
Widnes enjoying another spell of pressure now but the Bulls' scrambling defence is impressive again... still 24-4...
Will Bateman's performance here put him in contention to play first-team against Hull KR next week? You would certainly think so.
Some fine defending keeping Widnes at bay again here... but they have eventually scored through Kane Ditchfield in the right corner...
Our academy team doing well. #BradfordBulls http://t.co/jk8Rl2TA5X— @Rwhitcut 08 March 2013
Omar Khan, Simon Kenny and Ryan Whitcut all here in the stands...
The 19-year-old touches down a loose ball for his third try and Brook's conversion makes it 24-0...
HAT-TRICK for Bateman!!
Brook has converted from the left-hand touchline again... so it's now 18-0 to the Bulls...
John Bateman has scored his second after another formidable run... safe to say he's match fit!!!
Interesting to note that it is often taking three or four Widnes players to stop Bateman...
Alex Mellor has scored a third try for the Bulls...but it is chalked off for offside. Looked harsh to say the least.
The Bulls Academy are still 12-0 up after keeping Widnes at bay with some impressive scrambling defence...
Great to see John Bateman back in the thick of things... he looks in a class of his own.
Paul Medley's young guns celebrate after Sam Wood's try... Still 12-0.. http://t.co/uTutt7BZQc— @rosshtanda 08 March 2013
Sam Wood has scored a second try for the Bulls' young guns after a formidable run from John Bateman...
The Bulls' Academy side, led by John Bateman, are currently 6-0 up against their Widnes counterparts...
Welcome from the Stobart Stadium, Widnes...