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So the Bulls are up to third in the Super League table after seven rounds. A thoroughly decent start to the season.
Donaldson required treatment on the field after appearing to take a blow to the head during a challenge.
Cummins said: “Donno said he was okay to go back on but I wasn’t going to risk it.
“Keith looks like he’s got a bad dead leg so we’ll just to have to assess that later in the week."
Bulls coach Francis Cummins said he would wait on the prognosis following the injuries sustained by James Donaldson and Keith Lulia...
“It felt awesome,” said Purtell with a huge smile after playing 55 minutes of today’s fine win.
“By the time I was on the field the boys had really laid the platform so it was pretty easy to slot into a game like that.
“I’ve been training hard now for the past three months and I’ve always had this goal to get back playing.
“I’m just glad to have got that game out of the way so we can just focus on Bradford as a team because we’re playing really well.
“I want to just put my misfortune 10 months ago behind me now.”
Spoke to Adrian Purtell after the game. He was in excellent spirits and said he was delighted to be back on the field...
Bradford Bulls 34, Hull KR 12
Adrian Purtell celebrated his comeback with a victory today as the Bulls put their injury crisis to one side by outplaying Hull KR to claim a superb win.
The Australian centre was making his first appearance since suffering a heart attack on May 27 last year and entered the fray in the 25th minute.
His contribution was understandably low-key but he played for the remainder of the game and John Bateman also returned for his first appearance of the season, marking it with a try.
But it was Jarrod Sammut who typically took centre stage with a scintillating two-try display.
Jamie Foster, who kicked five goals, opened the scoring with a neat finish in the left corner and Brett Kearney soon added a second.
Rovers replied through David Hodgson midway through the second half but Elliot Kear, Bateman and Sammut all touched down to help the Bulls into a 26-6 interval lead.
The visitors hit back through Josh Hodgson but Sammut claimed his second with 11 minutes remaining to complete a fine victory.
James Donaldson was withdrawn after an apparent clash of heads and it was to be hoped he had suffered no serious injury.
Keith Lulia also picked up a dead leg, giving coach Francis Cummins cause for concern ahead of Saturday's trip to Catalan Dragons.
FINAL SCORE... Bulls 34, Hull KR 12...
Foster penalty makes it 34-12.... 2 mins to go...
73 mins...BATEMAN on KEARNEY off...
68 mins... Manuokafoa on for Sidlow...
Foster's conversion makes it 32-12 with 14 mins remaining..
64 mins... TRY..!!! SAMMUT scores his second after leaving Lovegrove and Eden for dead...!!!
Purtell makes a small carry but cannot find the right pass...
Greg Eden knocks on.. goodness knows how many errors Rovers have made today...
55 mins... Adam O'Brien replaces Heath L'Estrange... still 26-12...
Donaldson went off after a collision with Adam Walker... looked to be a clash of heads...
51 mins... Scruton and Olbison on for Manuokafoa and Donaldson...
It came from another drop-out and Dobson converts to make it 26-12... game on??
TRY!!! Josh Hodgson over from close range....
Bulls forced to drop-out again....
The Bulls are forced to drop-out but Travis Burns knocks on horribly and Rovers' opportunity is spurned.
The second half is underway....
Wow! Thankyou for the excellent commentary @bcbradio it sounds amazing! ...listening from my couch #poorly...#keepitupboysnoslacking! :-)— @KatyCummins 17 March 2013
HALF-TIME: Bulls 26, Hull KR 6.... Bulls full value for their commanding interval lead.
A high kick from Dobson is then caught by Liam Salter but Sammut and Lulia prevent him from grounding the ball....
Purtell makes two tackles in quick succession to halt Corey Paterson's progress...
Foster's conversion makes it 26-6 to the Bulls... not quite cigar time but certainly a commanding lead...
Foster showed real intelligence there to find Sammut in support... the Aussie had no problems finishing off the break...
TRY..!!! Sammut!! Foster with a brilliant break and pass....
Foster converts his second goal of the game to make it 20-6 to the Bulls...!!!
TRY...!!! BATEMAN..!!! Touches down after a clever kick from Danny Addy..!!!
Foster converts at third time of asking to make it 14-6.... decent cushion for the Bulls but 13 mins to go to the break...
Well-worked try for the Bulls there as Kear touches down Kearney's kick unopposed....
Bulls keeping Hull KR at bay after David Hodgson's try #rugbyleague http://t.co/Pz2XXHvgHX— @rosshtanda 17 March 2013
TRY!!! Kear touches down in the right corner..!!!
The Aussie centre replaces Nick Scruton...
24 mins... ADRIAN PURTELL enters the fray to a standing ovation...
Dobson converts to make it 8-6...
18 mins... Rovers have scored a fine try in the left corner... David Hodgson after good work from Greg Eden and Michael Dobson...
Alex Brown inexplicably allows a high kick from Addy to bounce but Rovers, who have committed some awful handling errors, survive... still 8-0...
Sadly not, so it's 8-0 to the Bulls with 10 minutes played...
Can Jamie Foster convert??
TRY..!!!! The Bulls have scored again and it's Brett Kearney in the right corner after a high kick falls into his path...
08... Nick Scruton almost powers his way through after a barnstorming run....
Jamie Foster could not finish his own try... so it's 4-0...
The try came after Evarn Tuimavave knocked on and some neat handling led to Keith Lulia putting Foster over in the left corner...
BULLS TRY!!!! Jamie Foster finishes well in the left corner...
A high bomb from Michael Dobson is fielded by Brett Kearney...
Hull KR have begun well but Bulls defending strongly thus far...
And we are off..!!!
Adrian Purtell's name is cheered loudly as the Bulls team is read out by matchday host Steve Bailey...
Warm embraces and handshakes all round between the Bulls players as they complete their pre-match preparations before jogging off the field...
@rugbyleaguelady @ukrlfanclub sure is http://t.co/vd2Pydybxb— @LisaJoHudson 17 March 2013
Regardless of the score at #SLBraHKR today, the biggest cheer will be for the return of @bruiser3101. Welcome back mate— @LisaJoHudson 17 March 2013
Kick off just five minutes away now...
Also a big boost that Jamie Foster is passed fit to return after missing the draw at Widnes with a shoulder knock.
Adrian Purtell gets a rapturous round of applause by fans during the pre-match warm-up #rugbyleague http://t.co/bHwOYDD5Z8— @rosshtanda 17 March 2013
The reshuffle sees Elliott Whitehead lining up in the centres for the first time this season...
Bateman straight back into the starting line-up says much for the regard he is held... he's not played Super League since last August...
It's been 294 days since @bruiser3101 last featured on the @OfficialBullsRL team sheet. Welcome back. #COYB http://t.co/fnJ29EOu8y— @OfficialBullsRL 17 March 2013
Hull KR interchange: J Hodgson, Walker, Horne, Paea
Hull KR starting line-up: Eden, Brown, Salter, Welham, D Hodgson, Burns, Dobson, Tuimavave, Carlile, Lovegrove, Mika, Paterson, Griffin
I'm at Provident Stadium - @bradfordbullsrl w/ @htoft @gerbelly @wells_mark @thebigfella80 http://t.co/YXB865g19I— @DannyJalapeno 17 March 2013
I'm at Fat Dogs Bar http://t.co/5ROEq70re8— @DannyJalapeno 17 March 2013
Adrian Purtell confirmed as being on the bench this afternoon... John Bateman to start...
Interchange: Purtell, O'Brien, Murphy, Sidlow
BREAKING NEWS.... Bulls starting line-up...
Kearney, Kear, Whitehead, Lulia, Foster, Addy, Sammut, Scruton, L'Estrange, Manuokafua, Bateman, Olbison, Donaldson.
Bulls v Hull KR #coyb (@ Provident Stadium - @bradfordbullsrl w/ @gerbelly @thebigfella80) http://t.co/KHEZbufP6Q— @wells_mark 17 March 2013
Just awaiting team news but expecting Sam Wood and Chev Walker to be the two men who miss out........
Here's today's matchday mascots smiling in their @OfficialBullsRL shirts before a tour of the ground. #COYB http://t.co/WcKITtoVYC— @OfficialBullsRL 17 March 2013
Have you got your copy of today's @OfficialBullsRL v @hullkr_online programme yet? It's a bumper 62-page edition. http://t.co/fnh7DmZGie— @OfficialBullsRL 17 March 2013
Can we just say congratulations to Mick Potter on registering his first @Wests_Tigers victory this morning since his return to the #NRL— @OfficialBullsRL 17 March 2013
Adrian Purtell was poised to make an emotional comeback for the Bulls in this afternoon's Super League home clash with Hull KR.
The Australian centre has been included in Francis Cummins’ 19-man injury-hit squad and is expected to feature off the bench.
It will be Purtell’s first competitive action since he played the full eighty minutes of the Magic Weekend defeat to Leeds on May 27 last year.
The 28-year-old suffered a heart attack in the aftermath of that game but was told in December he could resume his playing career in three months’ time.
He stopped taking medication to thin his blood a fortnight ago and took part in his first full contact session at training on Friday, putting him on course for a tumultuous return this afternoon.
Homegrown back-rower John Bateman is also set to make his first appearance of the season after a shoulder reconstruction but a number of players will be missing through injury.
Full team news to follow later this afternoon...
Good afternoon from the Provident Stadium...