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Hooray for Henry as Bradford & Bingley bag first win
Morley 32 Bradford & Bingley 44
The Bees got their season up and running with a victory on the road at one of their oldest rivals.
Although the final margin of victory was 12 points, the Wagon Laners were clearly the better side from half-time and a margin of victory of double that amount would have been a better reflection of Henry Paul’s side’s dominance.
Paul may have been the oldest man on the field but it was a vintage performance from him. With Tom Bills also proving to be a handful inside Paul at scrum half, and Richard Tafa bumping and barging his way upfield off Paul’s outside shoulder, the Bees ran the home defence ragged in the second half.
All six of their tries featured slick handling from backs and forwards which had many in the Scatcherd Lane crowd wondering how the visitors had come into the game without a win.
Morley had skipper Mark Chester to thank for keeping them in touching distance as he landed five penalties, a conversion and scored one of his side’s three tries.
The hosts’ other try-scorers were Simon Bradshaw in the 24th minute and Bradley Marshall in the 64th.
Although Bradshaw’s touchdown had put his side into an 11-3 lead, once the Bees finally clicked into gear on the half-hour there was only going to be one winner.
It was another of the Bees veterans, Ben Greaves, who crossed first after a move up the left-hand touchline. Six minutes later, Bills gave the Wagon Laners the lead after hooker Antony McNally linked up with Paul to put the scrum half in under the posts.
A flurry of penalties saw the game evenly balanced at 18-17 until Ben Greaves was on the end of another superlative handling move.
Suka Hufanga and Dave Barden were quickly on the scoresheet, both notching their first tries in Bees colours.
With Adam Malthouse crashing over on 68 minutes, the away side were starting to showboat but were excellent value for their win.
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