Dewsbury Rams 38, Bradford Bulls 4

Action from today's friendly clash at Dewsbury

Action from today's friendly clash at Dewsbury

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A youthful Bulls side were outmuscled by a physically superior and more experienced Dewsbury outfit in today’s pre-season friendly at the Tetley’s Stadium.

Head coach Francis Cummins rested the bulk of his first-team squad and handed opportunities to a number of young fringe players and Academy products.

But Dewsbury, who were at close to full strength and included hardened Championship performers such as Makali Aizue, made their physicality pay in difficult conditions.

Centre Shane Grady opened the scoring with a well-taken try in the fifth minute before the young Bulls replied six minutes later when Warrington loanee James Saltonstall touched down a kick from Lee Gaskell.

But Dale Morton touched down in the left corner on the stroke of half-time to cap a fine handling sequence and then added his second shortly after the break with another clinical finish.

Half-back Anthony Thackeray then powered through a gaping hole in the Bulls’ rearguard to add a fourth Dewsbury try in the 51st minute.

Despite a spirited response from the visitors, they could not make their second-half pressure pay as Dewsbury held on before Aizue galloped clear for a fifth try with ten minutes remaining.

Cummins handed opportunities to Warrington loanees Saltonstall, Joe Philbin and Tom Walker, along with Academy products Adam Brook, Emmerson Whittel, Sam Bates, Brad Adams, Steve Copeland, Nick Gomersall and Jordan Gale.

But Dewsbury added a sixth try with six minutes remaining when Aaron Brown touched down from close range before Thackeray’s second completed the scoring.

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6:42pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

A sign of things to come.
A sign of things to come. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: -65

7:05pm Sun 26 Jan 14

oddshapedballs says...

Yeah because we will play kids every week. What a tool!
Yeah because we will play kids every week. What a tool! oddshapedballs
  • Score: 42

7:40pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Sheffieldbull says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
A sign of things to come.
You really are a pathetic little Troll aren't you?
As per usual, a comment that becomes you.
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: A sign of things to come.[/p][/quote]You really are a pathetic little Troll aren't you? As per usual, a comment that becomes you. Sheffieldbull
  • Score: 38

7:42pm Sun 26 Jan 14

-HCK3R- says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
A sign of things to come.
How come you didn't post a similar comment after last weeks game ? ....oh I forgot your knowledge of rugby is non existent an as oddshapedballs rightly says you're a tool......
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: A sign of things to come.[/p][/quote]How come you didn't post a similar comment after last weeks game ? ....oh I forgot your knowledge of rugby is non existent an as oddshapedballs rightly says you're a tool...... -HCK3R-
  • Score: 36

7:57pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

-HCK3R- wrote:
Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
A sign of things to come.
How come you didn't post a similar comment after last weeks game ? ....oh I forgot your knowledge of rugby is non existent an as oddshapedballs rightly says you're a tool......
I pointed out it was a friendly last week but some got carried away thinking a Super league Grand Final place was a shoe in on the back of that result.
[quote][p][bold]-HCK3R-[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: A sign of things to come.[/p][/quote]How come you didn't post a similar comment after last weeks game ? ....oh I forgot your knowledge of rugby is non existent an as oddshapedballs rightly says you're a tool......[/p][/quote]I pointed out it was a friendly last week but some got carried away thinking a Super league Grand Final place was a shoe in on the back of that result. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: -43

9:02pm Sun 26 Jan 14

The Man From the Pru says...

TVOR, just to point out one or two or three things for your delectation,

1) the Bulls kids were given a run out today.

2) YOU wouldn't realise that today's weather or conditions were NOT conducive to RL.

3) that ALL other games today were off because of waterlogged grounds.

The actual point of friendlies is not to try to win but to give players a runout and get game time under their belts prior to start of regular season. But a win is a nice bonus. I suggest you follow this lead, to find out more.

http://www.bradfordb
ulls.co.uk/news/arti
cle/8844/cummins-pra
ises-young-talent-
TVOR, just to point out one or two or three things for your delectation, 1) the Bulls kids were given a run out today. 2) YOU wouldn't realise that today's weather or conditions were NOT conducive to RL. 3) that ALL other games today were off because of waterlogged grounds. The actual point of friendlies is not to try to win but to give players a runout and get game time under their belts prior to start of regular season. But a win is a nice bonus. I suggest you follow this lead, to find out more. http://www.bradfordb ulls.co.uk/news/arti cle/8844/cummins-pra ises-young-talent- The Man From the Pru
  • Score: 26

9:25pm Sun 26 Jan 14

bradfordbronco says...

Forget about TVOR. His comments are just stupid. Last week he stated there were other offers for the Bulls at the time Omar took over. I asked him a direct question. "Who were the other offers from?" Needless to say I'm still waiting for a reply.

The guy actually believes he is a "Voice of reason" and everyone else is wrong. Its actually a sign of paranoia or madness!!
Forget about TVOR. His comments are just stupid. Last week he stated there were other offers for the Bulls at the time Omar took over. I asked him a direct question. "Who were the other offers from?" Needless to say I'm still waiting for a reply. The guy actually believes he is a "Voice of reason" and everyone else is wrong. Its actually a sign of paranoia or madness!! bradfordbronco
  • Score: 30

10:25pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Adeybull says...

TVOR in fatal slip-up shocker.

In those six short little words, it demonstrated to all the world that, far from it ever being a "voice of reason", it is nothing but a troll that does not in any way wish the Bulls well.

"Is there anything else we already knew, that you wanted to tell us?" I hear you all say...?
TVOR in fatal slip-up shocker. In those six short little words, it demonstrated to all the world that, far from it ever being a "voice of reason", it is nothing but a troll that does not in any way wish the Bulls well. "Is there anything else we already knew, that you wanted to tell us?" I hear you all say...? Adeybull
  • Score: 19

10:59pm Sun 26 Jan 14

hx3bantam says...

Yup. Unfortunately he does come across as a "tool" on this thread. Maybe he's had a rough day!
Yup. Unfortunately he does come across as a "tool" on this thread. Maybe he's had a rough day! hx3bantam
  • Score: 17

2:30am Mon 27 Jan 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

The Man From the Pru wrote:
TVOR, just to point out one or two or three things for your delectation, 1) the Bulls kids were given a run out today. 2) YOU wouldn't realise that today's weather or conditions were NOT conducive to RL. 3) that ALL other games today were off because of waterlogged grounds. The actual point of friendlies is not to try to win but to give players a runout and get game time under their belts prior to start of regular season. But a win is a nice bonus. I suggest you follow this lead, to find out more. http://www.bradfordb ulls.co.uk/news/arti cle/8844/cummins-pra ises-young-talent-
But when I used to watch 'Northern' they used to play in these conditions and worse. Just because they play in summer doesn't mean they can't get frosty pinkies now and again.
[quote][p][bold]The Man From the Pru[/bold] wrote: TVOR, just to point out one or two or three things for your delectation, 1) the Bulls kids were given a run out today. 2) YOU wouldn't realise that today's weather or conditions were NOT conducive to RL. 3) that ALL other games today were off because of waterlogged grounds. The actual point of friendlies is not to try to win but to give players a runout and get game time under their belts prior to start of regular season. But a win is a nice bonus. I suggest you follow this lead, to find out more. http://www.bradfordb ulls.co.uk/news/arti cle/8844/cummins-pra ises-young-talent-[/p][/quote]But when I used to watch 'Northern' they used to play in these conditions and worse. Just because they play in summer doesn't mean they can't get frosty pinkies now and again. Papa Smurfs Wig
  • Score: 7

7:43am Mon 27 Jan 14

expatbull says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
A sign of things to come.
WHAT YOUR MINDLESS TWADDLE.
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: A sign of things to come.[/p][/quote]WHAT YOUR MINDLESS TWADDLE. expatbull
  • Score: 17

7:55am Mon 27 Jan 14

expatbull says...

Seems like TVOR has totally missed the mark AGAIN I suppose if FC had put out full team scored 50+ points against Dewsbury you'd have moaned about that too.
As FC said youthful team who have little or no time playing together he wanted to give them a run out see what combinations work and who is ready to step up, It was a great experience earner for the kids and if nothing else it shows just how much TVOR really understands about the game. FC did right hes building foundations for the coming season.
Seems like TVOR has totally missed the mark AGAIN I suppose if FC had put out full team scored 50+ points against Dewsbury you'd have moaned about that too. As FC said youthful team who have little or no time playing together he wanted to give them a run out see what combinations work and who is ready to step up, It was a great experience earner for the kids and if nothing else it shows just how much TVOR really understands about the game. FC did right hes building foundations for the coming season. expatbull
  • Score: 15

9:56am Mon 27 Jan 14

bully4us says...

Did you all see those two loners who were sent down for those comments on twitter? They looked like people with no lives or friends. One hardly left his house. All I do now is picture their faces when certain people come on here and it makes me smile as that is what these people are like. Don't bite back, just feel sorry for them.
Did you all see those two loners who were sent down for those comments on twitter? They looked like people with no lives or friends. One hardly left his house. All I do now is picture their faces when certain people come on here and it makes me smile as that is what these people are like. Don't bite back, just feel sorry for them. bully4us
  • Score: 9

10:32am Mon 27 Jan 14

expatbull says...

bully4us wrote:
Did you all see those two loners who were sent down for those comments on twitter? They looked like people with no lives or friends. One hardly left his house. All I do now is picture their faces when certain people come on here and it makes me smile as that is what these people are like. Don't bite back, just feel sorry for them.
a couple have stopped posting on here makes you think doesn't it
[quote][p][bold]bully4us[/bold] wrote: Did you all see those two loners who were sent down for those comments on twitter? They looked like people with no lives or friends. One hardly left his house. All I do now is picture their faces when certain people come on here and it makes me smile as that is what these people are like. Don't bite back, just feel sorry for them.[/p][/quote]a couple have stopped posting on here makes you think doesn't it expatbull
  • Score: 10

11:14am Mon 27 Jan 14

BCFC LAD says says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
A sign of things to come.
I`d shut up if I were you the Bantams have only won one game in the last seventeen and that was back in November !!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: A sign of things to come.[/p][/quote]I`d shut up if I were you the Bantams have only won one game in the last seventeen and that was back in November !!!!!! BCFC LAD says
  • Score: 9

1:39pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Bacon Bantam says...

Haha, minus 50.

Great effort.
Haha, minus 50. Great effort. Bacon Bantam
  • Score: -3

1:48pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Bacon Bantam says...

I'm guessing TVOR will be on the front cover of the Angling times this month.
I'm guessing TVOR will be on the front cover of the Angling times this month. Bacon Bantam
  • Score: -2

4:15pm Mon 27 Jan 14

The Man From the Pru says...

Bacon, not so it will be on the front of MAD mag.
Bacon, not so it will be on the front of MAD mag. The Man From the Pru
  • Score: 3

5:48pm Mon 27 Jan 14

fedupwiththeBS says...

A good effort from the lads but the worrying thing is it shows we have no strength in depth and yet again will be at the mercy of injuries like last season; we are especially light in the forwards.
A good effort from the lads but the worrying thing is it shows we have no strength in depth and yet again will be at the mercy of injuries like last season; we are especially light in the forwards. fedupwiththeBS
  • Score: -4

6:45pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Lythambull says...

fedupwiththeBS wrote:
A good effort from the lads but the worrying thing is it shows we have no strength in depth and yet again will be at the mercy of injuries like last season; we are especially light in the forwards.
Carvell, Scruton, Manuokafoa, Sidlow, Fergusson, Addy, Donaldson, Diskin, Walker, Olbison, Mellor and O'Brien. Twelve recognised forwards covering six positions. Hardly a crisis.
Every team in the comp will be at the mercy of injuries. Saints struggled with them and found it tough as a result. Giants were lucky injury-wise and won the LLS.
[quote][p][bold]fedupwiththeBS[/bold] wrote: A good effort from the lads but the worrying thing is it shows we have no strength in depth and yet again will be at the mercy of injuries like last season; we are especially light in the forwards.[/p][/quote]Carvell, Scruton, Manuokafoa, Sidlow, Fergusson, Addy, Donaldson, Diskin, Walker, Olbison, Mellor and O'Brien. Twelve recognised forwards covering six positions. Hardly a crisis. Every team in the comp will be at the mercy of injuries. Saints struggled with them and found it tough as a result. Giants were lucky injury-wise and won the LLS. Lythambull
  • Score: 3

7:09pm Mon 27 Jan 14

raisemeup says...

-HCK3R- wrote:
Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
A sign of things to come.
How come you didn't post a similar comment after last weeks game ? ....oh I forgot your knowledge of rugby is non existent an as oddshapedballs rightly says you're a tool......
Isn't a tool useful sometimes ??????
[quote][p][bold]-HCK3R-[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: A sign of things to come.[/p][/quote]How come you didn't post a similar comment after last weeks game ? ....oh I forgot your knowledge of rugby is non existent an as oddshapedballs rightly says you're a tool......[/p][/quote]Isn't a tool useful sometimes ?????? raisemeup
  • Score: 4

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