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Bradford Bulls 18 Castleford Tigers 36
Justin Carney, Luke Dorn and Grant Millington scored in the final quarter to give Castleford victory as the Bulls were beaten in their Super League opener today.
Imposing Aussie winger Carney caught a high kick from Liam Finn to edge Daryl Powell’s men in front when the scores were tied at 18-18.
Dorn then collected an inside pass from Marc Sneyd to add a fifth Tigers try with five minutes remaining before Millington claimed a sixth late on.
Francis Cummins’ men were on the front foot for much of the first half and Danny Addy’s close-range try put them ahead in the fourth minute.
Castleford replied through Weller Hauraki to make it 6-6 at half-time before Jamie Foster and Adrian Purtell scored either side of a try from Kirk Dixon.
That made it 18-12 to Bradford but Daryl Clark scored to level the match at 18-18 before Carney and then Dorn struck to seal it for Castleford.
The Bulls’ spirit was never in doubt in their first outing since the departure of Garreth Carvell and Jarrod Sammut but they ran out of steam in the final quarter and were punished accordingly.
Nevertheless, new recruit Lee Gaskell showed some promising touches alongside Luke Gale at half-back during the first half before Castleford gradually took control.
78 mins... TRY for Grant Millington, who collects a flat pass to score with ease... Dixon will make it 36-18.
72 mins... TRY for Castleford as Luke Dorn touches down under the posts... Dixon will convert to make it 30-18...
Dixon's goal has made it 24-18... Bulls have 15 minutes to come back...
62 mins... TRY for Cas as Carney catches a high kick to score... now 18-22 with kick to come...
61 mins... Dixon spurns a golden opportunity to put Cas in front after skewing a simple penalty wide... still 18-18...
56 mins... TRY for Cas as Daryl Clark comes back on the field to score from Liam Finn's pass... Dixon's goal makes it 18-18...
Bulls forced to drop out.... Scruton back on for Manuokafoa... still 18-12 to Bradford...
Foster's conversion has made it 18-12 with half an hour remaining...
47 mins... TRY for Adrian Purtell who expertly touches down Luke Gale's hanging kick on the last tackle...!!
Fine touchline conversion from Dixon ties the scores at 12-12....
44 mins... TRY for Castleford as Kirk Dixon goes over in the right corner...
Foster converts to make it 12-6....
42 mins... TRY for Jamie Foster who touches down from Luke Gale's teasing kick...
The second half is underway....
Half-time: 6-6 and absolutely everything to play for...
Kirk Dixon converts to make it 6-6...
33 mins... TRY for Castleford as Weller Hauraki saunters past Lee Gaskell to score all too easily...
Lee Gaskell and Luke Gale have showed plenty of promising signs that they can forge a potent partnership this year...
Danny Bridge makes his debut to replace James Donaldson... Bulls on top and still leading 6-0 as the interval approaches...
Adam O'Brien on for Matt Diskin, who has enjoyed a fine game... still 6-0... 10 minutes to half-time...
26 mins... Chev Walker on for Adam Sidlow... still 6-0...
Manuokafoa on for Scruton...
Bulls asking some searching questions of the Cas defence here as Diskin, Gaskell and Gale continue to combine effectively... still 6-0...
Bulls still leasd 6-0 after a vibrant start but Cas have looked dangerous with Daryl Clark's brilliant run halted by Elliot Kear's superb saving tackle...
03 mins...TRY for the Bulls as Danny Addy barrels over the line from Lee Gaskell's smart offload... Foster converts to make it 6-0.
We are underway with the Bulls attacking the Coral Stand first half...
Decent looking crowd at Odsal as kick-off approaches with a big following from Castleford....
RT @TheGameCaller: Official confirmation of today's teams. #RugbyLeague #SLBraCas http://t.co/TTu78Zv1d1— @TonyBraisby 16 February 2014
Cas interchange: Milner, Mariano, Wheeldon, Fleming
Bulls interchange: Walker, Manuokafoa, O'Brien, Bridge
Castleford: Dorn, Dixon, Channing, Shenton, Carney, Sneyd, Finn, Lynch, Huby, Holmes, Hauraki, Millington.
Bulls: Kearney, Kear, Henry, Purtell, Foster, Gaskell, Gale, Scruton, Diskin, Sidlow, Olbison, Addy, Donaldson
The Provident Stadium looking delightfully picturesque 90 minutes before the @First_Utility @SuperLeague opener. http://t.co/9CfhFR0uu2— @TheGameCaller 16 February 2014
With the average aggregate score between the two sides being: Bradford Bulls 29-24 Castleford Tigers.— @TheGameCaller 16 February 2014
@aaronbower Thanks, pal! Relying on you guys for updates today!— @RyanSparksBulls 16 February 2014
Right. Here we go. Odsal here I come. Never felt as uncertain about a game before.— @michaelbullboy 16 February 2014
The day when 102,569 came to Odsal for the 1954 Challenge Cup final replay. http://t.co/hlQMpvkDtL— @rosshtanda 16 February 2014
@Linsiepug won't be there unfortunately, think best for all focus on players and action on pitch— @rplLamb 16 February 2014
Day has arrived where action and talk goes back on the pitch. Good luck @OfficialBullsRL— @rplLamb 16 February 2014
Weather is superb at Odsal and there is a real buzz developing around the stadium...
Awaiting team news but would imagine Brett Kearney will return at full back with Lee Gaskell and Luke Gale in the halves...
New @OfficialBullsRL programme looking really good. #bradfordbulls http://t.co/A69s29XMP1— @rosshtanda 16 February 2014
In his chairman's column, Mark Moore says: "I have a five-year plan for the club, designed to take us forward and eventually make this a...— @rosshtanda 16 February 2014
... profitable business - something its not been for a number of years. it's all about sustainability. That's what I'm working towards."— @rosshtanda 16 February 2014
Was supposed to be a feature with Jarrod Sammut in Bulls programme today but got asked to do Jamie Foster at last minute instead. Lucky!— @aaronbower 16 February 2014
Game day babies!!! @melmanuokafoa @micahmanuokafoa #cheeeehoooo http://t.co/f6CITBtXzo— @Nas_Manuokafoa 16 February 2014
RT @rosshtanda: New season is here and so with it glorious weather. #bradfordbulls http://t.co/WDFrFeRE57— @Owen_2k10 16 February 2014
Welcome to the Provident Stadium, Odsal for today's Super League opener between Bradford Bulls and Castleford Tigers...