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Hull FC 44, Bradford Bulls 16
The Bulls slipped to a heavy defeat at the KC Stadium tonight as Hull ran out convincing winners in an eight-try victory.
Matt Diskin gave Francis Cummins’ side an early lead when he barrelled over the line in the second minute.
But Lee Radford’s men hit back with three tries in nine minutes through Gareth Ellis, Joe Westerman and Jamie Shaul.
Adrian Purtell replied for the Bulls in the 27 th minute but Hull grabbed three more scores before the break through Richard Whiting, Aaron Heremaia and Danny Houghton.
That made it 32-10 at the break before Shaul’s second and Jordan Rankin increased the agony for the Bulls, who lost debutant Greg Burke to a shoulder injury in the second half.
Liam Sutcliffe also came off the bench after the break and provided an added spark before Adam Henry scored a late consolation in front of the travelling supporters.
The result left the Bulls on minus two points ahead of next Sunday’s home clash with Huddersfield at the Provident Stadium.
76 mins... TRY for Adam Henry in the right corner... late consolation...
70 mins... Hull have a try ruled out.... still 44-10...
Fourteen minutes left and the Bulls trail 44-10.... a bad night all round with Greg Burke going off with a suspected shoulder injury...
66 mins... TRY for Jordan Rankin who exposes more poor defending from the Bulls...
Greg Burke has gone off injured... looks painful... an arm or shoulder injury... still 38-10...
Liam Sutcliffe is on... for Danny Addy...
Whiting converts to make it 38-10....
45 mins... TRY for Jamie Shaul who touches down from Richard Horne's neat grubber kick...
Bulls down but not out. Not quite yet anyway. Hull lead 32-10 at the break.
38 mins.. TRY for Danny Houghton as the Hull hooker barrels over from close range after Liam Watts' pass... now 32-10....
Bulls forced to drop out.... Hull seeking another try... 26-10...
Whiting converted to make it 26-10....
31 mins... TRY for Hull as Aaron Heremaia races clear for a well-worked score...
30 mins... Adam O'Brien on for Matt Diskin...
Whiting fails to convert so it's 20-10...
28 mins... TRY for Hull as Richard Whiting takes Richard Horne's pass to score from close range...
Foster misses conversion from right on the touchline... 16-10 to Hull.
26 mins... TRY for Adrian Purtell who crashes over in the left corner after back-to-back penalties... now 16-10 with kick to come...
24 mins... Manase Manuokafoa on for Adam Sidlow... still 16-6...
Anthony Mullally off and Greg Burke on for his debut...
19 mins... Iaefeta Paleaaesina on for Mickey Paea..
Bulls under real pressure now.. Hull looking for a fourth...
14 mins... TRY for Jamie Shaul after a calamitious mix-up in the Bulls defence ... he scampered clear into the corner. Now 16-6.
Whiting adds the extras to make it 12-6...
12 mins... TRY for Joe Westerman who barrels over from close range... followed 2nd drop-out in as many mins for Bulls...
11 mins... Bulls forced to drop out for the second time in as many minutes...
Danny Bridge gives the ball away after some fine passing from the Bulls on the edge of Hull's 20-metre line...
Diskin wins a penalty after clever play, Hull punished for holding down...
Bulls need to steady themselves now... Hull look dangerous when on the attack... powerful through the middle...
Richard Whiting adds the extras... 6-6...
05 mins... TRY for Hull FC as Gareth Ellis goes through a gap in the Bulls defence to score from Aaron Heremaia's pass...
02 mins... TRY for Matt Diskin!! He burrows over from acting half after Hull kick out on the full!! Foster converts to make it 6-0!! GAME ON...
Kick-off just two minutes away now.....
@rosshtanda @OfficialBullsRL none of the sky sports pundits are backing the bulls tonight. Let's prove them wrong again! #COYB— @DavidWaterhous6 07 March 2014
Garreth Carvell chatting to his former Bulls team-mates pitchside. A quick handshake with Francis Cummins too...
Hull interchange: Thompson, Watts, Paleaaesina, Rankin
Hull starting line-up: Shaul, Lineham, Whiting, Yeaman, Talanoa, Heremaia, Horne, Paea, Houghton, Bowden, Ellis, Tuson, Westerman
The first cries of 'we are stayin' up' has begun in the away end. #bradfordbulls http://t.co/5B2P0btunS— @rosshtanda 07 March 2014
Interchange: Manuokafoa, O'Brien, Sutcliffe, Burke
Bulls starting line-up: Kearney, Kear, Henry, Purtell, Foster, Addy, Gale, Mullally, Diskin, Sidlow, Olbison, Bridge, Donaldson
STARTING at stand-off, @dannyaddy32 will make his 33rd-consecutive appearance for the Bulls this evening. #BELONG http://t.co/st9XPNQPfg— @OfficialBullsRL 07 March 2014
Anthony Mullally makes his first start for the club... Manase Manuokafoa is on the bench with Adam O'Brien, Burke and Sutcliffe.
Liam Sutcliffe and Greg Burke on the bench tonight... Luke Gale and Danny Addy continue in the halves... Chev Walker rested...
... which makes tonight's game extremely difficult as we look to overcome that strength in character that Bradford are showing."— @rosshtanda 07 March 2014
Pearson added: "It reflects very well on Francis Cummins, his coaching staff and all of his players, who have stuck to their task...— @rosshtanda 07 March 2014
Pearson pays tribute to Francis Cummins and his players for "winning two of their last three matches under tremendous pressure and stress."— @rosshtanda 07 March 2014
.. a signifcant commercial advantage for any club, so there has to be a penalty or sporting sanctions to stop this becoming the norm in RL."— @rosshtanda 07 March 2014
"Those that argue against the sanction from the RFL have to understand that to have your debts wiped off twice in the space of 12 months is— @rosshtanda 07 March 2014
Hull chairman Adam Pearson says of Bradford in tonight's programme notes: "The recent points deduction they recieved was certainly merited..— @rosshtanda 07 March 2014
@Liam_Sutcliffe debut for the bulls tonight will the @snozzer_gale and Sutty partnership be the next toshak and Keegan or laurel and hardy?— @SMTMUK 07 March 2014
Game day👍— @dannyaddy32 07 March 2014
RT @OfficialBullsRL: THE COUNTDOWN to kick-off is on! Who's heading over to the KC Stadium for tonight's game @hullfcofficial? #BELONG http…— @FarrarJosh95 07 March 2014
@OfficialBullsRL 2 points tonight will be most welcome!! #COYB!!!!! http://t.co/Xjfv5MwWdZ— @IMannion 07 March 2014
Decent ticket sales for tonight's game against @BradfordBullsRL . Promises a good atmosphere. Get to the KC and back the boys #COYH— @hullfcofficial 07 March 2014
WHAT are your score predictions for tonight's game? #BELONG— @OfficialBullsRL 07 March 2014
Game day👍— @dannyaddy32 07 March 2014
New signings Liam Sutcliffe and Greg Burke will make their debuts this evening following their arrival from Leeds and Wigan respectively...
Welcome to the KC Stadium for tonight's Super League round four clash between Hull FC and Bradford Bulls...