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Bradford Bulls 60, Oldham Roughyeds 6
Luke Gale scored a hat-trick of tries as the Bulls booked their place in the Tetley’s Challenge Cup fifth round - where they have been drawn at home to Catalan Dragons.
The Bradford skipper opened the scoring early on and touched down again after Brett Kearney had crossed the line.
Scott Naylor’s spirited Championship One outfit replied through Kenny Hughes but Bradford scored again before the break through Elliot Kear.
Adam O’Brien, Danny Addy, Kear, Adam Henry, Jamie Foster and Gale added further tries after the break before Dale Ferguson, who made his debut along with Jamal Fakir, completed the scoring with a late try.
The Bulls will face Catalan on the weekend of April 26/27.
55 mins... TRY for the Bulls as Blythe and Kear combine to send Adam Henry over the line... well-worked try... now 40-6 with kick to come...
46 mins.. TRY for Danny Addy who goes over in the right corner.. Gale converts again to make it 36-6...
43 mins... TRY for Adam O'Brien who barrels over from acting half... Gale converts to make it 30-6...
Gale's conversion has made it 24-6 at half-time... Bulls well in control but will expect an improvement second-half...
38 mins... TRY for Elliot Kear who finishes well from Gale's pass after Dale Ferguson's lung-bursting run from halfway...
34 mins… James Donaldson held up over the line… still 18-6… still scrappy… Jamie Foster on for Roberts…
31 mins... Fakir is off already and replaced by Chev Walker... looks pretty knackered, understandably...
This has become slightly scrappy and the game is currently being played in Bradford's half of the field.. still 18-6 with 10 mins to half-time...
27 mins... Manase Manuoakafoa replaced by young Oliver Roberts...
Oldham prop Jason Boults, who began his career at Bradford, has just been replaced after a decent opening shift for the visitors... still 18-6...
Lewis Palfrey's conversion has made it 18-6...
22 mins.. TRY for the Roughyeds as Kenny Hughes scampers over from acting half… Oldham fans rejoice…
20 mins... TRY for Luke Gale from Elliot Kear's impressive break inside the right channel... Marc Green applauds from up high in the Coral Stand... Gale converts to make it 18-0...
Gale converts to make it 12-0....
18 mins… TRY for Brett Kearney from Adam O’Brien’s superb run and pass… now 10-0 with kick to come..
Dale Ferguson looking good for the Bulls, a terrific run from deep almost led to Brett Kearney sending Adam Henry over... still 6-0...
First Oldham attack of note ends with Brett Robinson's grubber kick running dead... still 6-0...
Gale collected Adam O'Brien's short pass and had too much pace for the Oldham defence... Gale's conversion has made it 6-0...
07 mins... TRY for the Bulls as Luke Gale weaves his way past the Oldham defence from 20 metres out....
Adam O'Brien fine to continue after recieving treatment following a knock to the head...
Bit of a scrappy opening here... Bulls on top but yet to create a clear-cut opening...
Interchange: Joy, Mooney, Hughes, Tyson.
Oldham: Whitehead, Agoro, Wood, Gee, Bloomfield, Palfrey, Robinson, Ward, Whitmore, Boults, Crowley, Langtree, Hobson.
Marc Green with a double page spread in his first programme notes as Bulls owner and chairman. #rugbyleague http://t.co/yng8omj29B— @rosshtanda 06 April 2014
THE boys are putting the finishing touches to their pre-match warm-up! New-boy Jamal Fakir is ready! #BELONG http://t.co/ll8WvgxLCI— @OfficialBullsRL 06 April 2014
Francis Cummins has handed debuts to Jamal Fakir and Dale Ferguson in this afternoon’s Tetley’s Challenge Cup visit of Oldham.
Fakir, who arrived during midweek, will appear for the first time from the interchange bench, and Scotland World Cup star Dale Ferguson is to make his competitive debut for the club, having featured only once previously – during a pre-season friendly.
The pair are set to add power to the Bradford pack during today’s fourth-round contest, with Cummins’ side aiming to book their place in the competition’s last 16.
Brett Kearney, Sam Wood, Adrian Purtell, Adam Henry and Elliot Kear make up the Bulls backline, with Danny Addy joining Luke Gale in the havles.
Lining up alongside Ferguson in the back row are James Donaldson and Matty Blythe, with Manase Manuokafoa, Adam O’Brien and Chev Walker starting up front.
Jamie Foster returns following a fortnight on the sidelines and is joined on the bench by Fakir, Oliver Roberts and Nathan Conroy.
Good luck to @OfficialBullsRL in the challenge cup today, Would love to see them walk out at Wembley in August #RoadToWembley #COYB— @MHolinski 06 April 2014
It's Official - #PNG Hunters Mark Mexico signs with @Cronulla_Sharks in the #NRL! http://t.co/F9y2jynMcy— @RugbyLeagueSpot 06 April 2014
Here are the remaining #tetleyschalcup 4th Rd fixtures for today... Will your team be in the 5th Rd draw later? http://t.co/zqUbMvzxlu— @TetleysChalCup 06 April 2014
Team news to come shortly but Jamal Fakir and Dale Ferguson are poised to make their debuts for Francis Cummins' side...
The Bulls are expected to progress with ease past Championship One part-timers Oldham Roughyeds...
Welcome to the Provident Stadium for today's Tetley's Challenge Cup fourth-round tie...
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