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FT: Bradford Bulls 24 Salford Red Devils 38
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Bradford Bulls 24, Salford Red Devils 38
Rangi Chase was the tormentor-in-chief for Salford to leave the Bulls rooted the foot of the table on minus two points.
The England playmaker was at the heart of all the Red Devils’ best moves as they opened up a 22-6 interval lead.
There was no way back for Bradford thereafter on a bitterly frustrating night during which supporters vented their frustration at referee Phil Bentham.
New Salford boss Iestyn Harris saw his men open the scoring in the fifth minute when Jake Mullaney finished strongly in the left corner after good work by Chase and Gareth Hock.
The Bulls replied when Adrian Purtell finished from close range but Salford, with Chase increasingly influential, grabbed three more first-half tries.
Junior Sa’u went over from close range and Tim Smith then took Chase’s pass to score before Matty Ashurst grabbed a fourth on the stroke of half-time.
Bradford replied after the restart through ex-Salford prop Adam Sidlow but Tony Puletua, Chase and Francis Meli scored further tries for the visitors.
That rendered efforts from Elliot Kear and Adam Henry mere consolation for the home supporters.
78 mins... TRY for Francis Meli from Chase's pass... bad night for the Bullsjust got worse...
76 mins... TRY for the Bulls as Adam Henry crashes over the line...
72 mins... TRY as Rangi Chase scores from close range... game over now...
70 mins... TRY for Elliot Kear who scores a fine effort after coming in off the wing... now 28-18 with 10 minutes remaining...
This is getting bit feisty... two seperate flare-ups... Bulls frustration showing... still 28-12.... twenty minutes remaining...
Tony Puletua crashes over the line from Logan Tomkins' pass... huge ask for the Bulls now... 27 minutes left though...
48 mins... TRY for Salford makes it 28-12...
42 mins... TRY for Adam Sidlow from Adam O'Brien's pass....
We are underway in the second half... Bradford have it all to do with Salford 22-6 in front...
Half-time: Bradford 6, Salford 22
37 mins… TRY for Salford as Matty Ashurst scores athletically from Rangi Chase’s kick… converted so it’s 22-6 with half-time approaching..
Adam O'Brien and Jamal Fakir replace Matt Diskin and James Donaldson... Mullaney converted to make it 16-6...
32 mins... TRY for Tim Smith from Rangi Chase's expertly-weighted pass... now 14-6 with kick to come...
30 mins... Luke Gale looks destined to race clear for a Bulls try but referee Phil Bentham calls back play following a forward pass by Dale Ferguson... Bulls crowd furious... still 10-6...
Adam Sidlow on for Chev Walker....
Mullaney converts to make it 10-6 in the 25th minute...
26 mins... TRY for Junior Sa'u who touches down from close range from Tommy Lee's short pass...
Mullally on for Manuokafoa... still 6-4 to the Bulls...
Jamie Foster converts to make it 6-4 but the Bulls have spilled the kick-off and are forced to drop-out...
19 mins… TRY for Adrian Purtell who touches down from close range after Luke Gale’s short pass...
Frustrating opening for the Bulls as Salford hold firm as Francis Meli expertly fields Luke Gale's crossfield kick... still 4-0...
Salford – and Chase, in particular – continued to look menacing when they advance forward.. still 4-0 to the visitors...
Mullaney misses the conversion so it's 4-0 to the Red Devils...
05... TRY for Jake Mullaney after Rangi Chase and Gareth Hock combine effectively inside the left channel...
Mixed opening... no chances as yet...
We are underway...!!!
@rosshtanda hi Ross we need the following. A good crowd. A win. How. Muscle up in the central channel and slow down the Salford ruck— @HobboOnBCB 11 April 2014
Tom Olbison, Danny Addy and Danny Bridge all missing out tonight underlines the Bulls' new-found squad strength. #TheFightbackIsOn— @rosshtanda 11 April 2014
Twenty minutes to kick off. Crowd slowly building. http://t.co/VGYqbsnHsN— @rosshtanda 11 April 2014
Salford Red Devils
1 Jake Mullaney
23 Greg Johnson
3 Martin Gleeson
4 Junior Sa’u
5 Francis Meli
6 Rangi Chase
7 Tim Smith
8 Adrian Morley
9 Tommy Lee
10 Lama Tasi
13 Harrison Hansen
12 Gareth Hock
11 Tony Puletua
35 Logan Tomkins
21 Jordan Walne
19 Matty Ashurst
17 Shannan McPherson
Absolutely assaulted by Sedburgh Juniors selling programmes on the way in. Brilliant to see. #SLBraSal #PropsGalore— @wobblyhead 11 April 2014
Strong line-up for the Bulls tonight. Three props on the bench in Mullally, Fakir and Sidlow (Walker & Manuokafoa starting front-rowers)...
Bulls coach Francis Cummins has included skipper Matt Diskin and stand-off Lee Gaskell in his starting line-up for this evening's visit of Salford Red Devils.
Cummins received a triple injury boost during midweek, with news that Diskin (ankle), Gaskell (knee) and front-rower Adam Sidlow (ankle) would be fit to make their returns tonight.
And all three are to feature, with Gaskell making his first appearance since the middle of February.
Joining Diskin in the front row are props Manase Manuokafoa and Chev Walker, with Matty Blythe, Dale Ferguson – making his first Super League appearance for the club – and James Donaldson.
The backline includes Brett Kearney, Elliot Kear, Adam Henry, Adrian Purtell and Jamie Foster, with the returning Gaskell joining vice-captain Luke Gale in the halves.
Boss Cummins has named a powerful interchange bench, which features a trio of front-row forwards in the shape of Anthony Mullally, Adam Sidlow and France international Jamal Fakir.
1. Brett Kearney
2. Elliot Kear
21. Adam Henry
3. Adrian Purtell
5. Jamie Foster
17. Lee Gaskell
7. Luke Gale
14. Manase Manuokafoa
9. Matt Diskin (c)
13. Chev Walker
4. Matty Blythe
12. Dale Ferguson
18. James Donaldson
19. Adam O'Brien
30. Jamal Fakir
29. Anthony Mullally
15. Adam Sidlow
Team news will be with us shortly...
Now looking 4ward 2 2night's game @HomeOfTheBulls with @Bethel76 chaplain 2 Salford. All the best 2 @OfficialBullsRL v @SalfordDevils #COYB— @pastorwazza 11 April 2014
GAMEDAY: The sun is shining on The Provident Stadium! #TheFightbackIsOn http://t.co/qah2UnHday” Nice work @beetos70 #TopGroundsman— @P1P3S 11 April 2014
Looking forward to game tonight !!!! @OfficialBullsRL COYB !!!!— @JayneLAverill 11 April 2014
Victory for Francis Cummins' men would take them to zero points, wiping out their six-point penalty for entering administration, and could lift them off the bottom of the table...
Welcome to the Provident Stadium for tonight's Super League clash between Bradford Bulls and Salford Red Devils...
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