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FT: Bradford Bulls 6, Leeds Rhinos 46
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Bradford Bulls 6, Leeds Rhinos 46
England winger Ryan Hall grabbed a hat-trick and Rob Burrow marked his 400th appearance with a try as Leeds cantered to a 46-6 derby victory over the struggling Bulls.
The hosts never recovered from a blistering start by the visitors, who scored four tries in the first 14 minutes, and a sixth straight defeat keeps them rooted to the foot of the First Utility Super League.
Bradford fans were given a reminder of their glory days before kick-off when record-breaking winger Lesley Vainikolo was introduced to the crowd but it was one of the modern game's leading wingers who stole the show.
Hall created a try for centre partner Joel Moon before scoring three of his own to take his tally for the season to 11 in nine appearances.
The Bulls, who were without winger Jamie Foster and hooker Matt Diskin, clawed their way back into the game with a Lee Gaskell try, and full back Brett Kearney impressed on his 100th appearance for the club, but they were generally outclassed by their high-flying visitors.
Second half underway...
Half-time: Bulls 6, Leeds 20
Leeds come close to adding a fifth try but Bulls keep them at bay at the expense of a goal-line drop-out... still 20-6...
Fakir back on for James Donaldson... still 20-6 to Leeds...
Ironic cheers as referee Robert Hicks awards the Bulls their first penalty of the match... in the 24th minute... still 20-6...
Gale converts to make it 20-6... it was Gaskell's first try for the Bulls...
22 mins... TRY for the Bulls as Lee Gaskell races 90 metres to score a brilliant breakaway effort...!!!
17 mins... Chev Walker replaces Manase Manuokafoa...
Sinfield misses convesion so it's 20-0 with 15 minutes gone...
14 mins… TRY for Leeds as Moon sends Hall over in the left corner… Bulls have still not had a completed set…
Adam Sidlow replaces Jamal Fakir...
Sinfield's second conversion makes it 16-0...
11 mins… TRY for Leeds as Danny McGuire weaves his way through the Bulls defence all too easily...
Sinfield misses the conversion but it's 10-0 with ten minutes played...
Brilliant handling from WBW puts Joel Moon over in the corner after clever long pass from Sinfield to create space http://t.co/8k9JC2wUOt— @leedsrhinos 17 April 2014
08 mins... TRY number two for Leeds as Sinfield finds Hall, whose inside pass sends Joel Moon over in the corner....
Sinfield adds the extras and it's 6-0....
03 mins… TRY for Leeds as Kevin Sinfield touches down from Danny McGuire’s ricocheted kick…
Kick-off just seconds away....
Lesley Vainikolo has been introduced to the crowd... to rapturous applause...
RT @OfficialBullsRL: CONFIRMATION of tonight's team line-ups... #TheFightbackIsOn http://t.co/MFYcl7k5Ry— @mazzagray 17 April 2014
RHINOS INTERCHANGES: Ward, Kirke, Clarkson, Sutcliffe.— @OfficialBullsRL 17 April 2014
RHINOS: Hardaker, Briscoe, Watkins, Moon, Hall, McGuire, Sinfield, Leuluai, Burrow, Singleton, Achurch, Ablett, Delaney.— @OfficialBullsRL 17 April 2014
Jamal Fakir will make his first-ever Super League start as a Bradford Bull this evening, after being included in head coach Francis Cummins' first 13 for the visit of arch-rivals Leeds Rhinos.
The French international, who arrived earlier this month, lines up alongside fellow prop Manase Manuokafoa and hooker Adam O'Brien – in the front row – for tonight's game.
In the second row, Dale Ferguson partners loan signing Danny Bridge, who returns to Bulls action after this week agreeing to extend his deal with the club, with loose forward James Donaldson completing the pack.
Matty Blythe reverts to centre for the first time in 2014 and the former Warrington Wolves talent is to be joined by Brett Kearney – making his 100th appearance for the club, Elliot Kear, Adrian Purtell and Adam Henry in the Bradford backline.
With captain Matt Diskin out injured, Luke Gale will skipper the Bulls alongside Lee Gaskell in the halves.
Tom Olbison, Danny Addy, Adam Sidlow and ex-Rhino Chev Walker are to appear from the interchange bench but Jamie Foster is absent with illness.
Here's some Bradford and Leeds love from the infamous '1985 Battle Of Headingley' http://t.co/8Jct0EjHto— @TheGameCaller 17 April 2014
HEAD COACH Francis Cummins LIVE on @SkySportsNews talking up this evening's West Yorkshire derby! #TheFightbackIsOn http://t.co/VLlNSV8qE2— @OfficialBullsRL 17 April 2014
#capacity!!! ☺️ http://t.co/TSqxctVvp9— @Lau_x_ 17 April 2014
Leeds Rhinos squad currently on the pitch in their tracksuits... team news with us shortly...
DJ @TomZanettiTZ and his crew warming up ahead of their performance at The Provident Stadium... #TheFightbackIsOn http://t.co/iuhxQjAMSC— @OfficialBullsRL 17 April 2014
The Bulls have lost their last five Super League games. Their last league victory was 25-12 at home to London Broncos on 2 March...
GATES are open! Grab tickets from the Ticket Office or pay-on-the-gate - admission from £20 (adults), £15 (concessions) and £10 (juniors).— @OfficialBullsRL 17 April 2014
RT @NoFishyBusiness: Fish& Bulls. #Bradford v #Leeds @ Odsal Stadium. Kick off 8. #theHut open 6. Who's in? http://t.co/eB7r8ksQBN— @ArcticReviews 17 April 2014
Brett Kearney needs one appearance to reach 100 for Bradford.
Kearney made his Bulls debut in a 24-12 defeat at Huddersfield on 5 February, 2010...
Rob Burrow needs one appearance to reach 400 for Leeds.
Burrow made his Rhinos debut off the bench in an 18-16 home defeat to Hull FC on 6 April, 2001.
Leeds' Kallum Watkins has scored tries in the Rhinos' last three meetings with Bradford as follows: 2-1-1.
Super League summary
Bradford won 28 (includes win in 2005 Grand Final & wins in 2000, 2003 and 2004 play-offs)
Leeds won 25 (includes win in 2004 Grand Final)
Bradford highest score: 62-18 (H, 2001) (Widest margin: 54-8, H, 1996)
Leeds highest score: 45-16 (H, 1999) (Widest margin: 44-2, H, 2008)
Can anybody give me a lift from the Thornton/Clayton area to the Game tonight? #SLBraLee #Help— @Chris_Lane1989 17 April 2014
@milliganwasagod I'd never even considered more than 9k. 12k would make an amazing night!— @wobblyhead 17 April 2014
RT @SuperLeague: Another @superleague derby tonight @OfficialBullsRL v @leedsrhinos RT for a Bulls win or FAV for a Rhinos victory http://t…— @longshlong501 17 April 2014
RT @rosshtanda: Big Les posing for pics with fans http://t.co/jgR0D44zav— @xrachys 17 April 2014
RT @rosshtanda: Odsal primed for action. #bradfordbulls http://t.co/SmnAxU6cEo— @bantam1977 17 April 2014
The Bulls are seeking to beat Leeds for the first time since a 12-4 win at Odsal on 6 April (Good Friday), 2012...
Welcome to the Provident Stadium, Odsal for tonight's Super League clash between Bradford Bulls and Leeds Rhinos...
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