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Bradford Bulls 0, St Helens 50
Luke Walsh provided the inspiration as St Helens destroyed the injury-crippled Bulls with consummate ease this afternoon.
Luke Gale, Brett Kearney, Manase Manuokafoa, Matty Blythe, Dale Ferguson, James Donaldson, Jamal Fakir and Oliver Roberts were all absent through injury.
And Saints made their class pay with a commanding display in both halves, with Aussie scrum-half Walsh at the heart of all their best moves.
Jon Wilkin opened the scoring in the 11th minute, Walsh added a second in the 28th minute and Jonny Lomax and Wilkin again crossed to make it 22-0 at the break.
Two tries shortly after the break, from Tommy Makinson and Adam Swift, were added to in the final quarter by Sia Soliola, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and James Roby.
The result leaves the Bulls eight points behind third-bottom Wakefield with 12 rounds of the season gone.
Full-time: Bradford 0, St Helens 50...
Walsh's conversion has made it 50-0...
74 mins... TRY for James Roby who goes over from close range...
71 mins... TRY for Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook who barrels over from close range... 42-0 with kick to come...
Walsh converted so it's 38-0...
62 mins... TRY for Soliola who scores from Walsh's pass....
Bulls force a drop-out...
55 mins... Luke George on for Antonio Kaufusi... 32-0 to Saints...
Chev Walker off, Adam Sidlow on...
50 mins... TRY for Adam Swift who takes Hohaia's pass to score in the left corner after earlier good work from Walsh... now 30-0 with the kick to come...
Walsh failed to convert so it's 26-0...
45 mins... TRY for Saints winger Tommy Makinson after a pass from Jones, who had been supplied by Lomax...
It's 22-0 at half-time with the game looking all but over now.
40 mins... TRY for Jon Wilkin who takes Walsh's pass to score with consummate ease...
Elliot Kear tackles Jonny Lomax as he threatened to burst clear... half-time fast approaching...
35 mins... Kaufusi to Pitts, then Adam O'Brien, who narrowly fails to ground the ball from dummy half only to be denied by Sia Soliola... still 16-0... a Bulls try then might have made all the difference...
Jamie Foster almost breaks clear but a clear knock-on sees referee Matt Thomason awards Saints a scrum...
Walsh conversion attempt rebounds off a post... 16-0 in the 31st minute...
30 mins... TRY for Saints as Jonny Lomax as the full-back takes Tommy Makinson's pass from Luke Walsh's kick... 16-0 with kick to come...
Adam O'Brien and Antonio Kaufusi on for Matt Diskin and Alex Mellor...
Walsh's second conversion has made it 12-0...
27 mins... TRY for Saints as Hohaia helds off Elliot Kear to send Luke Walsh scampering clear from 20 metres out...
Typical Saints move sees the ball pass through five pairs of hands, culminating in Josh Jones going close inside the right channel...
23 mins... Walsh grubber kick collected by Gaskell on his 10-metre line... but Gaskell then failed to find touch with the penalty he earned after being held down...
22 mins... Roby kick causes Joe Arundel to concede a goal-line drop-out... still 6-0...
Lee Gaskell showing some fine touches and testing Saints with a number of high probings kicks...
19 mins... Mose Masoe loses the ball as he attempts to barrel over the line from close range...
Sia Soliola on for Louie McCarthty-Scarsbrook...
Alex Mellor on for Adam Sidlow... still 6-0...
Bulls still trailing 6-0 but well in this game... Saints look dangerous but being contained pretty well so far...
Luke Walsh adds the extras... 6-0...
10 mins... TRY... Great break from Matt Dawson, Elliot Kear does well to make a fine saving tackle... but from that set Jon Wilkin touches down from Jame Roby's short pass...
Luke Walsh bomb leads to James Roby chipping to the right corner, where Jamie Foster clears the danger with Tommy Makinson lurking... still scoreless with 10 minutes gone...
Saints now coming forward but Luke Walsh's kick gifts possession back to the Bulls...
Diskin and Addy combine to find Gaskell... but his progress is halted just short of the line...
Another penalty now...
Penalty came after Saints were caught offside...
Penalty to the Bulls on halfway... first chance to build pressure on Saints' line...
We are underway.... Bulls attacking the Coral Stand first half...
Tributes being paid to the victims of the Bradford fire 29 years ago. #NeverForgotten http://t.co/R2OTmg0wDU— @rosshtanda 11 May 2014
A rough patch at Odsal here today. http://t.co/oNjkk1lRAU— @mike_critchley 11 May 2014
Kick-off not far away now...
Your predictions today folks? Who wins, and by how many?— @Saints1890 11 May 2014
Not happy @OfficialBullsRL @marcngreen Apparently they can't sell me CC tickets on match days !!!! Does this club want money or not ??— @JayneLAverill 11 May 2014
OMG sat next to Shontayne Hape for lunch!!! #legend http://t.co/qdd2RSgXJQ— @Linz67Yates 11 May 2014
Here's how #SLBraStH roll this afternoon. http://t.co/9HroELCsvn— @TheGameCaller 11 May 2014
1. Jonny Lomax; 2. Tommy Makinson, 4. Josh Jones, 26. Matty Dawson, 5. Adam Swift; 6. Lance Hohaia, 7. Luke Walsh; 25. Anthony Walker, 9. James Roby, 18. Alex Walmsley, 12. Jon Wilkin, 23. Joe Greenwood, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook.
Interchange: 8. Mose Masoe, 11. Sia Soliola,17. Paul Wellens, 28. Luke Thompson.
Chev Walkerwill today return to Bradford Bulls action, as Francis Cummins' men go in search of a third straight victory.
St Helens provide the opposition this afternoon and head coach Cummins has been forced to reshuffle his line-up, with front-rower Manase Manuokafoa and half-back Luke Gale ruled out injured.
As a result, Danny Addy starts at stand-off, partnering Lee Gaskell in the halves.
Elliot Kear lines up at full-back, with Sam Wood, Adam Henry, Joe Arundel and Jamie Foster completing the backline.
Skipper Matt Diskin starts at hooker, with loanee Antonio Kaufusi and Adam Sidlow appearing alongside him in the front row.
Tom Olbison and Adrian Purtell line up in the second row and Jay Pitts features at loose forward.
Joining the returning Walker on the interchange bench are Alex Mellor, Adam O'Brien and Luke George – who missed last Sunday's triumph over Warrington Wolves.
Ahead of kick-off, the Bulls will be staging a two-minute tribute to those who tragically lost their lives - 29 years ago today - in the Bradford City fire.
Supporters will be invited to partake in a minute's silence, followed by a minute's applause, to mark the anniversary and pay respects to those who passed away and their families.
2. Elliot Kear
22. Sam Wood
21. Adam Henry
34. Joe Arundel
5. Jamie Foster
16. Danny Addy
17. Lee Gaskell
35. Antonio Kaufusi
9. Matt Diskin (c)
15. Adam Sidlow
11. Tom Olbison
3. Adrian Purtell
33. Jay Pitts
13. Chev Walker
19. Adam O'Brien
20. Luke George
24. Alex Mellor
RT @OfficialBullsRL: IT'S GAMEDAY! @SuperLeague action returns as we tackle @Saints1890. Your guide here: http://t.co/B7rLXR1jah #BELONG ht…— @xrachys 11 May 2014
Come on boys. Looking forward to the game @OfficialBullsRL #Coyb— @Sam_bates12 11 May 2014
RT @ShontayneHape: Time To leave @VILLAGEDonn & get Back To @OfficialBullsRL Big match today.Cant wait To see Meet the fans again #BullsFam…— @MatthewSparks_ 11 May 2014
Losing Gale is a blow, but we're not a one man team. Today is still absolutely doable. Put me down for two tries to O'Brien… #SLBraStH— @wobblyhead 11 May 2014
Nothing serious had sickness all week and picked up a minor strain in training hopefully back for Magic Weekend! 👍— @snozzer_gale 11 May 2014
Gutted about not been involved in today's game against @Saints1890 good luck to the boys lets make it 3 from 3 #COYB— @snozzer_gale 11 May 2014
Presumably Danny Addy and Lee Gaskell will make up the halves... should know within the hour...
Luke Gale is set to miss out due to suffering from sickness this week...
Francis Cummins' men are seeking a third straight win following recent home victories against Catalan Dragons and Warrington Wolves...
Welcome to the Provident Stadium for this afternoon's Super League round twelve clash between the Bulls and St Helens...