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Salford Red Devils 46, Bradford Bulls 18
The Bulls were left staring relegation in the face after a shocking display saw Salford Red Devils run out easy winners this afternoon.
In a match they simply had to win, Francis Cummins’ men made a nightmare start by conceding four tries in the opening quarter.
The Rangi Chase-inspired Red Devils scored through Logan Tomkins after three minutes and Junior Sa’u soon scored a second before Andrew Dixon’s try and Chase’s first made it 18-0 after just fifteen minutes.
The Bulls replied through Elliot Kear but Chase and Sa’u both scored again to make it 34-6 before Tom Olbison touched down on the stroke of half-time.
Luke Gale’s second conversion made it 34-12 at the break and, although Bradford scored again through Adam O’Brien on the hour, Salford claimed two more scores through Francis Meli and Niall Evalds.
The result moved Salford nine points clear of the Bulls and sent Cummins’ men another step closer to the drop.
70 mins… TRY for Niall Evalds who takes Junior Sa’u’s pass to scamper clear from 20 metres out… Chase will convert…
From that drop-out, Bradford concede a seventh try as Sa’u slipped Francis Meli over in the left corner with another simple score...
65 mins... We have a change of official with referee George Stokes having gone off injured and replaced by touch judge Robert Hicks... still 34-18...
Tensions threatening to boil over as Salford drive Bradford back over their own line, forcing the Bulls to concede a goal-line drop-out...
Gale converted to make it 34-18....
58 mins... TRY for Adam O'Brien who touches down from close range...
Second half is underway and referee George Stokes has just put an incident involving Rangi Chase on report...
HT: Salford 34 Bradford 12
40 mins... TRY for Tom Olbison who dives over inside the right channel from Luke Gale's pass..
35 mins... TRY number six for Salford as Junior Sa'u races clear after a handling error in the Bulls' ranks...
Matt Diskin has come off shaking his head...
Jordan Baldwinson on for James Donaldson... still 28-6...
Chase cannot convert but Salford lead 28-6...
25 mins... TRY for Rangi Chase who touches down in the left corner after Lee Gaskell spilled his high kick..
Luke Gale has converted to make it 24-6...
Some neat handling between Diskin, Gale, Gaskell and Purtell before Kear finishes well in the right corner... A lifeline?
21 mins... TRY for Elliot Kear who scores in the right corner from Adrian Purtell's pass...
Andrew Dixon stopped just short and then Hock narrowly fails to collect Chase's chipped kick... Fakir on for Manuokafoa... 24-0 to Salford...
Hock brushes past the Bulls defence all too easily... Salford now seeking a fifth try...
Dr Koukash is stood pitchside overseeing matters... now 24-0 after Chase converted... Adam Sidlow on for Chev Walker.
14 mins... TRY number four for Rangi Chase who dummies past a non-existent Bradford defence to score... ridiculously easy. Woeful defence again.
Chev Walker knocks on from Luke Gale's pass... not having the best game so far, Walker... still 18-0...
Bulls throwing the ball about well now but it ends when Chev Walker knocks on... still 18-0...
Bulls finally have some possession...Gaskell finds Adam Henry... his progress is halted... Bulls still probing...
Chase's third goal makes it 18-0 with less than 10 minutes played. This is shaping up as worse than Catalan away. Absolutely awful.
07 mins… TRY number three for Salford as Chase brilliantly supplies Tomkins and he sends Andrew Dixon over the line…
05 mins... TRY number two for Salford as Niall Evalds breaks clear of the Bulls defence and sends Junior Sa'u scampering under the posts from 30 metres... Shocking from Bulls. Chase converts to make it 12-0.
Rangi Chase adds the extras to make it 6-0...
03 mins… TRY for Salford for Logan Tomkins…Chev Walker caught offside… penalty to Salford… Tomkins crashes over…
@rosshtanda I'm. Here!!!!— @Becki1782 15 June 2014
Yeah The Boys #CarveEmUp #COYB 🏉🏉🏉— @MicahManuokafoa 15 June 2014
@OfficialBullsRL fans in good voice ahead of today's game. Twenty minutes to kick off. http://t.co/1hAWC3OTx3— @rosshtanda 15 June 2014
There is a light that never goes out booming out over tannoy at Salford. 👌🎶👏— @rosshtanda 15 June 2014
RT @SuperLeague: Another big game in Round 16 today is @SalfordDevils v @OfficialBullsRL RT for a Devils win or FAV for a Bulls win http://…— @djohnson356 15 June 2014
Today's Teamsheet http://t.co/LSTffcbOe5— @rosshtanda 15 June 2014
Salford Red Devils
Interchange: Tommy Lee, Adrian Morley, Tony Puletua, Steve Rapira.
Adrian Morley up for today's clash and just told me he will miss his sister's forthcoming wedding in Thailand because of rugby commitments.— @NeilBarker14 15 June 2014
The absence of Jay Pitts due to suspension sees Matty Blythe switched from centre to the second row. Jamie Foster and Joe Arundel miss out from the matchday 19-man squad. Jordan Baldwinson comes into the seventeen in place of Pitts...
Interchange: Jamal Fakir, Jordan Baldwinson, Adam O’Brien, Adam Sidlow
Team news with us very shortly....
@OfficialBullsRL @SuperLeague 28-22 bulls 👍— @rachstoreyx 15 June 2014
RIGHT, folks, your score predictions for this afternoon's HUGE round-sixteen @SuperLeague tie? A massive two points up for grabs here...— @OfficialBullsRL 15 June 2014
On our way to Salford #gameday @OfficialBullsRL— @njhl 15 June 2014
@wobblyhead we HAVE to win today to have any chance of avoiding the drop. For what it's worth I think we will win!— @Bob_Mayes 15 June 2014
Worst hangover of my life but managed to get to Salford to cheer on the @OfficialBullsRL lads. #COYB Make my hungover trip worthwhile 😄— @ClairelButters 15 June 2014
Really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really want to win today. #SLSalBra— @wobblyhead 15 June 2014
Awaiting team news but hope to have Salford line-up back..
Good luck to Bulls today. All to play for.— @rplLamb 15 June 2014
To those travelling today, safe journey & enjoy game, to those unable to do so, I hope we can bring home the spoils.— @marcngreen 15 June 2014
Stonking hangover - check. Several messages about parking - check. Gathering feeling of dread - check. Must be Salford game day! #SLSalBra— @wobblyhead 15 June 2014
@OfficialBullsRL good luck to lads tonight see you over there 👍#COYB— @21nathHarrison 15 June 2014
Good luck to @OfficialBullsRL today. Gutted I can't be there especially when I live so close but I'll be cheering you on on twitter! #COYB— @Linz67Yates 15 June 2014
@OfficialBullsRL under 19s preparing to face Salford. Sam Bates, Nathan Conroy and Alex Mellor all playing. http://t.co/GMvgtwHPQH— @rosshtanda 15 June 2014
Welcome to the AJ Bell Stadium for today's clash between Salford Red Devils and the Bulls...