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Full-time: Bradford Bulls 18, Hull KR 44
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Bradford Bulls 18 Hull KR 44
MATT Diskin's first game in caretaker charge ended in a heavy defeat to leave the Bulls' survival hopes hanging by a thread.
The club captain was placed in temporary charge following the sacking of head coach Francis Cummins on Monday.
Diskin started at hooker but was powerless to prevent Hull KR romping to a convincing victory which might just have finished Bradford off.
The Bulls went toe to toe with the Robins during the opening 40 minutes but gradually capitulated.
It was their 13th defeat of a grim season and the relegation trapdoor is coming into increasingly sharp focus.
Travis Burns opened the scoring for Rovers but Bradford replied when Elliot Kear scampered clear in the right corner.
But two tries in quick succession before half-time put Rovers 18-6 up at the break.
First Josh Hodgson barrelled over the line and then Kris Welham capitalised on a mistake by Lee Gaskell to race clear in the right corner.
Bradford then suffered a woeful start to the second half when Craig Hall burst clear within ninety seconds of the restart.
Full-back Greg Eden went over from close range for a fifth Rovers try before Bradford responded on the hour through young hooker Adam O’Brien.
But Rovers remained comfortable and replacement prop Adam Walker barrelled over the line from close range.
The Bulls hit back again through Danny Addy but the Robins underlined their superiority with another try when Hall went over for his second.
A late second for try Eden – who raced clear from distance – compounded Bradford’s misery.
78 mins... TRY for Greg Eden who races clear....
71 mins... TRY for Hall.. Burns converts so it's 38-18...
Gale found Sidlow and his neat pass sent Addy over... Gale converts to make it 34-18...
65 mins... TRY for Danny Addy who goes over in the left corner...
Burns converts to make it 34-12...
TRY for Adam Walker who crashes over from close range...
Gale converts so it's 28-12 with twenty minutes remaining...
59 mins... TRY number two for Adam O'Brien who crosses from close range...
51 mins... TRY for Rovers as Greg Eden goes over from close range... well and truly game over now. 28-6 with over 25 minutes remaining...
Good spell of pressure from the Bulls this... can they make it pay?
42 mins... TRY for Craig Hall who races clear down the left flank from Kris Keating's pass... major blow to the Bulls as they sought to get back into the game...
The Bulls trail 18-6 at the break, which feels harsh to say the least... but defensive errors ruthlessly punished...
38 mins… TRY for Kris Welham who scores an interception try to scamper clear from 40 metres out…
Baldwinson back on to replace Manuokafoa...
Burns adds the extras so it's 12-6 to Rovers with the interval four minutes away...
34 mins... TRY for Josh Hodgson who darts through a gap in the home rearguard...
29 mins... O'Brien thought he had burrowed over the line but the video referee Ben Thaler ruled he had not grounded the ball...
O’Brien and Fakir replace Diskin and Sidlow respectively ... still 6-6..
Gale converts to make it 6-6...
Superb pass from Lee Gaskell... can Luke Gale convert?
19 mins… TRY for Elliot Kear who scampers clear in the right corner…
Gale goes close from Diskin's pass and then the Bulls force a knock-on from Danny Addy's high kick to the right corner... still 6-0...
Rovers loose forward Neville Costigan at the heart of a bout of fisticuffs... referee Robert Hicks puts the incident on report...
Burns converts to make it 6-0...
Baldwinson off and replaced by Manase Manuokafoa...
14 mins… TRY for Travis Burns who crosses from close range…
The score remains scoreless after a balanced opening from both sides..
No try is awarded after the video referee Ben Thaler ruled Welham had been hauled into touch...
06 mins... TRY for Kris Welham in the right corner?
@karlrhino (former assistant to Brian Noble at Bradford) interviewed in tonight's match day programme. http://t.co/kRBRmuuB4M— @rosshtanda 20 June 2014
Tonight's team sheet. http://t.co/lcbDBQ1eun— @rosshtanda 20 June 2014
No Brett Kearney tonight... still not fit to return...
OUR Team Shop is open up until kick-off this evening - and after full-time! Why not bag replica shirt for just £20? http://t.co/449gJxvMLi— @OfficialBullsRL 20 June 2014
Regrettably, out of country on longstanding engagement. Wish the lads and especially Matt all the best for tonight's game. 100% behind you.— @marcngreen 20 June 2014
CONFIRMATION of the team line-ups for this evening's under-19s clash between @OfficialBullsRL and @hullkr_online... http://t.co/bqPljp0jTe— @OfficialBullsRL 20 June 2014
RT @stuartpykesport: Sun shining at Odsal. We're on air at half 7 on @BBC5LSX for Bradford v Hull KR. 3 hours of #rugbyleague on the way! h…— @Mr_Pukeko 20 June 2014
Gutted I can't make the game tonight! Was looking forward to catching up with some old friends at Odsal. Hopefully it's a cracking match👍— @JamieLangley13 20 June 2014
@mattyblythe88 good luck pal!— @rararyan85 20 June 2014
Game day 😁 #COYB— @mattyblythe88 20 June 2014
Game day 🏉🏉👍— @LukeGeorge20 20 June 2014
HULL KR UNDER-19s INTERCHANGES: Romuk, Moran, Kelly, Bulmer— @OfficialBullsRL 20 June 2014
HULL KR UNDER-19s: Gudzek, Stewart, Gilbey, Hallett, Sanderson, Marsh, Robinson, Smith, Duke, Devaney, Armstrong, Aldous, Wake— @OfficialBullsRL 20 June 2014
BULLS UNDER-19s INTERCHANGES: Kirk, Ogden, Georgiou, Richardson #BELONG— @OfficialBullsRL 20 June 2014
BULLS UNDER-19s: Walpole, Pickering, Adams, Hrintchuk,Moore, Gale, Brook, Copeland, Conroy, Buggle, Mellor, Tonks, Bates #BELONG— @OfficialBullsRL 20 June 2014
GATES are now open! It's academy action first, with our Under-19s taking the field prior to tonight's @SuperLeague encounter! #BELONG— @OfficialBullsRL 20 June 2014
RT @rosshtanda: Cracking weather for the rugby. ☀️☀️☀#bradfordbulls— @Dreyner2013 20 June 2014
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