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Full-time: Bradford Bulls 30 Catalan Dragons 32
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Bradford Bulls 30, Catalan Dragons 32
ELLIOTT Whitehead scored a late try which condemned the Bulls to defeat in Jimmy Lowes’ first home game in charge.
The former Bradford second-rower grounded the ball from a kick in the 77th minute to level the scores at 30-30 before Sam Williams’ conversion won it for Catalan.
Tom Olbison opened the scoring early on before Morgan Escare soon replied but tries from Adam Henry and Jamal Fakir put the Bulls in control.
Vincent Duport’s try and Luke Gale’s penalty made it 18-12 at the break but Gale’s first try straight after the restart made it 24-12.
But Catalan hit back through Ben Pomeroy and Julian Bousquet to make it 24-24 before Williams’ penalty made it 26-24 in the 66 th minute.
Yet Gale then bagged his second try and converted to put Bradford 30-26 in front before Whitehead struck and Williams added the extras.
Full-time: Bradford 30, Catalan 32
Morgan Escare's kick fell invitingly to Whitehead and he touched down from point-blank range. Williams' conversion makes it 32-30...
76 mins... TRY for Elliott Whitehead.
69 mins... TRY for Luke Gale who scampers clear from 20 metres out!!
66 mins... Catalan lead for the first time after Sam Williams kicks a penalty which Jamal Fakir conceded... it's now 26-24 to the Dragons...
Escare scores from distance but referee George Stokes calls back play..
55 mins... TRY for Julian Bousquet who barrels over from close range...
Sam Williams converts to make it 24-18...
48 mins... TRY for Catalan through Ben Pomeory after good work from Elliott Whitehead...
Gale converts to make it 24-12....
42 mins... TRY for Luke Gale who starts and finishes a move to touch down in front of the Coral Stand..!!
Karl Pratt - remember him? - drawing the Golden Gamble ticket at half-time. A very talented player who played with Lowes at the Bulls.
Luke Gale kicked a penalty on the stroke of half-time to give the Bulls another two points...
Jimmy Lowes is all smiles at half-time, shaking hands with fans as he heads down the tunnel with his men leading 18-12..
Williams adds the extras to make it 16-12
34 mins... TRY for Vincent Duport who skips past Adam Henry to score...
Fakir would have enjoyed that... and Gale converts to make it 16-6..
24 mins... TRY for Jamal Fakir who barrels over the line against his former club...
Adam O'Brien is caught late but is fine to continue after treatment...
Sadly he cannot. The Bulls lead 10-6 in the 22nd minute.
Sadly he cannot. The Bulls lead 10-6 in the 22nd minute.
Adam O'Brien on for Matt Diskin... now can Luke Gale convert?
21 mins... TRY for Adam Henry who races from halfway to score from Danny Williams' delicate offload... superb score.
Gaskell's grubber kick slightly overcooked and Jay Pitts cannot ground the ball as he dives forward in the in-goal area...
Jamal Fakir on for Adam Sidlow.... still 6-6... decent game with both sides enjoying spells of pressure...
17 mins... Danny Williams does just enough to prevent Daryl Millard sending Morgan Escare over the line in the left corner...
Sam Williams converts to make it 6-6... Danny Addy on for Manase Manuokafoa...
12 mins... TRY for Morgan Escare who scampers clear from a fine pass by Zeb Taia...
Lee Gaskell and Luke Gale enjoying themselves so far and seeing plenty of the ball...
Gale converts with ease to make it 6-0...
07 mins... TRY for Tom Olbison who finishes off a fine handling sequence involving Diskin, Gale and Gaskell...
Enterprising start from the Bulls... fine move ends in debutant Danny Williams being stripped of possession after a fine move...
And we are off. http://t.co/Jr1iB1U1Lc— @rosshtanda 06 July 2014
Odsal braced for its smallest Super League crowd of the season. http://t.co/DLIVGV0eKS— @rosshtanda 06 July 2014
Just watching the old boys play masters.. Go the Aussies!! #GreatestGameOfAll 🏉 http://t.co/FID1HNiOAy— @Jarrod_Sammut 06 July 2014
James Lowes has handed a debut start to new signing Danny Williams, who will begin this afternoon's First:Utility Super League round-nineteen encounter – against Catalan Dragons – on the right wing.
The Salford Red Devils loanee is to line up inside centre Adam Henry, who joins opposite Adrian Purtell, Matty Blythe and Brett Kearney in the Bradford backline.
Lee Gaskell again partners Luke Gale in the halves, with Manase Manuokafoa, Matt Diskin and Adam Sidlow making up the Bulls' front row.
Tom Olbison and Jay Pitts feature in the second row, with James Donaldson lining up at loose forward – completing the starting 13.
Jamal Fakir returns to take up a place on the interchange bench against his former club, alongside Adam O'Brien, Chev Walker and Danny Addy.
Referee George Stokes will take charge of the clash, with Luke George and Joe Arundel missing our from Lowes' 19-man squad.
1. Brett Kearney
38. Danny Williams
21. Adam Henry
3. Adrian Purtell
4. Matty Blythe
17. Lee Gaskell
7. Luke Gale
14. Manase Manuokafoa
9. Matt Diskin
15. Adam Sidlow
11. Tom Olbison
33. Jay Pitts
18. James Donaldson
19. Adam O'Brien
30. Jamal Fakir
13. Chev Walker
16. Danny Addy
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CEO @RHunterPaul is ready for Masters RL action. He's representing @bahtats this afternoon. Kick-off coming up! http://t.co/J8PzKB5gh4— @OfficialBullsRL 06 July 2014
RT @Williams_297: Game day in Bradford, trying to ease the roomies @leonpryce6 nerves heading back to the old stomping ground! #catalans— @GoDracsCatalans 06 July 2014
Welcome to the Provident Stadium for today's Super League clash between the Bulls and Catalan Dragons...