LiveFull-time: St Helens 46 Bradford Bulls 22

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9:49pm


St Helens 46 Bradford Bulls 22

The Bulls fashioned a spirited second-half fightback but it was not enough to avoid a defeat which sent them closer to the drop.

Facing a St Helens side smarting from a humiliating loss at Hull KR last weekend, Bradford were 28-0 down at half-time but their second-half efforts harvested four tries.

Saints led in the ninth minute when England hooker James Roby collected a short pass from Mark Flanagan to power over from close range.

Bradford conceded a second try in the 17th minute when veteran full-back Paul Wellens broke from inside his own half to score.

Prop Mose Masoe then simply overpowered the Bradford defence to barrel over the line from close range for a third on the half hour.

Some of Saints’ play was delightful and they had a fourth in the 37th minute when Mark Percival went over in the left corner.

Right on the stroke of half-time, Percival turned provider when he sent Adam Swift over in the same spot he had scored moments earlier.

Two minutes after the restart, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook broke upfield and sent Lance Hohaia scampering clear before the Bulls hit back with tries from Luke Gale, Joe Arundel, Adrian Purtell and Foster.

Each one was a well-worked try but Wellens’ second confirmed it was Saints’ night.

9:47pm

FT: St Helens 46 Bradford Bulls 22

9:42pm

80 mins... TRY for Paul Wellens who scores his second late on...

9:36pm

Foster missed the kick... but it's been quite some fightback from the Bulls, who now trail 40-22...

9:35pm

72 mins... TRY for Jamie Foster in the left corner....

9:24pm

63 mins... TRY for Purtell who scores after great work by Arundel and Gale...

9:23pm

Foster kicks his second conversion to make it 40-12...

9:21pm

61 mins... Joe Arundel try after Gale's kick was fumbled in the right corner...

9:16pm

55 mins... TRY for Luke Gale who touches down after the ball rebounded back into his arms...

9:12pm

Joe Arundel on for Adam Henry.... still 40-0...

9:10pm

Percival converted to make it 40-0....

9:08pm

48 mins... TRY for Tommy Makinson who takes Jordan Turner's pass to score in the right corner...

9:02pm

Percival converted but Jay Pitts was injured in the build up to that try and has gone off injured...

9:00pm

42 mins.... TRY for Lance Hohaia after Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook's surging run through the middle...

8:58pm

Second half underway...

8:46pm

Half-time: St Helens 28, Bradford Bulls 0

8:44pm

38 mins... TRY for Adam Swift in the left corner from Mark Percival's neat pass after the Bulls gave away possession...

8:42pm

Percival converts to make it 24-0...

8:40pm

35 mins... TRY for Mark Percival who crosses for St Helens' fourth try in the left corner...

8:34pm

Percival's boot makes it 18-0...

8:33pm

29 mins… TRY for Mose Masoe who barrels over the line from close range after a spell of Bradford pressure which they couldn’t make pay

8:30pm

Bulls enjoying a fine spell of pressure here.... but cannot make it pay...

8:28pm

Promising stuff from the Bulls ends with Brett Kearney finding Fakir with a forward pass...

8:26pm

Good kick from Lee Gaskell sets up field position to attack Saints' line 20 metres out...

8:26pm

Fakir on for Sidlow...

8:25pm

Blythe on for Donaldson...

8:25pm

Good defence from the Bulls after severe pressure from the home side... excellent scrambling defence to keep Saints at bay.... still 12-0...

8:20pm

Percival's second goal has made it 12-0... Danny Addy on for Manuokafoa...

8:18pm

15 mins... TRY for Paul Wellens who scores a trademark try after breaking from halfway to score a fine individual effort...

8:17pm

A delightful handling sequence from St Helens sees them play the ball across the face of the Bulls defence to the left corner but the move comes to nothing... still 6-0...

8:16pm

13 mins... Jon Wilkin grubber kick traps Purtell in his in-goal area... forcing the Bulls to drop-out under their posts...

8:15pm

Bulls have a penalty after Adam Henry is obstructed at the play-the-ball..  but Gale fails to find touch and Saints are back on the attack...

8:14pm

11 mins... Adrian Purtell goes agonisingly close but fails to ground the ball in the left corner after St Helens spilled Luke Gale's high kick... still 6-0...

8:12pm

Mark Percival converts to make it 6-0...

8:11pm

08 mins... James Roby darts over the line to put St Helens ahead after the Bulls were penalised...

8:10pm

Alex Walmsley making his mark with some surging runs through the middle...

8:08pm

05 mins... The Bulls fashion their first decent attacking set but Lee Gaskell's kick is too heavy and Saints have possession again...

8:06pm

Saints defence is formidable so far... straight on top of the Bulls every time they have possession... still scoreless though...

8:04pm

02 mins... Saints almost score but Adam Swift cannot reach Mark Percival's grubber kick in the left corner...

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St Helens have also won their last four home meetings with Bradford, with the Bulls' last away victory against the Saints coming 34-30 at Knowsley Road on 24 April, 2009.

7:27pm

St Helens have won their last four meetings with Bradford. The Bulls' last victory against the Saints was a 12-8 home success on 17 March, 2012.
 

7:13pm

Subs: 8. Mose Masoe, 10. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 13. Willie Manu, 14. Anthony Laffranchi.

7:13pm

17. Paul Wellens; 2. Tommy Makinson 3. Jordan Turner, 22. Mark Percival, 5. Adam Swift; 6. Lance Hohaia, 12. Jon Wilkin; 16. Kyle Amor, 9. James Roby, 18. Alex Walmsley, 15. Mark Flanagan, 11. Sia Soliola, 28. Luke Thompson.
 

7:11pm

7:01pm

Jamie Foster and Joe Arundel will tonight return to First:Utility Super League action, after being named in James Lowes' line-up to face St Helens (kick-off 8.00pm).

Foster is to start on the left wing against his former club, with Hull FC loanee Arundel appearing from the interchange bench.

The 23-year-old appears inside left centre Adrian Purtell, as Brett Kearney, Danny Williams and Adam Henry complete the Bradford backline.

Lee Gaskell again partners Luke Gale in the halves, with Manase Manuokafoa, Adam O'Brien and Adam Sidlow making up the front row.

Tom Olbison and Jay Pitts will start in the second row, with loose forward James Donaldson putting the finishing touches to the Bulls' starting 13.

Joining Arundel on the bench are Jamal Fakir, Matty Blythe and Danny Addy.

Referee Robert Hicks will officiate the round-twenty contest, at Langtree Park.

STARTING LINE-UP:

1. Brett Kearney

38. Danny Williams

21. Adam Henry

3. Adrian Purtell

5. Jamie Foster

17. Lee Gaskell

7. Luke Gale

14. Manase Manuokafoa

19. Adam O'Brien

15. Adam Sidlow

33. Jay Pitts

11. Tom Olbison

18. James Donaldson

INTERCHANGES:

30. Jamal Fakir

16. Danny Addy

34. Joe Arundel

4. Matty Blythe

 

6:58pm

6:55pm

Welcome to Langtree Park as the Bulls face St Helens in tonight's Super League round 20 clash...

Comments (4)

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9:51pm Fri 11 Jul 14

raisemeup says...

Good that we did not give in - sounds as if we showed some spirit in the second half.
Good that we did not give in - sounds as if we showed some spirit in the second half. raisemeup
  • Score: 0

7:06am Sat 12 Jul 14

bartsbull says...

In truth a bit more composure we could have been level on points but we started of badly
But the RFL need to kick the backside of some of these so called top officials i have watched many different teams this season and the officials have been very poor
There is either a rule regarding obstuction or not and the forward passes are getting out of hand the linesmen may as well not be there

We are going down unless there is a miricale but at least we are now showing the spirit that jimmy alawys had as a player to the saints fans who we talked to thanks for you support we will be back COYB
In truth a bit more composure we could have been level on points but we started of badly But the RFL need to kick the backside of some of these so called top officials i have watched many different teams this season and the officials have been very poor There is either a rule regarding obstuction or not and the forward passes are getting out of hand the linesmen may as well not be there We are going down unless there is a miricale but at least we are now showing the spirit that jimmy alawys had as a player to the saints fans who we talked to thanks for you support we will be back COYB bartsbull
  • Score: 2

7:31am Sat 12 Jul 14

Thee Voice of Reason says...

Sounds like Saints eased up at 40 points. See some are easily pleased with a few consolation tries long after the game was lost.
Sounds like Saints eased up at 40 points. See some are easily pleased with a few consolation tries long after the game was lost. Thee Voice of Reason
  • Score: -4

11:17am Sat 12 Jul 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

Thee Voice of Reason wrote:
Sounds like Saints eased up at 40 points. See some are easily pleased with a few consolation tries long after the game was lost.
It seems that way and Ross says the Bulls could be down next week.
It seems the fans have already given up due to the lack of comments.
[quote][p][bold]Thee Voice of Reason[/bold] wrote: Sounds like Saints eased up at 40 points. See some are easily pleased with a few consolation tries long after the game was lost.[/p][/quote]It seems that way and Ross says the Bulls could be down next week. It seems the fans have already given up due to the lack of comments. Papa Smurfs Wig
  • Score: 0

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