Keith Lulia scores twice as Bradford Bulls power to victory

First published in Sport Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford Bulls Reporter

Bradford Bulls 34 Wakefield 26

Keith Lulia scored twice as the Bulls secured a thrilling victory ahead of one of the most pivotal weeks in their recent history.

As the club battles to avoid entering administration, Mick Potter's players overcame several defensive lapses to eke out a victory which keeps their play-off hopes alive.

The Bulls were dominant during the early exchanges, pinning Wakefield back towards their own line before Elliott Whitehead arrived to touch down a short kick from Luke Gale.

Gale added the simplest of conversions from underneath the posts and soon after the Bulls struck again when John Bateman sent Lulia over.

Gale's conversion left Potter's men 12-0 up and in total control.

Soon after, though, Wakefield broke upfield to catch the Bulls cold before a typically well-timed offload from Ali Lauitiiti sent hooker Paul Aiton scampering clear.

Paul Sykes, who is enjoying a steady renaissance during his loan spell with the Wildcats, kicked the conversion to bring the visitors right back into the game.

Yet the Bulls hit back in the 20th minute when Jamie Langley picked up a loose ball from a ruck, fed Michael Platt and his short pass sent Shaun Ainscough plunging over in the right corner.

Wakefield responded again five minutes later after a period of incessant pressure on the Bradford line as Ben Cockayne went over in the left corner.

They grabbed their third try in the 33rd minute when Tim Smith advanced forward at pace to wriggle past Tom Burgess' challenge and squeeze over the line from close range.

Sykes' second goal cut Bradford's lead to just two points and shortly before the break Agar's men led for the first time.

Another fine move cut the Bulls apart and Sykes' pass ushered replacement Frankie Mariano galloping clear from 20 metres.

The Bulls hit back to regain the lead in the 47th minute when Lulia showed brute strength and impressive pace to race clear.

Gale converted and that poured confidence into the Bulls as they began to dominate field position, but with 14 minutes remaining Wakefield drew level.

Mathers' pass found replacement Kyle Wood and his swift offload to his right found prop Kyle Amor arriving to crash over the line.

Sykes' conversion sailed between the posts to level the scores at 26-26.

Three minutes later, the Bulls regained the lead when a crafty kick by Gale was grounded by the outstanding Olivier Elima.

Gale's conversion put the hosts 32-26 ahead and he then kicked a penalty with eight minutes remaining to seal victory before being sinbinned late on for holding down.

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5:23pm Sun 24 Jun 12

nosher says...

Good result, just deserved to win. Defencesive frailties letting teams stay with us. What was all that staging in front of the Coral stand for ? A couple of lorries entering the ground and parking behind the stand during the 2nd half. Big announcement Tuesday ?
Good result, just deserved to win. Defencesive frailties letting teams stay with us. What was all that staging in front of the Coral stand for ? A couple of lorries entering the ground and parking behind the stand during the 2nd half. Big announcement Tuesday ? nosher
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5:32pm Sun 24 Jun 12

BCFC1234 says...

They are using odsal for school olympics,i think he stage is for that.Well done the Bulls today. Let's hope our major shareholders care about the club as much as the players and fans
They are using odsal for school olympics,i think he stage is for that.Well done the Bulls today. Let's hope our major shareholders care about the club as much as the players and fans BCFC1234
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5:39pm Sun 24 Jun 12

nosher says...

bugger, was hoping it was for a celebration of our new sponsors
bugger, was hoping it was for a celebration of our new sponsors nosher
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5:43pm Sun 24 Jun 12

scandanavian's love child52 says...

Nosher give it a rest you fool, I have already said the big announcement is tuesday but not what you want to hear. Its admin simple as that. Will you be going to valley parade next year nosher to watch ?
Nosher give it a rest you fool, I have already said the big announcement is tuesday but not what you want to hear. Its admin simple as that. Will you be going to valley parade next year nosher to watch ? scandanavian's love child52
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5:53pm Sun 24 Jun 12

foxi911 says...

Sorry to all my asian friends for the next comment, but i have just been call a p*k* bast*** by a moaning wakey fan LOL. I dont even go brown when i am in the sun all day just a very heavy red. HaHaHa
Sorry to all my asian friends for the next comment, but i have just been call a p*k* bast*** by a moaning wakey fan LOL. I dont even go brown when i am in the sun all day just a very heavy red. HaHaHa foxi911
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5:54pm Sun 24 Jun 12

nosher says...

Dont like watching poor standard football. Will start watching **** top in the pennine league, quality rugby league
Dont like watching poor standard football. Will start watching **** top in the pennine league, quality rugby league nosher
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6:05pm Sun 24 Jun 12

Tricky Dicky says...

All in all, a good win. Well done to the team and let's hope we can back it up next week.
All in all, a good win. Well done to the team and let's hope we can back it up next week. Tricky Dicky
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6:09pm Sun 24 Jun 12

RuggerTyke says...

foxi911 wrote:
Sorry to all my asian friends for the next comment, but i have just been call a p*k* bast*** by a moaning wakey fan LOL. I dont even go brown when i am in the sun all day just a very heavy red. HaHaHa
They choked against Whinos too, did the pussycats.

Very classy they are, too.
[quote][p][bold]foxi911[/bold] wrote: Sorry to all my asian friends for the next comment, but i have just been call a p*k* bast*** by a moaning wakey fan LOL. I dont even go brown when i am in the sun all day just a very heavy red. HaHaHa[/p][/quote]They choked against Whinos too, did the pussycats. Very classy they are, too. RuggerTyke
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6:16pm Sun 24 Jun 12

scandanavian's love child52 says...

Nosher, pennine league full of quitters and coaches with no loyalty.
Nosher, pennine league full of quitters and coaches with no loyalty. scandanavian's love child52
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6:32pm Sun 24 Jun 12

nosher says...

Shock horror, who do you mean.
Shock horror, who do you mean. nosher
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6:36pm Sun 24 Jun 12

scandanavian's love child52 says...

Jack nicklaus !
Jack nicklaus ! scandanavian's love child52
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6:38pm Sun 24 Jun 12

nosher says...

What club was he from
What club was he from nosher
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6:42pm Sun 24 Jun 12

scandanavian's love child52 says...

Its a secret.
Its a secret. scandanavian's love child52
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6:45pm Sun 24 Jun 12

yangyeight says...

foxi911 wrote:
Sorry to all my asian friends for the next comment, but i have just been call a p*k* bast*** by a moaning wakey fan LOL. I dont even go brown when i am in the sun all day just a very heavy red. HaHaHa
asian friends? really?
you sound like the guy who says i'm not racist i have asian friends!!
why do you have to feel like you need to prove yourself?
the songs they sing are true.
the town is full of em but that dunt mean you are racist for saying it.
mass immigration, get over it....
[quote][p][bold]foxi911[/bold] wrote: Sorry to all my asian friends for the next comment, but i have just been call a p*k* bast*** by a moaning wakey fan LOL. I dont even go brown when i am in the sun all day just a very heavy red. HaHaHa[/p][/quote]asian friends? really? you sound like the guy who says i'm not racist i have asian friends!! why do you have to feel like you need to prove yourself? the songs they sing are true. the town is full of em but that dunt mean you are racist for saying it. mass immigration, get over it.... yangyeight
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6:51pm Sun 24 Jun 12

nosher says...

scandanavian's love child52 wrote:
Its a secret.
You can tell me. I wont tell anybody I'm
[quote][p][bold]scandanavian's love child52[/bold] wrote: Its a secret.[/p][/quote]You can tell me. I wont tell anybody I'm nosher
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6:55pm Sun 24 Jun 12

scandanavian's love child52 says...

A coont ?
A coont ? scandanavian's love child52
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7:05pm Sun 24 Jun 12

scandanavian's love child52 says...

Back to topic, how many points is deduction for admin, I hear its 6.
Back to topic, how many points is deduction for admin, I hear its 6. scandanavian's love child52
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7:38pm Sun 24 Jun 12

RuggerTyke says...

yangyeight wrote:
foxi911 wrote:
Sorry to all my asian friends for the next comment, but i have just been call a p*k* bast*** by a moaning wakey fan LOL. I dont even go brown when i am in the sun all day just a very heavy red. HaHaHa
asian friends? really?
you sound like the guy who says i'm not racist i have asian friends!!
why do you have to feel like you need to prove yourself?
the songs they sing are true.
the town is full of em but that dunt mean you are racist for saying it.
mass immigration, get over it....
In which case we're more Czech . .
[quote][p][bold]yangyeight[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]foxi911[/bold] wrote: Sorry to all my asian friends for the next comment, but i have just been call a p*k* bast*** by a moaning wakey fan LOL. I dont even go brown when i am in the sun all day just a very heavy red. HaHaHa[/p][/quote]asian friends? really? you sound like the guy who says i'm not racist i have asian friends!! why do you have to feel like you need to prove yourself? the songs they sing are true. the town is full of em but that dunt mean you are racist for saying it. mass immigration, get over it....[/p][/quote]In which case we're more Czech . . RuggerTyke
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10:26pm Sun 24 Jun 12

Shelfrhino says...

scandanavian's love child52 wrote:
Back to topic, how many points is deduction for admin, I hear its 6.
All ov 'em.
[quote][p][bold]scandanavian's love child52[/bold] wrote: Back to topic, how many points is deduction for admin, I hear its 6.[/p][/quote]All ov 'em. Shelfrhino
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11:01pm Sun 24 Jun 12

beardedclam says...

scandanavian's love child52 wrote:
Back to topic, how many points is deduction for admin, I hear its 6.
Not enough! they should throw the book at them. Good riddance to this cesspit of a team!
[quote][p][bold]scandanavian's love child52[/bold] wrote: Back to topic, how many points is deduction for admin, I hear its 6.[/p][/quote]Not enough! they should throw the book at them. Good riddance to this cesspit of a team! beardedclam
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