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Michael Platt and Shaun Ainscough at the double in Bulls victory
Bulls 38, Widnes 26
The Bulls were left stunned after early tries from ex-Bradford winger Patrick Ah Van and prop Ben Davies, both converted by influential Rhys Hanbury,
put Widnes 12-0 up.
Platt soon replied for the Bulls but a fine individual effort from Danny Craven stretched the Vikings’ lead to 16-6.
Right on the stroke of half-time, Widnes replied through Hanbury for an unconverted try which left the score 22-20 in Bradford’s favour at the break.
Shortly before the hour mark, the Bulls claimed a crucial score when Heath L’Estrange went over and Platt grabbed his second before Ah Van did likewise to give Widnes a lifeline.
Yet Ainscough’s second confirmed the Bulls’ victory, just as the heavens opened during a dramatic finale.