Bulls 38, Widnes 26

Michael Platt and Shaun Ainscough both scored twice as the Bulls kept their play-off hopes alive with a hard-fought victory over Widnes Vikings this afternoon.

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.

The response from the Bulls was emphatic, however, as three tries in 10 minutes from Brett Kearney, Ainscough and Ben Jeffries put the Bulls 22-16 ahead.

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.