Elliott Whitehead claims four tries as Bradford Bulls destroy Dewsbury Rams

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

Dewsbury Rams 6, Bradford Bulls 48

Elliott Whitehead’s four-try haul inspired an emphatic victory for the Bulls as Francis Cummins’ reign began in style today.

The homegrown second-rower, 23, produced three clinical finishes and joint-captain Heath L’Estrange also touched down to put the Bulls 24-0 up at the break.

Whitehead then turned provider with a brilliant run and reverse pass to send debutant Matty Blythe racing clear in the 44th minute before Matt Diskin, Manase Manuokafoa and Whitehead again applied further scores.

Jamie Foster converted all eight tries and enjoyed a solid debut at full back, while fellow new recruit Blythe made his presence felt at right centre.

Adam Sidlow, signed from Salford, was imposing in the front row after coming off the bench in the first half.

Nick Scruton, looking to recapture his best form after two injury-plagued years, similarly enjoyed a fine game up front.

It was a pleasing afternoon’s work from the Bulls for Cummins, who sat in the stands and communicated with Ian Sibbit, now a key member of his matchday backroom staff, via headsets.

Next weekend’s trip to Leeds for Danny McGuire’s testimonial promises to provide a far sterner test.

But there were plenty of reasons for optimism as rookies Jobe Murphy, Sam Wood and Curtis Naughton also came off the bench to make their senior bows.

Dewsbury, with whom the Bulls have a twinning agreement, were a distinct second-best to Cummins’ men but they were rewarded for a late spell of pressure when replacement Dario Esposito barged over the line.

But Whitehead soon reclaimed centre stage with another close-range effort and Foster's final conversion completed the rout.

 

 

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5:43pm Sun 13 Jan 13

THEMANOFSTEEL says...

Thoroughly enjoyed today's game nice to see all the boys again
Still look a bit light tho
Hope Franny is still looking at another prop even if it is like he wants on the month to month basis
Dewsbury no8 looks firery looked like he likes to get stuck in
Very impressed with Nas try wow!!!!
Liking the 100% conversion rate well done foster
Lets not get carried away
Next week will show more of where we are
COYB
Thoroughly enjoyed today's game nice to see all the boys again Still look a bit light tho Hope Franny is still looking at another prop even if it is like he wants on the month to month basis Dewsbury no8 looks firery looked like he likes to get stuck in Very impressed with Nas try wow!!!! Liking the 100% conversion rate well done foster Lets not get carried away Next week will show more of where we are COYB THEMANOFSTEEL
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5:45pm Sun 13 Jan 13

VICTIMISATION says...

Was men against boys I was disappointed with the run out against Dewsbury and a tougher opposition was needed.
Was men against boys I was disappointed with the run out against Dewsbury and a tougher opposition was needed. VICTIMISATION
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6:47pm Sun 13 Jan 13

theviking62 says...

Hiya, FAKE, reverting to type are we.

From what I gather it was a good run out. Forwards looking good, Foster 100% goal attempts. I did expect them to win at a canter, but understand that Dewsbury made a game of it.

Just a point, I wasn't there, so am going on what genuine fans have told me. We're you there FAKE, or just going on what was written here.

Next week will be the real test, a run out against a SL side. Hopefully we can take what we learned today into that game.
Hiya, FAKE, reverting to type are we. From what I gather it was a good run out. Forwards looking good, Foster 100% goal attempts. I did expect them to win at a canter, but understand that Dewsbury made a game of it. Just a point, I wasn't there, so am going on what genuine fans have told me. We're you there FAKE, or just going on what was written here. Next week will be the real test, a run out against a SL side. Hopefully we can take what we learned today into that game. theviking62
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6:47pm Sun 13 Jan 13

theviking62 says...

Hiya, FAKE, reverting to type are we.

From what I gather it was a good run out. Forwards looking good, Foster 100% goal attempts. I did expect them to win at a canter, but understand that Dewsbury made a game of it.

Just a point, I wasn't there, so am going on what genuine fans have told me. We're you there FAKE, or just going on what was written here.

Next week will be the real test, a run out against a SL side. Hopefully we can take what we learned today into that game.
Hiya, FAKE, reverting to type are we. From what I gather it was a good run out. Forwards looking good, Foster 100% goal attempts. I did expect them to win at a canter, but understand that Dewsbury made a game of it. Just a point, I wasn't there, so am going on what genuine fans have told me. We're you there FAKE, or just going on what was written here. Next week will be the real test, a run out against a SL side. Hopefully we can take what we learned today into that game. theviking62
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8:14pm Sun 13 Jan 13

Shipley Paul says...

A win is a win, and we did a decent job. Just a friendly but you can only beat who you are playing.
A win is a win, and we did a decent job. Just a friendly but you can only beat who you are playing. Shipley Paul
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8:22am Mon 14 Jan 13

UNBULLIEVABLE says...

I agree it WAS a decent friendly, I reckon of the 1500 or so that were there 1000 must have been bulls!! , I really enjoyed the match, Sidlow looks decent and except for the kick off I was pleased with what I saw from Foster and the other newbies / young guns , bring on the Whinos!! COYB
I agree it WAS a decent friendly, I reckon of the 1500 or so that were there 1000 must have been bulls!! , I really enjoyed the match, Sidlow looks decent and except for the kick off I was pleased with what I saw from Foster and the other newbies / young guns , bring on the Whinos!! COYB UNBULLIEVABLE
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8:42am Mon 14 Jan 13

VICTIMISATION says...

I was disappointed with the turn out too, yes it was a cold day but support the team in this new era, Onwards to leeds next week for genuine fans that is
I was disappointed with the turn out too, yes it was a cold day but support the team in this new era, Onwards to leeds next week for genuine fans that is VICTIMISATION
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