Bradford Bulls denied victory by old rivals Leeds Rhinos

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

Leeds Rhinos 24, Bradford Bulls 24

Jarrod Sammut and Brett Kearney grabbed two tries apiece but the Bulls were denied victory over rivals Leeds by Danny McGuire in his testimonial match today.

Sammut scored twice early on to put the Bulls in control and Kearney took a fine pass from Nick Scruton to stretch their lead to 18-0 midway through the first half.

Leeds hit back with two tries from new recruit Joe Vickery shortly before the interval but Kevin Sinfield failed to convert either of them, leaving the scores at 18-8 in Bradford’s favour.

Rob Burrow crossed for Leeds shortly before the hour mark but five minutes later Kearney weaved his way over for his second and Jamie Foster’s fourth conversion put the Bulls 24-14 up.

Leeds responded through England winger Ryan Hall with 12 minutes remaining but Francis Cummins was denied a winning return to Headingley when McGuire scampered clear in trademark fashion in the 70th minute.

The match also saw James Donaldson make a long-waited return to action after injury in front of a crowd of 6,106.

It was an evenly-fought contest from which Cummins could draw plenty of positives ahead of the Super League opener at home to Wakefield on February 3.
 

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5:27pm Sun 20 Jan 13

Northernthroughandthrough says...

Know its ownly a "freindly" if there is such a thing in rugby, but this is a good start against top class opposition. Well done boys keep it up. COYB
Know its ownly a "freindly" if there is such a thing in rugby, but this is a good start against top class opposition. Well done boys keep it up. COYB Northernthroughandthrough
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6:05pm Sun 20 Jan 13

VICTIMISATION says...

A meaningless friendly or bulls cup final ?
Nice to see Scruton with his bag of ice so expect the usual news, whitehead could be feeling that shoulder in the morning.
Leeds still in the warm climes of Portugal for 1st half.
Look forward to Sheff posting his take on it with it being nearer his house than odsal.
A meaningless friendly or bulls cup final ? Nice to see Scruton with his bag of ice so expect the usual news, whitehead could be feeling that shoulder in the morning. Leeds still in the warm climes of Portugal for 1st half. Look forward to Sheff posting his take on it with it being nearer his house than odsal. VICTIMISATION
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6:59pm Sun 20 Jan 13

Kellington Bull says...

Great start by the Bulls. If we can stay away from long term injuries we could have a surprise season. Fingers crossed, keep it up lads.
Great start by the Bulls. If we can stay away from long term injuries we could have a surprise season. Fingers crossed, keep it up lads. Kellington Bull
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7:33pm Sun 20 Jan 13

mdn says...

VICTIMISATION wrote:
A meaningless friendly or bulls cup final ?
Nice to see Scruton with his bag of ice so expect the usual news, whitehead could be feeling that shoulder in the morning.
Leeds still in the warm climes of Portugal for 1st half.
Look forward to Sheff posting his take on it with it being nearer his house than odsal.
Poor effort 1/10. No injuries from game.
[quote][p][bold]VICTIMISATION[/bold] wrote: A meaningless friendly or bulls cup final ? Nice to see Scruton with his bag of ice so expect the usual news, whitehead could be feeling that shoulder in the morning. Leeds still in the warm climes of Portugal for 1st half. Look forward to Sheff posting his take on it with it being nearer his house than odsal.[/p][/quote]Poor effort 1/10. No injuries from game. mdn
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8:33pm Sun 20 Jan 13

VICTIMISATION says...

Few struggling that I saw
Few struggling that I saw VICTIMISATION
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8:42pm Sun 20 Jan 13

VICTIMISATION says...

Ball handling Chev at 13 that's going to work well :-P
Bulls right sidev defence was torn apart by Ablet who is only stand in centre when Moon went off.
The quality of trys worlds apart
Ball handling Chev at 13 that's going to work well :-P Bulls right sidev defence was torn apart by Ablet who is only stand in centre when Moon went off. The quality of trys worlds apart VICTIMISATION
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8:48pm Sun 20 Jan 13

VICTIMISATION says...

5 trys to 4 in Leeds favour , Good job golden boots was not on form.
5 trys to 4 in Leeds favour , Good job golden boots was not on form. VICTIMISATION
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8:55pm Sun 20 Jan 13

thecooperbull says...

Full strength whinos, understrength Bulls, not bad all round, not Bulls fault sinfield's kicking was poor!
Full strength whinos, understrength Bulls, not bad all round, not Bulls fault sinfield's kicking was poor! thecooperbull
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9:03pm Sun 20 Jan 13

-HCK3R- says...

VICTIMISATION wrote:
Ball handling Chev at 13 that's going to work well :-P
Bulls right sidev defence was torn apart by Ablet who is only stand in centre when Moon went off.
The quality of trys worlds apart
That the same Ablett who got hammered by Platt and spat his dummy out ? lets be honest most folk were expecting the Rhinos to run away with the game and run tries in for fun.....agree the Bulls tries were better than the Rhinos ....if this was a league game the Bulls would have been looking at it as a point lost while the Rhinos a point salvaged.......
[quote][p][bold]VICTIMISATION[/bold] wrote: Ball handling Chev at 13 that's going to work well :-P Bulls right sidev defence was torn apart by Ablet who is only stand in centre when Moon went off. The quality of trys worlds apart[/p][/quote]That the same Ablett who got hammered by Platt and spat his dummy out ? lets be honest most folk were expecting the Rhinos to run away with the game and run tries in for fun.....agree the Bulls tries were better than the Rhinos ....if this was a league game the Bulls would have been looking at it as a point lost while the Rhinos a point salvaged....... -HCK3R-
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9:35pm Sun 20 Jan 13

VICTIMISATION says...

Bulls tys better ? What game you watching ? Leeds from own half not from bad mistake by full back etc
Platt stood on him in tackle as was right in front of me.
Bulls tys better ? What game you watching ? Leeds from own half not from bad mistake by full back etc Platt stood on him in tackle as was right in front of me. VICTIMISATION
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10:25pm Sun 20 Jan 13

THEMANOFSTEEL says...

Victimisation u r a complete bell end

I've had a word with Omar and I agree with him

Franny has to go Poor manager. He had the chance to go and spend big money to put an awesome team together

The NRL is going to miss all those star players the Bulls have signed

Wigan Warrington Saints Leeds have nothing on us this season 1st place I think and def champions of Super League 2013

Best part all under the management of Victimisation

You really are the best thing since sliced bread!!!
Victimisation u r a complete bell end I've had a word with Omar and I agree with him Franny has to go Poor manager. He had the chance to go and spend big money to put an awesome team together The NRL is going to miss all those star players the Bulls have signed Wigan Warrington Saints Leeds have nothing on us this season 1st place I think and def champions of Super League 2013 Best part all under the management of Victimisation You really are the best thing since sliced bread!!! THEMANOFSTEEL
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11:15pm Sun 20 Jan 13

VICTIMISATION says...

Take your blinkers off, That was bulls best performance against leeds warm up and 1st game this year for lots of them .
You keep kidding yourself and come the season end which will be September get back to me.
Take your blinkers off, That was bulls best performance against leeds warm up and 1st game this year for lots of them . You keep kidding yourself and come the season end which will be September get back to me. VICTIMISATION
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12:25am Mon 21 Jan 13

fraternise says...

VICTIMISATION wrote:
Take your blinkers off, That was bulls best performance against leeds warm up and 1st game this year for lots of them .
You keep kidding yourself and come the season end which will be September get back to me.
It's too soon to judge our performance at this stage in the season? But what I saw , from where I sat, was a determined and well in tune team with more power up front than the knockers gave us credit for and a good quality working of the defence and attack capabilities of the our players which does credit to the fact we have only been a credible team since November/December, compared to Leeds who are a well seasoned championship side. It actually was a most enjoyable game, in pleasant surroundings, Then of course we get the unmitigated clap trap from you know who??? When he attempts to sour it all...
[quote][p][bold]VICTIMISATION[/bold] wrote: Take your blinkers off, That was bulls best performance against leeds warm up and 1st game this year for lots of them . You keep kidding yourself and come the season end which will be September get back to me.[/p][/quote]It's too soon to judge our performance at this stage in the season? But what I saw , from where I sat, was a determined and well in tune team with more power up front than the knockers gave us credit for and a good quality working of the defence and attack capabilities of the our players which does credit to the fact we have only been a credible team since November/December, compared to Leeds who are a well seasoned championship side. It actually was a most enjoyable game, in pleasant surroundings, Then of course we get the unmitigated clap trap from you know who??? When he attempts to sour it all... fraternise
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6:52am Mon 21 Jan 13

VICTIMISATION says...

Apart from the kearney try it was a lot of 1 man rugby .
Apart from the kearney try it was a lot of 1 man rugby . VICTIMISATION
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8:35am Mon 21 Jan 13

UNBULLIEVABLE says...

VICTIMISATION wrote:
Apart from the kearney try it was a lot of 1 man rugby .
"1 man rugby?" , did you actually go to the match?? , I did! and witnessed a LOT of team moves from Bradford , sure we struggled at times when Leeds began firing on all cylinders, but so did a lot of top 8 teams last season , that's kind of why, much as it pains me to say it... they are the champions!
[quote][p][bold]VICTIMISATION[/bold] wrote: Apart from the kearney try it was a lot of 1 man rugby .[/p][/quote]"1 man rugby?" , did you actually go to the match?? , I did! and witnessed a LOT of team moves from Bradford , sure we struggled at times when Leeds began firing on all cylinders, but so did a lot of top 8 teams last season , that's kind of why, much as it pains me to say it... they are the champions! UNBULLIEVABLE
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9:51am Mon 21 Jan 13

-HCK3R- says...

VICTIMISATION wrote:
Apart from the kearney try it was a lot of 1 man rugby .
Your posts after this game shows your lack of knowledge of the game and shows what a joker of a wind up merchant you are ......the sad thing is I think you actually believe what you write is true ! ......
[quote][p][bold]VICTIMISATION[/bold] wrote: Apart from the kearney try it was a lot of 1 man rugby .[/p][/quote]Your posts after this game shows your lack of knowledge of the game and shows what a joker of a wind up merchant you are ......the sad thing is I think you actually believe what you write is true ! ...... -HCK3R-
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11:59am Mon 21 Jan 13

VICTIMISATION says...

I was there my opinion is valid, I would in future like to converse with people who go to games unlike some of the above, If you would please put at the end of your posts if you attend or are an armchair fan that will help me, Also It will also be a good way to ignore Sheffield and viking who have the lame excuse after excuse why they don't attend.
I was there my opinion is valid, I would in future like to converse with people who go to games unlike some of the above, If you would please put at the end of your posts if you attend or are an armchair fan that will help me, Also It will also be a good way to ignore Sheffield and viking who have the lame excuse after excuse why they don't attend. VICTIMISATION
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12:39pm Mon 21 Jan 13

fraternise says...

VICTIMISATION wrote:
I was there my opinion is valid, I would in future like to converse with people who go to games unlike some of the above, If you would please put at the end of your posts if you attend or are an armchair fan that will help me, Also It will also be a good way to ignore Sheffield and viking who have the lame excuse after excuse why they don't attend.
Yes but that was only to support Leeds, so it doesn't count for Bulls home games. Which makes your statement null and void?

PS an opinion is not factual, it's an interpretation of that persons viewpoint.
Which means if that person is not very knowledgeable ie YOU! It carries very little credence!
[quote][p][bold]VICTIMISATION[/bold] wrote: I was there my opinion is valid, I would in future like to converse with people who go to games unlike some of the above, If you would please put at the end of your posts if you attend or are an armchair fan that will help me, Also It will also be a good way to ignore Sheffield and viking who have the lame excuse after excuse why they don't attend.[/p][/quote]Yes but that was only to support Leeds, so it doesn't count for Bulls home games. Which makes your statement null and void? PS an opinion is not factual, it's an interpretation of that persons viewpoint. Which means if that person is not very knowledgeable ie YOU! It carries very little credence! fraternise
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12:49pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Parz says...

Are you lot done arguing with eachother yet? If I may I'd like to post something about rugby.

I thought it was a good performance by us. We still had 5 what I could consider to be first team players out (Heath, Langley, Bateman, Purtell and Gale) so to hold the current champions who were at almost full strength (Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe there were only Jones-Bishop and Leuleui missing) to a draw is a good result. Thought Jobe Murphy had good game, didn't look out of place at all. Sammat had cracking game as well. It was nice to see Scruton back in the middle, his offload to Kearney was as good as you'll see anywhere else. All in all a top performance. Roll on Wakey!
Are you lot done arguing with eachother yet? If I may I'd like to post something about rugby. I thought it was a good performance by us. We still had 5 what I could consider to be first team players out (Heath, Langley, Bateman, Purtell and Gale) so to hold the current champions who were at almost full strength (Correct me if I'm wrong but I believe there were only Jones-Bishop and Leuleui missing) to a draw is a good result. Thought Jobe Murphy had good game, didn't look out of place at all. Sammat had cracking game as well. It was nice to see Scruton back in the middle, his offload to Kearney was as good as you'll see anywhere else. All in all a top performance. Roll on Wakey! Parz
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12:51pm Mon 21 Jan 13

Parz says...

*would consider not could consider. **** Spellcheck.
*would consider not could consider. **** Spellcheck. Parz
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1:03pm Mon 21 Jan 13

fraternise says...

VICTIMISATION wrote:
I was there my opinion is valid, I would in future like to converse with people who go to games unlike some of the above, If you would please put at the end of your posts if you attend or are an armchair fan that will help me, Also It will also be a good way to ignore Sheffield and viking who have the lame excuse after excuse why they don't attend.
Yes but that was only to support Leeds, so it doesn't count for Bulls home games. Which makes your statement null and void?

PS an opinion is not factual, it's an interpretation of that persons viewpoint.
Which means if that person is not very knowledgeable ie YOU! It carries very little credence!
[quote][p][bold]VICTIMISATION[/bold] wrote: I was there my opinion is valid, I would in future like to converse with people who go to games unlike some of the above, If you would please put at the end of your posts if you attend or are an armchair fan that will help me, Also It will also be a good way to ignore Sheffield and viking who have the lame excuse after excuse why they don't attend.[/p][/quote]Yes but that was only to support Leeds, so it doesn't count for Bulls home games. Which makes your statement null and void? PS an opinion is not factual, it's an interpretation of that persons viewpoint. Which means if that person is not very knowledgeable ie YOU! It carries very little credence! fraternise
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