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Bulls 40, Wakefield 6
Francis Cummins enjoyed a dream start to his reign as Bulls head coach as Wakefield were thumped at the Provident Stadium this afternoon.
Jarrod Sammut was the star of the show with two tries but all three debutants – Matty Blythe, Adam Sidlow and Jamie Foster – touched down in a superb team display.
Michael Platt began the blitz when he went over in the left corner to cap a fine array of inter-passing before Blythe and Sidlow charged over from close range.
Sammut, who was at the heart of all the Bulls’ best moves, then scampered clear from the base of a scrum for a fourth home try.
Six minutes after the break, Foster touched down a teasing grubber kick from the impressive Brett Kearney and then more fine footwork from Sammut gave him his second.
Wakefield grabbed a consolation when centre Dean Collis raced clear from inside his own half after a kick was charged down.
But there was still time for Kearney to power clear from 30 metres out and Foster kicked his sixth goals from seven attempts.
Full-time... Bradford 40 Wakefield 6
Jarrod Sammut named man of the match....
Paul Sykes = #bradfordbulls reject.— @ShandyPants_94 03 February 2013
Bradford Bulls having a reeet game #bradfordbulls @OfficialBullsRL #COYB 🏈👍🏈👍— @lynnehardaker 03 February 2013
Kearney left Richie Mathers for dead and Foster converts to make it Bradford 40 Wakefield 6....
71 mins - Bulls strike again through BRETT KEARNEY!!!
63 mins... Wakefield have a consolation... Dean Collis races clear from distance after a kick is charged down...
Danny Addy on for Tom Olbison...
Walker on for Scruton, still 34-0...
Manuokafoa back on for Sidlow... Sidlow has been impressive...
Sammut took L'Estrange's neat pass and jinked his way over the line... Foster converts again so it's 34-0
The Bulls have scored again!! SAMMUT again!!
Foster converted his own try so it's now Bulls 28 Wakefield 0...
46 mins... JAMIE FOSTER scores Bulls' fifth try after a teasing grubber kick from Kearney...
We are underway for the second half here... Bulls 22-0 up...
Half-time score: Bulls 22 Wakefield 0... Great start to Francis Cummins' tenure but still another 40 minutes to go.
Foster could not convert that last try, so it's now Bradford 22 Wakefield 0.
36 mins... JARROD SAMMUT grabs a fourth Bulls try after scampering clear from the base of a scrum...
Scruton back on for Chev Walker...
Too much energy about the Bulls for Wakefield to cope. Still 18-0 up.
25mins .. ADAM SIDLOW has scored the Bulls' third try!! Foster 3/3. Now 18-0.
20mins.. Jamie Langley on for Nick Scruton
16 mins - MATTY BLYTHE dives over the line for the Bulls' second try.
Adam Sidlow on for Manase Manuokafoa, still 6-0.
Jarrod Sammut did brilliantly well for the Bulls' try, breaking through several tackles before Chev Walker eventually put Platt over in the left corner.
JAMIE FOSTER boots a fine conversion to put the Bulls 6-0 up.
09 - The Bulls have scored a brilliant try from MICHAEL PLATT!!
The Bulls are well on top in the early exchanges but still scoreless...
Ben Cockayne kicks off for Wakefield and we are underway....
Hull FC coach Peter Gentle is here on a scouting mission. The Bulls travel to the KC Stadium on Friday.
Omar will be hoping for a better result than the last time he and Gerry stepped out onto the pitch at Odsal. Hull won 70-6 that night, effectively ending the Bulls' play-off hopes.
Khan has spoken to the crowd on the mic, Wakey and Bulls fans seemed to enjoy it.
Omar Khan and Gerry Sutcliffe have been introduced to the crowd.
Former Bull Paul Sykes starts at stand-off for Wakefield but no Tim Smith.
The Bulls out for their pre-match warm-up. Atmosphere building steadily. #bradfordbulls http://t.co/ex4lwwvP— @rosshtanda 03 February 2013
The Bulls are out for their pre-match warm-up to rapturous applause....
Replacements: Wood, Wilkes, Singleton, Mariano
Wakefield team: Mathers, Fox, Collis, Lyne, Cockayne, Sykes, Wildie, Poore, Aiton, Amor, Lauitiiti, Kirmond (c), Washbrook
Interchange: Sidlow, L'Estrange, Addy, Langley
Bulls team: Foster, Kear, Blythe, Lulia, Platt, Sammut, Kearney, Scruton, Diskin, Manuokafoa, Whitehead, Olbison, Walker
Huddersfield hooker Luke Robinson in the press box as a guest summariser for Yorkshire Radio. He's still buzzing from the Giants' remarkable victory at St Helens last night.
Here are your 2013 #BradfordBulls #COYB #RedAmberBlackArmy #BullFamily http://t.co/1AO5Qao1— @OfficialBullsRL 29 January 2013
Come on #bradfordbulls let's have good start to the 2013 @SuperLeague season— @TheSaint1441 03 February 2013
First few fans have started filing into the newly-named Provident Stadium. Atmosphere gradually building as we await team news...
Follow all the action from the Provident Stadium as the Bulls open their Super League campaign at home to Wakefield Wildcats....