Nick Scruton in clear to face Saints with Bradford Bulls

Nick Scruton in action for the Bulls against Castleford

Nick Scruton in action for the Bulls against Castleford

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The Bulls were handed a major boost last night after Nick Scruton was cleared to play against St Helens at Odsal on Saturday.

The in-form prop had been facing a ban after being charged with a Grade B high challenge on Castleford scrum half Gareth O’Brien.

The incident happened in the fourth minute of Saturday’s 38-12 win over the Tigers and Scruton was called before an RFL disciplinary panel as a result.

But, although he was fined £300 after being found guilty of a reckless high tackle, Scruton escaped suspension when the panel opted to downgrade the offence to Grade A.

Scruton was accompanied at the hearing by head coach Francis Cummins and football manager Stuart Duffy, who had argued that the tackle was legal and to the shoulder of his opponent.

Meanwhile, Gerry Sutcliffe believes the Bantams’ fairytale success in reaching the Capital One Cup final can lay the platform for a wider renaissance in the city.

The Bradford South MP and Bulls co-chairman said: “As a former sports minister, I’ve always understood the power of sport in changing people’s lives and City’s success has certainly raised confidence in Bradford as a city.

“Many non-sporting people have spoken to me and said ‘this is just what we need, it keeps the momentum going’.

“I think we need to try and harness that to send a positive message to those who are only on the fringes.

“Come and support our clubs, whether that’s Bradford City, Bradford Bulls or Bradford Park Avenue. Through sport we can do great things.”

There had been talk of the Bulls’ squad and coaching staff attending Sunday’s showpiece at Wembley but that will not now happen due to the huge demand for tickets.

Nevertheless, Sutcliffe and Bulls owner Omar Khan, who is also an ambassador for the Bantams, will lead a team of Bulls directors to the game in support of Phil Parkinson’s men – a day after St Helens’ visit to Odsal for a Super League clash.

Sutcliffe said: “It’s fantastic for the city this weekend that we are playing one of the elite Super League teams in St Helens on Saturday before the trip to Wembley with City.

“Whatever the result of Sunday’s game, you cannot fail to be impressed by how City have managed to get there.

“We wish them well – anything can happen in 90 minutes and they have already proved they can beat Premier League opposition.”

Meanwhile, Cummins said yesterday that he was hopeful of Jamie Langley (groin) and Chev Walker (bicep) being passed fit to face Saints on Saturday as they bid to shake off knocks sustained against Castleford.

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7:52am Wed 20 Feb 13

Solomon Grundy says...

Good news about Scrutes since we're low on numbers already for this w/e.

Don't know what the score is for Chev Walker but I hope they don't play him patched up and carrying an injury as that will only backfire down the line and he might be out for a longer spell than if he is rested now.

Got my Wembley ticket for Sunday and will be at Odsal on Saturday to cheer the Bulls! Good weekend coming up! COYB!!!!
Good news about Scrutes since we're low on numbers already for this w/e. Don't know what the score is for Chev Walker but I hope they don't play him patched up and carrying an injury as that will only backfire down the line and he might be out for a longer spell than if he is rested now. Got my Wembley ticket for Sunday and will be at Odsal on Saturday to cheer the Bulls! Good weekend coming up! COYB!!!! Solomon Grundy
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7:56am Wed 20 Feb 13

monobrow man says...

The tackle in the photo above is far worse than a shoulder charge, the rfl are taking away an exciting part of rugby league by removing the shoulder charge. Glad scrutton got off we would have looked very light especially with walker and Langley carrying knocks
The tackle in the photo above is far worse than a shoulder charge, the rfl are taking away an exciting part of rugby league by removing the shoulder charge. Glad scrutton got off we would have looked very light especially with walker and Langley carrying knocks monobrow man
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8:10am Wed 20 Feb 13

oddshapedballs says...

im afraid they are trying to make r.l a "softer" sport and just hope it doesnt go the way of puffball
im afraid they are trying to make r.l a "softer" sport and just hope it doesnt go the way of puffball oddshapedballs
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8:36am Wed 20 Feb 13

Potter for the sack says...

oddshapedballs wrote:
im afraid they are trying to make r.l a "softer" sport and just hope it doesnt go the way of puffball
You are a bit of a narrow minded puffball, so don't throw stones! COYB & Bantams.
[quote][p][bold]oddshapedballs[/bold] wrote: im afraid they are trying to make r.l a "softer" sport and just hope it doesnt go the way of puffball[/p][/quote]You are a bit of a narrow minded puffball, so don't throw stones! COYB & Bantams. Potter for the sack
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8:41am Wed 20 Feb 13

VJ Man says...

They are not trying to make it a softer sport, just getting rid of dangerous play. Shoulder charges can inflict whiplash style injuries that can keep players out for months, so I think they are justified in getting rid of them.
Clearly some of the comments above are made by people that have never played the sport.
Good luck to City on Sunday, unfortunately I couldn't get one of the rocking horse doo tickets.
They are not trying to make it a softer sport, just getting rid of dangerous play. Shoulder charges can inflict whiplash style injuries that can keep players out for months, so I think they are justified in getting rid of them. Clearly some of the comments above are made by people that have never played the sport. Good luck to City on Sunday, unfortunately I couldn't get one of the rocking horse doo tickets. VJ Man
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8:53am Wed 20 Feb 13

raisemeup says...

Pleased that he is clear to play on Saturday. However it's a non offence that has gone on his record, and being fined £300 is a travesty.

They should have stuck with the previous decision at the match of no case to answer, (Referee and Video Refs. decision) plus they would have cited Webster for an illegal challenge on Kearney.

That's if they wish to be seen as fair??
Pleased that he is clear to play on Saturday. However it's a non offence that has gone on his record, and being fined £300 is a travesty. They should have stuck with the previous decision at the match of no case to answer, (Referee and Video Refs. decision) plus they would have cited Webster for an illegal challenge on Kearney. That's if they wish to be seen as fair?? raisemeup
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9:14am Wed 20 Feb 13

nosher says...

VJ Man wrote:
They are not trying to make it a softer sport, just getting rid of dangerous play. Shoulder charges can inflict whiplash style injuries that can keep players out for months, so I think they are justified in getting rid of them.
Clearly some of the comments above are made by people that have never played the sport.
Good luck to City on Sunday, unfortunately I couldn't get one of the rocking horse doo tickets.
Totally agree VJ. The game has got faster over the years and this type of high collision impact can cause severe damage.
[quote][p][bold]VJ Man[/bold] wrote: They are not trying to make it a softer sport, just getting rid of dangerous play. Shoulder charges can inflict whiplash style injuries that can keep players out for months, so I think they are justified in getting rid of them. Clearly some of the comments above are made by people that have never played the sport. Good luck to City on Sunday, unfortunately I couldn't get one of the rocking horse doo tickets.[/p][/quote]Totally agree VJ. The game has got faster over the years and this type of high collision impact can cause severe damage. nosher
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10:04am Wed 20 Feb 13

Parz says...

Walker tweeted last night that he is not injured and the T&A reported it wrong, which is good news.

Also with the Kearney one the Disciplinary Panel did look at it, but said they couldn't determine the point of contact from the DVD so there was no charge.
Walker tweeted last night that he is not injured and the T&A reported it wrong, which is good news. Also with the Kearney one the Disciplinary Panel did look at it, but said they couldn't determine the point of contact from the DVD so there was no charge. Parz
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10:08am Wed 20 Feb 13

monobrow man says...

nosher wrote:
VJ Man wrote:
They are not trying to make it a softer sport, just getting rid of dangerous play. Shoulder charges can inflict whiplash style injuries that can keep players out for months, so I think they are justified in getting rid of them.
Clearly some of the comments above are made by people that have never played the sport.
Good luck to City on Sunday, unfortunately I couldn't get one of the rocking horse doo tickets.
Totally agree VJ. The game has got faster over the years and this type of high collision impact can cause severe damage.
I played, the only serious injuries any off us had were broken legs and arms, lifting of legs and the dump tackle are far more dangerous than a shoulder charge, if your silly enough to run into somebody's shoulder then you deserve to get knocked out.
[quote][p][bold]nosher[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VJ Man[/bold] wrote: They are not trying to make it a softer sport, just getting rid of dangerous play. Shoulder charges can inflict whiplash style injuries that can keep players out for months, so I think they are justified in getting rid of them. Clearly some of the comments above are made by people that have never played the sport. Good luck to City on Sunday, unfortunately I couldn't get one of the rocking horse doo tickets.[/p][/quote]Totally agree VJ. The game has got faster over the years and this type of high collision impact can cause severe damage.[/p][/quote]I played, the only serious injuries any off us had were broken legs and arms, lifting of legs and the dump tackle are far more dangerous than a shoulder charge, if your silly enough to run into somebody's shoulder then you deserve to get knocked out. monobrow man
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6:30pm Wed 20 Feb 13

nosher says...

I played too, but always tried to run through the gaps lol That's the difference between forwards and backs.
I played too, but always tried to run through the gaps lol That's the difference between forwards and backs. nosher
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