Bradford Bulls 12 Leeds Rhinos 4

Bradford Bulls 12 Leeds Rhinos 4

The Bulls cast aside their financial woes to condemn reigning Super League champions Leeds to a third consecutive defeat on a night of high emotion at Odsal.

A bumper crowd of 20,821 turned out in Bradford's hour of need and, although of greater significance will be tomorrow's announcement on the club's future, they lapped up a memorable Good Friday victory over their arch rivals.

Not even the late dismissal of prop Bryn Hargreaves for a spear tackle on England captain Jamie Peacock could take the shine off a tremendous performance by the Bulls, who trailed for most of the match, but struck with two tries in the last 15 minutes.

The only score of the first half came after 14 minutes when Leeds centre Zak Hardaker touched down for the fifth consecutive game, taking Brent Webb's pass and stretching for the line.

Whitehead went close eight minutes into the second half when he was held up on his back over the line and substitute prop Phil Joseph was brought back for a forward pass.

The frustrations boiled over into a couple of minor skirmishes, while Bradford's French forward Olivier Elima was sin-binned on the hour by referee Ben Thaler for dissent.

Down to 12 men, the Bulls produced their best spell of the match as the bumper crowd got behind them.

Winger Shaun Ainscough, on his first appearance of the season, broke clear only to fail to use his support, but Bradford maintained the pressure and Langley touched down after Heath L'Estrange's bouncing kick caused havoc in the Leeds defence.

With the scores tied, Jarrod Sammut maintained his composure to land the angled conversion and edge his side into the lead.

Leeds simply could not get a foothold in the game and it was no surprise when the Bulls extended their lead after 73 minutes when Jeffries re-gathered his own kick to grab a second try.

Sammut's second goal gave the home side an eight-point lead.

The game ended on a sour note when Hargreaves was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Peacock, but the Bulls supporters were already in celebration mood by then.

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10:15pm Fri 6 Apr 12

mid_northern says...

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10:18pm Fri 6 Apr 12

Liamk7978 says...

Fantastic performance by the bulls. 20,851 supporters brilliant turn out. COME ON YOU BULLS. shame hargreaves got sent off near end for that kind of spear tackle on jamie peacock. 65 mins to break down a solid leeds defence worth waiting for in the end up. Well happy bradfordian here. Just hope club can survive and we see more quality performances this year like tonight. Hope for many for years of quality yorkshire derbies against leeds.
Fantastic performance by the bulls. 20,851 supporters brilliant turn out. COME ON YOU BULLS. shame hargreaves got sent off near end for that kind of spear tackle on jamie peacock. 65 mins to break down a solid leeds defence worth waiting for in the end up. Well happy bradfordian here. Just hope club can survive and we see more quality performances this year like tonight. Hope for many for years of quality yorkshire derbies against leeds. Liamk7978
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10:33pm Fri 6 Apr 12

NORTHER1964 says...

If we go bust at least we have the last laugh on the whinos. Fantastic effort from the Bulls tonight as we played with 12 men for 15mins of the game against the 14 of Leeds. I can't believe Thaler missed the 2 forward passes from the Leeds try but brought ours back for a forward pass,what a joke the officials are.
If we go bust at least we have the last laugh on the whinos. Fantastic effort from the Bulls tonight as we played with 12 men for 15mins of the game against the 14 of Leeds. I can't believe Thaler missed the 2 forward passes from the Leeds try but brought ours back for a forward pass,what a joke the officials are. NORTHER1964
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10:38pm Fri 6 Apr 12

nosher says...

that was more like it. had the feel of the old glory years. purtell, hargreaves, langley had great games. Big defence from all the boys. why didnt addy back himself near the end ?
that was more like it. had the feel of the old glory years. purtell, hargreaves, langley had great games. Big defence from all the boys. why didnt addy back himself near the end ? nosher
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10:54pm Fri 6 Apr 12

DevonBull says...

What night, what an atmosphere! Those players deserve respect!
What night, what an atmosphere! Those players deserve respect! DevonBull
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10:54pm Fri 6 Apr 12

OdsalOptimist says...

If tonight was the end then what a way to end it.
On paper we should not be able to beat the whinos but tonight pride and passion shone through to the end.
If anything we tried too hard when close to the line which lead to some frustration but this was all forgotten.
Burgess was great for me tonight, as was langers, disko, i could name them all. Phil joseph put in a good shift too and the passion he showed was fantastic.
Great game. Up there with final wins.

Felt awful walking up the stairs for what could be the last time. I am confident it will not be though.

Proud bull tonight. COYB
If tonight was the end then what a way to end it. On paper we should not be able to beat the whinos but tonight pride and passion shone through to the end. If anything we tried too hard when close to the line which lead to some frustration but this was all forgotten. Burgess was great for me tonight, as was langers, disko, i could name them all. Phil joseph put in a good shift too and the passion he showed was fantastic. Great game. Up there with final wins. Felt awful walking up the stairs for what could be the last time. I am confident it will not be though. Proud bull tonight. COYB OdsalOptimist
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11:07pm Fri 6 Apr 12

Mike Strutter says...

DevonBull wrote:
What night, what an atmosphere! Those players deserve respect!
Let's be honest here. The bulls crowd didn't get behind their team until they were pressing in the 2nd half . Until then it was flat. Plus where are these so called bulls fans week in week out ?
Still hope you have good news tomorrow
[quote][p][bold]DevonBull[/bold] wrote: What night, what an atmosphere! Those players deserve respect![/p][/quote]Let's be honest here. The bulls crowd didn't get behind their team until they were pressing in the 2nd half . Until then it was flat. Plus where are these so called bulls fans week in week out ? Still hope you have good news tomorrow Mike Strutter
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11:19pm Fri 6 Apr 12

DevonBull says...

Mike Strutter wrote:
DevonBull wrote:
What night, what an atmosphere! Those players deserve respect!
Let's be honest here. The bulls crowd didn't get behind their team until they were pressing in the 2nd half . Until then it was flat. Plus where are these so called bulls fans week in week out ?
Still hope you have good news tomorrow
Thank you for your hope for tomorrow, I have been going to Odsal for over 30 years, I am proud and pleased of all the support that has been given to the Bulls including the Leeds supporters tonight. Our different opinions on the game tonight will always be the same but it was a huge night for rugby league.
[quote][p][bold]Mike Strutter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DevonBull[/bold] wrote: What night, what an atmosphere! Those players deserve respect![/p][/quote]Let's be honest here. The bulls crowd didn't get behind their team until they were pressing in the 2nd half . Until then it was flat. Plus where are these so called bulls fans week in week out ? Still hope you have good news tomorrow[/p][/quote]Thank you for your hope for tomorrow, I have been going to Odsal for over 30 years, I am proud and pleased of all the support that has been given to the Bulls including the Leeds supporters tonight. Our different opinions on the game tonight will always be the same but it was a huge night for rugby league. DevonBull
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11:20pm Fri 6 Apr 12

deano-41 says...

what a brilliant game the bulls played awesome defence the atmosphere great only thing trying to ruin it was the useless ref and his so called linesman excellent win COYBs. fingers crossed for tomorrow
what a brilliant game the bulls played awesome defence the atmosphere great only thing trying to ruin it was the useless ref and his so called linesman excellent win COYBs. fingers crossed for tomorrow deano-41
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11:51pm Fri 6 Apr 12

billybobbull says...

Peter Fox told me once.'the's only one thing that wins games, tacklin' lad, tacklin'. Dung matter if tha wins 3 0. Th'only need t'score more than them'. ' and that's exactly what the Bulls did tonight. Well Done gents. Your defence made me very proud.!
Peter Fox told me once.'the's only one thing that wins games, tacklin' lad, tacklin'. Dung matter if tha wins 3 0. Th'only need t'score more than them'. ' and that's exactly what the Bulls did tonight. Well Done gents. Your defence made me very proud.! billybobbull
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11:51pm Fri 6 Apr 12

graham smith says...

Mr B.Thaler officiated the game tonight the same way he did against Salford.
In my opinion the man is a disgrace to the badge he wears.
The RFL need to look into the way he operates when he officiates at BULLS games.
He missed all but 2 of their forward passes but picked up on ours and scrubbed off our try.
There were other issues regarding Leeds player discipline which he totally overlooked
The man is a shambles.
SAVE THE BULL
COM’ON YOU BULLS.
Mr B.Thaler officiated the game tonight the same way he did against Salford. In my opinion the man is a disgrace to the badge he wears. The RFL need to look into the way he operates when he officiates at BULLS games. He missed all but 2 of their forward passes but picked up on ours and scrubbed off our try. There were other issues regarding Leeds player discipline which he totally overlooked The man is a shambles. SAVE THE BULL COM’ON YOU BULLS. graham smith
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11:59pm Fri 6 Apr 12

bantam1996 says...

Im a City fan but wet to odsal tonight Couldnt afford both,Really hope you get through this.
Im a City fan but wet to odsal tonight Couldnt afford both,Really hope you get through this. bantam1996
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12:04am Sat 7 Apr 12

hollymae says...

Top night like the good old days. The players and coach need a lot of credit in the circumstances. We now needd to back it up with good news tomorrow ....i have a good feeling thanks to suuport of both clubs tonight...and 2 more points at Widnes if we have 17 fit players left! well done Bulls.
Top night like the good old days. The players and coach need a lot of credit in the circumstances. We now needd to back it up with good news tomorrow ....i have a good feeling thanks to suuport of both clubs tonight...and 2 more points at Widnes if we have 17 fit players left! well done Bulls. hollymae
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8:37am Sat 7 Apr 12

pjbull says...

Great crowd, great occasion and another very good performance from the Bulls. Salford game apart, that's a run of 6-7 really solid efforts and, even with all the injuries this is a marked improvement on last year. We are definitely moving forward. I hope Bulls' fans who went for the first time for a while, saw something that made them think it was time to re-commit - the Club needs loyal fans!!
Great crowd, great occasion and another very good performance from the Bulls. Salford game apart, that's a run of 6-7 really solid efforts and, even with all the injuries this is a marked improvement on last year. We are definitely moving forward. I hope Bulls' fans who went for the first time for a while, saw something that made them think it was time to re-commit - the Club needs loyal fans!! pjbull
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9:06am Sat 7 Apr 12

north devon bull says...

600 mile round trip ror me worth every mile for that performance like i said last week its a game of two halfs could do with some younger touch juges must have been 120 years between the pair,both a waste of space ka,ka,ka.
600 mile round trip ror me worth every mile for that performance like i said last week its a game of two halfs could do with some younger touch juges must have been 120 years between the pair,both a waste of space ka,ka,ka. north devon bull
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9:29am Sat 7 Apr 12

speakeroftruth says...

How many people does ryan bailey have to punch to even get a speaking to from the ref!!
How many people does ryan bailey have to punch to even get a speaking to from the ref!! speakeroftruth
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7:18pm Sat 7 Apr 12

graham smith says...

speakeroftruth wrote:
How many people does ryan bailey have to punch to even get a speaking to from the ref!!
With Mr Thaler in charge against the BULLS the answer is as many he wants, after all it's only Bradford,
SAVE THE BULLS.
COM'ON YOU BULLS
[quote][p][bold]speakeroftruth[/bold] wrote: How many people does ryan bailey have to punch to even get a speaking to from the ref!![/p][/quote]With Mr Thaler in charge against the BULLS the answer is as many he wants, after all it's only Bradford, SAVE THE BULLS. COM'ON YOU BULLS graham smith
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