Bradford Bulls players display pride and passion after week from hell

Bradford Bulls players display pride and passion after week from hell

Tom Briscoe stops Brett Kearney in his tracks

John Bateman enhanced his reputation with a wonder try for the Bulls that made it 18-18

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

Hull FC 24 Bradford Bulls 18

Nobody seems quite sure what the future holds for Bradford Bulls, least of all the 17 players who took the field for the club last night.

Traumatic does not do justice to the past few days, as a rugby league institution and a city have been forced to consider the grim thought that there may not be a Bulls for much longer.

The cash has run out, but not the spirit which underpins the club.

Not the kind of desire which has seen fans and ex-players spend the past four days rallying around the Bulls in their hour of need.

Almost £200,000 had been raised at close of play yesterday.

That tells you something.

It tells you there is a collective desire to ensure this proud club does not die.

That kind of belligerence was evident among Mick Potter’s players and the visiting supporters at the KC Stadium.

“Stand if you love the Bulls,” was the cry from the away end.

The players, who along with the rest of the club’s staff face a nervous wait to see if they will be paid next month, dug deep.

They largely matched Hull FC, only to be undone when Tom Briscoe went over in the left corner with ten minutes remaining.

That was harsh on Potter’s men, who deserved a share of the spoils at least.

Yet there was much that everyone of a Bradford persuasion could be proud of last night.

Club employees collected outside the KC Stadium before kick-off and the supporters who made the trek along the M62 sang themselves hoarse.

The Bulls, bolstered by the return of Olivier Elima and Adrian Purtell, began brightly and did not seem distracted.

Matt Diskin immediately had the Bulls on the front foot with some meticulous dummy running which culminated in Brett Kearney kicking forward on the last tackle.

Yet Hull came back strongly as skipper Andy Lynch, afforded a warm round of applause by the Bulls fans when his name was read out on the public address system beforehand, drove the hosts forward.

A teasing kick from Danny Addy, deployed at stand-off, kicked forward with intelligence, led to a Hull scrum which saw the hosts come forward and test Kearney with a high kick that he fielded with aplomb.

Moments later, a sweeping move saw the Black and Whites work the ball swiftly from right to left with a bewildering array of inter-passing which threatened to cut Bradford apart.

French referee Thierry Alibert had spotted a forward pass in the sequence anyway but Hull soon led after a series of drives through the middle culminated in Lynch’s delicate offload finding Richard Horne.

Horne, deployed at full back last night, scampered clear from 30 metres past a clutch of Bradford defenders, with Kearney’s desperate last-ditch lunge unable to prevent him crossing the line.

Danny Tickle added the extras but the Bulls, roared on by their vociferous followers, soon steadied themselves and fashioned a highly impressive response.

It came in the 16th minute when Elliott Whitehead intercepted an errant pass from a home defender on Hull’s 30-metre line.

The back-rower collected possession and showed the hosts a clean pair of heels, but not quite quick enough, as he was tackled when he probably should have sent the supporting Adrian Purtell racing over.

Nevertheless, the Bulls continued to probe and were rewarded moments later when John Bateman’s good work inside the left channel saw him find Keith Lulia.

The Cook Islands international showed outstanding dexterity and strength to power through a series of challenges and plunge over from close range.

Jarrod Sammut added the extras and the noise from the away end became ever more audible.

Potter’s men then enjoyed a period of sustained pressure, asking several searching questions of the home defence, which saw Kearney’s high crossfield kick cause havoc.

Hull survived and then hit the Bulls with a vicious sucker-punch midway through the first half when second-rower Willie Manu collected possession from around 20 metres out.

His neat footwork and pace took him past Diskin and over the line for a try which Tickle converted.

Diskin punched the ground in anger at failing to make his tackle and the Bulls were suddenly on the back foot.

Heath L’Estrange replaced Diskin moments later at hooker and Manase Manuokafoa went off in place of Olivier Elima.

L’Estrange made his presence felt straight away, showing skill and speed around the ruck, while Addy’s confidence with the ball in hand offered the Bulls an excellent attacking outlet.

Elima’s good work led to Kearney almost going under the posts before he was taken out by a Hull defender, resulting in a penalty and another set of six.

That led to Elima sending the onrushing Kearney over from close range but Alibert ruled out the score for an earlier obstruction.

Bradford began the second half with aggression and purpose, and their approach was rewarded in the 45th minute when Addy flighted another high kick into the right corner.

Hull wing Tom Briscoe, under pressure from Bradford players, spilled the ball and Pryce grounded in front of the delighted visiting supporters.

Sammut kicked the conversion, tying the scores at 12-12, and encouraging hopes among the visiting players and fans that victory was theirs for the taking.

Kearney was then caught with a big hit by Manu to raise the decibel levels among the home supporters but the Bulls again came back strongly.

They came within inches of scoring on the hour mark when Kearney looked to have touched down a kick under the posts.

His efforts fell just short.

However, Horne went over from acting half in the 57th minute to put Hull back in front and Tickle kicked his third goal.

Yet Bradford hit back again when Sammut showed brilliant hands to find Bateman inside the left channel and he scampered clear for a try which Sammut converted to level the scores at 18-18. Cue delirium in the away end after a stunning passing sequence.

Once again, life surged through the Bulls but, once again, Hull regained the lead when Briscoe finished in clinical fashion in the left corner after the Bradford defence was stretched.

Tickle then added a late penalty to put Hull 24-18 up and confirm a fifth straight win for the Black and Whites.

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8:24am Sat 31 Mar 12

terrysblackchicken says...

200k ? Only 800k to go. I blame ganson.
200k ? Only 800k to go. I blame ganson. terrysblackchicken
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8:42am Sat 31 Mar 12

BCFC1234 says...

Fortunately most people are not interested in what you think. 200k in 3 days is awesome.
Fortunately most people are not interested in what you think. 200k in 3 days is awesome. BCFC1234
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8:44am Sat 31 Mar 12

Eddy 8 Shirt says...

I believe with Jeffries leading us around the park we would have won that game
I believe with Jeffries leading us around the park we would have won that game Eddy 8 Shirt
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8:50am Sat 31 Mar 12

bullslad17 says...

Although we didn't win, it sounds like a great performance (I couldn't get to Hull last night). It looks like 8th place is between Salford, Bradford and Hull KR this year, with St Helens suddenly playing really well. Let's fill Odsal next week and get behind the team.

Also, £197K is brilliant in such a short space of time. Hopefully if 15,000 pay on the door against Leeds we can make £150-200K on the night. We also have the auction, the activities this week, and further pledges too.
Although we didn't win, it sounds like a great performance (I couldn't get to Hull last night). It looks like 8th place is between Salford, Bradford and Hull KR this year, with St Helens suddenly playing really well. Let's fill Odsal next week and get behind the team. Also, £197K is brilliant in such a short space of time. Hopefully if 15,000 pay on the door against Leeds we can make £150-200K on the night. We also have the auction, the activities this week, and further pledges too. bullslad17
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9:24am Sat 31 Mar 12

parader no1 says...

We all know that the Bulls wont go under, just another con from the liars who run the club
We all know that the Bulls wont go under, just another con from the liars who run the club parader no1
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11:59am Sat 31 Mar 12

Adeybull says...

parader no1 wrote:
We all know that the Bulls wont go under, just another con from the liars who run the club
Actually, though, we DON'T "all know that". And some of us, who may or may not have been made aware of some very specific figures and timings, have reached the conclusion, that the likelihood is that the club indeed cannot survive April without a cash injection. For exactly the reasons stated, regardless of the circumstances that led up to this disaster.
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Whether individuals choose to support the club through the pledge, in other ways, or not at all, is obviously an individual decision.
[quote][p][bold]parader no1[/bold] wrote: We all know that the Bulls wont go under, just another con from the liars who run the club[/p][/quote]Actually, though, we DON'T "all know that". And some of us, who may or may not have been made aware of some very specific figures and timings, have reached the conclusion, that the likelihood is that the club indeed cannot survive April without a cash injection. For exactly the reasons stated, regardless of the circumstances that led up to this disaster. . Whether individuals choose to support the club through the pledge, in other ways, or not at all, is obviously an individual decision. Adeybull
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4:19pm Sat 31 Mar 12

save.the.bulls says...

Please don't pay on the gate instead of using your season ticket, this doesn't count towards the money that we need.

Buy a virtual ticket or pledge £20!

http://www.bradfordb
ulls.co.uk/news/5782
/VIRTUAL%20TICKET%20
LEEDS
Please don't pay on the gate instead of using your season ticket, this doesn't count towards the money that we need. Buy a virtual ticket or pledge £20! http://www.bradfordb ulls.co.uk/news/5782 /VIRTUAL%20TICKET%20 LEEDS save.the.bulls
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1:04pm Sun 1 Apr 12

terrysblackchicken says...

A virtual ticket ? Priceless
A virtual ticket ? Priceless terrysblackchicken
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1:09pm Sun 1 Apr 12

DevonBull says...

terrysblackchicken wrote:
A virtual ticket ? Priceless
So are your comments you muppet!!!
[quote][p][bold]terrysblackchicken[/bold] wrote: A virtual ticket ? Priceless[/p][/quote]So are your comments you muppet!!! DevonBull
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4:55pm Sun 1 Apr 12

terrysblackchicken says...

Normally about 4k season tickets, Reduce the price get 10k season ticket holders then ask them 10k for an extra £100 = 10k full price season ticket holders = very clever Mr Hood.
Now whos the muppets ?
Normally about 4k season tickets, Reduce the price get 10k season ticket holders then ask them 10k for an extra £100 = 10k full price season ticket holders = very clever Mr Hood. Now whos the muppets ? terrysblackchicken
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7:55pm Sun 1 Apr 12

Atki_j says...

terrysblackchicken wrote:
Normally about 4k season tickets, Reduce the price get 10k season ticket holders then ask them 10k for an extra £100 = 10k full price season ticket holders = very clever Mr Hood.
Now whos the muppets ?
Try finding the exit to that box your in and see anything other than the conspiracy you think is happening.

The directors may have steered this into where we are today but it looks to me that they are trying to pull us out of the hole.
Regardless of what anyone thinks theres a hell of a lot of peoples jobs on the line at the minute. Time to look over who could be to blame is after the hurdle we face to keep the club afloat.
The support at Hull on Friday was brilliant and I'm more than looking forward to the game come Friday.
[quote][p][bold]terrysblackchicken[/bold] wrote: Normally about 4k season tickets, Reduce the price get 10k season ticket holders then ask them 10k for an extra £100 = 10k full price season ticket holders = very clever Mr Hood. Now whos the muppets ?[/p][/quote]Try finding the exit to that box your in and see anything other than the conspiracy you think is happening. The directors may have steered this into where we are today but it looks to me that they are trying to pull us out of the hole. Regardless of what anyone thinks theres a hell of a lot of peoples jobs on the line at the minute. Time to look over who could be to blame is after the hurdle we face to keep the club afloat. The support at Hull on Friday was brilliant and I'm more than looking forward to the game come Friday. Atki_j
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8:38pm Sun 1 Apr 12

Sheffieldbull says...

terrysblackchicken wrote:
Normally about 4k season tickets, Reduce the price get 10k season ticket holders then ask them 10k for an extra £100 = 10k full price season ticket holders = very clever Mr Hood.
Now whos the muppets ?
You?
[quote][p][bold]terrysblackchicken[/bold] wrote: Normally about 4k season tickets, Reduce the price get 10k season ticket holders then ask them 10k for an extra £100 = 10k full price season ticket holders = very clever Mr Hood. Now whos the muppets ?[/p][/quote]You? Sheffieldbull
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10:36am Mon 2 Apr 12

DevonBull says...

terrysblackchicken wrote:
Normally about 4k season tickets, Reduce the price get 10k season ticket holders then ask them 10k for an extra £100 = 10k full price season ticket holders = very clever Mr Hood.
Now whos the muppets ?
You have proved it yet again, YOU are the muppet!! Do you actually support the Bulls? I doubt it!
[quote][p][bold]terrysblackchicken[/bold] wrote: Normally about 4k season tickets, Reduce the price get 10k season ticket holders then ask them 10k for an extra £100 = 10k full price season ticket holders = very clever Mr Hood. Now whos the muppets ?[/p][/quote]You have proved it yet again, YOU are the muppet!! Do you actually support the Bulls? I doubt it! DevonBull
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