Bradford Bulls power into cup fifth round with Shaun Ainscough and Elliott Whitehead hat-tricks

All too easy as 13-try Bradford Bulls step on the gas

John Bateman dives in for the seventh Bulls try

Keith Lulia prepares to touch down over the line

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

Bulls 72, Doncaster 6

Shortly after 3pm this afternoon, the draw for the Carnegie Challenge Cup fifth round will be made at Broadcasting Tower on Woodhouse Lane in Leeds.

The good news for Bulls fans is that their team will be in the hat after yesterday’s massacre of Championship One part-timers Doncaster.

They ran in 13 tries, outclassing their visitors with consummate ease as Shaun Ainscough and Elliott Whitehead both claimed hat-tricks.

The game was effectively over as a serious contest in about the 14th minute. At that point Matt Diskin had just gone over for Bradford’s third try, helping them into a 16-6 lead after Doncaster had stunned Odsal by edging ahead inside the first minute.

The bad news for the Bulls is that their fifth-round opponents will provide a far sterner test than Doncaster did yesterday.

There will be a greater challenge in a fortnight’s time – there has to be. It cannot be this easy again.

That is not to belittle or undermine the efforts of Tony Miller’s men. Far from it. They simply could not cope with the power, strength and size of Mick Potter’s team.

After Bryn Hargreaves and Manase Manuokafoa had battered them into submission during the opening quarter, Potter was able to introduce Craig Kopczak, Tom Burgess and John Bateman off the bench.

These are players – and this is a Bulls team – who have done serious damage to Super League opposition this season.

St Helens and Leeds, last season’s Grand Finalists, were beaten at Odsal in recent weeks and deservedly so. So in all reality, Doncaster never stood much chance.

The Dons train less than a handful of times a week in the evenings and play their rugby on a part-time basis. The gulf in class was painfully obvious at times.

Their early try was as good as it got for the visitors after Danny Addy fumbled the ball straight from Doncaster’s kick-off.

That led to the visitors forging ahead inside the opening minute as a ten-metre scrum culminated in prop Russ Spiers crashing over from first receiver.

Former Bradford academy starlet Keiran Hyde added the simple conversion but the Bulls soon awoke from their slumber and fashioned an immediate response.

They quickly pinned Doncaster back towards their own line and some neat handling between Matt Diskin and Ben Jeffries saw Whitehead ground the ball in the right corner.

The home tide continued apace and in the eighth minute another piece of intelligent play saw Diskin find Ainscough.

Ainscough, deployed at full back but always an attacking threat, sent a neat grubber kick behind the Doncaster defence and Jeffries touched down.

Addy claimed his second conversion and the Bulls were 12-6 up and in control.

Whitehead was a constant menace at right centre, breaking Doncaster’s line three times in the opening ten minutes with a combination of pace and raw strength.

Manuokafao and Hargreaves again set the tone up front with powerful displays in the front row, continuing their recent rich form, and Michael Platt was denied in the left corner in the 12th minute.

Two minutes later though, the Bulls had their third try when Diskin went over from close range, Addy’s conversion attempt rebounding off the left post.

The Bulls were proving simply too strong and fast for their opponents and Hargreaves was replaced by Kopczak midway through the first half.

Moments later, Doncaster enjoyed a rare attacking sortie as centre Lee Waterman broke inside the left channel, only for Jamie Langley’s fine tackle to halt his progress.

Bateman then came on for Tom Olbison to mark his first appearance after a two-match ban which ruled him out of the Easter holiday victories over Leeds and Widnes.

Yet Doncaster, to their credit, continued to probe and earned a penalty deep in Bulls territory as Kyle Kesik was held up just short of the line.

After Doncaster’s brief purple patch had ended, the pendulum quickly swung back in Bradford’s favour and they grabbed their fourth try in the 24th minute.

Diskin caused havoc with some neat footwork on Doncaster’s ten-metre line and, although he was stopped in his tracks, Jeffries found Bateman and his delightful flicked pass allowed Ainscough to saunter over from close range.

Addy landed his third goal from four attempts – and Diskin soon had his second try after beating a clutch of Doncaster defenders to touch down from close range.

Ainscough joined Diskin in claiming a brace when Kopczak displayed his ball-handling skills with a powerful drive and offload to Jeffries.

Jeffries kept the move flowing with a pass to Lulia and he unselfishly ushered Ainscough over inside the left channel for a try which Addy converted.

With the Bulls 32-6 up after 30 minutes, the game was well and truly up for Doncaster. The problem for them was that another 50 minutes of punishment beckoned.

Sure enough, in the 34th minute another simple offload from the impressive Jeffries allowed Bateman to march under the posts for a try converted by Addy. It was all too easy.

Rookie Callum Windley replaced Diskin at hooker to warm applause in the 37th minute and Doncaster lost loose forward Craig Robinson to injury on the stroke of half-time.

Adrian Purtell went close to plunging over in the right corner five minutes after the break but was narrowly denied.

Two minutes later, Bateman drove at the heart of the Doncaster defence, powering up to their 20-metre line and finding Windley. He was tackled but the Bulls kept the ball alive and some slick handling led to Purtell sending Kopczak crashing over from close range for a try which Addy converted.

Five minutes later, after Doncaster dropped out under their posts, Lulia powered clear for a well-earned score and Addy’s conversion took the Bulls to the 50-point mark.

Doncaster then enjoyed a spell of sustained pressure but some obstinate defending kept them at bay.

The Bulls claimed their tenth try of the game in the 58th minute when Whitehead skipped through an undermanned Doncaster defence and Addy landed his eighth goal.

Lulia a;so outmuscled the defence to power clear inside the left channel soon after and then Ainscough showed neat footwork to weave over for his hat-trick score.

With four minutes remaining, Whitehead pounced on a loose ball and beat his man to complete his second treble of the season, while Addy claimed a tenth goal from 13 attempts.

Attendance: 3,210 * Heath L’Estrange has been included in an initial 29-man Exiles squad for this year’s International Origin Series.

The Exiles, drawn from overseas talent available from the Stobart Super League clubs, will take on England in two games over the summer.

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8:56am Mon 16 Apr 12

mines a pint says...

Crowd 3210 so where were all the so called loyal supporters?


The club is in financial trouble and really needed the fans to turn out in number to support the team & put well needed cash in the coffers

So where were you

I was ashamed to be in the ground & seeing acres of empty space I am glad we were not on TV as it would have been very embarrasing for the club

Seems to me that the people of Bradford are no that keen on supporting the club when it means putting their hands in their pockets

10,000 cut price season ticket holders of which only 2000 have pledged

says it all really

You should be ashamed to call yourself fans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


The performance of the boys on the pitch in front of such a poor turn out should be applauded.

A coupple of years back I doubt they would have bothered to compete the way they did for the full 80

Yesterday was a great advert for the spirit in the camp & how Potter has got everyone believing in each other & working for each other

They could have put the cue back in the rack & relaxed after half time but they didn't the pace & intensity never dropped & when they needed to they defended like there was only 1 point in the game

Great display lads keep it going for the rest of the season & play off footy will be back at Odsal
Crowd 3210 so where were all the so called loyal supporters? The club is in financial trouble and really needed the fans to turn out in number to support the team & put well needed cash in the coffers So where were you I was ashamed to be in the ground & seeing acres of empty space I am glad we were not on TV as it would have been very embarrasing for the club Seems to me that the people of Bradford are no that keen on supporting the club when it means putting their hands in their pockets 10,000 cut price season ticket holders of which only 2000 have pledged says it all really You should be ashamed to call yourself fans!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The performance of the boys on the pitch in front of such a poor turn out should be applauded. A coupple of years back I doubt they would have bothered to compete the way they did for the full 80 Yesterday was a great advert for the spirit in the camp & how Potter has got everyone believing in each other & working for each other They could have put the cue back in the rack & relaxed after half time but they didn't the pace & intensity never dropped & when they needed to they defended like there was only 1 point in the game Great display lads keep it going for the rest of the season & play off footy will be back at Odsal mines a pint
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9:36am Mon 16 Apr 12

Steam Pigs says...

I can find no definition of fan that means you must attend every single game?

Always the same with the cup - poor attendences
I can find no definition of fan that means you must attend every single game? Always the same with the cup - poor attendences Steam Pigs
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9:38am Mon 16 Apr 12

mines a pint says...

Steam Pigs wrote:
I can find no definition of fan that means you must attend every single game?

Always the same with the cup - poor attendences
I think you really have missed the point so there is no point trying to explain further
[quote][p][bold]Steam Pigs[/bold] wrote: I can find no definition of fan that means you must attend every single game? Always the same with the cup - poor attendences[/p][/quote]I think you really have missed the point so there is no point trying to explain further mines a pint
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9:52am Mon 16 Apr 12

Steam Pigs says...

no point missed by me - I think the crowd reflected the game - if we had drawn Leeds I imagine we may have got 8k - always the same in the cup financial disaster or not
no point missed by me - I think the crowd reflected the game - if we had drawn Leeds I imagine we may have got 8k - always the same in the cup financial disaster or not Steam Pigs
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9:52am Mon 16 Apr 12

Steam Pigs says...

no point missed by me - I think the crowd reflected the game - if we had drawn Leeds I imagine we may have got 8k - always the same in the cup financial disaster or not
no point missed by me - I think the crowd reflected the game - if we had drawn Leeds I imagine we may have got 8k - always the same in the cup financial disaster or not Steam Pigs
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10:02am Mon 16 Apr 12

mines a pint says...

"always the same in the cup financial disaster or not"

The last 2 weeks on this forum we have seen countless telling us how they have been fans since they were embryos but they wont be pledging on the basis that they get nothing back in return i.e. shares in the club( saving the club does not seem a good enough reason)

Well those same fans on Sunday had the opportunity to help the club financially by attending the game paying at the turnstiles & getting something for their money instead they chose to stay at home

More likely they were in the pub with the rest of the piggery glory hunters who seem to have crawled from under their collective stones since City have capitulated the title to the sc*mmers
"always the same in the cup financial disaster or not" The last 2 weeks on this forum we have seen countless telling us how they have been fans since they were embryos but they wont be pledging on the basis that they get nothing back in return i.e. shares in the club( saving the club does not seem a good enough reason) Well those same fans on Sunday had the opportunity to help the club financially by attending the game paying at the turnstiles & getting something for their money instead they chose to stay at home More likely they were in the pub with the rest of the piggery glory hunters who seem to have crawled from under their collective stones since City have capitulated the title to the sc*mmers mines a pint
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10:34am Mon 16 Apr 12

Steam Pigs says...

mines a pint wrote:
"always the same in the cup financial disaster or not"

The last 2 weeks on this forum we have seen countless telling us how they have been fans since they were embryos but they wont be pledging on the basis that they get nothing back in return i.e. shares in the club( saving the club does not seem a good enough reason)

Well those same fans on Sunday had the opportunity to help the club financially by attending the game paying at the turnstiles & getting something for their money instead they chose to stay at home

More likely they were in the pub with the rest of the piggery glory hunters who seem to have crawled from under their collective stones since City have capitulated the title to the sc*mmers
not 100% true

Bulls will of got approx 40% of the "profit" after reasonable expenses, Donny 40% and the RFL the rest

so out of your £15 entry (assuming you paid that and not a concession) a £5 may have gone towards the Bulls

Calling fans glory hunters helps no one - just shows your arrogance & stupidity
[quote][p][bold]mines a pint[/bold] wrote: "always the same in the cup financial disaster or not" The last 2 weeks on this forum we have seen countless telling us how they have been fans since they were embryos but they wont be pledging on the basis that they get nothing back in return i.e. shares in the club( saving the club does not seem a good enough reason) Well those same fans on Sunday had the opportunity to help the club financially by attending the game paying at the turnstiles & getting something for their money instead they chose to stay at home More likely they were in the pub with the rest of the piggery glory hunters who seem to have crawled from under their collective stones since City have capitulated the title to the sc*mmers[/p][/quote]not 100% true Bulls will of got approx 40% of the "profit" after reasonable expenses, Donny 40% and the RFL the rest so out of your £15 entry (assuming you paid that and not a concession) a £5 may have gone towards the Bulls Calling fans glory hunters helps no one - just shows your arrogance & stupidity Steam Pigs
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11:58am Mon 16 Apr 12

mines a pint says...

Steam Pigs wrote:
mines a pint wrote:
"always the same in the cup financial disaster or not"

The last 2 weeks on this forum we have seen countless telling us how they have been fans since they were embryos but they wont be pledging on the basis that they get nothing back in return i.e. shares in the club( saving the club does not seem a good enough reason)

Well those same fans on Sunday had the opportunity to help the club financially by attending the game paying at the turnstiles & getting something for their money instead they chose to stay at home

More likely they were in the pub with the rest of the piggery glory hunters who seem to have crawled from under their collective stones since City have capitulated the title to the sc*mmers
not 100% true

Bulls will of got approx 40% of the "profit" after reasonable expenses, Donny 40% and the RFL the rest

so out of your £15 entry (assuming you paid that and not a concession) a £5 may have gone towards the Bulls

Calling fans glory hunters helps no one - just shows your arrogance & stupidity
what a load of Bull

Basic maths will tell you 40% of something is better than 100% of nothing

Why do we have 10,000 members because the season tickets are too cheap which has contributed significantly to the financial crisis

When was the last time we regularly puled in crowds in excess of 10 000 with full price season tickets

ANSWER
When we were winning everything

Think that kind of proves the point

Quite clear from your posting you were one of the stay at home fans who are now desperately trying justify not supporting the club when they need it most

It should have made no difference who we were playing

Of course it was a pretty much certain win but that was secondary to the main issue of raising additional revenue for the club

Have you forgotten already the pleas made by Hood & Duckett from a big crowd for the cup game They were telling you 3 weeks ago we need the money from gate receipts against Donny but like the other 7000 I guess you chose to ignore it
[quote][p][bold]Steam Pigs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mines a pint[/bold] wrote: "always the same in the cup financial disaster or not" The last 2 weeks on this forum we have seen countless telling us how they have been fans since they were embryos but they wont be pledging on the basis that they get nothing back in return i.e. shares in the club( saving the club does not seem a good enough reason) Well those same fans on Sunday had the opportunity to help the club financially by attending the game paying at the turnstiles & getting something for their money instead they chose to stay at home More likely they were in the pub with the rest of the piggery glory hunters who seem to have crawled from under their collective stones since City have capitulated the title to the sc*mmers[/p][/quote]not 100% true Bulls will of got approx 40% of the "profit" after reasonable expenses, Donny 40% and the RFL the rest so out of your £15 entry (assuming you paid that and not a concession) a £5 may have gone towards the Bulls Calling fans glory hunters helps no one - just shows your arrogance & stupidity[/p][/quote]what a load of Bull Basic maths will tell you 40% of something is better than 100% of nothing Why do we have 10,000 members because the season tickets are too cheap which has contributed significantly to the financial crisis When was the last time we regularly puled in crowds in excess of 10 000 with full price season tickets ANSWER When we were winning everything Think that kind of proves the point Quite clear from your posting you were one of the stay at home fans who are now desperately trying justify not supporting the club when they need it most It should have made no difference who we were playing Of course it was a pretty much certain win but that was secondary to the main issue of raising additional revenue for the club Have you forgotten already the pleas made by Hood & Duckett from a big crowd for the cup game They were telling you 3 weeks ago we need the money from gate receipts against Donny but like the other 7000 I guess you chose to ignore it mines a pint
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12:27pm Mon 16 Apr 12

Steam Pigs says...

D!ck - you assume wrong, I paid my £15 and was there yesterday......

And that is where I will end discussions with you - you clearly are an arrogant swine who is always right.... Are you Chris Caisley by any chance??? some similar characteristics coming to the fore.....
D!ck - you assume wrong, I paid my £15 and was there yesterday...... And that is where I will end discussions with you - you clearly are an arrogant swine who is always right.... Are you Chris Caisley by any chance??? some similar characteristics coming to the fore..... Steam Pigs
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12:36pm Mon 16 Apr 12

mines a pint says...

Steam Pigs wrote:
D!ck - you assume wrong, I paid my £15 and was there yesterday......

And that is where I will end discussions with you - you clearly are an arrogant swine who is always right.... Are you Chris Caisley by any chance??? some similar characteristics coming to the fore.....
Appear to have touched a raw nerve

Funny how some are happy to challenge others views but can not handle it when the table is turned

Facts are facts 40% of something is better than 40% of nothing

Yesterdyas crowd was a dissapopintment to say the least

But no doubt by the time people have finished posting on todays news releases we will have closer to 6000 claiming to have been there

If you were genuinely one of the 3210 then good for you but if you can not see this was a missed opportunity to further assist the clubs financial position along with re assuring the potential investors that we ARE a club woth investing in then there is not much I or anyone else can do to rectify that
[quote][p][bold]Steam Pigs[/bold] wrote: D!ck - you assume wrong, I paid my £15 and was there yesterday...... And that is where I will end discussions with you - you clearly are an arrogant swine who is always right.... Are you Chris Caisley by any chance??? some similar characteristics coming to the fore.....[/p][/quote]Appear to have touched a raw nerve Funny how some are happy to challenge others views but can not handle it when the table is turned Facts are facts 40% of something is better than 40% of nothing Yesterdyas crowd was a dissapopintment to say the least But no doubt by the time people have finished posting on todays news releases we will have closer to 6000 claiming to have been there If you were genuinely one of the 3210 then good for you but if you can not see this was a missed opportunity to further assist the clubs financial position along with re assuring the potential investors that we ARE a club woth investing in then there is not much I or anyone else can do to rectify that mines a pint
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2:26pm Mon 16 Apr 12

terrysblackchicken says...

Well done to the 3k that went and shame on the rest of you bigging it up on here last week about how much you love the club.
Well done to the 3k that went and shame on the rest of you bigging it up on here last week about how much you love the club. terrysblackchicken
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6:42pm Mon 16 Apr 12

STEN8146 says...

Steam Pig's assessment of Mines a pint is faultless in it's accuracy.

I congratulate you.
Steam Pig's assessment of Mines a pint is faultless in it's accuracy. I congratulate you. STEN8146
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