Bulls produced a memorable comeback against Featherstone to earn a place in the sixth round of the Challenge Cup.

They were 26-8 down with nine minutes to go but fought back to level the scores before Jordan Lilley kicked a drop goal in extra-time to win the tie 27-26.

T&A sports reporter Mark Stanford rates the players and looks back at the key points from the game.

Man of the match

Elliot Minchella. This man is going through some purple patch with his kicking at the moment.


Ross Oakes and Matty Garside both started for the first time in two weeks, since the 14-12 fourth round win at Keighley Cougars. Callum Bustin and Sam Hallas also came in. Ross Peltier was named in the 17-man squad for the first time since last October.

Moan of the match

How Bulls were second best for 65 minutes of this cracking cup tie before going on to an unbelievable grandstand finish.

Moment of the match

Jordan Lilley’s amazing golden point extra-time kick. What guts to do it on the hooter for the end of the first period of extra time.

Player ratings

BULLS: Ryan 7, Grant 8, Minchella 9, Oakes 7, Foggin-Johnston 8, Lilley 8, Milnes 8, Bustin 7, Wildie 8, Crossley 7, Garside 8, Farrell 7, Hallas 7. Interchanges: Green 7, Webster 7, Flanagan 7, Peltier 8.

FEATHERSTONE: Render 7, Broadbent 8, Hardcastle 7, Walters 7, Sutcliffe 7, Bussey 7, Boas 8, Ormondroyd 7, Maskill 7, Cooper 6, Day 6, Davies 6, Makatoa 7. Interchanges: Lockwood 7, King 7, Harrison 7, Beckett 7.

Game guide

Half-time: 8-14

Referee: Matt Rossleigh (London)

Bulls: Tries – Ryan, Grant, Lilley, Foggin-Johnston. Goals – Minchella 5/5; Lilley 1/1 (golden point drop goal).

Featherstone: Tries – Broadbent, Hardcastle, Harrison, Render. Goals – Boas 5/6.

Penalties: Bulls 11, Featherstone 11

Goal-line drop-outs: Bulls 0, Featherstone 2

Attendance: 1,691