Featherstone too much for Bradford

Featherstone too much for Bradford

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Featherstone Rovers have a second round tie against Batley Bulldogs to look forward to after beating Bradford Bulls 41-16 at the Millennium Stadium.

Bradford actually took the lead in this one, Danny Brough managed to release Reece Hamlet in the corner to score. Brough added the conversion to make it a six-point lead.

10 minutes later, Featherstone got back into it as Connor Jones threw a dummy and got himself over. Craig Hall kicked the conversion to level the game.

Featherstone were not level for long, just four minutes later they took the lead as Thomas Minns marked his return to competitive rugby league with a try. Hall scored the conversion to give them a six-point lead.

Just before the break, the hosts got their third try, as Nu Brown put Ben Blackmore in to score in the corner. Hall scored the conversion to double Fev’s advantage.

There was even time for one more from James Webster’s men. Hall this time was the provider, and James Harrison finished it off. Hall scored the conversion.

Just like in the first half, Bradford managed to get the first try, and once again it was Reece Hamlet who delivered the acrobatic finish. Brough missed the conversion, meaning there were still 14 points in it.

Bradford gave themselves a chance by getting another try shortly after, this time it was Dan Fleming who crashed over. Brough scored the conversion to make it an eight-point game.

However, any chance of a comeback was quashed almost instantly, as Harrison crashed over for his second try of the afternoon. Hall kicked the conversion to get Fev up to 30 points.

Just two minutes later, Fev struck again as Dale Ferguson offloaded to Dean Parata, who managed to finish the move off. Hall kept up his perfect record with the boot, as the hosts opened up a 20 point lead.

It was soon three tries in five minutes, as Hall raced 70m to score. However, he couldn’t convert- his first miss of the day.

Featherstone would end up finishing the game with 12 men, as Gareth Gale was sent to the sin bin after bringing down George Flanagan after a break.

Despite that, they were able to rub further salt into the Bradford wounds as Hall added a drop-goal to further assert their dominance.

That result leaves Bradford with a week off, before they face Sheffield Eagles in their first Championship match.

Featherstone Rovers: Craig Hall, Ben Blackmore, Thomas Minns, Josh Hardcastle, Gareth Gale, Nu Brown, Dane Chisholm, Craig Kopczak, Connor Jones, James Lockwood, Brad Day, Frankie Halton, Jack Bussey.

Subs: Dean Parata, James Harrison, Luke Cooper, Dale Ferguson.

Head Coach: James Webster.

Bradford Bulls: Joe Brown, Reece Hamlet, Rhys Evans, Ross Oakes, Jack Sanderson, Brandon Pickersgill, Danny Brough, Dan Fleming, Thomas Doyle, Steve Crossley, Adam Rooks, Brad Gallagher, Sam Hallas.

Subs: George Flanagan, Ebon Scurr, Brad England, Anthony Walker.

Head Coach: John Kear.

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Steven Hughes

I am a freelance journalist based in Liverpool, specialising in football, darts and rugby league
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