Bradford win hotly-tempered derby

Bradford win hotly-tempered derby

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Bradford Bulls picked up their first win of the season after a 27-26 victory over Halifax Panthers at Tetley’s Stadium.

The Panthers took the lead after seven minutes, as Connor Robinson kicked a penalty.

Just a couple of minutes later, Halifax registered the first try of the match, after James Satonstall finished a good move in the corner. Robinson scored the conversion to open up an eight-point lead.

Things got worse for Bradford on 13 minutes, when Adam Rooks was sent to the sin bin after a late hit on Kevin Larroyer.

Whilst a man up, the Panthers scored again after Scott Grix managed to dummy his way over the line. Robinson was again on target with the conversion attempt.

After getting back to full strength, Bradford were able to get themselves back into it after Jordan Lilley was able to pick up a dropped kick and go over. Brough then converted to leave the gap at eight points.

On the half-hour, it became one yellow card apiece, as Saltonstall was sent to the sin bin for a trip on David Foggin-Johnston.

The hosts were able to make their man advantage count, as Dan Fleming took in a short ball and went over against his former team. Brough scored the conversion to bring the Bulls back within two points.

The first half would end 11 v 12, after Bradford’s Dan Fleming and Halifax’s Gadwin Springer were sent to the sin bin after a clash.

Bradford were first on the board in the second half, as a Brough penalty following a high shot levelled the scores.

Just a minute later, Bradford took the lead for the first time as Brandon Pickersgill was put through a gap and scored. Brough missed the conversion, meaning they led by four points.

Bradford had completely turned the game on its head on the 50 minute mark. Foggin-Johnston was able to get in in the corner for the Bulls. Brough kicked the conversion to open up a 10-point lead.

But Halifax were not done, and hit back just before the hour, as Springer was able to step his way over to score. Robinson scored the conversion to leave just four points in it.

The Panthers took the lead again with 15 minutes to go, as Larroyer got on the end of a loose ball to score. Robinson kicked the conversion to open up a two-point lead.

Brough was able to kick Bradford level with eight minutes to go, after the Panthers were caught offside.

Bradford were able to come away with the win, as Lilley slotted over the game-winning drop-goal.

Both sides return to league action next week. Bradford face Dewsbury Rams as the home side, while Halifax welcome Toulouse. Both matches are on Sunday.

Bradford Bulls: Brandon Pickersgill, Joe Brown, Rhys Evans, Ross Oakes, David Foggin-Johnston, Danny Brough, Jordan Lilley, Levy Nzoungou, Thomas Doyle, Steve Crossley, Adam Rooks, Aaron Murphy, Ben Evans.

Subs: Billy Jowitt, Ebon Scurr, Dan Fleming, Brad England.

Head Coach: John Kear.

Halifax Panthers: Scott Grix, Nick Rawsthorne, Greg Worthington, Zack McComb, James Saltonstall, Liam Harris, Connor Robinson, Elliott Morris, Brandon Moore, Daniel Murray, Matt Garside, Paul Brearley, Kevin Larroyer.

Subs: Amir Bourouh, Gadwin Springer, Will Calcott, Ed Barber.

Head Coach: Simon Grix.

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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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