Bradford Bulls claimed a third successive victory after a 30-22 win over Whitehaven at the newly named LEL Arena.
It was Whitehaven who took the lead after four minutes. Andrew Bulman took advantage of a mistake from David Foggin-Johnson to score in the corner. Lachlan Walmsley couldn’t convert, meaning their lead stood at four points.
Six minutes later, Bradford were able to respond. Steve Crossley was able to cross after Bradford kept the pressure on with back-to-back sets. Danny Brough converted to give the Bulls a two-point lead.
Bradford were able to claim their second try on the 20-minute mark. Joe Brown scored in the corner after finishing off a good move. Brough scored the conversion to stretch their lead out to eight points.
On the half-hour, the Bulls claimed their third try of the afternoon. Brandon Pickersgill went over this time after a set restart and a penalty helped Bradford up the pitch. Brough scored the conversion.
Whitehaven were able to reduce their deficit to two converted tries before the break, after Walmsley slotted over a penalty.
The Cumbrians got their tails up after the break, and scored the first try of the second half just two minutes in. They found an overlap, allowing Jesse Joe Parker to get over. Walmsley was off target with the conversion attempt, meaning they still needed two tries to overturn Bradford’s lead.
The Bulls went on to extend that lead just moments after Whitehaven should have reduced the gap even further. Jason Mossop let a certain try slip through his fingers, and two minutes later Ebon Scurr went over for Bradford to surely take the game away. Brough added the conversion for a 14-point lead.
Bradford were then reduced to 12 men after Levy Nzoungou was shown a yellow card for a dangerous tackle on Liam Cooper.
Despite being a man down, it was Bradford who scored next after Crossley got his second following a mistake at the back from Walmsley. Brough added the conversion to bring the Bulls up to 30 points.
Whitehaven were able to add a bit of respectability to the scoreline, with Mossop eventually adding his name to the scoresheet with three minutes to go. Walmsley was back on target with the conversion attempt.
There was even time for one more from the hosts. Hooker Aiden Roden was able to get over to get the Cumbrian side up to 20 points. Walmsley added the conversion.
Both sides are back in action next week. Whitehaven travel to Oldham next Saturday, while Bradford face Swinton Lions at Heywood Road.
Whitehaven: Lachlan Walmsley, Andrew Bulman, Chris Taylor, Jason Mossop, Jesse Joe Parker, Karl Dixon, Nikau Williams, Tom Walker, Aiden Roden, Andrew Dawson, Connor Holliday, Ellis Gillam, Tom Wilkinson.
Subs: Liam Cooper, James Newton, Karl Olstrom, Ronan Michael.
Head Coach: Gary Charlton.
Bradford Bulls: Brandon Pickersgill, Joe Brown, Rhys Evans, Ross Oakes, David Foggin-Johnston, Danny Brough, Jordan Lilley, Levy Nzoungou, Thomas Doyle, Steve Crossley, Brad England, Aaron Murphy, Ben Evans.
Subs: Anthony Walker, Ebon Scurr, Dan Fleming, Adam Rooks.
Head Coach: John Kear.