FULL TIME: Bradford Bulls 34 Warrington Wolves 28

FULL TIME: Bradford Bulls 34 Warrington Wolves 28

FULL TIME: Bradford Bulls 34 Warrington Wolves 28

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WARRINGTON Wolves fell victim to a second half comeback as they suffered defeat at Bradford Bulls in Super League Round 11.

Luke George, named in the centres on the team sheet, was replaced before kick off by Jamie Foster and he went on to score the Bulls’ first try of the game and prove dangerous with the boot.

That came in reply to Anthony England’s opener after five minutes before the sides traded first half tries through Brett Kearney, Kevin Penny, Tom Olbison, Chris Bridge and Joel Monaghan as Wolves entered the break six points up.

Adrian Purtell scored twice after the break with Elliot Kear adding another to cancel out Matty Russell’s third try in primrose and blue and give Bulls the win.

Luke Gale’s high up and under was well taken by Penny, who held onto the ball despite a big hit from Adam Henry in an early arm wrestle.

Gareth O’Brien kicked for touch when Wolves were awarded a penalty and from a well-worked set saw the ball find its way off an attempted Bulls interception to England.

Despite the interference the prop was able to gather and crossed for his first try for Wolves six minutes into his second start this season. Bridge converted.

But five minutes later Bulls pulled a try back to the delight of the majority inside the bowl. Kearney picked up at dummy half and Lee Gaskell was able to spin a looping pass out of Penny’s reach and into the arms of Foster.

The man who only made his way into the team minutes before kick off was able to scoot to the left hand corner from close range and narrow the deficit. Foster was unable to add the extras to his own score from wide out.

It would be Bulls who would increase their lead on 15 minutes when Bridge, the star of last weekend’s Challenge Cup win, attempted a blind offload and none of his teammates were able to gather.

Purtell was the man to collect and with Penny and full back Russell for company he fed Kearney.

Kearney hit a gap and darted from 10 metres inside his own half, managing to shake off the attentions of Wolves’ recovering winger and full back, to find the corner. Foster converted from a difficult angle.

Bridge would make amends two minutes later when the hosts failed to find safety from a drop out in their in-goal area.

Starting again in the half backs he added his fifth try in two games when hitting the line at speed and breaking the Bulls’ defence to dive over in the sloping corner of Odsal.

Bridge added the extras himself, almost appearing to chip the ball over from the touchline.

Within five minutes Wolves had increased their lead further. A superb break from Ryan Atkins took him into the Bulls’ half and he was able to offload to Joel Monaghan in the tackle.

The Australian ate up a further 10 metres before handing over to the pacey Penny for the winger to go the distance and score his fourth try since his return. Bridge added to his ever-growing points’ haul from the kick.

With 11 minutes of a free-scoring half remaining it was Bulls who drew next blood. A period of sustained pressure for the hosts had Wolves pinned on their own try line and when Francis Cummins’ side regained possession replacement Olbison was able to crash over the line from close range.

Foster reduced the deficit to two points with the conversion.

Rhys Evans side-stepped his way past two would-be tacklers to take Wolves into opposition territory with Ben Harrison, back in the side after a wrist injury, continuing to drive the visitors deeper into the Bradford half.

As Wolves moved the ball to the right hand side through the hands of Atkins and O’Brien it eventually found Joel Monaghan and he eased through the tackle to cross in the corner. Bridge’s attempted conversion was unsuccessful for the first time in the match.

Bulls were penalised for holding onto Chris Hill in a tackle early in the second half and after O’Brien kicked for touch Wolves went close to starting the second period the way they ended the first, but first Bridge and then Monaghan were stopped short.

However, it was the hosts who struck first nine minutes after the interval when Lee Gaskell had enough space 10 metres from the Wolves line to deliver a clever grubber which bounced kindly for Purtell to ground for his sixth try of the season. Foster levelled proceedings with the extras.

Bridge looked determined to carry Wolves over the line all by himself with 25 minutes remaining, he was halted only a metre from the line to put Tony Smith’s side in a promising position to regain their lead.

After Trent Waterhouse and Rhys Evans had taken tackles, Atkins ventured sideways across the pitch looking for a gap but unable to find a way through Bulls’ tighter defence since the break.

It took the quick-feet of Russell to do the damage four minutes later when he took a pass from Micky Higham 30 metres from the try line.

The 20-year-old waltzed his way towards the whitewash and after several changes of direction had the strength to force his way over, despite Bulls’ last-ditch defence.

On 68 minutes Michael Monaghan almost recreated Russell’s run as, carrying the ball from deeper than his teammate, the hooker glided past two defenders before attempting to use England as a dummy runner only to lose control of the ball.

Danny Addy collected for Bulls and when he fed Adam Henry it looked as if Wolves were outnumbered. Roy Asotasi recovered to tackle the winger and held him down to buy the visitors time.

From the resulting penalty Bulls were able to put the ball deep in Wolves’ territory and having recovered possession found Gaskell wide on the right.

The full back somehow managed to deliver a pass while being hauled to the ground for Kear to claim and dive over in the far corner.

Foster missed the kick but moments later the Bulls were ahead, Addy again breaking into space and committing Russell before sending a neat pass to Purtell who sped home for his second and a simple conversion for Foster.

Bridge thought he had found a gap with five minutes to go, but it was a gap created from an obstruction by Waterhouse and Wolves were pulled back for the penalty.

Then, when Joel Monaghan was unable to escape his in-goal area and the resulting drop out failed to make 10 metres Foster added to his haul with a penalty in front of the sticks.

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5:15pm Sun 4 May 14

keithr21 says...

Our defence is woeful and I'm sorry to say the team is a shambles. We are going nowhere this year except backwards, what's the use of building a team
over the last few years and then sliding back to how we were in 2009. Just look how Leeds keep building, quality signings and bringing on the younger players as well.
Well done to Bradford after all the adversity they have been through if they continue on like today they will soon be above Warrington.
Our defence is woeful and I'm sorry to say the team is a shambles. We are going nowhere this year except backwards, what's the use of building a team over the last few years and then sliding back to how we were in 2009. Just look how Leeds keep building, quality signings and bringing on the younger players as well. Well done to Bradford after all the adversity they have been through if they continue on like today they will soon be above Warrington. keithr21
  • Score: 16

5:18pm Sun 4 May 14

wolfitdown says...

Just listened to the commentary on the radio and now completely depressed I can't begin to imagine what it must feel like for the travelling fans, numerous mistakes and errors it seemed very amateurish, all very strange considering when TS signed his contract extension his reason was not to miss out on the progression that was to be, I don't see that progression at the moment, even with all the departures we should be doing much better with progression in full view it's not there, all doesn't appear to be right .
Just listened to the commentary on the radio and now completely depressed I can't begin to imagine what it must feel like for the travelling fans, numerous mistakes and errors it seemed very amateurish, all very strange considering when TS signed his contract extension his reason was not to miss out on the progression that was to be, I don't see that progression at the moment, even with all the departures we should be doing much better with progression in full view it's not there, all doesn't appear to be right . wolfitdown
  • Score: 10

6:17pm Sun 4 May 14

SickAndTired2 says...

It's always your year...
It's always your year... SickAndTired2
  • Score: -12

7:17pm Sun 4 May 14

dnk says...

SickAndTired2 wrote:
It's always your year...
Sick and tired why post on this website,who is your team,have you even got one????? There's nothing like a fan who revels in another's adversity,I would not stoop that low and post on a rival teams forum to get my kicks.why not concentrate on your own team!!
[quote][p][bold]SickAndTired2[/bold] wrote: It's always your year...[/p][/quote]Sick and tired why post on this website,who is your team,have you even got one????? There's nothing like a fan who revels in another's adversity,I would not stoop that low and post on a rival teams forum to get my kicks.why not concentrate on your own team!! dnk
  • Score: 9

9:34pm Sun 4 May 14

SickAndTired2 says...

dnk wrote:
SickAndTired2 wrote:
It's always your year...
Sick and tired why post on this website,who is your team,have you even got one????? There's nothing like a fan who revels in another's adversity,I would not stoop that low and post on a rival teams forum to get my kicks.why not concentrate on your own team!!
Your brief soujorn at the top of Super League has come to an end.. The sleeping giant has awoken.
[quote][p][bold]dnk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SickAndTired2[/bold] wrote: It's always your year...[/p][/quote]Sick and tired why post on this website,who is your team,have you even got one????? There's nothing like a fan who revels in another's adversity,I would not stoop that low and post on a rival teams forum to get my kicks.why not concentrate on your own team!![/p][/quote]Your brief soujorn at the top of Super League has come to an end.. The sleeping giant has awoken. SickAndTired2
  • Score: -6

11:17pm Sun 4 May 14

dnk says...

sick and tired 2 do you mean the Green Giant???
sick and tired 2 do you mean the Green Giant??? dnk
  • Score: -1

11:23pm Sun 4 May 14

dnk says...

dnk wrote:
sick and tired 2 do you mean the Green Giant???
sick and tired, is your team sponsered by salad crisp or reduced salt? i wasnt aware of any sleeping giants in superleague.if you havent got the balls to state who you follow dont bother.we will come through this season dont get stressed.please tell us how many tickets youve purchased for old trafford or wembley recently?
[quote][p][bold]dnk[/bold] wrote: sick and tired 2 do you mean the Green Giant???[/p][/quote]sick and tired, is your team sponsered by salad crisp or reduced salt? i wasnt aware of any sleeping giants in superleague.if you havent got the balls to state who you follow dont bother.we will come through this season dont get stressed.please tell us how many tickets youve purchased for old trafford or wembley recently? dnk
  • Score: 4

11:30pm Sun 4 May 14

WiresVoyager_Paul says...

Utter rubbish again with the same old excuses from TS.
After every defeat we are advised by TS that Wires will learn from it but we are not improving, same mistakes week after week.
The close season costly trip to Australia for the training camp with the NRL clubs has really helped the team I see, waste of time and money!!!
The coaching staff are not getting through to the players, the senior players are not standing up to be counted and the young players are just not good enough. We really won't make the top eight this season or next if we carry on like this, gone back to the performances of the last months of Paul Cullen's reign.
It's time for a change, major shake up in the coaching and playing staff needed urgently. The talk is that TS is moving on at the end of this season, I hope it's true.
Utter rubbish again with the same old excuses from TS. After every defeat we are advised by TS that Wires will learn from it but we are not improving, same mistakes week after week. The close season costly trip to Australia for the training camp with the NRL clubs has really helped the team I see, waste of time and money!!! The coaching staff are not getting through to the players, the senior players are not standing up to be counted and the young players are just not good enough. We really won't make the top eight this season or next if we carry on like this, gone back to the performances of the last months of Paul Cullen's reign. It's time for a change, major shake up in the coaching and playing staff needed urgently. The talk is that TS is moving on at the end of this season, I hope it's true. WiresVoyager_Paul
  • Score: 4

11:42pm Sun 4 May 14

dnk says...

if TS moves on who will replace him?theres no one better than him unless we sign a top coach from oz or nz
if TS moves on who will replace him?theres no one better than him unless we sign a top coach from oz or nz dnk
  • Score: 3

7:17am Mon 5 May 14

SickAndTired2 says...

dnk wrote:
dnk wrote:
sick and tired 2 do you mean the Green Giant???
sick and tired, is your team sponsered by salad crisp or reduced salt? i wasnt aware of any sleeping giants in superleague.if you havent got the balls to state who you follow dont bother.we will come through this season dont get stressed.please tell us how many tickets youve purchased for old trafford or wembley recently?
It's always your year.
[quote][p][bold]dnk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dnk[/bold] wrote: sick and tired 2 do you mean the Green Giant???[/p][/quote]sick and tired, is your team sponsered by salad crisp or reduced salt? i wasnt aware of any sleeping giants in superleague.if you havent got the balls to state who you follow dont bother.we will come through this season dont get stressed.please tell us how many tickets youve purchased for old trafford or wembley recently?[/p][/quote]It's always your year. SickAndTired2
  • Score: -1

7:53am Mon 5 May 14

Gainsborough one says...

The fact remains that the players in the squad are better than their performances this year and the fact also that several clubs ( widnes, castleford) with less talented rosters are in fact higher up the table signify just what a high work ethic, determination and a game plan can do for you ... The fact remains that those three are missing from this years squad . Leadership on and off the field is absent and so is the last couple of years of imagination... Lee briers was the heart of the team... He barked the orders around the field and in the last twenty of the field something was always possible ... Now the club have to decide how to move on ... We are lacking that organisation on and off the field ... we need both a new scrum half and more importantly some proof from the current coaching set up that they can in fact get the best out of the new situation other than sound bites after matches.... It's not impossible to coach this ... look at cas ... If they don't think it can't be done by the current coaching staff then like the players they have shipped on once they have reached their potential for the club... Maybe the club should use the same barometers for ability and just say that thank you for their time and successes, but their own shelf life has been reached also!
The fact remains that the players in the squad are better than their performances this year and the fact also that several clubs ( widnes, castleford) with less talented rosters are in fact higher up the table signify just what a high work ethic, determination and a game plan can do for you ... The fact remains that those three are missing from this years squad . Leadership on and off the field is absent and so is the last couple of years of imagination... Lee briers was the heart of the team... He barked the orders around the field and in the last twenty of the field something was always possible ... Now the club have to decide how to move on ... We are lacking that organisation on and off the field ... we need both a new scrum half and more importantly some proof from the current coaching set up that they can in fact get the best out of the new situation other than sound bites after matches.... It's not impossible to coach this ... look at cas ... If they don't think it can't be done by the current coaching staff then like the players they have shipped on once they have reached their potential for the club... Maybe the club should use the same barometers for ability and just say that thank you for their time and successes, but their own shelf life has been reached also! Gainsborough one
  • Score: 5

10:38am Mon 5 May 14

akabaz says...

Every team has an off year, this is ours, but look at 2009, we were dire in the league but finished up winning the challenge cup, our season is nowhere near over so stop being pessimistic, we can still achieve the ultimate goal of old Trafford glory
Every team has an off year, this is ours, but look at 2009, we were dire in the league but finished up winning the challenge cup, our season is nowhere near over so stop being pessimistic, we can still achieve the ultimate goal of old Trafford glory akabaz
  • Score: -4

11:16am Mon 5 May 14

realistic southstander says...

What a complete shambles against a team that relies on loan signings to survive! We are even jeopardising our own Superleague survival even more by supplying our main rivals with players! The club needs to take this defeat extremely seriously because he same old platitudes week in week out will not get us out of danger. New payers are needed but who is available and can they be accommodated on the salary cap?? Wembley is now a pipedream if this result is any guide.
What a complete shambles against a team that relies on loan signings to survive! We are even jeopardising our own Superleague survival even more by supplying our main rivals with players! The club needs to take this defeat extremely seriously because he same old platitudes week in week out will not get us out of danger. New payers are needed but who is available and can they be accommodated on the salary cap?? Wembley is now a pipedream if this result is any guide. realistic southstander
  • Score: 7

11:22am Mon 5 May 14

wolfitdown says...

It's natural to be concerned after some of the results and especially the poor performances so far, I gave my concerns earlier, but I'm sure TS knows best and will stand or fall by his judgement, is it all about getting the players to peak together when it matters those that are injured while not over doing the fit players, a very risky gamble but if your options are limited? just a thought or am I getting desperate.
It's natural to be concerned after some of the results and especially the poor performances so far, I gave my concerns earlier, but I'm sure TS knows best and will stand or fall by his judgement, is it all about getting the players to peak together when it matters those that are injured while not over doing the fit players, a very risky gamble but if your options are limited? just a thought or am I getting desperate. wolfitdown
  • Score: -3

9:00pm Mon 5 May 14

scooby2428 says...

Get real it's about winning the league. We want to win .The Grand FInal is a joke
Get real it's about winning the league. We want to win .The Grand FInal is a joke scooby2428
  • Score: 1

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