Super League: Bradford Bulls edge out fellow strugglers London Broncos
Last Updated: 02/03/14 5:35pm
Bradford Bulls moved onto minus two points for the season after a 25-12 win over London Broncos at Odsal, making it back-to-back wins for Francis Cummins' men.
Luke Gale, Adam Sidlow, Danny Addy and Tom Olbison all crossed over as the Bulls outscored their fellow Super League strugglers London by four tries to two.
Thomas Minns and James Cunningham touched down for the Broncos, who fielded four debutants including new half-back pairing of Ben Farrah and Josh Drinkwater.
The Bulls were docked six points in midweek after entering administration for the second time and, while they remain bottom of the table, are now only two points behind Tony Rea's Broncos.
The visitors fell behind when Addy and Adrian Purtell combined to set Jamie Foster free down the left wing for the supporting Gale, a former Broncos player, to score beside the posts. Foster easily added the first of his four conversions.
The Broncos were further handicapped when Tonga full-back Nesiasi Mataitonga went off injured shortly afterwards and then Mason Caton-Brown was treated for some time on the pitch before also being helped groggily to the sidelines.
Yet the Barnet-based Londoners went close when James Duckworth, the last-minute replacement for centre Jordan Atkins, was denied by a knock-on while fielding a diagonal kick into the corner.
Double their advantage
Warrington loanee Danny Bridge was held up for the Bulls before Sidlow crashed onto a Matt Diskin reverse pass to help double the home side's advantage.
The Broncos hit back swiftly when Minns, on a season-long loan from Leeds, chased a Scott Moore kick into the corner and Drinkwater converted.
Just before the break Luke George dived bravely within inches after some deft handling through the Bradford ranks but suffered a heavy knock in the process and was also forced to leave the field of play.
The half almost finished in farce as Moore took advantage of Brett Kearney's slip to race towards the whitewash, only to slide over himself before what seemed a certain try.
As both sides continued to come up with frequent errors a scrappy second half remained pointless until just after the hour-mark, when James Donaldson broke clear from 40 metres out and Addy was up to score and restore the Bulls' 12-point advantage.
Bradford could have sealed things moments later but Diskin dropped a scoring pass from strong-running Olbison and the home team had other chances before Foster fumbled a Moore bomb and Cunningham pounced to give London hope.
But Gale landed a drop goal and Olbison added a well-earned try a minute from time as the Bulls clung on to what might prove to be two priceless points in their attempts to defy the improbable and avoid relegation despite their hefty points handicap.
First Utility Super League
Thu 23rd Jul
Hull FC12 - 48Wigan Warriors
Fri 24th Jul
St Helens52 - 12Hull K R
Sun 26th Jul
Huddersfield Giants34 - 24Wakefield Wildcats
Leeds Rhinos36 - 22Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings21 - 20Salford Red Devils
Castleford Tigers6 - 44Warrington Wolves
Thu 6th Aug - Super 8's
Wigan WarriorsvsHuddersfield Giants
Fri 7th Aug - Super 8's
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Hull FC
Leeds RhinosvsWarrington Wolves
Sat 8th Aug - Super 8's
Catalans DragonsvsSt Helens
Thu 13th Aug - Super 8's
Castleford TigersvsWarrington Wolves
Fri 14th Aug - Super 8's
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Leeds RhinosvsWigan Warriors
St Helens0 - 0Hull FC
Thu 20th Aug - Super 8's
St HelensvsHuddersfield Giants
Fri 21st Aug - Super 8's
Hull FC0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Warrington WolvesvsWigan Warriors
Sat 22nd Aug - Super 8's
Catalans DragonsvsCastleford Tigers
Thu 3rd Sep - Super 8's
Huddersfield GiantsvsCastleford Tigers
Fri 4th Sep - Super 8's
Leeds RhinosvsSt Helens
Sat 5th Sep - Super 8's
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Sun 6th Sep - Super 8's
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Hull FC
Thu 10th Sep - Super 8's
Castleford TigersvsSt Helens
Fri 11th Sep - Super 8's
Wigan WarriorsvsHull FC
Sat 12th Sep - Super 8's
Catalans DragonsvsLeeds Rhinos
Sun 13th Sep - Super 8's
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Thu 17th Sep - Super 8's
Leeds RhinosvsCastleford Tigers
Fri 18th Sep - Super 8's
Hull FC0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
St HelensvsWigan Warriors
Sat 19th Sep - Super 8's
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Fri 25th Sep - Super 8's
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Hull FC0 - 0Catalans Dragons
St Helens0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Super League 2014, round three
Hull KR centre Kris Welham has been charged with a grade A offence of head-butting Castleford full-back Luke Dorn.
Catalan Dragons hooker Ian Henderson has been ruled out for up to three months with a broken forearm.
Lee Radford was left to reflect on his side's poor first-half showing as Hull went down 18-16 at Warrington.
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