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Relegated Bradford registered their third straight win as they clinched a 34-28 victory over Hull FC at the Provident Stadium, Odsal.
On-loan Hull players Joe Arundel and Jay Pitts scored against their parent club, the former grabbing a brace, while Jamie Foster, Adam Sidlow and Danny Addy also crossed the line.
Hull, who scored tries through Jamie Shaul, Gareth Ellis, Setaimata Sa and Tom Lineham, have now won just one of their last eight games and any slim chances they had of making the playoffs have effectively been ended.
The visitors took advantage of strong and blustery wind to get the better of a first half played in occasional showers but, once the sides had swapped ends, the Bulls always held the upper hand.
Helped forward by a penalty for interference, some slick handling and a neat inside pass from Dean Hadley put Shaul in beside the posts for his 15th try of the season with Joe Westerman converting to give the Black and Whites the best possible start.
Westerman then almost put Richard Horne clear but Brett Kearney thwarted the attack before Ellis helped double the visitors lead from close range after the Bulls had again been penalised.
Poor ball control did not help the hosts' cause and they were forced to soak up more pressure before, on a rare venture forward, a Luke Gale kick was allowed to bounce fortuitously for the Bulls.
Arundel, on a season-long loan from the KC Stadium, collected and sent Foster racing over on the left to score, then convert his own try to top the 1000 career points mark in the process.
Hull had chances to restore their advantage as Westerman was denied a try by a forward pass, then Horne intercepted a loose pass from Gale, but Addy executed a fine stop.
However, a minute later a Lee Gaskell break sent Arundel racing 30 metres into the corner to touch down, although Foster was unlucky to see his conversion swept onto the near upright by the wind and bounce away.
Barely three minutes into the second half, good work from Gaskell created a chance for Sidlow to power over and give the Bulls the lead for the first time.
Five minutes later Arundel dummied his way over for a second try against his parent club, then Gaskell split the defence gifting Pitts with a try and, with Foster adding all three conversions, the momentum swing was complete at 28-12.
Ellis grabbed a quick-fire try back for Hull and Danny Houghton was adjudged to be held up just before the hour mark as Hull tried to get back in the game.
But an Addy try with ten minutes to go made the points safe for the Bulls, although Sa claimed a late try and Lineham added a further consolation for the Airlie Birds, with Westerman finishing with four goals.
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Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||27||23|
|10||Salford Red Devils||27||23|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||27||10|
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