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- Super League
- 25th Mar 2012
- KO 15:00
- Att: 11,290
Reds over the Moon at Odsal
Bulls left to lick their wounds after conceding six times in first half
Salford got back to winning ways in emphatic fashion, running in seven tries as they saw off Bradford 38-18 at Odsal Stadium.
The City Reds had conceded 96 points in their previous two games against Leeds and Catalan Dragons but showed no lack of confidence as they put the Bulls to the sword, particularly in the opening 40 minutes.
They crossed six times in the first half alone to open up a commanding 30-6 lead that left the Bulls playing for nothing but pride after the interval.
The hosts had won three of their previous four outings but were very much second best in a clash between two teams with serious play-off ambitions in this year's Stobart Super League.
Salford made the better start in the battle of the sides occupying seventh and eighth place in the table at kick-off and went ahead after nine minutes.
Daniel Holdsworth's long pass found winger Josh Veivers and he managed to reach out and ground the ball despite the attention of opposite number Karl Pryce.
Bradford responded with a try from Brett Kearney and Jarrod Sammut's successful conversion meant they lead 6-4 after 15 minutes of play.
However, from then on the Reds ran riot. A Holdsworth kick rebounded kindly off a Bradford player for Moon to gather and score and then Stephen Wild broke clear to send Luke Patten around full-back Kearney.
Heath L'Estrange almost got the Bulls back into the game - his break being taken on by Elliott Whitehead but Tom Burgess' subsequent pass went astray and the chance had gone.
Pryce also crossed in the corner but the final ball to the winger was ruled forward, meaning another chance went begging for the frustrated hosts.
Their next break did result in a try being scored, albeit for Salford as Moon ran 60 metres to the line after scooping up a loose pass from Burgess.
Ashley Gibson took advantage of a fortuitous bounce as Holdsworth's diagonal kick reared over a wrong-footed Jason Crookes and Matty Ashurst added the visitors' sixth try right on the half-time hooter.
Bradford did grab the first score after the restart, Whitehead going over six minutes into the second half for a try that Sammut also converted.
But any slim hopes of a dramatic home comeback were dashed when Gareth Owen finished off another long-range break that had been started by Ashurst.
Bryn Hargreaves grabbed another try for the Bulls, though it was no more than a consolation effort with the two points already certain to be heading to Salford.
Holdsworth slotted two late penalties, bringing his final goal tally for the afternoon to five, and the final margin of victory means Salford leapfrog over their opponents in the table.
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Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||22||20|
|12||Salford Red Devils||23||17|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||23||6|
|Friday 1st August|
|Leeds 14 - 20 Bradford|
|Sunday 27th July|
|Bradford 16 - 8 Wigan|
|Sunday 20th July|
|Huddersfield 52 - 26 Bradford|
|Friday 11th July|
|St Helens 46 - 22 Bradford|
|Sunday 6th July|
|Bradford 30 - 32 Catalan Dragons|
|Sunday 29th June|
|Warrington 50 - 24 Bradford|
|Friday 20th June|
|Bradford 18 - 44 Hull K R|
|Sunday 15th June|
|Salford 46 - 18 Bradford|
|Sunday 8th June|
|Tetleys Challenge Cup|
|Bradford 10 - 46 Warrington|
|Sunday 1st June|
|Bradford 20 - 12 Wakefield|
|Saturday 24th May|
|Catalan Dragons 46 - 4 Bradford|
|Sunday 18th May|
|Huddersfield 54 - 16 Bradford|
|Sunday 11th May|
|Bradford 0 - 50 St Helens|
|Sunday 4th May|
|Bradford 34 - 28 Warrington|
|Sunday 27th April|
|Tetleys Challenge Cup|
|Bradford 33 - 20 Catalan Dragons|
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