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  • Elima, Kearney (2), Ainscough (3), Lulia, Bateman,
    Goals: Gale (7),
46 - 32

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  • Chase (2), Massey, Williams (2), Thompson,
    Goals: Dixon (4),
  • Super League
  • 4th Jun 2012
  • KO 20:00

Brave Bulls hold off Tigers

Recalled winger Ainscough helps himself to a hat-trick of tries

Last updated: 4th June 2012   Subscribe to RSS Feed

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Rangi Chase: grabbed a pair of tries in a losing cause for Castleford

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Shaun Ainscough: hat-trick hero for the hosts, his last try sealing the win for Bradford

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Troubled Bradford leapfrogged over Leeds into the final play-off berth with a 46-32 victory over Castleford at Odsal on Monday night.

Shaun Ainscough marked his recall with a hat-trick of tries, the last of which made sure the cash-strapped Bulls would pick up the two points they needed to move above the Rhinos in the Stobart Super League standings.

The hosts at one stage led 34-10 but were forced to hold off a second-half fightback from the Tigers, who have now lost three in a row.

The win gives Bradford their first double of the season, having triumphed 20-12 at a snow-bound PROBIZ Coliseum back in February.

Impressive

Their performance was impressive considering the turmoil around the club - as well as their current financial plight, Australian centre Adrian Purtell suffered a heart attack on the way back from the defeat against Leeds last weekend at Magic Weekend in Manchester.

Yet all the turmoil didn't seem to bother them as they ran in six tries in the opening 40 minutes, starting with a first on home turf for centre Keith Lulia.

Brett Kearney soon touched down for the first of his brace, half-backs Ben Jeffries and Luke Gale combining to put him through a huge hole - though Castleford kept themselves in touch with a try from Jordan Thompson.

But talented teenager John Bateman - a target for Warrington - stretched out to push the Bulls into a double-figure lead again and Olivier Elima followed his fellow forward in touching down, Luke Gale converting both to make it 22-4.

Although Rangi Chase and Nathan Massey did go over for the Tigers, a quick-fire double from Ainscough, the first of which saw him pluck a Jeffries kick out of the air, meant the Bulls were in complete charge at the break.

Massey injury

Castleford's plight wasn't helped when they lost forward Massey to an elbow injury, though that didn't stop them from making a game of it.

Danny Orr put Rhys Williams in at the corner and just three minutes later the winger scored again, benefiting from a woeful effort by Ainscough to deal with a Chase bomb.

Kearney's second of the night briefly quelled the Tigers, but a fine solo effort from Chase - successfully converted by Kirk Dixon - left the game in the balance.

In the end, however, they had left themselves too much to do. Ainscough finally finished them off five minutes from time, Gale adding his seventh conversion from out wide to complete the scoring.

The defeat just about ends Cas' hopes of making the play-offs. For Bradford, however, the season is still well and truly alive. It can only be hoped something can be done in the near future to make sure the same can be said for the club.

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1 St Helens 24 36
2 Wigan Warriors 24 33
3 Leeds Rhinos 24 32
4 Warrington Wolves 24 32
5 Castleford Tigers 24 32
6 Huddersfield Giants 24 32
7 Catalan Dragons 24 23
8 Widnes Vikings 24 23
9 Hull K R 24 21
10 Salford Red Devils 24 19
11 Wakefield Wildcats 24 19
12 Hull FC 24 18
13 Bradford Bulls * 24 8
14 London Broncos 24 2
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Friday 15th August
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Warrington 48 - 10 Castleford
Sunday 10th August
Tetleys Challenge Cup
Widnes 6 - 28 Castleford
Sunday 3rd August
Super League
Castleford 64 - 18 London Broncos
Thursday 24th July
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Hull 18 - 18 Castleford
Thursday 17th July
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Leeds 24 - 24 Castleford
Friday 11th July
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Castleford 44 - 30 Huddersfield
Thursday 3rd July
Super League
Widnes 20 - 40 Castleford
Saturday 28th June
Super League
Castleford 14 - 10 Salford
Sunday 22nd June
Super League
St Helens 38 - 16 Castleford
Friday 13th June
Super League
Wigan 46 - 6 Castleford
Saturday 7th June
Tetleys Challenge Cup
Wigan 4 - 16 Castleford
Sunday 1st June
Super League
Castleford 54 - 12 Hull K R
Sunday 25th May
Super League
Castleford 34 - 22 Widnes
Sunday 18th May
Super League
Wakefield 12 - 50 Castleford

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