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Super 8's The Qualifiers

The Qualifiers Round 5 – Hull Kingston Rovers 48-4 Bradford Bulls

Despite a rather closely fought first half, which saw Chris Chester’s Rovers go into the sheds with an eight point advantage, this game proved to be a blowout as the Super League side proved too strong for Bradford. Bradford winger Danny Williams was sin-binned after eight minutes for a professional foul, but his plain stupidity didn’t prove too costly as only one try was scored by the Robins in his absence. Josh Mantellato touched down to open his side’s account for the day but he couldn’t convert his own try. James Mendeika replied for Bradford as the half an hour mark approached, the game was finely poised at 4-4. Mantellato and Kieran Dixon both crossed the whitewash for Hull KR before the half was out, surprisingly no tries were converted. Bradford, for the second time in the match, were temporarily down to 12 men when Epalahame Lauaki was sin-binned for an eye gouge in the 39th minute. With a man advantage for the opening stages of the second half, Rovers capitalised with two tries; one from Dixon and the other from Dane Chisholm. Ken Sio and Kris Welham both got on the scoresheet before the match entered its final quarter, a period of the game which brought three more tries for the hosts. Graeme Horne extended his side’s advantage before Dixon got his third and fourth tries of the game to wrap up a rather straightforward day at the office for the hosts.

Prediction – Hull KR by 18

Result – Hull KR by 44

I study Sports Journalism at the University of Sunderland. Write about the Kingstone Press Championship for a few websites, as well as doing match reports and previews for Sheffield Eagles.

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