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The Qualifiers Round 6 – Leigh Centurions 16-32 Bradford Bulls

Leigh Centurions’ Super League dreams were shattered for another season at least as Bradford Bulls triumphed at the Leigh Sports Village. After being second best throughout the first half in terms of territory and possession, Leigh were level with their Yorkshire opponents at the break – 10-10. Bradford scored the first two tries of the match through Jake Mullaney and Danny Williams. Adrian Purtell, playing at stand-off, had a say in both tries and the Australian was superb throughout. Leigh hit back with two tries in the final four minutes of the half. Adam Higson acrobatically touched down on 36 minutes before Gregg McNally sauntered in unopposed just before the hooter sounded. At 10-all, it was all to play for and Leigh had 40 minutes to save their season. But Bradford weren’t going to be denied a place in the Million Pound Game. The Bulls’ cause was helped by scoring the first 16 points of the half in a 26 minute period. Williams notched his second try of the game to kick things off before Addy extended his side’s lead to two scores with a penalty goal. Matty Blythe managed to apply the downward pressure to an Adam O’Brien grubber to put more breathing space between the visitors and the hosts. Addy made it 26-10 with his second penalty goal of the match with 14 minutes remaining. Leigh pegged Bradford back with five minutes to go when the ever-reliable Bob Beswick popped up with a four-pointer. However, as Leigh tried to crank up the pressure, James Lowes’ Bradford side confirmed the win with Blythe’s second try of the match.

Prediction – Bradford by 8

Result – Bradford by 16

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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