Bradford Bulls scrambled over the finish line to beat the table-topping London Broncos at the Provident Stadium on Thursday night. The hosts got off to a lightning start with three tries inside the first 14 minutes of play. James Clare, Matty Blythe and Kurt Haggerty were the try-scorers for the Bulls but only one conversion was successful from the boot of Danny Addy. As the half an hour mark approached, London started to come to life and they profited by taking the lead after scoring three tries of their own. James Cunningham was first over the whitewash for the Championship’s one and only side from the capital. Then came two tries in as many minutes which left Bradford shellshocked ahead of the interval. Jamie Thackray burst over the whitewash before Alex Foster notched to put Andrew Henderson’s men in front by a couple points at 16-14. Scott Leatherbarrow was successful with two out of his three conversion attempts. Whatever James Lowes said at half-time seemed to work instantly as debutant winger Ethan Ryan latched on to his own grubber kick for a memorable four pointer. Addy was off target with his conversion attempt. Five minutes later, Foster grabbed his second try of the evening for London as they regained their slender advantage. Leatherbarrow had as much luck as Addy from the kicking tee as he struck wide. The fast and furious start to the half continued moments after Foster’s score as Bradford hit back in quick time courtesy of Haggerty. The off-season signing from Leigh registered his second try of the match and the lead, which extended to 24-20 after Addy’s conversion, stuck with the Bulls for the remainder. Two penalty goals from Addy in the final quarter put two scores between the teams and the visitors just couldn’t find a response in the dying embers. A solid, but far from spectacular, win for the Bulls who will need to improve for their visit to Halifax on Easter Monday. London face another challenge when they go head to head with their cup conquerers Featherstone Rovers at Trailfinders Sports Ground.
Prediction – Bradford by 14
Result – Bradford by 8
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