Rohan Smith’s first home game in charge of Bradford Bulls ended in defeat to Dewsbury Rams. A last minute Paul Sykes penalty goal gifted the Rams a big victory in their fight against the drop while Bradford’s top four chances took a hit. The visitors were 14-6 up at half-time after a very uninspiring half from both sides. Shane Grady opened the scoring for Dewsbury after 20 minutes and the conversion from Paul Sykes was successful. Jay Pitts replied for the Bulls soon after as the Bulls got back on track. Danny Addy levelled the game with his conversion. A converted score from Josh Guzdek as well as a penalty goal by Paul Sykes gave Dewsbury a two score lead at the interval.
The first points of the second half came from Addy’s boot as his side opted to take the two when they received a penalty goal in front of the sticks. The final quarter started with a four pointer from Adam O’Brien as Bradford started to put pressure on the Rams’ lead. Addy’s conversion attempt was off target which meant Dewsbury still had a two point lead up until the 78th minute when the hooker made amends for his miss by slotting over a penalty goal. However, there was another twist in the tale when the Bulls were penalised in their own half following a chip-and-chase during the next set of six. Sykes was 40 metres out but his penalty goal attempt sailed in-between the sticks to win the game for Glenn Morrison’s side.
Prediction – Bradford by 18
Result – Dewsbury by 2