After demolishing Whitehaven last weekend, Bradford will be looking for another big win as Oldham come to visit the Provident Stadium. The Roughyeds held on to a two point victory over Swinton Lions last week so they will go into this weekend’s match in good spirits.
Last Time Out
Dane Chisholm was the star of the show on his debut for Bradford Bulls. The West Yorkshire club beat Whitehaven 64-18 and Chisholm scored two tries including a brilliant solo effort. Bradford were 52-0 up at half-time after Chisholm, Kieren Moss and Ethan Ryan all registered braces while Adam Sidlow, Joe Philbin and Steve Crossley went over the whitewash for a try each. The second half was a different story, though, as the hosts took their foot off the gas and Whitehaven capitalised by outscoring the full-timers three tries to two. James Chapelhow, James Newton and John-Paul Brocklebank were the try-scorers for Haven. Chapelhow and Newton’s scores came while Whitehaven had a man advantage following Kris Welham’s sin-binning. Ryan and James Clare scored the Bulls’ tenth and eleventh tries of the afternoon respectively.
Despite heavy pressure from Swinton Lions in the latter stages of the match, Oldham managed to hold on to a great 26-24 win as they moved three points clear of the relegation zone. It was the Lions who had the advantage at half-time, 14-6. Ben White helped himself to two tries before Kieran Gill notched Oldham’s only try of the half to cut the deficit. Chris Atkin kicked a penalty goal soon after to give his side a two score lead heading into the second half. However, Roughyeds forward Michael Ward managed to turn the game on its head single-handedly with two tries in five minutes to put the hosts in front. Macauley Hallett then replied to level the scores at 18-18 before Richard Lepori was sent to the sin-bin for throwing the ball away in frustration. His indiscipline didn’t come back to haunt Oldham though as they put together an eight point lead through a Lewis Palfrey penalty goal and an Adam Clay try. Josh Barlow ramped up the pressure with a four pointer in the final stages of the match but the Lions couldn’t break through for the winner.
Dane Chisholm’s signing may have taken the limelight but Rohan Smith has also made a few acquisitions from Super League clubs, too. Stuart Howarth and Joe Philbin have both recently signed on loan from Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and Warrington Wolves respectively. Howarth joins forces with live-wire hooker Adam O’Brien, who has been at the forefront of the Bulls attack for the past few years. The Bulls dummy-halves will go up against the likes of Lewis Foster and Kenny Hughes this weekend. Foster is on loan at Oldham from Leigh Centurions while Hughes has been used as an impact sub from the interchange bench.
Bradford will be aiming to keep the momentum going after last week’s victory over Whitehaven. The Bulls have still got Featherstone left to play so coach Rohan Smith will be wanting to see two complete performances and hope that results from elsewhere go their way. As previously mentioned, Oldham have a three point buffer separating themselves from the drop zone. With Workington to play in the last regular season game, they will be striving for a couple of decent showings ahead of the Championship Shield –Bradford by 26