Bradford Bulls won the Kingstone Press Championship Shield by beating Sheffield Eagles 27-16 at the Provident Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The Bulls got off to a brilliant start as they broke the deadlock after 15 seconds through Adam O’Brien. Lewis Charnock converted, and he did so ten minutes later when Adrian Purtell touched down in his final game as a Bull. O’Brien completed his brace soon after and Bradford looked well in control despite not completing their sets at a consistent rate. Two quick-fire tries from the Eagles gave the South Yorkshire side a fighting chance heading into the second period. Menzie Yere and Rob Worrincy were the try-scorers, with Cory Aston converting on both occasions to make the score 18-12 to Bradford..
After the restart, Aston added to his tally from the tee by kicking two penalty goals to cut the deficit to just a couple of points. In the final quarter, with the game still in the balance, Kris Welham registered an important try to further the Bulls’ lead. Charnock couldn’t convert but Bradford were in a good position at 22-16 after 71 minutes. Dane Chisholm was at the heart of everything for the hosts and the half-back kicked a drop goal in the latter stages of the tie. Welham then scored his second try of the afternoon in the minutes after to seal the victory for Bradford. Charnock didn’t convert but that proved irrelevant.