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Kingstone Press Championship Match Review – Bradford Bulls 36 Leigh Centurions 36

Well it was one of the best games ever played in this division and in front of over 9,000 fans which is the most ever seen for a league game in the championship and the Bulls only got one higher crowd when in Super League last year, the crowd certainly got value for money. Leigh coach Paul Rowley admitted his side “got away with one” as they got a point as they all but wrapped up the top spot moving in the top 8’s.

The lead changed hand several times and the Bulls lead 20-12 at half time with two tries from Omari Caro and Jay Pitts who opened the scoring, Ryan shaw converting all three and kicking a penalty goal. Leigh lead after 20 minutes after Gareth Hock and Jonny Pownall had scored with Ridyard converting both tries.

It was the second half where all 9,184 must have been biting their fingernails as the lead changed hands 5 times. Leigh took the lead just before the hour mark with tries from Greg Worthington and Ryan Brierley. Danny Addy crossed for the bulls to lead again. Scores were exchanged then with Pownall scoring his second, Blythe scored for the Bulls.

Jonny Pownall then got his hat-rick with 10 minutes to go and with a conversion by Ridyard they lead by 4. Caro then completed his hat-rick but Shaw couldn’t add to his 6 goals and keep his 100% record up to grab the Bulls the victory.

Both sides will take enormous positives from this and will look ahead to the super 8’s with no fear.

Prediction – Leigh by 8

Result – Draw

 

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