Bradford Bulls 17-16 Batley Bulldogs

Bradford Bulls edged out fellow top four contenders Batley Bulldogs at the Provident Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Kurt Haggerty’s drop goal three minutes from time proved to be the difference between the sides. The Bulldogs were two points up at the break but it was the hosts who started the stronger and they notched a couple of unconverted tries to go 8-0 up after 21 minutes. James Clare scored both tries for the Bulls but Haggerty was off target with his attempts from the tee. Batley hit back with two scores of their own courtesy of Cain Southernwood and Chris Ulugia. Pat Walker added the conversion to the first try.

The opening points of the second half went the way of Batley as Walker added an extra two points to his side’s tally with a penalty goal. During the final quarter, Bradford regained the lead through Jay Pitts but the drama continued soon after when Southernwood crossed the whitewash for his second try of the contest. However, Walker didn’t tag on the conversion and the score read 16-16 with eight minutes to go. Haggerty’s drop goal in the dying embers of the clash could prove to be massive for the Bulls come the end of the regular season. With three wins under their belts in the space of seven days, Rohan Smith’s men will be very confident of a place in the Qualifiers. Batley won’t be too downhearted with the result. After coming so close to picking up a share of the spoils, their attention will shift towards the Heavy Woollen Derby against Dewsbury on Sunday.

Prediction – Bradford by 10

Result – Bradford by 1

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