In the final round of the Kingstone Press Championship Shield, Bradford Bulls play host to Sheffield Eagles at the Provident Stadium. Rohan Smith’s side are top of the table and will play the fourth-placed team in the Shield semi-finals. Sheffield currently sit third despite their defeat to Dewsbury Rams last Sunday.
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Bradford Bulls were beaten 30-26 by Workington Town, who were already relegated heading into the match. The Bulls went into half-time 18-12 down as their Cumbrian counterparts got on the scoresheet through Marc Shackley before Jarrod Sammut bagged himself a brace. Mitch Clark and Ethan Ryan were the try-scorers for the West Yorkshire side. After the restart, Ross Oakes and Sammut exchanged tries for Bradford and Workington respectively prior to Kieren Moss and Dale Ferguson both crossing in the final quarter to put the visitors in front. However, the final say in the match went to winger Theerapol Ritson who touched down four minutes from time. Sammut finished the game by adding a bit more gloss to the final scoreline as he kicked a penalty goal.
Sheffield Eagles were on the receiving end of a 38-22 scoreline against Dewsbury Rams at SHU Sports Park. The South Yorkshire club faced a 16 point deficit at half-time as the Rams led 26-10. Scott Hale, Etu Uaisele, Toby Adamson, Aaron Brown and Lucas Walshaw were the try-scorers for Dewsbury while Menzie Yere and Ryan Millar got on the scoresheet for the Eagles. In the second half, Shane Grady kicked a penalty goal before Millar and Cory Aston racked up consecutive tries for the hosts. However, a try from Tom Hemingway as well as a penalty from the hooker sealed the win for Dewsbury.
In a disappointing match for Sheffield last weekend, winger Ryan Millar was the shining light as he scored two tries and looked dangerous when he had hold of the ball. On the other wing was Rob Worrincy but Dewsbury did well to deal with the experienced flyer. Bradford’s wingers for the game against Workington were young duo Jack Rickettsia and Ethan Ryan. Despite being on the losing side in Cumbria, the pair will only grow with experience and that can only be a good thing for the future of the Bulls.
After both sides were beaten in round six, they will be wanting to bounce back with a victory to go into the semi-finals with confidence. Sheffield beat Bradford at the Provident Stadium earlier on in the year but will they be able to replicate that feat this weekend? – Bradford by 18