Super League  Sunday 2nd March 2014  Provident Stadium, Odsal  Att: 5,100

Squad

Donaldson, Henry, Walker, Purtell, Gale, Kear, Olbison, Sidlow, Bridge, Scruton, George, Mullally, Roberts, Manuokafoa, Addy, Foster, Diskin, Kearney, O'Brien.

Squad

Atkins, Bishay, Caton-Brown, Cook, Cunningham, Drinkwater, Farrar, Forster, A. Foster, Griffin, Greenwood, Lovell, Mataitonga, McMeeken, Minns, Moore, Krasniqi, O'Callaghan, Slyney.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Tom Olbison

Danny Addy

Adam Sidlow

Luke Gale

GOAL SCORERS:

Jamie Foster

Jamie Foster

Jamie Foster

Jamie Foster

DROP GOAL SCORERS:

Luke Gale

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

James Cunningham

Thomas Minns

GOAL SCORERS:

Josh Drinkwater

Josh Drinkwater

Full Report

Match Official: T Roby

Bradford Bulls pushed aside their mounting off-field troubles to claim their second win of the new First Utility Super League season 25-12 against London Broncos.

Luke Gale, Adam Sidlow, Danny Addy and Tom Olbison all crossed as the Bulls outscored their rivals four tries to two.

Thomas Minns and James Cunningham touched down for the Broncos, who fielded four debutants.

The Bulls were docked six points in midweek after entering administration for the second time and, while they remain bottom of the table, are now only two points behind a Broncos side tipped for relegation.

The Yorkshire side's difficult week also saw their prospective new owners walk out on the club, as well as a third high-profile player in a month, following the Rugby Football League's decision to hand down their points penalty.

London suffered the withdrawal of centre Jordan Atkins during the warm-up as they handed first starts to new half-back duo Ben Farrah and Josh Drinkwater plus a third Australian - forward Nick Slyney - and Wigan Warriors loanee James Greenwood.

The visitors fell behind when Addy and Adrian Purtell combined to set Jamie Foster free down the left wing for the supporting Gale, a former Broncos player, to score beside the posts. Foster easily added the first of his four conversions.

The Broncos were further handicapped when Tonga full-back Nesiasi Mataitonga went off injured shortly afterwards and then Mason Caton-Brown was treated for some time on the pitch before also being helped groggily to the sidelines.

Yet the Barnet-based Londoners went close when James Duckworth, the last-minute replacement for Atkins, was denied by a knock-on while fielding a diagonal kick into the corner.

Warrington Wolves loanee Danny Bridge was held up for the Bulls before Sidlow crashed onto a Matt Diskin reverse pass to help double the home side's advantage.

The Broncos hit back swiftly when Minns, on a season-long loan from Leeds Rhinos, chased a Scott Moore kick into the corner and Drinkwater converted.

Just before the break Luke George dived bravely within inches of the try line after some deft handling through the Bradford ranks but suffered a heavy knock in the process and was also forced to leave the field of play.

The half almost finished in farce as Moore took advantage of Brett Kearney's slip to race towards the whitewash, only to slide over himself before what seemed a certain try.

As both sides continued to come up with frequent errors a scrappy second half remained pointless until just after the hour-mark, when James Donaldson broke clear from 40 metres out and Addy was up to score and restore the Bulls' 12-point advantage.

Bradford could have sealed things moments later but Diskin dropped a scoring pass from strong-running Olbison and the home team had other chances before Foster fumbled a Moore bomb and Cunningham pounced to give London hope.

But Gale landed a drop goal and Olbison added a well-earned try a minute from time as the Bulls clung on to what might prove to be two priceless points in their attempts to defy the improbable and avoid relegation despite their hefty points handicap.

Match Action

  • 79m
    try

    Tom Olbison

    Bradford

  • 79m
    goal

    Jamie Foster

    Bradford

  • 76m
    dropgoal

    Luke Gale

    Bradford

  • 67m
    goal

    Josh Drinkwater

    London Broncos

  • 67m
    try

    James Cunningham

    London Broncos

  • 61m
    goal

    Jamie Foster

    Bradford

  • 61m
    try

    Danny Addy

    Bradford

  • 38m
    interchange_on

    Elliot Kear

    Bradford

  • 38m
    interchange_off

    Luke George

    Bradford

  • 30m
    interchange_on

    Adam O'Brien

    Bradford

  • 30m
    interchange_off

    Matt Diskin

    Bradford

  • 28m
    goal

    Josh Drinkwater

    London Broncos

  • 28m
    try

    Thomas Minns

    London Broncos

  • 28m
    interchange_on

    Tom Olbison

    Bradford

  • 28m
    interchange_off

    Adam Sidlow

    Bradford

  • 27m
    interchange_on

    Carl Forster

    London Broncos

  • 27m
    interchange_off

    Olsi Krasniqi

    London Broncos

  • 25m
    try

    Adam Sidlow

    Bradford

  • 25m
    goal

    Jamie Foster

    Bradford

  • 20m
    interchange_off

    Manase Manuokafoa

    Bradford

  • 20m
    interchange_on

    Anthony Mullally

    Bradford

  • 17m
    interchange_off

    Mason Caton-Brown

    London Broncos

  • 17m
    interchange_on

    James Cunningham

    London Broncos

  • 14m
    interchange_off

    Nick Slyney

    London Broncos

  • 14m
    interchange_on

    James Greenwood

    London Broncos

  • 12m
    interchange_off

    Nesiasi Mataitonga

    London Broncos

  • 12m
    interchange_on

    George Griffin

    London Broncos

  • 11m
    goal

    Jamie Foster

    Bradford

  • 11m
    try

    Luke Gale

    Bradford