Bradford Bulls 38 - 12 Castleford Tigers

Match info: Betfred Super League at Odsal Stadium

Date: 16/02/2013 KO: 16:45 Att: 7,724

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers


TriesKearney (14, 76, 79) Sidlow (32) Blythe (54) Walker (72)ConversionsFoster (14, 32, 54, 59, 72, 76, 79)



TriesEllis (27) Dixon (42)ConversionsEllis (27, 42)

FT (ht: 12-6)

  • Last Updated: February 16 2013, 22:45 GMT

Bradford coach Francis Cummins bemoaned his side's nervousness in front of the try line after they defeated Castleford 38-12.

Adam Sidlow celebrates his Bulls try
Adam Sidlow celebrates his Bulls try

A Brett Kearney hat-trick helped Bradford take the victory at the Provident Stadium after Castleford had been reduced to 11 men.

The Bulls themselves coped with the loss to the sin-bin of Danny Addy just before half-time and only led 20-12 midway through the second half before the Tigers had Justin Carney and Jamie Ellis yellow carded.

The Bulls capitalised to run in three tries in the final 10 minutes, with Kearney adding his second and scores tries in the last three.

Castleford showed for long periods the kind of resilience that had earned them a shock 14-12 victory over champions Leeds the previous week, but eventually ran out of steam when their two backs were sin-binned towards the end of the match.

Bradford savoured plenty of possession throughout but Cummins said: "We were a bit edgy when we get down there (near the line).

"We're trying to score a try all the time when if we ask a few questions, we'll get there.

"We just need a little bit more direction at times.

"I liked some of the stuff - we were skilful and made a couple of good off-loads but our structure just went away from us at times."

Cummins heaped praise on Kearney, who has now scored in all three matches so far this season and took his tally to five with the hat-trick.

"He's a quality player - he's huge," added the Bulls coach.

"He catches the ball well and runs with it and defends everywhere."

Castleford coach Ian Millward was unhappy with some of the officials' decisions, having also lost on-loan from Warrington debutant Gareth O'Brien for huge chunks of the game after a controversial clash with Nick Scruton early in the game.

Millward was guarded with his words but said: "I'll have a look at everything but I was confused.

"But I'm not going to sit here and pinpoint the ones (decisions) I was concerned with."

On his side's display he said: "We showed some backbone and some spine.

"We continually repelled the opposition when we were pinned on our own line through repeat sets which is pleasing."

A tense opening half saw the teams trade tries with Kearney and Adam Sidlow scoring to help the Bulls to a 12-6 lead, with Ellis replying for the Tigers.

Within three minutes of the restart Cas were level through a Kirk Dixon score and Ellis' second conversion

But Kearney created a try for Matty Blythe to edge the hosts ahead again and Jamie Foster landed two goals to open an eight-point lead which the home side could not improve upon until the late sin-binnings.

Once Carney and Ellis were sent to the sidelines, the Bulls predictably pressed home their two-man advantage and Chev Walker went between the posts before Kearney's late double completed his hat-trick.

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