Bradford Bulls 6 - 70 Hull FC

Match info: First Utility Super League at Grattan Stadium

Date: 01/09/2012 KO: 19:00 Att: 10,616

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Bradford

TriesCrookes (2)ConversionsGale (2)

6
vs
70

Hull

TriesWesterman (6) Foster (10, 73) Manu (19, 31) Houghton (27) Heremaia (44, 68) Briscoe (47, 59, 80) Crooks (62) Lynch (65)ConversionsFoster (6, 19, 27, 31, 44, 62, 65, 73, 80)

FT (ht: 6-28)

  • Last Updated: September 1 2012, 21:17 BST

England winger Tom Briscoe scored a hat-trick of tries as Hull turned party-poopers by putting a huge dampener on Bradford's celebrations at finding a buyer for the ailing Super League club with a 70-6 success at Odsal.

Tom Briscoe: Scored a hat-trick of tries
Tom Briscoe: Scored a hat-trick of tries

New owner Omar Khan and local MP Gerry Sutcliffe were given a rapturous welcome when introduced to the 10,616 crowd before kick-off at the club's final home game of the season but the Bradford fans had little else to cheer as the Bulls suffered a first defeat at Odsal since the club went into administration in June.

The Bulls conceded 13 tries in their biggest loss of the year, which brought to an end a three-match winning run and cast serious doubt over their prospects of a first appearance in the play-offs for four years.

It seems Bradford's admirable efforts in sustaining their play-off challenge in the face of adversity have eventually taken their toll.

Hull winger Jamie Foster scored 26 points as Peter Gentle's men bounced back in impressive fashion from their humiliating loss to bottom club Widnes to cement sixth place in the table and breathe new life into their own play-off campaign.

Hull were dealt a blow before kick-off when England international Kirk Yeaman, who was hoping to return from a month's absence with an ankle injury, failed to come through the warm-up and was replaced in the centre by youngster Ben Crooks.

And they fell behind after only two minutes when winger Jason Crookes, whose proposed move to Hull could be confirmed on Monday, took a superb pass out of the tackle by his centre Keith Lulia to touch down at the corner.

Luke Gale's conversion made it 6-0 but the visitors struck twice while the Bulls were down to 12 men through the controversial sin-binning of stand-off Ben Jeffries.

Jeffries claimed Heath L'Estrange's terrific tackle on Hull winger Tom Briscoe had not been completed and he came in to bundle the England international into touch, but referee Ben Thaler disagreed and showed him a yellow card for a professional foul.

Hull made full use of the extra man, with second-rower Joe Westerman taking Ryan McGoldrick's short pass to score one try and then passing out of the tackle for Foster to touch down.

The Bulls would have conceded again but for a tremendous try-saving tackle by Shaun Ainscough, who got back to haul down McGoldrick after an 80-metre run and still had the presence of mind to force the ball from his grasp as he stretched for the line.

McGoldrick had to go off after damaging a shoulder in the tackle but Hull made light of his absence, running in three more tries before half-time to establish a 28-6 lead.

Second-rower Willie Manu scored two of them, touching down Briscoe's kick to the line and taking a return pass from Crooks, and also made the break for hooker Danny Houghton to cross.

Foster converted all but one of the tries - he struck the woodwork with his only failure - and it was a similar story in the second half, with Hull adding two further tries within six minutes of the restart.

Scrum-half Aaron Heremaia finished off a glorious break by Richard Horne and Crooks sent Briscoe over after re-gathering Heremaia's kick which bounced fortuitously off the chest of defender Ainscough.

Bradford's bubble had well and truly burst and Hull went on to pile on the agony, with Briscoe completing his hat-trick and Crooks, former Bradford favourite Andy Lynch, Heremaia and Foster adding further tries in a desperately one-sided final quarter.

Foster, who is on loan from St Helens, took his goal tally to nine from 13 attempts to add to his brace of tries.