Rochdale Hornets 10-70 Bradford Bulls
Sammut shines in Bulls romp
Experienced half-backs Jarrod Sammut and Luke Gale guided Bradford Bulls safely into the fifth round of the Tetley's Challenge Cup with a comprehensive 70-10 win at Rochdale Hornets.
Both players crossed twice and had a hand in most of the Bulls' 12 tries as they progressed to the last 16 of the competition.
Young back-rower Elliot Whitehead also grabbed a second-half hat-trick in an accomplished display from the Super League side
Australian Sammut finished with 26 points and played most of the game at full-back after replacing an injured Jamie Foster - the only concern on a largely comfortable afternoon for Bradford coach Francis Cummins.
Championship One side Rochdale - 27 league places below their opponents - stuck to their task well and were rewarded with tries to winger Dave Sutton and prop John Cookson.
But they struggled to contain a Bulls attack led by Sammut and Gale.
Cummins handed Bradford debuts to loan forward Ben Evans and young winger Sam Wood, and it took the latter less than three minutes to opening his try scoring account.
After Sammut's kick had been fumbled by Steve Roper, Adrian Purtell sent Wood over out wide.
Six minutes later, Gale's inside pass sent Jamie Langley over from close range, and Foster tagged on his second conversion for 12-0.
Foster was then withdrawn through injury, but Bradford continued to dominate.
Gale forced his way over from dummy half after Chev Walker had gone close, and the pair then swapped roles as Gale put Walker in for 24-0, Sammut having taken over the kicking duties.
Rochdale responded four minutes before the break.
Winger Dave Sutton had already gone close when he picked up a loose ball from Paul Crook's kick to touch down.
Crook added the extras to close the gap to 18 points - but the Bulls struck again just before the break.
The home side felt they should have had a penalty for an illegal ball steal on their own line, but when a knock on was awarded, Sammut sliced over from the resulting scrum and converted himself for a 30-6 lead at half-time.
It signaled the start of one-way traffic in the third quarter.
Gale stepped over from close range, before Sammut's pass put John Bateman over in the next set of six.
Second rower Elliot Whitehead then scored a quick-fire double - first supporting a Purtell interception, and then taking a smart Heath L'Estrange pass.
Rochdale eventually responded in the 64th minute, as John Cookson powered over rafter Chris Hough had been stopped just short.
They also kept their line in tact for 14 minutes in their strongest spell of the game, before Bradford finished the stronger.
Sammut took a kick downfield inside his own half and raced 60 metres for the best try of the afternoon, Whitehead completed his treble and Michael Platt scored in the last minute against his former club.