Super League  Monday 1st April 2013  Provident Stadium, Odsal  Att: 7,503

Squad

Donaldson, Sidlow, Langley, Manuokafoa, Bateman, Diskin, Kearney, Scruton, L'Estrange, Purtell, Lulia, Whitehead, Kear, Sammut, Addy, Olbison, Murphy, O'Brien, Foster.

Squad

Broughton, Gaskell, Foran, Jewitt, Ashurst, Dixon, Wild, Godwin, Nero, Boyle, James, Neal, Fages, Sneyd, Owen, Griffin, Murphy, Okanga-Ajwang, A. Walne.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Jarrod Sammut

Jamie Langley

Brett Kearney

Adrian Purtell

Jarrod Sammut

John Bateman

GOAL SCORERS:

Jarrod Sammut

Jarrod Sammut

Jamie Foster

Jamie Foster

Jamie Foster

Jamie Foster

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Andrew Dixon

Chris Nero

Jack Murphy

Lee Gaskell

GOAL SCORERS:

Marc Sneyd

Marc Sneyd

Marc Sneyd

Marc Sneyd

Full Report

Match Official: T Roby

Bradford Bulls consolidated their position in the upper reaches of the Super League table with a deserved 36-24 victory over Salford City Reds.

The Bulls, who snatched a commendable last minute draw at champions and arch rivals Leeds Rhinos on Thursday, only outscored the City Reds six tries to four but largely outplayed a visiting side that began 2013 with similar financial traumas to those which took Bradford to the brink last season.

Salford, who picked up their first win in five games with an unexpected 21-20 defeat of former league leaders Huddersfield Giants on Good Friday, trailed 24-6 at the break and briefly threatened a comeback but were ultimately unable to stop a Bulls team claiming their fifth win of the campaign.

Chev Walker, currently beached on 99 senior tries, picked up a knock at Leeds and was replaced by Adam O'Brien in the Bulls side.

Injury and illness combined to prevent Reds' leading try-scorer Ashley Gibson making his 100th career appearance and afforded academy product Edwin Okanga-Ajwang a Super League debut at centre.

The game was only given the go-ahead after a massive snow-clearing operation and a 10am pitch inspection by RFL match commissioner Ian McGregor.

Bradford started with intent and it was no surprise when John Bateman dived onto a Jarrod Sammut grubber to give them the lead after eight minutes.

Jamie Foster converted and Salford struggled to make it out of their own half until an error in judgment from Bulls full-back Brett Kearney helped them back into the game.

Reds' French stand-off Theo Fages kicked for a 40-20, which would have given the visitors possession at the scrum, but while Kearney managed to flick the ball back in off of the touchline, it was straight into the path of the chasing Lee Gaskell. He kicked on and picked up to score his second try since signing on loan from St Helens last week.

Mark Sneyd, who went on to land four goals, levelled the score with a fine conversion from out wide.

It temporarily proved a minor blip as the Bulls were back in front within three minutes, Keith Lulia and Foster combining incisively down the left to send Sammut racing over.

The Bulls continued to dominate with only repeated handling errors preventing them extending their lead, until Adrian Purtell crossed with four minutes of the half remaining.

Then a surging break from prop Adam Sidlow, a Salford player until his winter move across the Pennines, was taken on by the supporting Kearney to claim his 10th try of the season.

Foster, who limped off early in the second half, kicked magnificently on the heavy surface to land all four conversions and help the Bulls to their 18-point lead at the break.

Salford began encouragingly after the restart, twice forcing repeat sets, and were rewarded when Jack Murphy scored in the corner.

Former Bull Chris Nero then charged over from close range and Sneyd's third conversion left the Greater Manchester side within a converted try of their hosts.

But Jamie Langley used all his strength and determination to grabbed a 55th-minute try and settle Bradford's nerves with Sammut adding the conversion in the absence of Foster.

Still the home side had to weather a further Salford score when Fages sent Andrew Dixon charging between the posts.

It took a 71st minute Sammut penalty, following a high tackle on Kearney, and a late Sammut try to finally clinch the points.

Match Action

  • 77m
    try

    Jarrod Sammut

    Bradford

  • 72m
    goal

    Jarrod Sammut

    Bradford

  • 70m
    interchange_off

    Heath L'Estrange

    Bradford

  • 70m
    interchange_on

    Adam O'Brien

    Bradford

  • 60m
    goal

    Marc Sneyd

    Salford

  • 60m
    try

    Andrew Dixon

    Salford

  • 56m
    goal

    Jarrod Sammut

    Bradford

  • 56m
    try

    Jamie Langley

    Bradford

  • 51m
    try

    Chris Nero

    Salford

  • 51m
    goal

    Marc Sneyd

    Salford

  • 47m
    try

    Jack Murphy

    Salford

  • 47m
    goal

    Marc Sneyd

    Salford

  • 39m
    goal

    Jamie Foster

    Bradford

  • 39m
    try

    Brett Kearney

    Bradford

  • 36m
    try

    Adrian Purtell

    Bradford

  • 36m
    goal

    Jamie Foster

    Bradford

  • 29m
    interchange_on

    Gareth Owen

    Salford

  • 29m
    interchange_on

    Chris Nero

    Salford

  • 29m
    interchange_off

    Stephen Wild

    Salford

  • 29m
    interchange_off

    Wayne Godwin

    Salford

  • 28m
    interchange_off

    James Donaldson

    Bradford

  • 28m
    interchange_on

    Tom Olbison

    Bradford

  • 21m
    goal

    Jamie Foster

    Bradford

  • 21m
    try

    Jarrod Sammut

    Bradford

  • 20m
    interchange_off

    Adam Neal

    Salford

  • 20m
    interchange_on

    Adam Walne

    Salford

  • 20m
    interchange_on

    Nick Scruton

    Bradford

  • 20m
    interchange_off

    Darrell Griffin

    Salford

  • 20m
    interchange_on

    Lee Jewitt

    Salford

  • 20m
    interchange_off

    Manase Manuokafoa

    Bradford

  • 19m
    interchange_off

    Jamie Langley

    Bradford

  • 19m
    interchange_on

    Adam Sidlow

    Bradford

  • 16m
    try

    Lee Gaskell

    Salford

  • 16m
    goal

    Marc Sneyd

    Salford

  • 8m
    try

    John Bateman

    Bradford

  • 8m
    goal

    Jamie Foster

    Bradford