Super League  Friday 19th July 2013  Provident Stadium, Odsal  Att: 7,914

Squad

Donaldson, Langley, Walker, Kearney, Gale, Kear, Scruton, Bateman, L'Estrange, Platt, Lulia, Purtell, Olbison, Manuokafoa, Addy, Foster, Diskin, Sammut, Evans.

Squad

Arundel, T. Briscoe, Crooks, Ellis, Green, Heremaia, Houghton, Johnson, Lineham, Lynch, McDonnell, O'Meley, Miller, Pitts, Tickle, Watts, Westerman, Whiting, Yeaman.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Matt Diskin

Elliot Kear

Jarrod Sammut

GOAL SCORERS:

Jamie Foster

Jamie Foster

Jamie Foster

DROP GOAL SCORERS:

Luke Gale

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Danny Tickle

Tom Briscoe

GOAL SCORERS:

Danny Tickle

Danny Tickle

Full Report

Match Official: B Thaler

Bradford Bulls rescued some hope of reaching the Super League play-offs for the first time in five years by coming from behind to claim a nail-biting victory over fellow top-eight hopefuls Hull FC.

The win brought to an end a disastrous run of six straight defeats for the Bulls, while plunging the Black and Whites’ own play-off hopes into doubt.

Hull reached next weekend's Tetley's Challenge Cup semi-finals with a tenacious victory at Catalan Dragons last Saturday but have now lost their last five league games.

Bradford, celebrating the return of five key players from injury, are now just two points behind them.

The result was only the Bulls’ second win in 11 games, yet Hull made the brighter start and went ahead after 12 minutes when Tom Briscoe cut diagonally back off the wing from a Kirk Yeaman pass to touch down between the posts.

Danny Tickle converted the first of his two goals and the score remained 6-0 until just before the half-hour mark, although both sides spurned opportunities.

The simultaneous introduction from the bench of Heath L'Estrange and Jarrod Sammut, who had been out injured for seven weeks, sparked Bradford into life.

Good work from L'Estrange set up the position for Sammut to kick to the corner, follow up to collect once more and dive over when the ball bounced loose from a melee of players who attempted to claim it from the air.

Jamie Foster, who was largely responsible for recycling the ball for the try, converted from out wide to level the scores.

Minutes later Adrian Purtell burst clear, having latched onto a wayward but awkwardly bouncing Luke Gale pass, and enabled the supporting Elliot Kear to score and put the hosts ahead, Foster again adding the extras with the second of his three goals.

Bradford's 12-6 lead lasted until 12 minutes into the second half when Tickle charged onto Danny Houghton's pass and through a ruck of defenders to score, then converted his own try.

The Bulls were forced into some desperate scrambling defence and weathered numerous repeat sets near their own line before a Sammut 40-20 gave them some welcome respite.

Twice the Bulls got in a position for a decisive drop goal yet lost possession through careless handling while Hull had one rousing spell as the game drifted into its closing stages.

Finally, with five minutes to go, Gale landed a vital one-pointer for Bradford before Matt Diskin muscled his way over in the final minute to ensure an end to the Bulls' long winless run.

Match Action

  • 79m
    goal

    Jamie Foster

    Bradford

  • 79m
    try

    Matt Diskin

    Bradford

  • 75m
    dropgoal

    Luke Gale

    Bradford

  • 52m
    goal

    Danny Tickle

    Hull

  • 52m
    try

    Danny Tickle

    Hull

  • 47m
    interchange_on

    Jamie Langley

    Bradford

  • 47m
    interchange_off

    Manase Manuokafoa

    Bradford

  • 35m
    interchange_on

    Jay Pitts

    Hull

  • 35m
    interchange_off

    Joe Westerman

    Hull

  • 34m
    try

    Elliot Kear

    Bradford

  • 33m
    interchange_off

    Chris Green

    Hull

  • 33m
    goal

    Jamie Foster

    Bradford

  • 33m
    interchange_on

    Richard Whiting

    Hull

  • 29m
    goal

    Jamie Foster

    Bradford

  • 29m
    try

    Jarrod Sammut

    Bradford

  • 26m
    interchange_on

    Heath L'Estrange

    Bradford

  • 26m
    interchange_off

    Matt Diskin

    Bradford

  • 24m
    interchange_off

    John Bateman

    Bradford

  • 24m
    interchange_on

    Jarrod Sammut

    Bradford

  • 22m
    interchange_off

    Mark O'Meley

    Hull

  • 22m
    interchange_on

    Chris Green

    Hull

  • 21m
    interchange_on

    Andy Lynch

    Hull

  • 21m
    interchange_off

    Liam Watts

    Hull

  • 19m
    interchange_off

    Jamie Langley

    Bradford

  • 19m
    interchange_off

    Manase Manuokafoa

    Bradford

  • 19m
    interchange_on

    Ben Evans

    Bradford

  • 19m
    interchange_on

    Chev Walker

    Bradford

  • 12m
    try

    Tom Briscoe

    Hull

  • 12m
    goal

    Danny Tickle

    Hull