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Paul Johnson could not have enjoyed a better debut as Bradford warmed up for the World Club Challenge clash against Penrith a 56-18 friendly win over Castleford. The former Wigan centre scored four tries, including a first-half hat-trick.
Bradford's other tries came from Michael Withers, Jamie Langley (2), Paul Deacon, Lesley Vainikolo and Karl Pryce.
Castleford dominated early in the game before the Super League champions charged into gear with six tries in 17 minutes.
Withers started the tryfest, Johnson opened his account and substitute Langley and Deacon also crossed before Johnson completed his hat-trick with two quick tries as the Bulls surged 34-0 ahead at half time.
The Tigers were weakened by the 12th-minute departure of Australian Paul Mellor with a knee injury.
But they scored converted tries through Wayne Godwin, debutant prop Craig Greenhill and Lee Harland early in the second half.
The Bulls responded with a quick double from winger Vainikolo and the second from Langley to secure victory.
Johnson dotted down his fourth try and rookie winger Pryce screamed over off a superb pass from substitute Chris Bridge, who kicked both conversions.
With such explosive action from the Bulls, Penrith will have to be at their best to win the World Club Challenge Trophy.