ICYMI, on Thursday the @NRL - National Rugby League released the 2018 #NRLDraw.
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Bradford Bulls 34 Tries: Tadulala 2, Kopczak, Burgess, Worrincy 2 Goals: Sykes 5
St Helens 30 Tries: Gardner, Meli 2, Pryce, Wheeler, Long Goals: Long 3 Att: 11,039
Bradford, who came in to this game as big under-dogs, opened up a 10-0 lead thanks to a brace from Semi Tadulala. St Helens hit back and with tries from wingers Ade Gardner and Francis Meli the lead was cut to 10-8. In the last 10-monites of the half Saints took control. Leon Pryce, Gary Wheeler and a second for Meli all got on the score-sheet as the hosts went into the break leading 26-10.
Just after the break Bradford got back into the game as Prop Craig Kopczak crashed over from close range. Sean Long responded for Saints, but he missed the conversion.
The Bulls turned the game on its head by scoring three quick-fire tries. Sam Burgess stretched over and substitute Michael Worrincy scored a double. Paul Sykes kicked his fifth conversion as Bradford edged ahead 34-30.
St Helens tried to snatch the game, but the Bulls held on for their first win at Knowsley Road for four years.
Leeds Rhinos 4 Tries: Burrow Harlequins RL 21 Tries: Howell 2, Randall Goals: Purdham 4 Drop Goal: Purdham Att: 13,912
David Howell opened the scoring on 10-minutes before hooker Chad Randall went underneath the posts to extend the visitors lead to 10-0. Leeds who did not look like scoring were booed of the field at the interval.
The Second half was much of the same as the Rhinos struggled to break the Quins down. Scott Donald had a try disallowed for the hosts on 70-minutes for being off-side and Quins made the most of this by extending their lead thanks to a penalty and drop goal from skipper Rob Purdham.
Centre Howell sealed the win late on, after he finished off a flowing movement on the left touchline. Rob Burrow scored a consolation for the Champions right on the full-time hooter but they were well beaten.
Salford City Reds 14 Tries: Goulding 2, Myler Goals: Wilshere Hull FC 18 Tries: Calderwood, Horne, Whiting Goals: Tickle 3 Att: 4,165
Salford got off to the best possible start as on-loan centre Darrell Goulding raced 60-meters to open the scoring. Teenager Richard Myler added another as the hosts led 10-0. Hull got back into the game through Mark Calderwood and levelled the scores up with a Richard Horne try. On 32-minutes Richard Whiting put the Black and Whites in front as they led 16-10 at the interval.
The Second half was tight as both sides looked to take the initiative, Salford managed to get the first score through Goulding as they cut the lead to two points, but Myler missed the conversion.
Danny Tickle's accurate penalty two minutes from time ensured Hull sealed the win which ended their loosing run of six games.