FIRE DOUSED | After returning to finals action in 2015, the St George-Illawarra Dragons struggled un...
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Hull FC 18 Tries: Briscoe 2, Radford Goals: Tickle 3
Bradford Bulls 21 Tries: Worrincy, Deacon, Donaldson Goals: Deacon 4 Drop Goal: Deacon
Hull started with great intensity and deservedly took the lead thanks to a try from young winger Tom Briscoe. Michael Worrincy hit back for the Bulls and skipper Paul Deacon gave the visitors a lead of 12-6 with a try and goal. Deacon and Sam Burgess both had injuries in a very competitive first half as Bradford went into the break with a six point lead.
The Black and Whites had most of the possession in the first quarter of the second half but they failed to score and the Bulls punished them with a Deacon goal and a touchdown from 17 year old forward James Donaldson to move into a useful 18-6 lead.
However, Hull hit back and with two quick-fire tries from ex-Bull Lee Radford and a second for Briscoe to level the game up. Glen Morrison was put in the sin-bin for being involved in a scuffle for Bradford, who re-took the lead with Deacon drop-goal and they confirmed the win with an 80th minute penalty from Deacon but missed out on a top eight place due to Catalans win at St Helens.
St Helens 12 Tries: Puletua Cunningham Goals: Lomax, Eastmond
Catalans Dragons 24 Tries: Pelo, McGuire, Elima, Greenshields Goals: Bosc 4 Att: 8,268
The injury hit French outfit, who were missing six regulars, made a storming start to the game and took the lead with a Dimitri Pelo score. Shaun Long sent Tony Puletua away as Saints got on terms but the Dragons deservedly went into the break at 12-6 as Casey McGuire barged his way over from dummy half.
Saints looked to get back into the game early into the second half but they made a number of mistakes and they were punished by Oliver Elima who found a big gap in the hosts