Sunday 5th February 2017
15:00 - Round: 1

54-24 FT

( 30-12 HT )

Attendance :

Official: S Mikalauskas

Venue: KCOM Craven Park

Sunday 5th February 2017
15:00 - Round: 1

54 : 24 FT

( 30 - 12 HT )

Attendance :

Official: S Mikalauskas

Venue: KCOM Craven Park

Scorers

  • Hull Kingston Rovers

  • Tries
    Andrew Hefernan 2, Nick Scruton 2, James Donaldson, Ryan Shaw, James Greenwood, Jamie Ellis, Adam Quinlan,

  • Goals
    Jamie Ellis 9,

  • Drop Goals

  • Bradford Bulls

  • Tries
    Liam Kirk, Ross Oakes, Ethan Ryan, Iliess Macani,

  • Goals
    Oscar Thomas 4,

  • Drop Goals

Line Up

Bench

Adam
Quinlan
Kieren
Moss
Thomas
Minns
Andrew
Hefernan
Ryan
Shaw
Nick
Scruton
Shaun
Lunt
Maurice
Blair
James
Greenwood
Danny
Addy
James
Donaldson
Chris
Clarkson
George
Lawler
Robbie
Mulhern

Bench

Oscar
Thomas
Ethan
Ryan
James
Mendeika
Ross
Oakes
Iliess
Macani
Leon
Pryce
Liam
Kirk
Joe
Lumb
Ross
Peltier
Colton
Roche
James
Bentley
Brandan
Wilkinson
Jon
Magrin
Sam
Hallas
Joshua
Jordan

Official Report / Commentary


New-look Bradford given harsh lesson by Hull KR

Bradford coach Geoff Toovey saw the size of the task awaiting him after the new Bulls went down 54-24 to relegated Hull KR in their opening match of the 2017 Kingstone Press Championship.

Toovey, who has arrived in England on a holiday visa, sat alongside caretaker coach Leigh Beattie as a Bradford side thrown together at a fortnight\'s notice conceded nine tries to four in their first competitive match since re-formation.

There was no lack of spirit or endeavour from the inexperienced Bulls but, with their penalty for going into liquidation, they already find themselves 14 points adrift of the promotion favourites, against whom they face two more daunting fixtures this season.

Conversley, it was a promising start for new Rovers coach Tim Sheens as his new-look team began the long haul back from the heartbreak of their defeat in the Million-Pound Game four months ago in impressive fashion in front of a bumper crowd of 8,817 at KCOM Craven Park, where scrum-half Jamie Ellis contributed 22 of his side\'s points.

The home club began the afternoon with a poignant tribute to the late Colin Hutton but it was Bradford, led by veteran Leon Pryce and his half-back partner Jordan Lilley, one of four players loaned to the club by one-time rivals Leeds, who made the livelier start and threatened to pull off a shock when prop Liam Kirk took Lilley\'s short pass to crash over for the game\'s first try on seven minutes.

Centre Ross Oakes also grabbed a first-half try for Bradford, touching down Pryce\'s delicate grubber kick, and Oscar Thomas added both conversions but Rovers\' extra power and pace gradually began to take effect.

Australian centre recruit Andrew Heffernan scored the Robins\' first try, Nick Scruton, one of six former Bradford players in the Rovers line-up, powered over for two in four minutes and two of last year\'s regulars, James Donaldson and Thomas Minns, touched down before half-time when the home side led 30-12.

James Greenwood and Ellis added further tries within 10 minutes of the re-start before full-back Adam Quinlan provided the highlight, finishing off a sparkling move initiated by Ellis.

Heffernan added his second and Ellis took his goal tally to nine from nine attempts but Bradford\'s heads never dropped and they struck back with late tries from wingers Ethan Ryan and Iliess Macani, with Thomas kicking his fourth goal.


  • 76: GOAL! scored for Bradford by Oscar Thomas
  • 76: TRY! scored for Bradford by Iliess Macani
  • 70: TRY! scored for Hull K R by Andrew Hefernan
  • 70: GOAL! scored for Hull K R by Jamie Ellis
  • 63: GOAL! scored for Bradford by Oscar Thomas
  • 63: TRY! scored for Bradford by Ethan Ryan
  • 59: GOAL! scored for Hull K R by Jamie Ellis
  • 59: TRY! scored for Hull K R by Adam Quinlan
  • 50: GOAL! scored for Hull K R by Jamie Ellis
  • 50: TRY! scored for Hull K R by Jamie Ellis
  • 45: TRY! scored for Hull K R by James Greenwood
  • 45: GOAL! scored for Hull K R by Jamie Ellis
  • 40: TRY! scored for Hull K R by Ryan Shaw
  • 40: GOAL! scored for Hull K R by Jamie Ellis
  • 39: GOAL! scored for Hull K R by Jamie Ellis
  • 39: TRY! scored for Hull K R by James Donaldson
  • 26: TRY! scored for Bradford by Ross Oakes
  • 26: GOAL! scored for Bradford by Oscar Thomas
  • 21: GOAL! scored for Hull K R by Jamie Ellis
  • 21: TRY! scored for Hull K R by Nick Scruton
  • 18: GOAL! scored for Hull K R by Jamie Ellis
  • 18: TRY! scored for Hull K R by Nick Scruton
  • 12: GOAL! scored for Hull K R by Jamie Ellis
  • 12: TRY! scored for Hull K R by Andrew Hefernan
  • 9: TRY! scored for Bradford by Liam Kirk
  • 9: GOAL! scored for Bradford by Oscar Thomas
  • Head to Head

    Tries: 9-4

    Goals: 9-4