27th February 2017, 10:56 | championship
Bradford Bulls held off a late fightback from Toulouse Olympique to edge the French side 29-22 at the Provident Stadium.
Toulouse went ahead inside two minutes through Gavin Marguerite’s try but Bradford rallied before the interval.
Tries from Iliess Macani, James Bentley, Ethan Ryan and Scott Moore gave the Bulls a 22-6 half-time lead and when Ross Oakes crossed on 53 minutes victory for Bradford looked assured.
Toulouse fought back however as Marguerite crossed twice to complete his hat-trick and Stan Robin’s try reduced the deficit to six points heading into the final 10 minutes.
The French side threatened to draw level but a late drop-goal from Oscar Thomas sealed the win for the Bulls.
Bradford coach Leigh Beattie was pleased with the win but disappointed his side allowed Toulouse back into the contest late on.
"It's a happy dressing room but as coaches we know that the second half wasn't good enough,” said Beattie.
“We need to be a lot better than that if we are to keep knocking these wins off.
“In the second half, we got the two points – but we made too many errors and need to be smarter than that.”
We'll didn't we make that hard😅 a wins a win, YTB @OfficialBullsRL thank you to the fans for their incredible support.🐮#-8— Jordan Lilley (@JordanLilley6) February 26, 2017
Hull KR continued their unbeaten start to the season after they thrashed Oldham 48-0 at KCOM Craven Park.
Two tries from Thomas Minns as well as scores from Shaun Lunt, James Donaldson, Nick Scruton, Jordan Abdull, Jamie Ellis, Kieren Moss secured an emphatic win for Tim Sheens' side.
Featherstone Rovers also maintained their 100% start with a 30-13 win over Swinton Lions.
Rovers trailed 7-6 at the break but second-half tries from Andrew Bostock, Jason Walton and Ash Handley completed the win.
Dewsbury Rams are still searching for their first win of the campaign after a 20-6 defeat to London Broncos.
Halifax picked up their second win of the season with a 20-6 win over Rochdale Hornets and Batley Bulldogs ran in 10 tries to thrash Sheffield Eagles 54-10.