Bradford Bulls 12-32 Widnes Vikings

Sunday 7th September 2014
KO: 15:00 - Round: 26

12-32 FT

HT: 12 8

Attendance: 7,438

Official: R Hicks

Venue: Provident Stadium, Odsal

  • Bradford Bulls

  • Tries
    Tom Olbison, Chev Walker,

  • Goals
    Luke Gale 2,

  • Drop Goals

  • Widnes Vikings

  • Tries
    Paddy Flynn 2, Stefan Marsh 3, Patrick Ah Van, Lloyd White,

  • Goals
    Cameron Phelps 2,

  • Drop Goals

Match Highlights

Official Report / Commentary

Stefan Marsh claimed a second-half hat-trick as Widnes Vikings ensured their place in the First Utility Super League play-offs with a 32-12 victory at Bradford Bulls in a match which marked the end of top-flight rugby at Odsal.

The Vikings, needing just a point to move out of reach of pre-match rivals Hull KR and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, outscored the Bulls seven tries to two with winger Paddy Flynn adding two more touchdowns and both Patrick Ah Van and Lloyd White notching one apiece.

The success came after they rallied from 12-8 down at half-time and means Widnes will now contest play-off rugby for the first time.

Bradford, looking to go out on a high in their last home match before being relegated to the Kingstone Press Championship, waved goodbye to the retiring Matt Diskin.

Yet the former Great Britain hooker could not feature in the game through injury, while Australian fullback Brett Kearney was among the other Bulls favourites who are leaving for pastures new.

Looking to the future, Bradford handed a debut to 19-year old academy product Brad Adams at centre.

The Vikings welcomed back Australian Cameron Phelps after several weeks out with a sternum injury.

After boyhood Bulls fan and former Pop Idol runner-up Gareth Gates had performed for the crowd, and Diskin had been introduced on the pitch with his family, Widnes capitalised on a handling error by the home side to open the scoring within two minutes.

The Bulls were caught short on their left side and a long miss-pass from Danny Tickle put Flynn over near the corner flag, although Tickle failed to add the extras from the touchline.

Flynn was in again after eight minutes when confusion, following a misplaced high bomb from Kevin Brown, allowed the ball back into Widnes hands off a Bradford player and the winger once more had a clear run to the corner.

Tickle again swung the conversion wide and the Bulls hit back just three minutes later with momentum carrying Tom Olbison through an attempted tackle and over the whitewash.

Luke Gale converted to take his career tally above the 500-point mark prior to his end-of-season departure for Castleford Tigers.

Lee Gaskell went off temporarily after a quarter of an hour to be replaced by James Donaldson, who will remain in Super League with Hull KR next season, but the absence of their halfback would not break the Bulls' momentum as the Vikings were forced to drop out under their own posts on three occasions.

Danny Williams was held up trying to touch down before the pressure eventually told and Chev Walker powered his way through a ruck of players to edge the home side in front, Gale again bisecting the uprights.

Adams almost savoured a dream start to his senior career when claiming a Joe Mellor cross-kick and racing 60 metres upfield before being caught and seeing his pass go to ground.

Then, 12 minutes into the second half, Adams’ dream turned to a nightmare as he was controversially adjudged to have knocked on a grubber kick.

Widnes immediately capitalised to score through Marsh. Tickle, having missed twice, this time struck the post with the ball bouncing out to leave the scores level at 12-12.

It hardly mattered as barely three minutes later Marsh struck again in almost the same place to put the Vikings back in front yet, amazingly, Tickle then hit the other upright.

Marsh completed his hat-trick from a Brown pass with 11 minutes to go, although it came as little surprise and to ironic cheers when Tickle kept his unwanted 100 per cent record by missing his fifth straight conversion.

To rub salt in Bradford's wounds, former Bulls winger Ah Van grabbed a late sixth try and White a seventh for Widnes.

With Tickle now off the pitch, Phelps converted each to leave a slightly unreflective final score.

  • 79: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Cameron Phelps
  • 79: TRY! scored for Widnes by Lloyd White
  • 77: TRY! scored for Widnes by Patrick Ah Van
  • 77: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Cameron Phelps
  • 71: Interchange On for Bradford, Manase Manuokafoa On
  • 71: Interchange Off for Bradford, Jamal Fakir Off
  • 70: TRY! scored for Widnes by Stefan Marsh
  • 62: Interchange On for Widnes, Paul Johnson On
  • 62: Interchange Off for Widnes, Chris Dean Off
  • 60: Interchange On for Bradford, Jamal Fakir On
  • 60: Interchange Off for Bradford, Manase Manuokafoa Off
  • 56: Interchange On for Bradford, Danny Addy On
  • 56: Interchange Off for Bradford, Lee Gaskell Off
  • 54: TRY! scored for Widnes by Stefan Marsh
  • 51: TRY! scored for Widnes by Stefan Marsh
  • 49: Interchange Off for Bradford, Jay Pitts Off
  • 49: Interchange On for Bradford, Matty Blythe On
  • 47: Interchange Off for Bradford, Danny Addy Off
  • 47: Interchange On for Bradford, Adam Sidlow On
  • 34: Interchange On for Bradford, Danny Addy On
  • 34: Interchange Off for Bradford, Jamal Fakir Off
  • 33: Interchange On for Widnes, Lloyd White On
  • 33: Interchange Off for Widnes, Jon Clarke Off
  • 32: Interchange Off for Bradford, Adam Sidlow Off
  • 32: Interchange On for Bradford, Manase Manuokafoa On
  • 26: Interchange Off for Bradford, Danny Addy Off
  • 26: Interchange On for Bradford, Lee Gaskell On
  • 26: Interchange On for Widnes, Chris Dean On
  • 26: Interchange Off for Widnes, Hep Cahill Off
  • 24: TRY! scored for Bradford by Chev Walker
  • 24: GOAL! scored for Bradford by Luke Gale
  • 21: Interchange On for Widnes, MacGraff Leuluai On
  • 21: Interchange Off for Widnes, Paul Johnson Off
  • 16: Interchange Off for Bradford, Manase Manuokafoa Off
  • 16: Interchange On for Widnes, Phil Joseph On
  • 16: Interchange On for Bradford, Jamal Fakir On
  • 16: Interchange Off for Widnes, Eamon O'Carroll Off
  • 14: Interchange On for Bradford, James Donaldson On
  • 14: Interchange Off for Bradford, Lee Gaskell Off
  • 11: GOAL! scored for Bradford by Luke Gale
  • 11: TRY! scored for Bradford by Tom Olbison
  • 8: TRY! scored for Widnes by Paddy Flynn
  • 2: TRY! scored for Widnes by Paddy Flynn
  • Key Performers

    Danny Williams

    Metres: 154

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Bulls 2
    Vikings 7

    Goals:

    Bulls 2
    Vikings 2

    METRES:

    Bulls 1376
    Vikings 1461

    CARRIES:

    Bulls 181
    Vikings 204

    TACKLES:

    Bulls 333
    Vikings 315

    OFFLOADS:

    Bulls 12
    Vikings 11

    PENALTIES:

    Bulls 2
    Vikings 5

    BREAKS:

    Bulls 4
    Vikings 9

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Danny Williams 0 0 5 0 1 2 0 15 154 10.27 1 1 3 0 0 0 1 0
    Chev Walker 1 0 15 3 4 2 0 14 137 9.79 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Brad Adams 0 0 19 3 6 0 0 11 120 10.91 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Brett Kearney 0 0 7 0 1 5 0 19 116 6.11 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Adam Sidlow 0 0 38 7 2 0 0 17 114 6.71 0 1 1 0 0 0 3 0
    Danny Addy 0 1 20 3 6 0 1 16 103 6.44 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Adam O'Brien 0 0 42 9 2 4 0 11 83 7.55 0 9 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Manese Manuokafoa 0 0 32 3 3 1 0 8 82 10.25 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Jamal Fakir 0 0 16 5 0 1 0 9 79 8.78 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Tom Olbison 1 0 37 11 3 4 0 12 69 5.75 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    James Donaldson 0 0 41 9 3 2 0 13 69 5.31 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Jay Pitts 0 0 15 3 2 1 0 9 66 7.33 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
    Adam Henry 0 0 4 1 1 2 0 7 62 8.86 1 3 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Matty Blythe 0 0 14 1 2 0 0 6 45 7.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Lee Gaskell 0 1 15 1 2 0 3 7 40 5.71 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Luke Gale 0 0 13 3 7 0 6 7 37 5.29 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0
    Joe Arundel 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Lloyd White 1 1 29 5 0 5 1 12 147 12.25 1 9 0 0 0 0 2 1
    Patrick Ah Van 1 0 2 0 0 3 1 11 141 12.82 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Danny Galea 0 1 26 4 3 4 0 15 127 8.47 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Hep Cahill 0 0 26 5 2 2 0 17 127 7.47 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Danny Tickle 0 1 31 2 2 7 0 18 121 6.72 0 0 1 0 0 5 3 1
    Rhys Hanbury 0 2 4 0 2 8 0 17 104 6.12 1 5 2 0 0 0 2 0
    Paddy Flynn 2 0 6 1 1 4 0 19 103 5.42 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Macgraff Leuluai 0 0 21 2 1 1 0 16 98 6.13 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Kevin Brown 0 0 13 2 2 2 4 16 88 5.50 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Philip Joseph 0 0 25 6 0 1 0 12 87 7.25 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
    Paul Johnson 0 0 21 1 0 1 0 12 73 6.08 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Chris Dean 0 0 31 7 3 0 0 7 50 7.14 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Joe Mellor 0 0 34 4 2 1 5 10 49 4.90 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Cameron Phelps 0 1 13 2 3 2 0 6 47 7.83 1 4 0 0 2 0 0 0
    Stefan Marsh 3 1 17 2 3 3 0 9 44 4.89 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Liam Carberry 0 0 9 1 0 1 1 3 31 10.33 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Eamon O'Carroll 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 4 24 6.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

    Stats Key

    T: Tries
    TA: Try assists
    TK: Tackles
    MT: Marker tackles
    MI: Missed tackles
    TB: Tackle busts
    AT: Attacking kicks
    C: Carries
    M: Metres
    AG: Av gain
    CB: Clean break
    DR: Run from dummy half
    E: Errors
    FT: Forty twenty
    G: Goals
    MG: Missed goals
    OF: Offload
    P: Penalties