Bradford Bulls 12-56 Widnes Vikings

Sunday 6th September 2015
KO: 15:00 - Round: 4

12-56 FT

HT: 12 14

Attendance: 6,881

Official: J Cobb

Venue: Provident Stadium, Odsal

  • Bradford Bulls

  • Tries
    Adrian Purtell, Omari Caro,

  • Goals
    Danny Addy 2,

  • Drop Goals

  • Widnes Vikings

  • Tries
    Joe Mellor 3, Patrick Ah Van 3, Charly Runciman, Hep Cahill, Rhys Hanbury, Kevin Brown,

  • Goals
    Lloyd White 2, Danny Tickle 6,

  • Drop Goals

Match Highlights

Line Up

Bench

Omari
Caro
Dane
Nielsen
Adrian
Purtell
Danny
Williams
Danny
Addy
Jake
Mullaney
Dale
Ferguson
Matty
Blythe
Epalahame
Lauaki
Steve
Crossley

Bench

Rhys
Hanbury
Paddy
Flynn
Chris
Dean
Charly
Runciman
Patrick
Ah Van
Alex
Gerrard
Lloyd
White
Danny
Tickle
Danny
Galea
Hep
Cahill
Manase
Manuokafoa
Chris
Clarkson
Aaron
Heremaia

Official Report / Commentary

Joe Mellor and former Bradford Bulls winger Patrick Ah Van scored hat-tricks to help Widnes Vikings keep their Super League survival bid on track with a comfortable 56-12 victory at Odsal.

The Vikings, beaten at home last time out by an understrength Hull Kingston Rovers, overcame the Kingstone Press Championship runners-up with three first-half tries, followed by seven unanswered scores.

The Bulls replied with tries at either end of the opening stanza but struggled to keep up with the pace and power of their Super League opponents as the game wore on.

It was the Bulls' first home defeat in the Qualifiers and only their second at home all season.

Two tries from Mellor and one from Ah Van were sandwiched in between scores from Adrian Purtell and Omari Caro to leave the Vikings 14-12 ahead at half-time.

But further tries from Charly Runciman, Mellor, Hep Cahill, Ah Van (2), Rhys Hanbury and Kevin Brown made the second half largely one-way traffic.

Ah Van signalled what might lie ahead when going close to scoring in the corner in the opening minutes as Widnes tried to stamp their authority on the game from the off.

But, after the Bulls weathered a nervous start, they went ahead when a James Clare break split the defence and several passes later Jake Mullaney had put Purtell over for the opening try.

Danny Addy landed the first of his two conversions, but within minutes the Vikings hit back when a high Brown kick was not dealt with and Mellor swooped to score.

A Brown 40-20 soon had the visitors on the attack once more.

And it was Brown again who supplied the long, cut-out pass to put Ah Van in at the corner and give the visitors the lead.

Within two minutes Mellor claimed his second after supporting a Chris Clarkson break and, having skewed his first two conversion attempts wide, Lloyd White made no mistake with the third to give Widnes a 14-6 advantage.

As the Super League outfit pressed once more and with just seconds of the first half remaining, Caro intercepted a stray pass and ran 90 metres under the posts to get Bradford back in the game.

Addy's conversion closed the deficit to just two points at the interval.

The game began to get away from Bradford in controversial circumstances just after the restart.

A Purtell pass to Matty Blythe, deep in his own half, was called forward and within seconds of the resulting scrum, Runciman forced his way for his sixth try in four games for Widnes.

With the home supporters still up in arms, Mellor thumped a high bomb into the Bulls' 20 and, as it bounced wickedly for full-back Clare, the Vikings scrum-half collected his own kick to score again and complete his hat-trick.

Danny Tickle landed the second conversion, then added a penalty to give the Vikings breathing space at 26-12.

Aaron Heremaia sent Cahill through the hole to virtually seal the Vikings' third win out of four in the competition, Ah Van, Hanbury and Brown adding further late tries to complete an ultimately comfortable victory.

  • 78: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Lloyd White
  • 77: TRY! scored for Widnes by Patrick Ah Van
  • 74: Interchange On for Widnes, Alex Gerrard On
  • 74: Interchange Off for Widnes, Danny Tickle Off
  • 73: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Danny Tickle
  • 72: Interchange Off for Bradford, Adam Sidlow Off
  • 72: TRY! scored for Widnes by Kevin Brown
  • 72: Interchange On for Bradford, Steve Crossley On
  • 70: Interchange On for Bradford, Alex Mellor On
  • 70: Interchange Off for Widnes, Joe Mellor Off
  • 70: Interchange Off for Bradford, Jay Pitts Off
  • 70: Interchange On for Widnes, Lloyd White On
  • 69: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Danny Tickle
  • 69: TRY! scored for Widnes by Rhys Hanbury
  • 68: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Danny Tickle
  • 66: TRY! scored for Widnes by Patrick Ah Van
  • 64: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Danny Tickle
  • 63: Interchange Off for Bradford, James Clare Off
  • 63: Interchange On for Bradford, Dale Ferguson On
  • 62: TRY! scored for Widnes by Hep Cahill
  • 56: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Danny Tickle
  • 56: Interchange Off for Widnes, Manase Manuokafoa Off
  • 56: Interchange On for Widnes, Gil Dudson On
  • 53: Interchange On for Bradford, Tom Olbison On
  • 53: Interchange Off for Bradford, Alex Mellor Off
  • 52: Interchange On for Widnes, Hep Cahill On
  • 52: Interchange Off for Widnes, Lloyd White Off
  • 51: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Danny Tickle
  • 50: TRY! scored for Widnes by Joe Mellor
  • 48: TRY! scored for Widnes by Charly Runciman
  • 48: Interchange On for Bradford, Adam Sidlow On
  • 48: Interchange Off for Bradford, Steve Crossley Off
  • 45: Interchange On for Bradford, Paul Clough On
  • 45: Interchange Off for Bradford, Epalahame Lauaki Off
  • 40: GOAL! scored for Bradford by Danny Addy
  • 40: TRY! scored for Bradford by Omari Caro
  • 32: Interchange Off for Bradford, Dale Ferguson Off
  • 32: Interchange Off for Widnes, Hep Cahill Off
  • 32: Interchange On for Widnes, Aaron Heremaia On
  • 32: Interchange On for Bradford, Matty Blythe On
  • 29: Interchange On for Bradford, Epalahame Lauaki On
  • 29: Interchange Off for Bradford, Adam Sidlow Off
  • 29: GOAL! scored for Widnes by Lloyd White
  • 28: TRY! scored for Widnes by Joe Mellor
  • 27: Interchange On for Bradford, Alex Mellor On
  • 27: Interchange Off for Bradford, Tom Olbison Off
  • 25: TRY! scored for Widnes by Patrick Ah Van
  • 25: Interchange Off for Widnes, Alex Gerrard Off
  • 25: Interchange On for Widnes, Chris Clarkson On
  • 20: TRY! scored for Widnes by Joe Mellor
  • 18: Interchange On for Widnes, Manase Manuokafoa On
  • 18: GOAL! scored for Bradford by Danny Addy
  • 18: Interchange Off for Widnes, Gil Dudson Off
  • 17: Interchange Off for Bradford, Paul Clough Off
  • 17: TRY! scored for Bradford by Adrian Purtell
  • 17: Interchange On for Bradford, Steve Crossley On
  • Key Performers

    Kevin Brown

    Forty Twenty: 1

    Omari Caro

    Metres: 159

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Bulls 2
    Vikings 10

    Goals:

    Bulls 2
    Vikings 8

    METRES:

    Bulls 884
    Vikings 1548

    CARRIES:

    Bulls 135
    Vikings 217

    TACKLES:

    Bulls 339
    Vikings 271

    OFFLOADS:

    Bulls 18
    Vikings 20

    PENALTIES:

    Bulls 6
    Vikings 4

    BREAKS:

    Bulls 2
    Vikings 10

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Omari Caro 1 0 4 0 4 3 0 12 159 13.25 1 1 2 0 0 0 2 0
    James Clare 0 0 4 1 1 6 0 15 95 6.33 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Danny Williams 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 8 93 11.63 0 4 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Dale Ferguson 0 0 14 2 4 1 0 11 83 7.55 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Adam Sidlow 0 0 32 9 3 0 0 11 68 6.18 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Paul Clough 0 0 35 10 1 0 0 8 62 7.75 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Adrian Purtell 1 0 13 0 1 0 2 7 57 8.14 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Dane Nielsen 0 0 14 1 2 2 4 11 54 4.91 0 2 1 0 0 0 3 1
    Matty Blythe 0 0 22 5 4 0 0 10 53 5.30 0 1 2 0 0 0 2 0
    Tom Olbison 0 0 25 7 1 1 0 7 37 5.29 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Jay Pitts 0 0 44 10 3 0 0 8 27 3.38 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Adam O'Brien 0 0 43 8 6 1 0 5 25 5.00 0 3 1 0 0 0 1 2
    Steve Crossley 0 0 23 5 1 1 0 5 19 3.80 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Danny Addy 0 0 22 5 4 2 4 6 18 3.00 0 0 2 0 2 0 1 0
    Epalahame Lauaki 0 0 12 2 0 0 0 4 14 3.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Jake Mullaney 0 1 9 1 3 3 0 4 12 3.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Alex Mellor 0 0 20 4 2 0 0 3 8 2.67 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Rhys Hanbury 1 0 2 1 0 11 0 19 148 7.79 1 7 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Hep Cahill 1 0 28 6 2 6 0 18 134 7.44 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Patrick Ah Van 3 0 6 1 2 3 0 15 121 8.07 1 2 0 0 0 0 3 0
    Gil Dudson 0 0 17 0 0 0 0 15 119 7.93 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
    Manese Manuokafoa 0 0 15 2 1 1 0 13 115 8.85 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Chris Clarkson 0 1 19 7 0 3 0 15 113 7.53 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Danny Tickle 0 1 26 3 4 3 0 20 112 5.60 0 0 0 0 6 1 3 0
    Joe Mellor 3 0 13 1 1 3 3 11 102 9.27 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Paddy Flynn 0 1 4 0 0 2 0 13 96 7.38 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Lloyd White 0 0 25 1 2 0 1 12 95 7.92 0 5 0 0 2 2 0 1
    Charley Runciman 1 1 14 2 4 1 0 9 82 9.11 1 4 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Aaron Heremaia 0 1 9 1 0 2 1 14 80 5.71 1 13 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Chris Dean 0 0 24 5 0 0 0 8 59 7.38 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Matt Whitley 0 0 7 2 0 1 0 6 45 7.50 0 2 1 0 0 0 3 0
    Kevin Brown 1 2 14 3 2 3 3 15 44 2.93 1 1 4 1 0 0 1 0
    Danny Galea 0 1 21 9 3 0 0 7 43 6.14 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Alex Gerrard 0 0 27 4 0 1 0 7 40 5.71 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1

    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