Bradford Bulls 0-19 North Wales Crusaders

Saturday 1st May 2010
KO: 13:00 - Round: 13

0-19 FT

HT: 0 13

Official: R Silverwood

Venue: Murrayfield

  • Bradford Bulls

  • Tries

  • Goals

  • Drop Goals

  • North Wales Crusaders

  • Tries
    Michael Witt 2, Jarrod Sammut,

  • Goals
    Michael Witt 3,

  • Drop Goals

Line Up

Bench

Dave
Halley
Rikki
Sheriffe
Paul
Sykes
Chris
Nero
Brett
Kearney
Matt
Orford
Heath
L'Estrange
Andy
Lynch
Glenn
Hall
Steve
Menzies
Wayne
Godwin
Michael
Worrincy
Elliott
Whitehead
Jason
Crookes

Bench

Nick
Youngquest
Rocky
Trimarchi
Vince
Mellars
Michael
Witt
Lincoln
Withers
Ryan
O'Hara
Mark
Bryant
Jason
Chan
Adam
Peek
Frankie
Winternstein
Jamie
Thackray
Peter
Lupton
Clinton
Schifcofske
Gareth
Thomas
Rhys
Hanbury

Official Report / Commentary

Michael Witt scored 15 points as Crusaders RL stunned Bradford Bulls in the opening match of the Engage Super League Magic Weekend at Murrayfield.

The stand-off put the Welsh side on the way by touching down twice, converting both and adding a drop goal in the first half.

Impressive debutant Jarrod Sammut then put the seal on victory - and ended in-form Bradford’s six-match unbeaten run in all competitions - with a third try late on.

It was Wrexham-based Crusaders’ fifth win of the campaign and another notable scalp for their coach Brian Noble against his former club.

Bradford, who were ‘nilled’ for the first time in four years, were frustrated throughout by determined defence.

They had started well with Paul Sykes and Chris Nero making good breaks but Crusaders held firm and began to find their feet.

Vince Mellars had an opportunity for the Welsh side but was unable to take a high kick and Witt went close to gathering his own clever chip for a try.

Rugby union legend Gareth Thomas, on the ground where he once won a Grand Slam and the Heineken Cup, then pegged the Bulls back with a good break from deep.

Bradford recovered but were stung by Thomas again as the former Wales captain plucked a Matt Orford kick out of the air close to his own line and set off on a charge.

Thomas raced 70 metres before eventually being caught but Nick Youngquest took up the attack and sent Witt over for the opener.

Sykes was twice denied as Bradford sought a reply but Witt further extended Crusaders’ lead as he took a pass from the newly-introduced Sammut to land a drop goal three minutes before the break.

There was still time for some more Witt wizardry as Mellars claimed the half-back’s kick and put him over for his second on the stroke of the interval.

Former Penrith scrum-half Sammut looked lively and almost put Rhys Hanbury over with a smart pass but Craig Kopczak produced a fine tackle.

Crusaders were also strong in defence and continually rebuffed the Bulls in a tight opening to the second period.

The Bulls suffered a blow just before the hour when the inspirational Orford was forced off after a heavy blow.

A stroke of fortune presented Bradford with a way back into the game when a Steve Menzies kick bounced back infield and Rikki Sheriffe was able to kick further downfield.

Thomas then knocked on under pressure from Heath L’Estrange but the Bulls failed to take advantage as Kopczak dropped a pass 10 metres out.

Brett Kearney then gathered a Menzies offload to go over in the corner but video referee Stuart Cummings ruled he had lost possession before touching down.

It was a costly miss and Sammut put the game beyond the Bulls with a brilliant piece of play eight minutes from time.

Sammut did well to take a pass at the second attempt and then chased after his own kick.

He benefited from a kind bounce but broke through a tackle to crash over. Witt added his third conversion to put the seal on victory.

  • 71: TRY! scored for Crusaders RL by Jarrod Sammut
  • 71: GOAL! scored for Crusaders RL by Michael Witt
  • 47: Interchange Off for Bradford, Andy Lynch Off
  • 47: Interchange On for Bradford, Craig Kopczak On
  • 39: TRY! scored for Crusaders RL by Michael Witt
  • 39: GOAL! scored for Crusaders RL by Michael Witt
  • 38: Goal scored for Crusaders RL by Michael Witt
  • 37: Interchange On for Crusaders RL, Jarrod Sammut On
  • 37: Interchange Off for Crusaders RL, Lincoln Withers Off
  • 32: Interchange Off for Crusaders RL, Rocky Trimarchi Off
  • 32: Interchange On for Crusaders RL, Frankie Winternstein On
  • 28: Interchange Off for Bradford, Elliott Whitehead Off
  • 28: Interchange On for Bradford, Michael Worrincy On
  • 27: Interchange Off for Bradford, Heath L'Estrange Off
  • 27: Interchange On for Bradford, Wayne Godwin On
  • 22: TRY! scored for Crusaders RL by Michael Witt
  • 22: GOAL! scored for Crusaders RL by Michael Witt
  • 21: Interchange On for Crusaders RL, Adam Peek On
  • 21: Interchange On for Crusaders RL, Jamie Thackray On
  • 21: Interchange Off for Crusaders RL, Mark Bryant Off
  • 21: Interchange Off for Crusaders RL, Ryan O'Hara Off
  • 19: Interchange Off for Bradford, Nick Scruton Off
  • 19: Interchange On for Bradford, Glenn Hall On
  • Head to Head

    Tries:

    Bradford Bulls 0
    North Wales Crusaders 3

    Goals:

    Bradford Bulls 0
    North Wales Crusaders 3

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Brett Kearney 0 0 5 0 0 1 2 30 145 4.83 2 5 4 0 0 0 3 0
    Andy Lynch 0 0 32 7 3 1 0 22 96 4.36 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
    Chris Nero 0 0 18 2 1 4 0 13 95 7.31 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Steven Menzies 0 0 33 6 4 1 1 14 93 6.64 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Nick Scruton 0 0 20 1 4 1 0 13 89 6.85 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Michael Worrincy 0 0 28 4 0 2 0 14 77 5.50 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Paul Sykes 0 0 19 5 2 2 7 17 64 3.76 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Glenn Hall 0 0 21 0 1 0 0 13 63 4.85 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Matt Orford 0 0 13 2 2 1 4 15 61 4.07 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Heath L'Estrange 0 0 35 7 2 0 0 11 60 5.45 0 9 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Wayne Godwin 0 0 18 2 1 0 0 14 53 3.79 0 11 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Rikki Sheriffe 0 0 9 2 1 1 0 12 51 4.25 0 6 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Craig Kopczak 0 0 12 1 0 1 0 8 49 6.13 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
    David Halley 0 0 8 1 0 0 1 13 45 3.46 0 5 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Elliot Whitehead 0 0 27 1 6 1 0 6 42 7.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Jason Crookes 0 0 14 3 2 0 0 11 41 3.73 1 3 1 0 0 0 1 1
    James Donaldson 0 0 46 6 4 0 0 10 39 3.90 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Gareth Thomas 0 0 5 0 0 4 0 13 155 11.92 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 1
    Weller Hauraki 0 0 26 4 2 1 0 16 105 6.56 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Jamie Thackray 0 0 19 1 1 1 0 15 101 6.73 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
    Jason Chan 0 0 32 5 2 2 0 17 100 5.88 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 2
    Ryan O'Hara 0 0 23 5 1 3 0 18 97 5.39 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Mark Bryant 0 0 22 1 0 1 0 19 97 5.11 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
    Clinton Schifcofske 0 0 7 0 0 6 1 18 96 5.33 0 2 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Nick Youngquest 0 1 5 0 0 1 0 14 87 6.21 0 6 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Lincoln Withers 0 0 31 4 1 0 0 20 81 4.05 0 15 0 0 0 0 0 3
    Jarrod Sammut 1 1 9 0 0 2 5 8 74 9.25 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Vince Mellars 0 0 21 2 3 1 0 11 65 5.91 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 1
    Peter Lupton 0 0 15 2 0 3 1 11 55 5.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Rhys Hanbury 0 0 8 1 3 1 1 13 55 4.23 0 3 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Adam Peek 0 0 20 2 0 1 0 9 50 5.56 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Rocky Trimarchi 0 0 36 3 1 3 0 11 47 4.27 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Michael Witt 2 0 14 1 2 3 5 15 44 2.93 3 0 0 0 3 0 1 0
    Frank Winterstein 0 0 20 4 0 0 0 6 31 5.17 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 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