North Wales Crusaders 26-30 Bradford Bulls

Saturday 26th February 2011
KO: 17:45 - Round: 3

26-30 FT

HT: 6 18

Attendance: 2,615

Official: R Silverwood

Venue: Wrexham FC

  • North Wales Crusaders

  • Tries
    Michael Witt, Gareth Thomas, Jarrod Sammut, Clinton Schifcofske, Tony Martin,

  • Goals
    Clinton Schifcofske 3,

  • Drop Goals

  • Bradford Bulls

  • Tries
    Andy Lynch, Shad Royston, Shaun Ainscough, Matt Diskin, Heath L'Estrange,

  • Goals
    Patrick Ah Van 5,

  • Drop Goals

Line Up

Bench

Michael
Witt
Lincoln
Withers
Ryan
O'Hara
Mark
Bryant
Jason
Chan
Adam
Peek
Jordan
James
Peter
Lupton
Richard
Moore
Stuart
Reardon
Tony
Martin
Clinton
Schifcofske
Gareth
Thomas

Bench

Gareth
Raynor
Tom
Olbison
Patrick
Ah Van
Brett
Kearney
Nick
Scruton
Heath
L'Estrange
Andy
Lynch
Shad
Royston
Matt
Diskin
Elliott
Whitehead
Olivier
Elima
Shaun
Ainscough
Bryn
Hargreaves
Chev
Walker
Michael
Platt

Official Report / Commentary

Bradford Bulls gave coach Mick Potter his first Engage Super League win at the third attempt to leave Crusaders RL still in the red.

Crusaders boss Iestyn Harris had hoped to wipe out his club's four-point deduction for going into administration by now but the optimism that surrounded their opening-round win at the Millennium Stadium has faded somewhat after consecutive losses.

Not that defeat to Harris' old club at the Racecourse Ground tonight was any disgrace for the new-look Bulls appear to be genuine play-off contenders this year, certainly unrecognisable from the side that lost 44-20 in the corresponding fixture last season.

The only disappointment for Bradford was the loss of former Leeds Rhinos and Hull KR centre Chev Walker and hooker Heath L'Estrange to injury.

Walker, who sat out the entire Super League season in 2010 with a badly broken leg, was switched into the second row but the experiment lasted just eight minutes before he went off with a serious-looking shoulder injury, while L'Estrange was carried off with an ankle problem five minutes from the end.

On the plus side Potter, who gave a debut to former Wigan Warriors winger Shaun Ainscough, will have been delighted with the performance of 19-year-old Danny Addy, who combined effectively with the ever-dangerous Brett Kearney in helping to fill the void created by injuries to half-backs Kyle Briggs and Marc Herbert.

It was Ainscough whose 30-metre break set up the position for Bryn Hargreaves to send fellow front rower Andy Lynch over for the game's first try just nine minutes in.

Crusaders drew level midway through the first half when stand-off Michael Witt dummied his way past L'Estrange for his fourth try in three games, with skipper Clinton Schifcofske adding the conversion.

The Bradford defence was much improved from the one that leaked eight tries against Wigan in their previous match, although Crusaders missed a glorious tryscoring opportunity when forward Adam Peek dropped the final pass from Jason Chan, who had neatly re-gathered his own chip.

When the home side opted to target Ainscough under the high ball, Gareth Thomas twice went close but the Bulls held firm and struck with two tries in a seven-minute spell before half-time.

Full-back Shad Royston scored his first for the club after taking an inside pass from Addy and then Ainscough finished off a bewildering move which featured no fewer than seven passes after Brett Kearney had put in a kick on the last tackle.

With Patrick Ah Van converting all three touchdowns, the Bulls were good value for their 18-6 interval lead and they went further ahead within 90 seconds of the restart when replacement hooker Matt Diskin burrowed his way over from dummy half.

That sparked a tremendous fightback from the Crusaders, with Thomas scoring his third try in 14 Super League appearances - his first in his new centre role - and the outstanding Chan held up on his back over the line.

There was no way back for the home side once winger Rhys Williams dropped Gil Dudson's pass with the line breached and L'Estrange made sure of Bradford's win when he pounced on a handling error by Thomas to register a fifth try.

Ah Van maintained his 100% record with the boot to make it 30-10 but Crusaders finally cracked the determined Bradford defence with three further tries in the last 10 minutes which made the scoreline closer than it should have been.

Scrum-half Jarrod Sammut jinked his way over, Schifcofske was given the benefit of the doubt by the video referee when he forced his way through a melee of defenders and centre Tony Martin grabbed another consolation in the last move of the match.

  • 79: TRY! scored for Crusaders by Tony Martin
  • 79: GOAL! scored for Crusaders by Clinton Schifcofske
  • 78: TRY! scored for Crusaders by Clinton Schifcofske
  • 70: GOAL! scored for Crusaders by Clinton Schifcofske
  • 70: TRY! scored for Crusaders by Jarrod Sammut
  • 65: GOAL! scored for Bradford by Patrick Ah Van
  • 65: TRY! scored for Bradford by Heath L'Estrange
  • 48: TRY! scored for Crusaders by Gareth Thomas
  • 48: Interchange On for Crusaders, Jordan James On
  • 48: Interchange Off for Crusaders, Peter Lupton Off
  • 42: TRY! scored for Bradford by Matt Diskin
  • 42: GOAL! scored for Bradford by Patrick Ah Van
  • 36: GOAL! scored for Bradford by Patrick Ah Van
  • 36: TRY! scored for Bradford by Shaun Ainscough
  • 34: Interchange On for Bradford, Matt Diskin On
  • 34: Interchange Off for Bradford, Elliott Whitehead Off
  • 33: Interchange Off for Crusaders, Mark Bryant Off
  • 33: Interchange On for Crusaders, Gil Dudson On
  • 30: Interchange Off for Crusaders, Ben Flower Off
  • 30: Interchange On for Crusaders, Richard Moore On
  • 29: TRY! scored for Bradford by Shad Royston
  • 29: GOAL! scored for Bradford by Patrick Ah Van
  • 21: GOAL! scored for Crusaders by Clinton Schifcofske
  • 21: TRY! scored for Crusaders by Michael Witt
  • 20: Interchange On for Crusaders, Adam Peek On
  • 20: Interchange Off for Crusaders, Ryan O'Hara Off
  • 19: Interchange Off for Bradford, Olivier Elima Off
  • 19: Interchange On for Bradford, Nick Scruton On
  • 18: Interchange Off for Bradford, Bryn Hargreaves Off
  • 18: Interchange On for Bradford, Craig Kopczak On
  • 11: TRY! scored for Bradford by Andy Lynch
  • 11: GOAL! scored for Bradford by Patrick Ah Van
  • 9: Interchange On for Bradford, Tom Olbison On
  • 9: Interchange Off for Bradford, Chev Walker Off
  • Head to Head

    Tries:

    Crusaders 5
    Bulls 5

    Goals:

    Crusaders 3
    Bulls 5

    METRES:

    Crusaders 1304
    Bulls 1134

    CARRIES:

    Crusaders 215
    Bulls 198

    TACKLES:

    Crusaders 277
    Bulls 341

    OFFLOADS:

    Crusaders 19
    Bulls 15

    PENALTIES:

    Crusaders 8
    Bulls 10

    BREAKS:

    Crusaders 4
    Bulls 5

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Clinton Schifcofske 1 0 8 0 0 5 2 22 162 7.36 0 4 0 0 3 2 6 1
    Ryan O'Hara 0 0 25 4 0 0 0 23 150 6.52 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Ben Flower 0 0 30 5 1 6 0 13 127 9.77 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Jason Chan 0 0 33 5 5 6 1 19 108 5.68 1 2 0 0 0 0 3 1
    Lincoln Withers 0 0 34 10 7 2 0 26 104 4.00 0 18 3 0 0 0 0 1
    Mark Bryant 0 0 16 1 1 1 0 18 101 5.61 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Peter Lupton 0 0 18 1 2 3 0 11 94 8.55 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Gareth Thomas 1 0 21 3 1 4 0 8 78 9.75 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 2
    Rhys Williams 0 0 5 0 1 1 0 9 77 8.56 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Tony Martin 1 0 14 3 0 1 1 9 59 6.56 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Richard Moore 0 0 14 2 1 3 0 9 55 6.11 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Michael Witt 1 0 16 1 3 5 6 15 41 2.73 1 0 3 0 0 0 5 1
    Gil Dudson 0 0 9 0 1 0 0 6 41 6.83 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Stuart Reardon 0 0 4 1 1 3 0 8 38 4.75 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Adam Peek 0 0 17 5 0 0 0 7 35 5.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jarrod Sammut 1 0 7 2 2 0 3 10 22 2.20 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jordan James 0 0 6 1 0 0 0 2 12 6.00 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
    Brett Kearney 0 0 15 3 1 3 7 24 124 5.17 0 2 4 0 0 0 1 0
    Gareth Raynor 0 0 3 0 1 1 0 16 118 7.38 0 6 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Bryn Hargreaves 0 1 31 5 0 1 0 19 95 5.00 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Nick Scruton 0 0 20 8 3 0 0 12 92 7.67 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Andy Lynch 1 0 28 4 1 5 0 13 89 6.85 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Shaun Ainscough 1 0 8 1 2 4 0 11 86 7.82 1 3 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Patrick Ah Van 0 0 14 1 5 2 0 9 73 8.11 0 2 2 0 5 0 0 0
    Matthew Diskin 1 0 25 2 1 1 0 17 67 3.94 0 16 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Heath L'Estrange 1 0 28 5 3 0 0 14 66 4.71 0 12 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Craig Kopczak 0 0 20 1 0 1 0 7 49 7.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Shad Royston 1 1 18 1 5 4 0 10 48 4.80 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Elliot Whitehead 0 0 37 6 11 0 0 9 47 5.22 0 0 4 0 0 0 2 2
    Olivier Elima 0 0 32 6 1 0 0 6 46 7.67 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Tom Olbison 0 0 17 3 2 1 0 6 41 6.83 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Danny Addy 0 1 18 1 2 1 2 10 36 3.60 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 3
    Michael Platt 0 0 23 4 2 2 0 12 32 2.67 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
    Chev Walker 0 0 4 0 1 0 0 3 25 8.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 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