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Friday 19th July 2013, 20:00 - Round:22
|Jarrod Sammut, Elliot Kear, Matt Diskin,||T||Tom Briscoe, Danny Tickle,|
Jamie Foster 3,
Danny Tickle 2,
Attendance: 7,914 Official: B Thaler Venue: Provident Stadium, Odsal
Bradford Bulls rescued some hope of reaching the Super League play-offs for the first time in five years by coming from behind to claim a nail-biting victory over fellow top-eight hopefuls Hull FC.
The win brought to an end a disastrous run of six straight defeats for the Bulls, while plunging the Black and Whites’ own play-off hopes into doubt.
Hull reached next weekend's Tetley's Challenge Cup semi-finals with a tenacious victory at Catalan Dragons last Saturday but have now lost their last five league games.
Bradford, celebrating the return of five key players from injury, are now just two points behind them.
The result was only the Bulls’ second win in 11 games, yet Hull made the brighter start and went ahead after 12 minutes when Tom Briscoe cut diagonally back off the wing from a Kirk Yeaman pass to touch down between the posts.
Danny Tickle converted the first of his two goals and the score remained 6-0 until just before the half-hour mark, although both sides spurned opportunities.
The simultaneous introduction from the bench of Heath L'Estrange and Jarrod Sammut, who had been out injured for seven weeks, sparked Bradford into life.
Good work from L'Estrange set up the position for Sammut to kick to the corner, follow up to collect once more and dive over when the ball bounced loose from a melee of players who attempted to claim it from the air.
Jamie Foster, who was largely responsible for recycling the ball for the try, converted from out wide to level the scores.
Minutes later Adrian Purtell burst clear, having latched onto a wayward but awkwardly bouncing Luke Gale pass, and enabled the supporting Elliot Kear to score and put the hosts ahead, Foster again adding the extras with the second of his three goals.
Bradford's 12-6 lead lasted until 12 minutes into the second half when Tickle charged onto Danny Houghton's pass and through a ruck of defenders to score, then converted his own try.
The Bulls were forced into some desperate scrambling defence and weathered numerous repeat sets near their own line before a Sammut 40-20 gave them some welcome respite.
Twice the Bulls got in a position for a decisive drop goal yet lost possession through careless handling while Hull had one rousing spell as the game drifted into its closing stages.
Finally, with five minutes to go, Gale landed a vital one-pointer for Bradford before Matt Diskin muscled his way over in the final minute to ensure an end to the Bulls' long winless run.