Dewsbury Rams were defeated by the Bradford Bulls 35-14 at the Tetley’s Stadium.
It’s the first loss of the season for Lee Greenwood’s men. Bradford dominated the first half in what won them the game eventually.
The Bulls started quickly and scored their first try on the 8th minute. Jordan Lilley breaking through the Rams defence. He offloaded the ball to Brad England who scored. Danny Brough who was making his 503 career appearance kicked the ball through the sticks to add the extra points.
Brough converted a penalty kick on the 15th minute to stretch the scoreline out to 8-0 for the Bulls.
Bradford were able to add to their lead just five minutes later. Brough kicked to the corner and David Foggin-Johnston leaped highest to pat the ball down to Ross Oakes who scored. Again Brough kicked the two points to make the score 14-0 to the Bulls.
The Rams gave away another penalty on the 23rd minute. Brough again kicked it through the sticks to make it 16-0.
The Rams pulled a try back on the 31st minute. Liam Finn kicked to the corner and Andy Gabriel leaped highest to grab the ball to score. Sykes converted to put the score at 16-6 to Bradford.
The Rams couldn’t fight back though before half time as the Bulls ran two more tries in. First Joe Brown and then Brough, both going over the whitewash. Brough converted both his kicks to take the score into half time at 28-6 to Bradford.
The Rams started the second half with renewed optimism. Andy Gabriel again going over the line for Dewsbury. Sykes this time couldn’t kick the conversion leaving things at 28-10 to Bradford.
The Rams pushed and pushed to score more tries, Sam Day and Tom Garratt both going close. However it was the home side who scored next as Danny Brough kicked a drop goal to add one point.
Dewsbury got over for a third try of the game with Adam Ryder in the 72nd minute. Sykes unable to convert the kick again meant the score stood at 29-14 to Bradford.
The Bulls added one last try before the hooter as Brown again crossed the line for them. Brough converting the kick left the score at full time 35-14 to Bradford.
📸 Tom Fynn