Purtell grabs three for 13-try Bradford

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Adrian Purtell scored a hat-trick while Ryan Shaw claimed 30 points, through two touchdowns and 11 goals, as Bradford Bulls powered into the Challenge Cup fifth-round draw with a 13-try demolition of Workington.

Despite dominating most of the play, it took the West Yorkshire side over half an hour to establish any control over the defiant but battered part-timers from Cumbria, playing their third game in eight days after successive home defeats to Sheffield and Dewsbury.

Bradford took the lead through Purtell after 13 minutes but Workington bounced back to level matters with James Duerden’s try midway through the first period.

The Bulls, having repeatedly threatened, regained the initiative with four tries in just seven minutes leading up to the break, prop Samir Tahraoui crossing twice from close range, Adam Sidlow and Adam Henry adding the others.

Purtell (twice), Shaw (twice), Lee Gaskell, Danny Williams, Jay Pitts and Harry Siejka added further tries in the second half as the Bulls ran amok and Town inevitably tired.

The fifth-round draw, which will include Super League clubs Wakefield, Hull, Salford and Hull KR, will take place tomorrow.