SUPER LEAGUE SUNDAY: Bulls secure vital win over rivals Wakefield

Bradford's Adrian Purtell slides over for the second of his tries.  Picture by Tony Johnson
Bradford's Adrian Purtell slides over for the second of his tries. Picture by Tony Johnson
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Adrian Purtell scored two tries as Bradford Bulls gained a vital 20-12 First Utility Super League victory over Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

The relegation-threatened Bulls are now six points adrift of the Wildcats and safety with the possibility of the gap reducing further when an appeal against a six-point penalty for entering administration earlier in the season is heard next Wednesday.

Bradford continued a stranglehold over the Wildcats at Odsal - a run of seven games without defeat - through three first-half tries and four goals from five attempts from inspirational half-back Luke Gale.

Gale also engineered each of the Bulls tries as they completed what could turn out to be a crucial double following their February win at Wakefield.

Luke Dorn scored a hat-trick as Castleford Tigers moved to within two points of the First Utility Super League summit with a thumping 54-12 victory over 12-man Hull KR.

Daryl Powell’s men have been the surprise package this season and they are showing no signs of letting up in their bid for a first Grand Final appearance.

The Tigers had the two points wrapped up before the break as they ran riot on a warm afternoon in West Yorkshire.

Michael Channing and Dorn crossed twice and Grant Millington and Kirk Dixon grabbed one apiece to give the hosts a 28-0 half-time lead, a margin which would have been greater had it not been for four missed conversions by Marc Sneyd.

Travis Burns went over for the Robins early in the second half but Jamie Ellis and Dorn scored to ensure the comeback was short-lived.

On Saturday, teenage winger Callum Lancaster grabbed two tries as Hull FC eased back to winning ways with a 50-12 victory over the London Broncos.

Lancaster, 17, bagged a try in each half on just his second senior appearance as the Black and Whites sentenced the Londoners, who had Scott Moore dismissed just before the break, to their 15th successive Super League defeat.

Joe Westerman also added a brace for Hull, who outscored their opponents nine tries to two in a largely one-sided encounter.

Read Dave Craven’s full match report from Odsal in tomorrow’s Sports Monday ONLY in The Yorkshire Post.