Rugby League: Bradford Bulls cede home advantage

Bradford Bulls coach 'James Lowes
Bradford Bulls coach 'James Lowes
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Reports from the final weekend of action in rugby league’s qualifiers.

Bradford Bulls 18 Halifax 52

Steve Tyrer scored a hat-trick as Halifax ran in 36 unanswered second-half points to end Bradford’s hopes of having home advantage in the Million Pound Game.

Bulls coach James Lowes rested a number of players with next week’s crucial clash with Wakefield in mind and watched his much-changed side collapse on their way to a 52-18 defeat in the Super 8s Qualifiers finale at Odsal.

Full-back Ryan Shaw, who is leaving Bradford for Hull KR at the end of the season, added the extras to his two tries and Matt Ryan’s effort to give the Bulls an 18-16 half-time lead, with Tommy Saxton, Tyrer and Dane Manning crossing for Fax.

The visitors shrugged off losing Ryan Maneely to the sin bin at the start of the second half to take the lead through Saxton’s second try and extend it courtesy of another Tyrer touchdown.

Ben Johnson scored twice in four minutes to make the points safe before Adam Tangata and Ben Heaton continued Bradford’s misery, which was complete when Tyrer completed his hat-trick after the final hooter.