Shield triumph looks probable for Bradford

Bradford Bulls consolidated top spot in the Kingstone Press Championship Shield with a record-breaking 82-0 rout of Oldham at Odsal.

Bradford Bulls' Kris Welham.
Bradford Bulls' Kris Welham.

The margin of victory bettered the club’s previous highest of 80, which came with a Super League record 96-16 win over Salford in 2000.

Centre Kris Welham scored his second five-try haul of the season and second rower Jay Pitts bagged a hat-trick as the Bulls racked up their biggest win of the campaign in a game which saw Joe Keyes and James Bentley make their senior debuts.

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Dane Chisholm scored two of Bradford’s 15 tries, Tom Olbison, Epalahame Lauaki, Danny Williams and Ethan Ryan got the others while Keyes kicked 10 conversions and Steve Crossley, on almost certainly his last appearance for the Bulls, landed one two-pointer.

Bradford are now seven points clear of second-placed Halifax.

Chief executive Robbie Hunter-Paul, meanwhile, is taking time away from Bradford Bulls.

Football manager Stuart Duffy will serve as general manager in the interim.

Winger Liam Marshall grabbed a hat-trick of tries in Swinton’s surprise 40-38 win at crisis club Sheffield Eagles.

The Eagles,who admitted to being in “a dire financial predicament” in the week, led 38-34 until veteran centre Stuart Littler went over for the crucial score a minute from the end to earn the Lions their first win in eight matches.

Connor Dwyer, Ben White, Macauley Hallett scored Swinton’s other tries and Chris Atkin kicked six goals.

Sheffield led 22-14 at half-time thanks to tries from Dane Straughier, Rob Worrincy, Stan Robin and Michael Knowles while Nathan Chappell touched down twice after the break, along with Matty Fozard, and Cory Aston kicked five goals.