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Bradford Bulls v Leeds Rhinos Friday 10th April 8pm

7th April 2009

By Leeds Rhinos

Leeds Rhinos will make their only visit of the season to the Grattan Stadium, Odsal on Good Friday, 10th April, kick off 8pm with tickets and travel on sale now.

Both teams will come into the game on the back of heart breaking defeats in the Carnegie Challenge Cup. The Rhinos losing out to holders St Helens at home whilst Bradford lost out in Perpignan having led the Dragons 26-0 at one stage. 

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The game will also see Leeds come up against former team mate Nick Scruton for the first time since the former Churwell Chief swapped Headingley Carnegie for the Grattan Stadium, Odsal in the close season.

We have ground tickets available for this match priced at £17 for Adults, £10 for Students, Senior Citizens (Over 60 years of age) and for under 16’s. Please not that under 5’s are free but they will need a ticket to get into the stadium. We also have some seated tickets priced at £18 for adults and £11 for concessions. 

Juniors wishing to exchange their away voucher for this game will need to use VOUCHER 4. 

Wheelchair Disabled Spectators need to book though the Bradford Bulls ticket office on 084488 711490 option 1
Official coach travel is also available for this match priced at £9 with 5% discount for season ticket holders, bronze members and Rhinos 2000 members, the coach will depart from Car Park F on St Michael’s Lane at 5pm. To book either tickets or travel please call the ticket office hotline on 0871 423 13 15 or simply click here to book online 24 hours a day with our secure online booking service.

The Bradford Bulls have announced their gameday package for Good Friday’s clash between the Bulls and Leeds, kick off 8.00pm.

Turnstiles will open at 5.30pm just before the curtain raiser game kicks off at 5.40pm. This weeks curtain raiser features England under 16s vs. France under 16s in the first game of their annual two-game series.

Pre-match entertainment begins at approximately 7.00pm and this week will feature a special Motown & Phil Spector theme. The show will feature classic tracks such as Baby Love, Da Doo Ron Ron and River Deep Mountain High.

The showstopper girls will be strutting their stuff in a blaze of colour and the LuvaBulls will also be dancing as part of the pre-match show and at half time.

The main action kicks off at 8.00pm when two of Super League’s fiercest rivals go head to head. The first meeting between the sides this season is bound to be full of excitement and action.

On the pitch, SEVEN mini league games will be going ahead. Kippax under 8s and 9s will face Dewsbury Moor under 8s and 9s pre match. At half time Hunslet and Eastmoor Dragons will be playing the under 9s, Wetherby Bulldogs under 8s, 10s and 11s will face Drighlington and New Earswick under 12s will face Drighlington under 12s.

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Bradford Bulls 10 Leeds Rhinos 6

10th April 2009

By Leeds Rhinos

Controversy dominated the final stages of this West Yorkshire derby as video referee Thierry Alibert ruled out a match levelling try from Danny McGuire.

The French official had already angered Leeds supporters by chalking off an early effort by Rob Burrow in equally controversial circumstance. 

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It was a high octane end to a poor quality Good Friday clash as both teams produced a string of errors that prevented the game gaining any momentum.

The Rhinos travelled to the Grattan Stadium Odsal looking to continue an unbeaten run that goes back to 2003

England captain Jamie Peacock was making his 100th appearance for the Rhinos since making the journey across from the home of the Bulls. 

Bradford played former Australian Test star Steve Menzies at stand off after picking up a series of injuries to the likes of Paul Deacon and Vice Captain Glenn Morrison. 

Both teams were guilty of making handling errors in the early exchanges after a day of rain had led to greasy conditions on the pitch. The Rhinos best early chance came from a crossfield kick by Danny McGuire to Kallum Watkins however the youngster misjudged the flight of the ball and thought that Semi Tadulala had taken the catch only to find himself penalised for taking the man without the ball.

In the next set, Bradford had their best opportunity when Menzies drove for the line and looked certain to score until a timely tackle by Keith Senior pulled him back as he went over the line. 

The game was a scrappy affair that initially failed to live up to the some of the fantastic battles between these two sides downt the years. It was the Rhinos who eventually broke the deadlock after 21 minutes when Jamie Jones-Buchanan bumped off attempted tackles by Jamie Langley, Matt Cook and Dave Halley to score. However, the home fans were unhappy with referee Ian Smith as they believed Rob Burrow’s pass to Jones-Buchanan had gone forward. Kevin Sinfield did not hang around to debate the score and promptly added the conversion. 

The Rhinos were denied a second try with eight minutes to go before half time when Smith this time agreed with the Bradford fans that McGuire’s pass to Ryan Hall was forward, and the winger had his tried chalked off.

Two minutes later the Bulls crossed for their first try of the game after Leeds had been penalised 20 metres out from their own line. Michael Worrincy, who had just come on, cut a good line into the attack and took Sykes pass before stepping back inside to between the posts. Sykes added the conversion to level the score with half time approaching.

The Rhinos had the chance to take the lead with the last play of the first half when Sinfield had a penalty attempt on half way after Tadulala was penalised for taking Jamie Peacock out in back play. However, the kick dropped a metre short and he scores remained level at the break. 

Four minutes into the second half Sykes missed a penalty from closer in, kicking the same way as Sinfield, after the Rhinos were penalised for offside. The visitors were making too many errors to put any pressure on the Bulls in the early stages with both Ryan Bailey and Senior knocking on inside the Bradford half.

Leeds continued to be their own worst enemy as they made a string of needless mistakes when in possession. However, they appeared to have got a try against the run of play. Rob Burrow burst through 30 metres from his own line before passing back inside to Brent Webb. Webb then reversed the pass to Burrow for the scrum half to score in the corner. However, video referee Thierry Alibert judged that Webb had been offside at the original play the ball and never made an effort to retire back onside before taking the pass from Burrow, who had run passed him. Webb was then penalised ten further metres for dissent giving Sykes a 20 metre penalty attempt. However, he was off target again to keep the scores tied after 59 minutes. 

The Rhinos were reduced to 12 men after 67 minutes when Ablett was adjudged to have deliberately prevented Rikki Sheriffe from playing the ball quickly as he attempted to drag the winger into touch.

Two minutes later Bradford finally got the score they had been threatening when the French official went in their favour this time on another video decisions. Hall lost control of Ben Jeffries cross field kick and Sheriffe was on hand to touch down. The replay show Jones-Buchanan being taken out in back play but there was no call back this time and the Bulls had the lead for the first time, Sykes was again off target but the home side led 10-6 in the 69th minute.

Alibert continued to be the centre of attention with five minutes to go when he ruled out a second Rhinos try. Watkins had done brilliantly to take a through kick and then offload one handed in the tackle. Jones-Buchanan appeared to flick the ball on to Sinfield who passed to McGuire to score in the corner. Much to the amazement of the Rhinos fans at the Grattan Stadium Odsal, the try was ruled out and scrum given to Bradford despite the video referee not being allowed to rule on forward passes. 

The Rhinos tried to find a way back in to the game as time ran out with kicks from deep but they found themselves defending more and more with referee Ian Smith penalising them further. In the end the clock beat the Rhinos and they slipped to their second defeat of the season. 

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