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Bradford Bulls v Leeds Rhinos, Friday 6th April, kick off 8pm

31st March 2012

By Leeds Rhinos

For Bradford Bulls, there is more than just local bragging rights and two league points at stake next Friday when Leeds travel to Odsal as the former Champions are battling for their survival.

Bradford's future is in grave doubt after it emerged during the week that they need to raise £500,000 by next Friday to keep the tax man from their door.

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Administration, or even a winding-up order, hangs heavy over the club with the desperation of their plight illustrated by a call to their fans to donate £100 each to reach a final £1million mark by the end of next month.

Close to £300,000 has already been raised in the four days since the club announced their worrying financial position but they have warned that next Friday's clash with the Rhinos could be the Bulls last ever game.

There are various fundraising activities going on around the game including a sponsored walk from Headingley Carnegie to Odsal next Friday. You can find out more about the walk at www.facebook.com/SaveBradfordBullsSponsoredWalk

Tickets and travel are now on sale for derby clash at Odsal with Leeds Rhinos star Jamie Peacock leading a call for supporters to sell out Odsal and bring a return to the incredible derby atmosphere these games enjoyed at the turn of the Millennium. Please note that the game is not being televised live on the Sky and the only way to see the action is to be there in person.

We have tickets for the standing and seated areas. For Standing, tickets are priced at £16.00 for adults, £11.00 for seniors (over 60) and students and £6 for juniors under 16. Tickets for Junior Season Ticket Holders can be exchanged for a match ticket in advance of the match by producing the voucher from their away voucher booklet at the Rhinos ticket office.
Disabled tickets are priced at adults, concessions and junior depending on age. Helper tickets are also available if required and upon production of valid ID. There is also a small number of car parking for disabled supporters, please contact Bradford Bulls on 08448 711490.

Seated tickets are for an unreserved area in the Main Stand and are priced at £21 for adults, £16 for seniors (over 60) and students and £11 for juniors under 16. Junior Season Ticket Holders can exchanged their voucher and be upgraded to a seat, at a cost of £5.

NB. Tickets prices increase by £4 on the day of the game.

Official coach travel for this match is priced at £9.00. The coach will depart from Car Park F on St Michaels Lane at 6.00pm. Don’t forget that if you are a season ticket holder you can travel to this match for free! You must exchange the voucher you received with your season ticket at the ticket office – terms and conditions apply.

Match tickets will be available until 4.00pm on Thursday 5th April from the Rhinos Ticket Office. To book either or both tickets and travel, please call the Ticket Office Hotline on 0871 423 13 15 (calls are charged at 10p per minute – calls from mobiles may vary) or book online at www.therhinos.co.uk/buytickets   

Bradford’s details are:-
Ground Address – Grattan Stadium, Odsal, Bradford, BD6 1BS
Website – www.bradfordbulls.co.uk  
Ticket Hotline Number – 08448 711490
Car Parking – Car Parking is available at a cost of £5 on the day
Coach Parking – Coach parking is on Huddersfield Road and is free of charge.

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Bradford Bulls 12 Leeds Rhinos 4

6th April 2012

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos lost out to two late tries from Bradford Bulls after Zak Hardaker had given them an early lead in the first half.

The game was build as a possible last ever derby clash at Odsal and the usual fighting spirit was on display from both side early on.

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As the rain fell from kick off, both teams tried to take the safety first option to keep hold of possession and whilst that limited some of the openings it did create a good contest as the game went back and forth.

Leeds had a good chance when Ben Jones-Bishop, who was back on the wing, took Kevin Sinfield’s cross field kick but was unable to get the ball away to the supporting run of Kallum Watkins. Typical of the game, Jarrod Sammut then picked up the loose ball and raced 40 metres down field to get the Bulls on the attack.

Bradford were using the aerial route as the main focus of their attack and it took several fine leaps and catches from Jones-Bishop and Ryan Hall to keep them out. However, their efforts were beaten by a brilliant catch over his shoulder from Brett Delaney under the shadow of his own posts, had he missed it it would have been a certain try for the home side.

Leeds hit the front after 17 minutes when quick hands along the back line created a small gap for Zak Hardaker but it was all the centre needed as he powered his way through before reaching out to put the ball down out wide. Sinfield missed the conversion attempt but his side led 4-0.

Bradford continued to use the kick to try and unlock the Leeds defence but the Rhinos came up with the answer on each occasion apart from a narrow escape for Jones-Bishop when he misjudged the movement of the ball on the wet surface and had to desperately push the ball out of play to stop a try.

Ryan Hall was impressive for the visitors as he produced a number of dangerous runs from his own line to get the Rhinos going forward whilst their were some nice touches from Stevie Ward in his first derby clash.

The second half saw Bradford come more and more into the game as they attacked the open terrace end of the ground. They went close when Phil Joseph crossed only for play to be pulled back for a forward pass.

Leeds had chances most notably when Brett Kearney lost the ball next to his posts from a towering bomb however the Rhinos could not make the most of the opportunity with Watkins pass dropping short and Ainscough dropping on the loose ball.

The game had an extra spark when a bout of pushing and shoving broke out in a tackle involving the returning Ryan Bailey. From there Bradford got another penalty but they could not make the most of their visit to the Leeds line.

The Bulls were then reduced to 12 men when Olivier Elima was sin binned for continuing to argue with referee Ben Thaler when he was first penalised at a scrum and then maintained his point. The Rhinos though did not capitalise as Darrell Griffin knocked on two tackles later and then found himself on report for an altercation after the spill.

Bradford did make the most of their next visit. Brent Webb had done well to stop Ainscough as he rampaged down the wing but Leeds were back peddling quickly. The cross field kick was not their best of the night but it opened up the field and when they kicked through on the last Jamie Langley was the quickest to react to the spinning ball to touch it down. Sammut added the conversion to put his side in front with 13 minutes to play.

The Bulls then increased their lead with six minutes to play when Ben Jeffries regathered his own kick and scampered over. Sammut crucially put his side two scores in front and meant the Rhinos were facing a race against time to rescue the game.

There was still time for late drama as Bryn Hargreaves was sent off for Bradford for a spear tackle on Jamie Peacock with two minutes to go. Leeds battled hard to get a score to give them a lifeline but they were held up short with 60 seconds to go and the game was gone for the Champions.

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