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Bradford Bulls 16 Leeds Rhinos 16

2nd September 2007

By Leeds Rhinos

The Rhinos came back from 8-0 down at half time but had to settle for a draw after a late try from the Bulls James Evans to snatch a 16-16 all draw.

Leeds are now unbeaten in five visits to the Bulls home, having not tasted defeat at the Grattan Stadium, Odsal since 2003 but the point means the Rhinos still trail St Helens but one point at the top of the table.

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Tony Smith took his side across to the Grattan Stadium, Odsal looking to rejoin St Helens at the top of the engage Super League.

Leeds welcomed back Rob Burrow after he had missed the last two games whilst Jordan Tansey replaced Ryan Hall in the backline.

Bradford had the best early chance in wet, slippery conditions. Leeds coughed up possession five metres from their own line but Andy Lynch was unable to take advantage when he lost control stretching out for the line.
Both teams were guilty of poor handling in the first ten minutes as the wet conditions got the better of both sets of players.

However, Bradford were the first to get some consistency in their play and, after David Solomona had an effort ruled out by the video ref following great last ditch defence by Jamie Peacock, the Bulls did take the lead.

From the re-start after the TV replay Andy Lynch pushed off the attempted tackle by Matt Diskin then powered his way over, carrying two tacklers over the line with him. Paul Deacon added the conversion to make it 6-0 after 14 minutes.
That lead was extended by Deacon after 26 minutes when Gareth Ellis seemed to be harshly penalised for a late tackle on the scrum half when he chipped ahead and the two collided.

Leeds had chances with some clever kicking but they were their own worst enemy at times forcing unnecessary errors and giving Bradford territory through penalties.

The visitors finally managed to get a foothold in the game and had pressure on the Bulls line in the final ten minutes of the half however chances went begging for Keith Senior and Jamie Thackray and Leeds remained 8-0 down at half time.

The Rhinos started the second half in much brighter manner with Matt Diskin and Jamie Thackray in particular taking the game to the Bulls. It was Diskin who eventually got the Rhinos back into the game when he collected Danny McGuire's offload from close range but then had the ball stolen from him by Michael Platt. Video ref Richard Silverwood spotted that Glenn Morrison was the scone man in the tackle and correctly awarded the penalty try after 47 minutes. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 8-6.

However, the Bulls struck back almost immediately. Leeds conceded possession with a knock on 25 metres from their own line and then on the last tackle Iestyn Harris kicked to the corner for Marcus St Hilaire. The former Leeds man out jumped Scott Donald and offloaded to Ben Harris to score. Deacon missed the conversion but Bradford now led 12-6 after 49 minutes.

Bradford looked like they would extent that lead after 53 minutes but a spectacular last ditch tackle by Jamie Peacock on Nathan McAvoy denied the home side.

Two minutes later, the Rhinos got their second try after a great offload by Jamie Jones-Buchanan. McGuire burst through before chipping ahead for Scott Donald to chase and video replays he just got control of the ball in time to secure the try. In blustery conditions, Sinfield's conversion went wide so the score remaing 12-10 to the Bulls.

Sinfield had the chance to level the game after 61 minutes when Rob Burrow earned a penalty 43 metres out from the Bulls line. However, the Leeds skipper's effort was wide to the right and the Rhinos still trailed.

However with eight minutes remaining the Rhinos got a crucial break. McGuire put in a towering bomb to the corner which St Hilare and Donald both jumped for. The ball missed both and Donald dived on the loose ball for his second try. However, video ref Silverwood took an age checking the replay to decided whether the Bradford or Leeds man had touched the ball. In the end the score was given and Sinfield added a brilliant conversion to make it 16-12 to Leeds.
However, in a fixture that has seen its fair share of drama this season, there was still one final twist in the tale as Bradford desperately searched for an equaliser and it came when James Evans took advantage of a massive overlap to score. Deacon could not convert the try though and the match was drawn.

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