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Bradford Bulls 28 Leeds Rhinos 32

13th February 2011

By Leeds Rhinos

A remarkable fightback from 28-10 down and a hat trick from Ben Jones-Bishop has seen the Rhinos win 32-28 at the Millennium Stadium.

New Head Coach Brian McDermott included new signing Ben Cross in the starting line up whilst youngster Ben Jones-Bishop was a surprise inclusion on the wing after returning from a year on loan at Harlequins RL.

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Bradford included former Rhinos Chev Walker, Kyle Briggs and Gareth Raynor in their starting line whilst Matt Diskin and Nick Scruton were amongst their replacements.

The Rhinos made a perfect start with a try after five minutes. Andy Lynch was penalised for interference deep in Leeds territory and from the next set the Rhinos created the chance. The ball was fed along the backline and a wide pass from Brent Webb put Ben Jones-Bishop in time and space. He set off down the wing and flew passed Gareth Raynor to score in the corner. Sinfield missed the conversion but the Rhinos were 4-0 in front.

Leeds were looking lively in the opening exchanges, always promoting the ball and looking for opportunities to offload. However, they were dealt a blow after ten minutes when Brett Delaney was sin binned for deliberately holding a man back as the Bulls attacked the Rhinos line.

It was not long before Bradford made their numerical advantage count as they kicked to the corner and second row Elliot Whitehead beat Ryan Hall to the touch down. Patrick Ah Van added the conversion to give his side the lead after 12 minutes.

With Delaney off the pitch, the Bulls sensed their chance to press home their advantage and they soon doubled their lead when Kearney put in a grubber kick in behind Burrow and Whitehead was again on hand to score. Ah Van was on target once more to make it 12-4 after 20 minutes.

Bradford looked like they may score again soon afterwards but for a great cover tackle by Brent Webb on Chev Walker which knocked the ball free as the centre attempted to ground it.

Just as Delaney returned to the field, Leeds were dealt a further blow when Ah Van read Webb's pass 20 metres from the Bulls line and stretched up to intercept and go 80 metres to score in the corner. Hall chased him all the way and was unlucky not to push him into touch with a despairing dive at the death. He missed the conversion but Mick Potter's men were 16-4 in front after 24 minutes.

The Rhinos needed to respond and, following a string of penalties against the Bulls, they worked an opportunity out wide for Hall. He cut back in side as Bradford's defence slid across to meet him but then showed great strength to wriggle free of two defenders and touch the ball down. Sinfield missed the conversion but the deficit was now 16-8 after 33 minutes.

As the hooter went, Bradford thought there were in for another long range try as Olivier Elima picked up a loose ball. Jones-Bishop chased him back to tackle him on the line only for both exhausted players to turn round and see that the Frenchman was in an offside position when he picked up the ball. Sinfield had the chance to add two more points with a penalty after the hooter and he did just that to make it 16-10 at the break.

In the first half it was the Rhinos who got the early score, however the Bulls took first blood after the break with a try from Matt Diskin. The hooker spotted the retreating Leeds backline and ducked under one tackle before stretching out to score from dummy half. Ah Van converted to make it 22-10 after 42 minutes.

The Bulls increased their lead after 53 minutes when Whitehead completed his hat trick. The Rhinos players will have been disappointed with their organisation as the crossfield kick came in and Whitehead was on hand to grab the ball and score. Ah Van converted to make it 26-10 and put the Bulls in a commanding position.

Bradford then had two tries ruled out by video referee Richard Silverwood, the first for Ah Van was knocked on by Whitehead whilst Chev Walker was adjudged to have knock his grubber kick on as it bounced off Jones-Bishop.

Leeds need to make the most of those let offs and they did soon afterwards. Leeds got the ball back ten metres from the Bulls line after referee Steve Ganson spotted the faintest of touches on a pass to Senior, which the centre knocked on. Leeds shifted the ball across the pitch and Jones-Bishop scored his second try.  Sinfield slipped adding the conversion and missed.

The fightback was really on when Kylie Leuluai touched down Webb's hack ahead after Buderus had offloaded near the Bulls line. Sinfield converted to make it 28-20.

Then with ten minutes left Burrow spotted a gap and raced passed Ah Van to score to sprint in from 20 metres out. Sinfield was again successful to make it 28-26 and set up a grandstand finish.

The drama lasted until the final minutes when video referee Richard Silverwood awarded a penalty try to Ben Jones-Bishop after Gareth Raynor had taken him out as he chased his own chip ahead. Sinfield added the conversion to make it 32-28 with just a minute to go. Leeds held on to cap a remarkable fightback.

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