Pete’s Preview: Bradford Bulls
By Peter Carbert
Bradford Bulls fans – are you happy, content or disappointed with your season so far? On the face of it, sitting just a point outside of the playoffs it’s been a good season for the Bulls, especially as like the Knights they have come up a league and have had to push on to another level.
The good: The Coral Challenge Cup win over fallen/falling giants Leeds Rhinos, following on from the comeback of the century over Featherstone in the previous round (18 points down with 8mins to go!). Comfortable home wins over Leigh, Widnes… plus some great away wins, none more so than the victory at Toulouse a few weeks back.
The bad: Inconsistency. A disappointing early season defeat at Sheffield, a humiliating 42-4 loss at Featherstone, a heavy 52-20 reverse at Leigh. Plus last time out, scraping a 34-34 draw against Swinton. Losing at home to rivals Halifax in the quarter finals of the Challenge Cup will have hurt too.
Sunday promises to be a great occasion, 2 teams with a ‘new’ rivalry going for the playoffs in front of a large crowd. But which set of fans will be leaving Bootham Crescent disappointed at the end of the 80 minutes? Will it be a priceless Bradford victory or will roast Bull be on the menu at Wagyu tonight?! Another fascinating encounter in store as the Betfred Championship heads towards an entertaining conclusion!
One To Watch:
Jake Webster – the big man stepped down from Super League to showcase his talents at Odsal. An ex New Zealand international and NRL player to boot too.
24th February 2019
Bradford Bulls 14 York City Knights 24
Odsal – Attendance 4,782
This rematch of the classic 2018 Odsal game got off to a good and bad start – good because Ash Robson scored the opening try, bad because he soon exited the pitch with a season ending injury. A reshuffle ensued with the match finely poised, and just like 2018 not much between the 2 teams. A Connor Robinson penalty before Judah Mazive again got on the scoresheet, not quite the same long range try as his 2018 effort but important nonetheless. Robinson converted to give York a 12-0 lead. Then on the stroke of half time that man Ethan Ryan went over, conversion missed and the Knights were good value for the 12-4 interval lead.
Bradford scored the first try of the second half, Ethan Ryan again, then Tom the lead when Pickersgill crossed for a try. From 12-0 to 14-12 up Bradford were flying. Then came Teanby, capping off a man of the match performance with a try near the posts. Matty Marsh went over near full time – a familiar scenario for York this season, and Robinson rounded things off. York had won at Odsal again, and the Knights faithful were in jubilant mood again.
Pete Predicts: Knights by 4!
Incredibly, the Knights once again sit in second place on the Betfred Championship ladder after 21 rounds, and now turn their attentions to what is potentially the biggest game of the season when former Super League and World Club Champions Bradford Bulls visit Bootham Crescent this Sunday, 21st July (3pm). The Knights are looking to keep this incredible play-off push on course in another huge Betfred Championship match, and you can buy your ticket online now HERE.
Knights 2020 season ticket renewals are on sale now, with prices frozen until July 31st as we prepare for our momentous move into the brand new York Community Stadium. For more information click HERE.