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Bradford 24-30 Celtic Crusaders

Bradford (6) 24
Tries: Lynch, Worrincy, Menzies, Sykes Goals: Deacon (4)

Celtic Crusaders (8) 30
Tries: Beasley, Tangata-Toa, Withers, Dyer (2) Goals: Hannay (5)

Luke Dyer scored twice late on to help Crusaders to an historic win
Luke Dyer scored twice late on to help Crusaders to an historic win

Celtic Crusaders earned their first Super League win with a fine victory at Bradford Bulls.

The Crusaders led 8-6 at the break thanks to Chris Beasley's try and two goals from Josh Hannay with the Bulls responding through Andy Lynch.

David Tangata-Toa and Lincoln Withers added to the Crusaders lead, with Michael Worrincy closing the gap.

And Luke Dyer's two late tries sealed victory despite efforts from Bulls pair Steve Menzies and Paul Sykes.

Hannay also added five crucial goals for the Crusaders with Bulls stand-off Paul Deacon sending over four of his own.

The Welsh outfit, based in Bridgend, were without a victory in the opening 11 games of their inaugural Super League season.

But they fully deserved their victory against 11th placed Bradford, having led for all bar the first seven minutes of the game.

Bradford Bulls coach Steve McNamara:
"We were way off the pace and I'm not sure why. We didn't have everyone singing off the same hymn sheet and that's very disappointing for us.

"Credit to Celtic, they worked very hard and I felt they deserved the win, no two ways about it. It probably would have been an injustice if we'd have snatched it, although we probably could have if we had concentrated from the final kick-off.

"But we wouldn't have deserved it and it is as disappointing as it gets. We were way off. I thought there were too many people off their game and were distracted."

Celtic Crusaders coach John Dixon:
"That will give us a lot of belief we can win games. I always felt we could compete but this will give us a bank of knowledge to say yes we can, and that we can survive an onslaught and come through it.

"With this win, there is belief in there now, there is a spring in their step. It's priceless."

Bradford: Halley, Sheriffe, Sykes, Platt, Tadulala, Jeffries, Deacon, Lynch, Newton, Scruton, Menzies, Burgess, Langley. Replacements: Kopczak, Rinaldi, Cook, Worrincy.

Celtic Crusaders: Quinn, Dyer, Hannay, Dalle Cort, Blackwood, Smith, Van Dijk, O'Hara, Withers, Bryant, J. James, Chan, Beasley. Replacements: Budworth, Tangata-Toa, Flower, Lennon.

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