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Hull FC 18-6 Bradford Bulls

Hull FC (6) 18
Tries: Tansey 2, Radford Goals: Tickle 3

Bradford Bulls (2) 6
Tries: Reardon Goal: Sykes

Jordan Tansey
Hull full-back Jordan Tansey scored the only try of the first half

Full-back Jordan Tansey scored either side of half-time as Hull maintained their 100 per cent home record with a dour victory over Bradford Bulls.

The 23-year-old ex-Leeds and Sydney back cheered a sizable home crowd in miserable conditions at the KC Stadium.

A Jordan Turner grubber kick set Tansey up for his first try just six seconds before the break.

Back row forward Craig Fitzgibbon's pass then put Tansey over for his second early in the second half.

A slow start had the Hull fans berating referee Ben Thaler for not penalising Bradford for preventing the Black and Whites playing the ball quickly.

The home team could have done without losing wing Mark Calderwood with an early groin problem, and they fell behind after 15 minutes when Paul Sykes landed a penalty.

A Sean Long 40/20 gave Hull good field position but, in the wet conditions, Peter Cusack fumbled the subsequent scoring opportunity.

Hull second-row Willie Manu may have been fortunate not to be sin-binned when he appeared to take out Stuart Reardon off the ball.

But with just six seconds of the opening period remaining, Turner's intelligent kick behind the Bulls' defence gave Tansey the chance to touch down.

The pace of the game improved after the break. Seven minutes after the restart, Tansey took advantage of Fitzgibbon's pass to put the Airlie Birds two scores clear. Fitzgibbon was outstanding throughout, demonstrating the quality which earned him 19 caps for Australia.

Bradford's attempts to claw their way back into the game lacked creativity, with the Bulls clearly missing playmaker Matt Orford, a late withdrawal through illness.

With 10 minutes remaining, Lee Radford forced his way over from close range to make the game safe.

Reardon's score a minute from time was little consolation for the Bulls.

The crowd remained critical of Mr Thaler throughout. With only one penalty for lying-on in the entire game, the controversy over slow play this season is certain to continue.


Hull coach Richard Agar told BBC Radio Humberside:
"We needed to pick up in a couple of areas after half-time, but we did that, and when we got field position we tried to play some footy, though Bradford are a hard nut to crack. In the second half I thought we looked impenetrable in defence.

"Craig Fitzgibbon is a smart player. One minute he shows the opposition he's resting and the next he's back at them.

"He's proving how good he is and people might come to expect it but he won't play at this level every week.

Bradford coach Steve McNamara said:
"Matt Orford was pretty ill during all week, as were a few of the boys. I'm extremely proud of them all and the effort they've put in.

"It's been a pretty tough period so, with the amount of effort they've put in, it's disappointing not to get something.

"It was one of those real tight games but, when you look at the game overall, we conceded one with the last play of the first half with a scrum, one from a ball that comes loose and one from dummy half. It was never going to be a points fest."


Hull: Tansey, Calderwood, Whiting, Yeaman, T Briscoe, Turner, Long, Radford, Berrigan, O'Meley, Manu, Tickle, Fitzgibbon.
Replacements: Cusack, Dowes, Lauaki, Houghton.

Bradford: Halley, Sheriffe, Platt, Nero, Reardon, Sykes, Kearney, Scruton, L'Estrange, Lynch, Whitehead, Langley,Menzies.
Replacements: Godwin, Donaldson, Kopczak, Hall.

Referee: Ben Thaler (Wakefield).

Att: 14,446.



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