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Last Updated: Friday, 13 February 2004, 21:49 GMT
Bradford clinch world crown
WORLD CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP
Leon Pryce celebrates scoring for Bradford
Bradford (16) 22.
Tries: Vainikolo, L. Pryce, Swann, Parker
Goals: Withers 3
Penrith (0) 4
Tries: Priddis
A first-half onslaught saw Bradford Bulls crush Penrith Panthers 22-4 to win the World Club Championship.

Both teams had chances before Lesley Vainikolo got underneath Karl Pratt's hanging kick to touch down, and Leon Pryce soon added a solo-effort second.

Another high ball set up a Logan Swann score just before the break, and Luke Priddis finally put Penrith on the board early in the second half.

This roused the Panthers to life but Rob Parker's late try sealed the win.

The Panthers thought they had gone ahead early on when second row Tony Puletua got clear and Paul Whatuira went over from Luke Rooney's pass.

But the score was ruled out for a double movement as he slid over.

Instead, it was the Bulls who went ahead when Vainikolo climbed above Panthers fullback Rhys Wesser to reach Pratt's high kick and went over for the try.

I've had a feeling for a while that British rugby league is on the march
Panthers coach John Lang
Despite being without the injured Robbie Paul and Paul Deacon, the Bulls battled hard and Pryce went through some weak tackles to extend his side's advantage.

Lee Radford and Withers both missed the conversions although the fullback increased the lead to 10-0 with a penalty close to the posts.

The Panthers had a great chance to hit back but stand-off Preston Campbell dropped the ball in front of the Bulls posts.

The Bulls went further ahead when Pratt lofted another high kick which was caught well by Withers, who slipped a pass inside for Swann to cross for a debut try.

Withers' conversion sent the Bulls into half time 16-0 ahead and he kicked a penalty to add two more points early in the second half.

The Panthers came back into the game when Craig Gower launched a high kick into the left corner and hooker Priddis collected the ball off a rebound and crossed for the try.

But Parker had the final say for Bradford with a late try a minute from the end.


Bradford: Withers, Vaikona, Johnson, Hape, Vainikolo, L. Pryce, Pratt, Anderson, Smith, Fielden, Radford, Peacock, Swann. Replacements: Vagana, Parker, Langley, Reardon.

Penrith: Wesser, Howland, L. Lewis, Whatuira, Rooney, Campbell, Gower, Clinton, Priddis, Lang, Galuvao, T. Puletua, Waterhouse. Replacements: Ross, Ward, Rodney, Swain.

Referee: Steve Ganson (St Helens)



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