Langley pair keeps the Bulls charging

Bradford Bulls 32 Hull KR 26

Odsal

Bradford's unlikely bid to combine penury with the play-offs is still alive, despite them making heavy weather of a young and injury depleted Rovers side last night.

The Bulls are now level on points with Rovers in eighth place with three rounds of Super League to play, after their longest-serving player, Jamie Langley, was instrumental in this win with two tries.

Bradford's future is still profoundly uncertain, however.Another week of the battle for survival ended with the picture more confusing than ever, with a fourth offer for the club now apparently on the table. "It can't keep going the way it is," said the Bulls' coach, Mick Potter. "It's just a farce."

The Bulls have played very seriously during this crisis, though given the sparse crowd here it may mean the long-suffering fans have had enough. The players showed that they still have the appetite for the fight, though. After Michael Dobson had put Rovers ahead with a penalty, the Bulls crafted the game's first try with Ben Jeffries' short pass to Langley. Some ill-discipline and slack tackling allowed the Robins to respond through Scott Taylor, but Luke Gale's slide-rule kick to Shaun Ainscough restored the Bradford lead.

David Hodgson levelled the scores, with Dobson's conversion giving the Robins the edge at half-time. A messy second half saw both sides struggle for rhythm, with poor handling and dubious options. But then Jason Crookes, back from a four-month injury absence, took Keith Lulia's clever flick pass to score in the corner. Then Langley's opportunist second try on the hour all but sealed the win.

One of Rovers' young reserves, Liam Salter got one back, though, before Gale's break and Elliot Whitehead's finish did clinch it, with two Gale goals completing their scoring and rendering Craig Hall's last-minute try irrelevant.

Bradford Bulls Kearney; Ainscough, Lulia, Platt, Crookes; Jeffries, Gale; Hargreaves, L'Estrange, Kopczak, Olbison, Whitehead, Langley. Substitutes used Diskin, Manuokafoa, Walker, Burgess.

Hull KR Sheriff; Latus, Hall, Salter, D.Hodgson; Murrell, Dobson; Paea, J.Hodgson, O'Hara, Galea, Horne, Griffin. Substitutes used Taylor, Cox, Withers, Green.

Referee J Child (Dewsbury)

BUY RUGBY WORLD CUP TICKETS

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

The long walk west: they fled war in Syria, only to get held up in Hungary – now hundreds of refugees have set off on foot for Austria

They fled war in Syria...

...only to get stuck and sidetracked in Hungary
From The Prisoner to Mad Men, elaborate title sequences are one of the keys to a great TV series

Title sequences: From The Prisoner to Mad Men

Elaborate title sequences are one of the keys to a great TV series. But why does the art form have such a chequered history?
Giorgio Armani Beauty's fabric-inspired foundations: Get back to basics this autumn

Giorgio Armani Beauty's foundations

Sumptuous fabrics meet luscious cosmetics for this elegant look
From stowaways to Operation Stack: Life in a transcontinental lorry cab

Life from the inside of a trucker's cab

From stowaways to Operation Stack, it's a challenging time to be a trucker heading to and from the Continent
Kelis interview: The songwriter and sauce-maker on cooking for Pharrell and crying over potatoes

Kelis interview

The singer and sauce-maker on cooking for Pharrell
Refugee crisis: David Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia - will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi?

Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia...

But will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi, asks Robert Fisk
Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Humanity must be at the heart of politics, says Jeremy Corbyn
Joe Biden's 'tease tour': Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?

Joe Biden's 'tease tour'

Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?
Britain's 24-hour culture: With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever

Britain's 24-hour culture

With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever
Diplomacy board game: Treachery is the way to win - which makes it just like the real thing

The addictive nature of Diplomacy

Bullying, betrayal, aggression – it may be just a board game, but the family that plays Diplomacy may never look at each other in the same way again
Lady Chatterley's Lover: Racy underwear for fans of DH Lawrence's equally racy tome

Fashion: Ooh, Lady Chatterley!

Take inspiration from DH Lawrence's racy tome with equally racy underwear
8 best children's clocks

Tick-tock: 8 best children's clocks

Whether you’re teaching them to tell the time or putting the finishing touches to a nursery, there’s a ticker for that
Charlie Austin: Queens Park Rangers striker says ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

After hitting 18 goals in the Premier League last season, the QPR striker was the great non-deal of transfer deadline day. But he says he'd preferred another shot at promotion
Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea