2008 Bradford Bulls season

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Bradford Bulls
Season 2008
League Super League
Coach Steve McNamara
League position 5th
Top Pointscorer Paul Deacon – 188
Top Goalscorer Paul Deacon – 90
Top Tryscorer Semi Tadulala – 23
Highest home attendance 11,838
Lowest home attendance 3,569
Challenge Cup quarter-finals

The 2008 Bradford Bulls season saw the club compete in Super League XIII as well as the 2008 Challenge Cup tournament.

By month[edit]

February[edit]

Bullscolours.svgSuper League 13 Started in February with a game against Wakefield Trinity Wildcats Bradford narrowly were deafeted by a in form Wakefield side 24–26, Bradford tries came from Newton 2, Platt, Sykes and Deacon kicked 4 goals. The Bulls lost at Wakefield in their opening Super League fixture but responded by running in six tries during a comprehensive success against the Giants. Simon Finnigan scored twice on his début and Terry Newton and James Evans once each as Bradford opened up a 24–6 lead by half-time. And further tries from Paul Sykes and Glenn Morrison after the break eased the hosts to victory. Paul Deacon enjoyed a perfect evening with the boot, kicking six conversions and a penalty for a personal haul of 14 points. The Bulls played St Helens in their last game of February, Bradford lost 22–16 tries came from James Evans, Paul Sykes(2)

Bradford coach Steve McNamara admitted "We're disappointed we've not won the game," he said. "Obviously we gave ourselves a mountain to climb. Going 16–0 down wasn't in the script." "We looked to have got ourselves back in it but proceeded to throw it away a second time. Saints capitalised on the errors we made and the penalties we conceded." "We were left chasing the game and became a bit anxious."

March[edit]

Bullscolours.svgBradford's first game of March was against Wigan Warriors coached by Brian Noble, Bradford lost 28–14, the Bulls have lost three of their opening four matches, tries came from Chris Feather, Wayne Godwin. The Bulls battled to the dying seconds at the Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan, to beat the Catalans Dragons 20–18 and record a hard fought victory in the engage Super League. Paul Deacon held his nerve to convert Simon Finnigan's 79th-minute try that put the Bulls in front just before the final hooter. It was a crucial score for the visitors as it stopped them suffering a third straight loss. The other tries came from Shontayne Hape, Glenn Morrison and Paul Deacon kicked 4 goals. Bradford recorded their second successive win in engage Super League, beating Warrington 23–10 at the Grattan Stadium, Odsal. Tries from Paul Sykes, Ben Jeffries and Sam Burgess and some solid kicking from Paul Deacon helped the Bulls to earn their third win after a stuttering start to the campaign. engage Super League champions Leeds Rhinos were in ruthless form against their arch-rivals, running in eight tries without reply to rack up their biggest margin of victory over the Bradford Bulls in engage Super League. Bradford lost 44–2

Paul Deacon produced an inspired performance to help Bradford Bulls return to winning ways with victory over struggling Harlequins. Deacon's try and six goals saw him collect 16 points which helped the Bulls restore some pride after their loss to West Yorkshire rivals Leeds Rhinos, tries came from Dave Halley, James Evans, Paul Deacon, Sam Burgess, David Solomona. Semi Tadulala collected a hat-trick of tries as the Bradford Bulls proved that struggling Castleford Tigers will need more than Dwain Chambers to avoid the wooden spoon. Steve McNamara's side ran in nine tries during a one-sided clash to claim their fourth win in five games which lifts them up into fifth place in the engage Super League. The tries came from Ben Jeffries, Wayne Godwin, Chris Nero, James Evans, Paul Sykes, Shontayne Hape. on 31 March 2008 Bradford were one 0f 19 clubs to submit licence application for 2009.

April[edit]

Bullscolours.svgBradford Bulls moved to joint second in the engage Super League as they eventually ran away 24–8 with an often tight game at Hull F.C.. tries came from Matt Cook, Semi Tadulala, Sam Burgess, Chris Nero. The Bradford Bulls missed the chance to go second in the engage Super League as Hull Kingston Rovers held on for a 20 points to 18 victory at Craven Park. tries came from Paul Sykes, Semi Tadulala, David Solomona. The Bradford Bulls ran riot with a club record 17-try, 98–6 romp in their fourth-round Carnegie Challenge Cup tie against Toulouse Olympique at the Grattan Stadium, Odsal. tries came from Dave Halley(4), Semi Tadulala(3), James Evans, Tame Tupou, Ben Jeffries(2), Sam Burgess, Glenn Morrison(3), Simon Finnigan(2) and Iestyn Harris kicked a club record (15) goals. Bradford Bulls survived a tense finish to deny Wigan Warriors second place in engage Super League. The Bulls seemed set for a convincing victory after blitzing their Grattan Stadium visitors with early tries from Semi Tadulala, Shontayne Hape and Ben Jeffries. Wigan responded through Pat Richards and Phil Bailey in the second half but the Bulls just had enough and James Evans settled the win in the last minute. Bradford won Won 26 – 12

May[edit]

Bullscolours.svgBradford Lost 40–26 against Leeds in 2nd Millennium Magic in Cardiff tries came from Shontayne Hape, Semi Tadulala(2), Sam Burgess. On 11 May Bradford Bulls played against Catalans Dragons in the fifth rd of the Challenge Cup, and marched into the Challenge Cup quarter-finals with a clinical eight-try 46–16 demolition of last season's beaten finalists and a step closer to their first Challenge Cup final since 2003. Tries came from Dave Halley, Shontayne Hape, Semi Tadulala(3), Sam Burgess, Chris Nero, Jamie Langley and Paul Deacon kicked 7 Goals. On 18 May Bradford claimed a 46–24 victory The Bulls battled hard today to make sure they weren't the latest big gun to fall at The Jungle. Tries came from Paul Sykes, Terry Newton, Glenn Morrison, Ben Jeffries, Jamie Langley, Michael Platt, Simon Finnigan, Sam Burgess and Deacon kicked 7 goals.

Defending champions Leeds Rhinos demonstrated a killer touch to complete a hat-trick of engage Super League wins over their arch-rivals and surge into an eight-point lead. Bradford Bulls conceded 84 points in their two previous derby defeats but overcame a series of injury blows to produce one of their best performances of the season. The Bulls outplayed the champions for long periods of a thrilling encounter and twice held the lead but they could not match the Rhinos' finishing ability. Bradford were hit by the late withdrawal of half-backs Paul Deacon and Iestyn Harris with pulled hamstrings and had winger Semi Tadulala taken to hospital with a dislocated shoulder. With back-up hooker Wayne Godwin also sidelined, coach Steve McNamara asked Terry Newton to play the full 80 minutes, keeping 18-year-old reserve Keale Carlile unused on the bench and still waiting to make his Super League début. Bradford Bulls lost 30–14 to Leeds Rhinos tries came from Dave Halley, Tame Tupou, David Solomona

June[edit]

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Hull gave Richard Agar a dream start to his reign as head coach with a shock 16 -22 victory over a disappointing Bradford side in the quarter-finals of the Carnegie Challenge Cup at the Grattan Stadium, Odsal. The 2005 cup winners have gained only four victories in Super League this year but they are now 80 minutes away from a trip to Wembley after ending a run of six successive defeats at Odsal. Fortunate to still be in the competition after fielding an ineligible Jamie Thackray in both earlier rounds, Hull must feel their name is on the trophy after producing a spirited performance to stun the Bulls in front of a crowd of just 5,597 at the Grattan Stadium, Odsal. The visitors edged a forgettable first half punctuated by a flurry of penalties and yellow cards and stood firm in defence in the face of intense Bradford pressure in the second half. The Bulls, led by Jamie Langley in the absence of both captain Paul Deacon and his official deputy Glenn Morrison, lacked creativity despite dominating possession and territory. Bradford Bulls Tries came from Paul Sykes, Tame Tupou and Goals were kicked by Iestyn Harris(4)

on 08/06/08 Bradford Bulls Played Catalans Dragons, Bradford Lost 24–16 tries came from Paul Sykes, Ben Jeffries, Sam Burgess and the goals from Iestyn Harris(2). Steve McNamara admitted it was a "It was a frustrating afternoon,"

next up was the away fixture against St. Helens, this was a game in which Bradford were without many first teamers with Keale Carlise making his début, Bradford lost 58–20 in which it was their 4th loss in a row their worst sequence in 12 years Bradford tries came from Dave Halley, Semi Tadulala, Paul Sykes, Iestyn Harris with Sykes kicking 2 goals.

Bradford got back to winning ways against Hull and took revenge for their loss in the Cup aerlier in the month with a 36–22 win over Hull FC to halt their run of four successive defeats and climb back into the top six of engage Super League. Bradford tries came from Paul Sykes, Matt Cook, Shontayne Hape, Semi Tadulala(2), Terry Newton, Andy Lynch and Iestyn Harris kicked 4 Goals.

The last game of June came against Hull KR in the match Shontayne Hape marked his farewell appearance with a try just before half-time as Bradford Bulls produced a seven-try romp to climb up to fifth place in engage Super League.

Hape, who enjoyed a devastating partnership with fellow rugby union convert Lesley Vainikolo during the majority of his six-year stint at Bradford, joins Bath next month.

It was the New Zealander's 85th try in 136 appearances for the Bulls and an appropriate way for the fans favourite to sign off his Odsal career. The final score was 40–20 to Bradford, tries came from Michael Platt, Paul Sykes(2), Shontayne Hape, Iestyn Harris, Simon Finnigan and Goals from Iestyn Harris whom kicked 6.

July[edit]

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Bradford played Huddersfield Giants in the first game in July,in a controversial game where one player was sent off and four players sent to the sin bin the game was a very a close affair with Chris Thorman kicking a last minute drop goal and the Giants won 25–24 tries came from Michael Platt, Terry Newton, Andy Lynch, Simon Finnigan and the Goals came from Iestyn Harris who kicked (4).

Bradford lost another close game against Warrington Wolves in which they led by 12 points at one stage but lost 32 – 28 Bradford's tres came from Michael Platt, Chris Nero, Semi Tadulala, Ben Jeffries, Andy Lynch and Paul Deacon who retuted from a number of games out kicked four goals.

Bradford Bulls got back to winning ways against Wakefield Trinity Wildcats with a 24–10 win with Sam Burgess getting Sin binned in the first half. Bradfords tries came through Ben Jeffries, Paul Deacon, Iestyn Harris, Terry Newton Deacon kicked 4 goals.

August[edit]

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03/08/08 Harlequins RL V Bradford Bulls

08/08/08 Leeds Rhinos V Bradford Bulls

17/08/08 Bradford Bulls V Hull FC

25/08/08 Bradford Bulls V Hull Kingston

September[edit]

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07/09/08 Castleford Tigers V Bradford Bulls

2008 squad statistics[edit]

For more details on this topic, see Bradford Bulls 2008.
  • Appearances and Points include all matches (As of Elimination Play-off, 12 September 2008)
No Player Position Weight & Height Age Previous Club Until Apps Tries Goals DG Points
1 Michael Platt Full-back 93 kg, 6 ft 2 in 24 Cascolours.png Castleford Tigers 2011 20 5 0 0 20
2 Dave Halley Right Wing 78 kg, 5 ft 9 in 21 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 2009 23 9 0 0 36
3 James Evans Right Centre 89 kg, 6 ft 0 in 29 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 2008 30 9 0 0 36
5 Tame Tupou Left Wing 110 kg, 6 ft 4 in 25 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 2010 10 3 0 0 12
6 Iestyn Harris Stand Off 92 kg, 6 ft 32 Cronulla colours.svg Cardiff Blues Rugby Union 2008 27 3 50/60 0 110
7 Paul Deacon (c) Scrum-half 80 kg, 5 ft 9 in 29 Oldhamcolours.svg Oldham Roughyeds 2010 20 3 90/106 1 188
8 Joe Vagana Prop 120 kg, 6 ft 3 in 33 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 2008 19 1 0/1 0 4
9 Terry Newton Hooker 98 kg, 5 ft 10 in 29 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 2009 26 9 0 0 36
10 Andy Lynch Prop 108 kg, 6 ft 2 in 29 Cascolours.png Castleford Tigers 2008 29 5 0 0 20
11 David Solomona Second Row 108 kg, 6 ft 0 in 30 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 2009 24 5 0 0 20
12 Glenn Morrison(vc) Second Row 97 kg, 6 ft 3 in 32 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 2009 14 6 0 0 24
13 Jamie Langley(vc) Loose forward 108 kg, 6 ft 2 in 24 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 2010 28 2 0 0 8
14 Chris Feather Prop 114 kg, 6 ft 4 in 26 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 2009 13 1 0 0 4
15 Matt Cook Second Row 95 kg, 6 ft 0 in 21 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 2009 17 4 0 0 16
16 Sam Burgess Loose forward 111 kg, 6 ft 3 in 19 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 2011 23 8 0 0 32
17 Matt James Prop 100 kg, 6 ft 2 in 21 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 2009 11 0 0 0 0
18 Craig Kopczak Prop 98 kg, 6 ft 4 in 21 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 2010 14 0 0 0 0
19 Simon Finnigan Loose forward 95 kg, 6 ft 4 in 26 Redscolours.svg Salford City Reds 2008 30 10 0 0 40
20 Wayne Godwin Hooker 13 st, 5 ft 6 in 26 Hullcolours.svg Hull 2011 23 4 0 0 16
22 Ben Jeffries Stand Off 14 st, 5 ft 9 in 27 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 2009 27 11 0 0 44
23 Chris Nero Second Row 15 st, 6 ft 1 in 27 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 2010 24 5 0 0 20
24 Paul Sykes Right Centre 92 kg, 5 ft 10 in 26 Quinscolours.svg Harlequins RL 2010 29 16 3/5 0 70
25 Semi Tadulala Right Wing 14 st 10 lb, 6 ft 30 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 2008 25 23 0 0 88
26 Jason Crookes Right Centre 83 kg, 5 ft 10 in 17 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 2011 0 0 0 0 0
27 Richard Johnson Centre 80 kg, 5 ft 10 in 17 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 2008 3 0 0 0 0
29 Kieran Hyde Full-back ?? 18 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 2011 0 0 0 0 0
30 Keale Carlile Hooker ?? 18 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls ?? 1 0 0 0 0
31 Jode Sherriffe Loose forward 19 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 0 0 0 0 0
32 James Donaldson Second Row 16 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 0 0 0 0 0
Apps Tries Goals DG Points
144 143/
169
1 851

Players used = 27

Average age = 25.8

Run on team[edit]

Bradford Bulls 2008 Run on Team

Subs

On Season Loan

2008 fixtures/results[edit]

2008 Engage Super League

Date Competition Round Opponent Result Score Home/Away Venue Tries Goals Attendance TV Report
10 Feb 2008 League 1 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield L 24–26 Away Belle Vue Newton (2), Platt, Sykes Deacon (4/5) 9,851 Highlights Report
16 February 2008 League 2 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield W 38–12 Home Grattan Stadium Newton, Finnigan (2), Evans, Sykes, Morrison Deacon (7/7) 10,124 Highlights Report
22 February 2008 League 3 Saintscolours.svg St Helens L 16–22 Home Grattan Stadium Evans, Sykes (2) Deacon (2/3) 10,756 Highlights Report
1 Mar 2008 League 4 Wigancolours.svg Wigan L 14–28 Away JJB Stadium Godwin, Feather Deacon (3/3) 15,444 Highlights Report
8 Mar 2008 League 5 Catalanscolours.svg Catalans W 20–18 Away Stade Gilbert Morrison, Hape, Finnigan Deacon (4/4) 7,485 Highlights Report
16 March 2008 League 6 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington W 23–10 Home Grattan Stadium Sykes, Burgess, Jeffries Deacon(5/6)(1dg) 11,838 Highlights Report
20 March 2008 League 7 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds L 2–44 Away Headingley - Deacon (1/1) 19,296 Highlights Report
24 March 2008 League 8 Quinscolours.svg Harlequins W 32–24 Home Grattan Stadium Burgess, Halley, Solomona, Evans, Deacon Deacon (6/6) 8,428 Highlights Report
30 March 2008 League 9 Cascolours.png Castleford W 50–4 Home Grattan Stadium Godwin, Evans, Tadulala(3) Sykes, Jeffries, Hape, Nero Deacon (6/8)
Harris (1/1)
10,119 Highlights Report
6 Apr 2008 League 10 Hullcolours.svg Hull W 24–8 Away KC Stadium Nero, Cook, Burgess, Tadulala Deacon (4/6) 13,617 Highlights Report
13 April 2008 League 11 HKRcolours.svg Hull KR L 18–20 Away New Craven Park Tadulala, Sykes, Solomona Harris (3/3) 8,377 Highlights Report
19 April 2008 Cup 4 Cronulla colours.svgToulouse W 98–6 Home Grattan Stadium Burgess, Jeffries (2), Tadulala (3), Morrison (3), Evans, Halley (4), Finnigan (2), Tupou Harris (15/17) 3,569 Report
27 April 2008 League 12 Wigancolours.svg Wigan W 26–12 Home Grattan Stadium Tadulala, Hape, Jeffries, Evans Deacon (5/7) 11,896 Highlights Report
3 May 2008 League 13 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds L 26–40 Home Millennium Stadium Tadulala (2), Hape, Burgess Deacon (5/7) 30,628 Highlights Report
11 May 2008 Cup 5 Catalanscolours.svg Catalans W 46–16 Home Grattan Stadium Tadulala (3), Burgess, Halley, Langley, Nero, Hape Deacon (7/7)
Harris 0/1
5,057 Report
18 May 2008 League 14 Cascolours.png Castleford W 46–24 Away The Jungle Sykes, Newton, Burgess, Morrison, Langley, Platt, Jeffries, Finnigan Deacon (7/8) 7,855 Highlights Report
23 May 2008 League 15 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds L 14–30 Home Grattan Stadium Solomona, Halley, Tupou Sykes (1/3) 14,013 Highlights Report
1 Jun 2008 Cup QF Hullcolours.svg Hull L 16–22 Home Grattan Stadium Tupou, Sykes Harris (4/5) 5,597 Highlights Report
8 Jun 2008 League 16 Catalanscolours.svg Catalans L 16–24 Home Grattan Stadium Burgess, Jeffries, Sykes, Harris (3/3) 8,400 Highlights Report
13 June 2008 League 17 Saintscolours.svg St Helens L 58–20 Away GPW R Stadium Tadulala, Sykes, Harris, Halley Sykes(2/3)
Harris(0/1)
9,089 Highlights Report
22 June 2008 League 18 Hullcolours.svg Hull W 36–22 Home Grattan Stadium Lynch, Sykes, Tadulala (2), Hape, Newton, Cook Harris(4/7) 9,511 Highlights Report
29 June 2008 League 19 HKRcolours.svg Hull KR W 40–20 Home Grattan Stadium Solomona, Sykes (2), Hape, Finnigan, Harris, Platt, Harris (6/7) 9,000 Highlights Report
6 Jul 2008 League 20 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield L 24–25 Away Galpharm St Newton, Platt, Lynch, Finnigan, Harris (4/5) 10,786 Highlights Report
11 Jul 2008 League 21 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington L 28–32 Away Halliwell Jones Lynch, Nero, Tadulala, Platt, Jeffries, Deacon (4/5) 8,158 Highlights Report
20 July 2008 League 22 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield W 24–10 Home Grattan Stadium Deacon, Newton, Jeffries, Harris, Deacon (4/4) 9,429 Highlights Report
3 Aug 2008 League 23 Quinscolours.svg Harlequins L 24–36 Away The Stoop Finnigan, Tadulala, Jeffries, Lynch Harris (4/4) 2,534 Highlights Report
8 August 2008 League 24 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds L 18–28 Away Headingley Sykes, Evans, Godwin Harris (3/3) 17,508 Highlights Report
17 August 2008 League 25 Hullcolours.svg Hull W 42–14 Home Grattan Stadium Deacon, Jeffries, Newton, Vagana, Cook, Godwin, Evans Deacon (7/7) 9,181 Highlights Report
24 August 2008 League 26 HKRcolours.svg Hull KR W 38–18 Home Grattan Stadium Sykes, Halley, Solomona, Tadulala, Cook, Nero, Evans, Newton Deacon (5/7)
Vagana(0/1)
10,853 Highlights Report
7 Sep 2008 League 27 Cascolours.png Castleford W 18–16 Away The Jungle Tadulala(3), Deacon (1/2)
Harris (2/2)
8,067 Highlights Report
12 Sep 2008 Playoffs PO1 Wigancolours.svg Wigan L 30–14 Away Halton Stadium Lynch, Finnigan Deacon (2/2),
Harris (1/1)
6,809 Highlights Report

2008 player signings/transfers[edit]

2008 Transfer gains

Name Signed from Fee Date
Tame Tupou Brisbane Broncos N/A June 2007
Joe Vagana N/A Re-signed for 1 year June 2007
Paul Sykes Harlequins RL Undisclosed Fee Sept 2007
Wayne Godwin Hull F.C. N/A Sept 2007
Ben Jeffries Wakefield Trinity Wildcats Sept 2007
Semi Tadulala Wakefield Trinity Wildcats Sept 2007
Chris Nero Huddersfield Giants N/A Sept 2007
Simon Finnigan Salford City Reds N/A Sept 2007

2008 Transfer losses

Name Sold to Fee Date
Lesley Vainikolo Gloucester RFC N/A June 2007
Ian Henderson New Zealand Warriors N/A November 2007
Ben Harris North Queensland N/A November 2007
Chris McKenna Doncaster N/A November 2007
Nathan McAvoy Leigh Centurions N/A November 2007
Marcus St Hilaire Oldham Roughyeds N/A November 2007
Richard Hawkyard Swinton Lions N/A November 2007
Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Saintscolours.svg St Helens 27 21 1 5 940 457 +483 43
2 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 27 21 0 6 863 413 +450 42
3 Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons 27 16 2 9 694 625 +69 34
4 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 27 13 3 11 648 698 −50 29
5 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 27 14 0 13 705 625 +80 28
6 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 27 14 0 13 690 713 −23 28
7 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 27 11 1 15 564 713 −149 23
8 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 27 11 0 16 574 760 −186 22
9 Quinscolours.svg Harlequins RL 27 11 0 16 569 763 −194 22
10 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 27 10 1 16 638 681 −43 21
11 Hullcolours.svg Hull 27 8 1 18 538 699 −157 17
12 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers 27 7 1 19 593 869 −276 15
  Teams qualifying for the Play-offs

Source: superleague.co.uk.
Classification: 1st on competition points; 2nd on match points difference.
Competition points: for win = 2; for draw = 1; for loss = 0.

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