2008 Bradford Bulls season
|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|
Super 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."
Bradford'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.
Bradford 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
Bradford 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
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.
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.
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
07/09/08 Castleford Tigers V Bradford Bulls
2008 squad statistics
- 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||Castleford Tigers||2011||20||5||0||0||20|
|2||Dave Halley||Right Wing||78 kg, 5 ft 9 in||21||Bradford Bulls||2009||23||9||0||0||36|
|3||James Evans||Right Centre||89 kg, 6 ft 0 in||29||Wakefield Trinity Wildcats||2008||30||9||0||0||36|
|5||Tame Tupou||Left Wing||110 kg, 6 ft 4 in||25||Brisbane Broncos||2010||10||3||0||0||12|
|6||Iestyn Harris||Stand Off||92 kg, 6 ft||32||Cardiff Blues Rugby Union||2008||27||3||50/60||0||110|
|7||Paul Deacon (c)||Scrum-half||80 kg, 5 ft 9 in||29||Oldham Roughyeds||2010||20||3||90/106||1||188|
|8||Joe Vagana||Prop||120 kg, 6 ft 3 in||33||New Zealand Warriors||2008||19||1||0/1||0||4|
|9||Terry Newton||Hooker||98 kg, 5 ft 10 in||29||Wigan Warriors||2009||26||9||0||0||36|
|10||Andy Lynch||Prop||108 kg, 6 ft 2 in||29||Castleford Tigers||2008||29||5||0||0||20|
|11||David Solomona||Second Row||108 kg, 6 ft 0 in||30||Wakefield Trinity Wildcats||2009||24||5||0||0||20|
|12||Glenn Morrison(vc)||Second Row||97 kg, 6 ft 3 in||32||Parramatta Eels||2009||14||6||0||0||24|
|13||Jamie Langley(vc)||Loose forward||108 kg, 6 ft 2 in||24||Bradford Bulls||2010||28||2||0||0||8|
|14||Chris Feather||Prop||114 kg, 6 ft 4 in||26||Leeds Rhinos||2009||13||1||0||0||4|
|15||Matt Cook||Second Row||95 kg, 6 ft 0 in||21||Bradford Bulls||2009||17||4||0||0||16|
|16||Sam Burgess||Loose forward||111 kg, 6 ft 3 in||19||Bradford Bulls||2011||23||8||0||0||32|
|17||Matt James||Prop||100 kg, 6 ft 2 in||21||Bradford Bulls||2009||11||0||0||0||0|
|18||Craig Kopczak||Prop||98 kg, 6 ft 4 in||21||Bradford Bulls||2010||14||0||0||0||0|
|19||Simon Finnigan||Loose forward||95 kg, 6 ft 4 in||26||Salford City Reds||2008||30||10||0||0||40|
|20||Wayne Godwin||Hooker||13 st, 5 ft 6 in||26||Hull||2011||23||4||0||0||16|
|22||Ben Jeffries||Stand Off||14 st, 5 ft 9 in||27||Wakefield Trinity Wildcats||2009||27||11||0||0||44|
|23||Chris Nero||Second Row||15 st, 6 ft 1 in||27||Huddersfield Giants||2010||24||5||0||0||20|
|24||Paul Sykes||Right Centre||92 kg, 5 ft 10 in||26||Harlequins RL||2010||29||16||3/5||0||70|
|25||Semi Tadulala||Right Wing||14 st 10 lb, 6 ft||30||Wakefield Trinity Wildcats||2008||25||23||0||0||88|
|26||Jason Crookes||Right Centre||83 kg, 5 ft 10 in||17||Bradford Bulls||2011||0||0||0||0||0|
|27||Richard Johnson||Centre||80 kg, 5 ft 10 in||17||Bradford Bulls||2008||3||0||0||0||0|
|29||Kieran Hyde||Full-back||??||18||Bradford Bulls||2011||0||0||0||0||0|
|30||Keale Carlile||Hooker||??||18||Bradford Bulls||??||1||0||0||0||0|
|31||Jode Sherriffe||Loose forward||19||Bradford Bulls||0||0||0||0||0|
|32||James Donaldson||Second Row||16||Bradford Bulls||0||0||0||0||0|
Players used = 27
Average age = 25.8
Run on team
|Bradford Bulls 2008 Run on Team|
On Season Loan
2008 Engage Super League
2008 player signings/transfers
2008 Transfer gains
|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
|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|
|7||Hull Kingston Rovers||27||11||1||15||564||713||−149||23|
|8||Wakefield Trinity Wildcats||27||11||0||16||574||760||−186||22|
|Teams qualifying for the Play-offs|
Classification: 1st on competition points; 2nd on match points difference.
Competition points: for win = 2; for draw = 1; for loss = 0.