2011 Bradford Bulls season

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2011 Bradford Bulls season
Super League XVI 10th
Play-off result Did Not Qualify
Challenge Cup 5th Round
2011 record Wins: 10; Draws: 2; Losses: 17
Points scored For: 570; Against: 826
Team information
Chairman Peter Hood
Head coach Mick Potter
Captain
Stadium Grattan Stadium
Avg. Attend. N/A
High. Attend. 19,275
Top scorers
Tries Patrick Ah Van & Shad Royston – 12
Goals Patrick Ah Van – 97
Points Patrick Ah Van – 242
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This article details the Bradford Bulls rugby league football club's 2011 season. This is the sixteenth season of the Super League era.

Season review[edit]

August 2010

Bradford Bulls started the build-up for the 2011 Super League season by announcing the departure of center Chris Nero, who was offered a new contract but turned it down to join Salford City Reds and also Mick Potter's decision to not renew the contract of the ageing Steve Menzies who was then offered a one-year contract at the Catalans Dragons which he accepted. The recruitment started with the announcement of Paul Sykes and Jamie Langley accepting another three-year deal to stay at the Bulls. Potter also renewed Craig Kopczak's contract and gave a professional contract to up and coming winger Vinny Finigan. The Bulls also kept talented youngsters Elliott Whitehead by giving him a three-year deal after a solid 2010 season and a three-year contract to up-and-coming hooker Adam O'Brien who will be looking to play his debut for the Bulls this season.

September 2010

The Bulls finally announced a replacement for Nero in the form of Chev Walker from Hull KR. To boost the wings he also brought in Wigan Warriors youngster Shaun Ainscough and New Zealand Warriors young winger Patrick Ah Van. With the Bulls lacking that extra push in the forwards last season, the signings of Bryn Hargreaves from St Helens RLFC and Olivier Elima from Catalans Dragons will provide that. Another problem with the Bulls last season is that the squad did not really have any experience and the depth so they have signed experienced second rower Ian Sibbit from Salford City Reds, Sibbit will be in his 13th season, with six of them spent at Salford. Youngster Joe Wardle who made his debut last year for the Bulls has rejected a new contract and will pursue a career at Huddersfield Giants. The Bulls have also let Rikki Sheriffe and Stuart Reardon go after both had a very poor season in 2010. To provide more depth in the 3/4 line the Bulls handed a career lifeline to the recently jailed winger Gareth Raynor whose previous club was Crusaders and an excellent player from the Championship in the form of Shad Royston from Halifax RLFC. Jamie Langley, Nick Scruton, Paul Sykes and Andy Lynch have all been included in the preliminary England RL squad in the buildup to the 2010 Four Nations. The Bulls have also given 2-year contracts to youngsters Jason Crookes, Steve Crossley and Danny Addy.

October 2010

Incoming coach Mick Potter finished his 2010 season with a 22–10 loss to Wigan Warriors (the 2010 Super League Grand Final) in his final game for St Helens before joining the Bulls in 2011. On 4 October Peter Hood announced that the Bulls had succeeded reaching their 10,000 pledge scheme making the Bulls the cheapest team to watch in super league. The Bulls also added to their backroom staff by announcing they had acquired assistant coach Francis Cummins from rivals Leeds Rhinos. A 9th player was acquired in the form of hooker Matt Diskin who signed a 3-year contract with the Bulls from arch rivals Leeds. The first player to leave the Bulls in October was 19-year-old second rower Andy Tate who signed for Yorkshire rivals Wakefield Trinity Wildcats. The Magic Weekend fixtures were announced and the Bulls will play against arch rivals Leeds Rhinos on Sunday 13 February 2011 to kick off their season. While in Australia Mick Potter searched for a replacement for Matt Orford who wishes to return to the NRL with either Canberra Raiders or Parramatta Eels. As his replacement Aussie Marc Herbert was signed on a 1 Year Deal from Canberra Raiders.

November 2010

Stuart Reardon was signed by Iestyn Harris to play for the Crusaders in the 2011 season. On 10 November Prop Danny Sculthorpe left the Bulls by mutual consent due to a re-occurring injury. A couple of months after signing a new 1-year deal Michael Worrincy signed for NRL side Penrith Panthers. Castleford Tigers brought out their pre-season friendly fixtures and it is revealed that they will play the Bulls on boxing day (26 December) at The Jungle with a kick off time of 12pm also the Bulls will play Halifax RLFC on 9 January at Grattan Stadium for Jamie Langley's testimonial and that will kick off at 3pm. Dewsbury Rams also announced they will play Bradford on 23 January 2011 at Rams Stadium also at 3pm. The Bulls also confirmed they will be playing Wakefield Trinity Wildcats on 30 January at Odsal Stadium with a 3pm kick off. The Bradford Bulls 2011 playing kits were revealed on 17 November with the Home strip being white and the Away purple also JCT600 renewed their partnership with the Bulls. The 2011 Super League fixtures were announced on 22 November at 00:01 am. The Bulls announce yet another pre season friendly against Keighley Cougars at Cougar Park on 28 January 2011 with a 7:30pm kick off.

December 2010

It was announced that youngster George Burgess would follow in the footsteps of his older brother Sam and join the South Sydney Rabbitohs for 2011. Mick Potter also confirmed that Andy Lynch would retain the captaincy for 2011 and Jamie Langley would retain the vice captaincy, Speaking in the T&A on 16 December, Potter said "There won't be too many changes on who the leaders are I don't think. There's quite a stable bunch of senior players and, in most likelihood, Andy Lynch will be captain next year". Salford City Reds signed Bulls hooker Wayne Godwin on a 3-year deal as their hooker Tevita Leo-Latu was refused a visa plus the Boxing Day friendly against Castleford was cancelled due to a frozen pitch and will not be played on another date.

January 2011

The Bulls release second rower Glenn Hall from his contract, which he had 2 years left on, so he could return to Australia for the birth of his child. The 20-man squad for the match against Halifax RLFC was revealed with new signings Patrick Ah Van, Gareth Raynor, Shad Royston, Marc Herbert, Bryn Hargreaves, Shaun Ainscough, Ian Sibbit and Chev Walker all making their debuts. The Bulls beat the Championship Grand Final winners 50–8 with tries from Raynor, Heath L'Estrange scored a double, Herbert, Royston, Jason Crookes, John Bateman, Michael Platt and Elliott Whitehead, Herbert kicked a goal and Ah Van kicked 6. The Bulls 2010 superstar signing Matt Orford finally got a 1-year deal with Canberra Raiders after many months of legal disputes which means the Bulls can announce 23-year-old Stand Off Kyle Briggs (on a 2-year deal) from Featherstone Rovers as their 11th new recruit. On 13 January the Bulls announced the squad numbers for the 2011 season. They travelled to Lanzarote for 1 week for an intense training camp, during the camp Glenn Hall signed a 2-year contract with NRL team North Queensland Cowboys. It is revealed that Formula One ace Mark Webber spent a day training with the Bulls in their warm weather camp. The 20-man squad for the game against Dewsbury Rams was announced with new signings Matt Diskin, Olivier Elima and Kyle Briggs all making their debuts, Nick Scruton returns from injury to play. The Bulls are made to fight for their 46–12 win with tries coming from Diskin, a double from Vinny Finigan, Ah Van, Steve Crossley, Platt and youngsters Reed and McKay, Ah Van kicked 7 out of 8. The squads for the game against Keighley Cougars and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats was announced with youngsters Cain Southernwood, Finigan, Bateman and Crookes featuring against the Cougars, Brett Kearney is set to play his first game in 2011 against the Wildcats. The youthful Bulls side lost 46–12 against the Cougars with tries coming from Bateman, Southernwood and Finigan. Bradford then beat Wakefield in the final pre-season match 40–16 with tries coming from L'Estrange, Kearney, a double from the ever impressive Ah Van, Platt, Paul Sykes and Elima, Ah Van kicked 4 goals whilst Herbert and Briggs kicked 1 each.

February 2011

Rikki Sheriffe signed a 2-year contract with rugby union side Newcastle Falcons, meanwhile Danny Sculthorpe joins Widnes Vikings after a short trial period. Also Steve Ganson was appointed to ref the game against Leeds Rhinos at Millennium Magic. The squad for the Millennium Magic was released with only Marc Herbert missing (hamstring strain) out of all 11 new signings. The Bulls looked liked they had improved a lot but due to a controversial decision the Bulls lost 32–28 to local rivals Leeds Rhinos with Whitehead scoring 3 tries, Matt Diskin scoring against his former club and Ah Van scoring after going 80m after he intercepted a Brent Webb pass, Ah Van kicked 4 goals from 5 attempts. Jamie Langley and Kyle Briggs were injured during the game against Leeds and so were not included in the squad against Wigan Warriors while Marc Herbert is still injured. The Bulls were overpowered 44–10 by the Super League champions with Whitehead and Ah Van scoring for Bradford whilst Ah Van kicked a conversion. Bradford recorded their first win of the 2011 campaign beating the Crusaders 30–26, tries from Andy Lynch, Shad Royston and Shaun Ainscough made sure the Bulls were 18–6 up at half time, second half tries came from the 2 hookers Matt Diskin and Heath L'Estrange, also Patrick Ah Van kicked all 5 goals to make sure the Bulls won. L'Estrange and Chev Walker picked up injuries, Walker is out for about a month and L'Estrange is out for 6 weeks.

March 2011

The month started pretty well for the Bulls as they comfortably beat the Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 40–18, youngster Tom Olbison scored the Bulls 1st try, Craig Kopczak grabbed his first ever hat-trick, Shad Royston scored 2 tries and winger Shaun Ainscough scored a try. Patrick Ah Van was in good form with the boot as usual kicking 6 out of 7. However this victory was short lived as the Bulls came crashing down to earth with a very poor performance the next week resulting in a 50–16 loss to Huddersfield Giants, the Bulls gave a debut to 17-year-old hooker Adam O'Brien who did not look out of place when he came off the bench. Shaun Ainscough scored his 3rd try in 3 games and Marc Herbert and Gareth Raynor also grabbed their first tries for the club. Ah Van kicked 2 from 3. The Bulls bounced back the following week against the unbeaten Castleford Tigers with Olivier Elima scoring his first try for the club and Nick Scruton getting a double helping the Bulls to an 18–14 win, Ah Van was on target with all his attempts kicking 3 from 3. The 2011 Challenge Cup draw for the 4th round occurred a few hours after the Castleford game and the Bulls got an away tie against local Championship side Halifax RLFC on 8 May 2011, which was shown on the BBC. The next game for the Bulls was against St Helens at the Halton Stadium, the Saints won the game 28–16 with a little help from the referee Richard Silverwood, and the Bulls tries came from Ah Van and Ainscough (who got a double) with Ah Van kicking 2 from 3. Also Prop forward Nick Scruton signed a 3-year contract to stay with the Bulls until 2014.

April 2011

Youngster Tom Burgess made his long awaited debut in the 24–22 win over Harlequins, although the Bulls played well in parts they never really got out of first gear and just managed to hold onto a win. Olivier Elima opened the Bulls scoring with Matt Diskin, Brett Kearney and Paul Sykes all finding the try line. Patrick Ah Van kicked 3 from 4 and also slotted over a penalty kick to ensure the Bulls came away with 2 points. Bradford's next game was against struggling Hull, after playing well in the first half silly errors let Hull back in the game and they beat the Bulls 34–24 with tries from Sykes, Chev Walker scoring his first for the Bulls and Shad Royston who got a double. Ah Van contributed 8 points by kicking all 4 goals. Academy product Tom Olbison signed a new three-year deal keeping him at the Bulls until 2014, also Michael Platt signed a new two-year contract, keeping him at the club until 2013. The Bulls travelled to The Willows to play the Salford City Reds, they started off well when captain Andy Lynch went over for a try with Marc Herbert converting but poor tackling and appalling ball handling allowed Salford to lead 24–10 at the break. The Bulls came out with a bit of fight and Aussie recruit Herbert went in for a try, Herbert got his second near the end of the game and converted but after a poor performance the Bulls were on the end of a 56–16 defeat. The Bulls then faced arch-rivals Leeds Rhinos at home, early tries from Ah Van and Lynch put the Bulls 10–0 up but they eventually succumbed to the Rhinos fightback and lost 22–30 with Elima scoring 2 and Ah Van kicking 3 from 5. Four days later the Bulls travelled to the south of France to face the Catalans Dragons, youngster John Bateman made his debut starting at Loose Forward however Bradford drew with the Dragons 8–8 with hooker Heath L'Estrange scoring the only try for the Bulls with Ah Van kicking 2 from 3.

May 2011

May did not start well for the Bulls as they were absolutely destroyed by a visiting Warrington Wolves side, the Bulls' errors gifted the Wolves an early lead and Warrington went into halftime 32–0 up. The second half the Bulls again coughed up the ball and a good Wolves side capitalised on the mistakes. The game ended up 58–14 to Warrington with the Bulls producing something with tries from Andy Lynch, Craig Kopczak and Elliott Whitehead. Patrick Ah Van kicked 1 goal. With the Bulls suffering injuries and having problems in the halves, Mick Potter signed former Bull Ben Jeffries, from Wakefield Trinity Wildcats on a 1 and a half-year deal. Jeffries can play either half back position. The Bulls went through to Round 5 of the Challenge Cup after beating Halifax RLFC 46–34, Bradford did not play well at all with tries coming from Royston, Platt, Ah Van, Sibbit, Burgess, Whitehead and a double from Raynor. The draw for Round 5 happened on 8 May and the Bulls are playing SL champions Wigan Warriors at Odsal Stadium on 22 May. Things got bad to worse for the Bulls as they lost 46–18 to fellow strugglers Hull Kingston Rovers, Kyle Briggs scored his first try for the Bulls and tries from Raynor and Lynch was all the Bulls could muster (Ah Van kicked all 3 goals). The following week the Bulls faced Super League champions Wigan, playing with 12 men after Gareth Raynor was sent off. Wigan won 26–22 but the Bulls had tries coming from Whitehead, Royston and a double from Ah Van who also kicked 3 goals. Winger Raynor received a £300 fine and a 2-match ban for the red-carded challenge on Wigan's Sam Tomkins. Bradford faced Salford City Reds the following week and avenged their 56–16 loss to Salford by beating thm 28–14 at Odsal Stadium, Scrum Half Briggs scored 2 tries, whilst halfback partner Jeffies got one with additional tries coming from Hooker Heath L'Estrange and Winger Paul Sykes, Ah Van kicked 4 goals.

June 2011

The Bulls travelled to the Capital to face fellow strugglers Harlequins RL; this was a must win for the Bulls if they wanted to keep within touching distance of the playoffs. Marc Herbert replaced Kyle Briggs and prop Bryn Hargreaves suffered an ankle injury. Also youngster Danny Addy made his return to the first team. Bradford won the game 30–16 with Centre Patrick Ah Van scoring 2 tries and kicking 2 goals, other Centre Elliott Whitehead scored a try and in his best game in a Bradford shirt Full Back Shad Royston went 90m to score. The points were rounded up with a late try from front rower Andy Lynch. Aussie Hooker Heath L'Estrange signed a new three-year deal, keeping him at the Bulls until 2014. The Bulls were aiming to win three in a row for the first time since April 2010 against visitors St Helens RLFC. It was a very rainy evening and Saints scored an early try; however the Bulls came away with a draw, a last-minute penalty given away by Lynch allowed Jamie Foster to make the final score 14–14, Fullback Brett Kearney scored on his return and so did captain Lynch. Ah Van kicked 3 goals from 4. Aussie Kearney also signed a new three-year deal at the Bulls. Half Back Kyle Briggs went out on loan for a month at strugglers Harlequins RL. Bradford announced their first signing for the 2012 season in the form of Newcastle Knights centre Keith Lulia. Bradford hosted fellow playoff contenders Hull FC at Odsal, Hull managed to dominate the Bradford pack and won the game 28–14, the Bulls tryscorers were Royston with 2 and captain Lynch, Ah Van kicked a goal. The Bulls won their first game at Headingley Stadium since 2007 with a hard-fought 18–12 victory against arch-rivals Leeds Rhinos, second-rower Olivier Elima scored 2 tries for Bradford and Ah Van kicked 5 goals. Bradford Bulls terminated the contact of academy product Dave Halley, he immediately joined local Championship 1 side Keighley Cougars on a short term deal.

July 2011

July kicked off with a 28–34 loss to French team Catalans Dragons, veteran and former Bulls favourite Steve Menzies tore his former club to pieces with superb handling and great defence. Olivier Elima scored against his former club and other Bulls tries came from youngster Tom Burgess, Ben Jeffries and Gareth Raynor. Patrick Ah Van kicked 6 goals. Bradford's play-off hopes were given a major knock back as the Bulls went down 30–34 against Castleford Tigers. Brett Kearney scored 2 tries followed by tries from Raynor, the returning top try scorer Shad Royston took his tally to 11 and Paul Sykes crossed the line too. Ah Van kicked 5 from 5. It was announced that veteran winger Gareth Raynor has signed a new 1-year deal making him a Bull for 2012. In response to the defeat at Castleford the Bulls sensationally beat title contenders Huddersfield Giants 36–0, the Bulls outstanding defence and good attack won this game with tries coming from Sykes (who scored 2), Jeffries, Michael Platt, Ah Van and Kearney. Ah Van kicked 4 goals and Sykes kicked 2. The Bulls announce a second signing for 2012 in the form of Harlequins RL halfback Luke Gale on a 2-year deal. The Rugby Football League announce that the Bulls received a Grade B license for 2012–2014 and that Crusaders RL withdrew their application. In light of this news the Bulls quickly snapped up halfback Jarrod Sammut on a one-year deal. Bradford came crashing down to earth as the Warrington Wolves were rampant and murdered the Bulls 64–6 with the points coming from Ah Van.

August 2011

Leading point scorer Patrick Ah Van signed for Super League newcomers Widnes Vikings on a teo-year deal. Hooker Matt Diskin played 10 weeks with a shoulder injury and needs surgery on it and will miss the rest of the season. The Bulls announce the signing of Aussie winger/centre Adrian Purtell from Penrith Panthers on a 3 Year Deal. Winger Shaun Ainscough signed a new one-year deal with the Bulls while fullback Shad Royston is set to join Pia Donkeys in the French league. Fellow playoff contenders Hull KR travelled to Odsal Stadium to try move 4 points clear of the Bulls. They succeeded with a 34–8 win, with only Marc Herbert scoring a try and Ah Van kicking 2 goals. Reigning Super League champions Wigan Warriors ripped the Bulls apart 60–12 with youngster John Bateman scoring his first professional try and academy product Craig Kopczak also crossed the line. Ah Van kicked 2 goals.

September 2011

The Bulls played their last home game of the season against Crusaders RL a game which they won 48–24 with Olivier Elima scoring two, Brett Kearney scoring two, Kopczak, Shaun Ainscough, Ah Van and Andy Lynch also scored with Ah Van kicking 8 goals. The Bulls rounded off a depressing season with a 26–14 loss against Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Kyle Briggs, Ainscough and Shad Royston all scored with Ah Van kicking one goal. The Bulls equalled their lowest ever finish, finishing 10th in the league, however they did get one more point than the previous year.

Pre season friendlies[edit]

LEGEND
  Win
  Draw
  Loss

Bulls score is first.

Date Competition Vrs H/A Venue Result Score Tries Goals Att Report
9 Jan 2011 Pre Season Faxcolours.svgHalifax H Grattan Stadium W 50–8 Raynor, L'Estrange (2), Herbert, Bateman, Crookes, Royston, Whitehead, Platt Herbert 1/2, Ah Van 6/7 4,607 Match Report
23 January 2011 Pre Season Ramscolours.svg Rams A Rams Stadium W 46–12 Diskin, Ah Van, McKay, Finigan (2), Reed, Crossley, Platt Ah Van 7/8 1,599 Match Report
28 January 2011 Pre Season Cougscolours.svg Cougars A Cougar Park L 12–46 Bateman, Southernwood, Finigan Southernwood 0/2, O'Brien 0/1 880 Match Report
30 January 2011 Pre Season Wcatscolours.svg Wildcats H Grattan Stadium W 40–16 L'Estrange, Kearney, Ah Van (2), Elima, Platt, Sykes Herbert 1/1, Ah Van 4/5, Briggs 1/1 2,620 Match Report

Player appearances[edit]

  • Friendly games only
FB=Fullback C=Centre W=Winger SO=Stand Off SH=Scrum Half P=Prop H=Hooker SR=Second Row LF=Loose Forward B=Bench
No Player 1 2 3 4
1 Michael Platt B C x B
2 Dave Halley Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg
3 Paul Sykes x C x C
4 Chev Walker C x x C
5 Patrick Ah Van C FB x W
6 Brett Kearney Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg x FB
7 Marc Herbert SH x x SH
8 Nick Scruton Injury icon 2.svg P x B
9 Heath L'Estrange H x x H
10 Andy Lynch Captain sports.svg P x x P
11 Olivier Elima x SR x SR
12 Elliott Whitehead SR SR x SR
13 Jamie Langley L x x L
14 Matt Diskin Injury icon 2.svg H x B
15 Bryn Hargreaves B x x P
16 Craig Kopczak P x x B
17 Ian Sibbitt SR Injury icon 2.svg x B
18 Shaun Ainscough W x x W
19 Gareth Raynor W x x B
20 James Donaldson Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg x x
21 Danny Addy SO LF Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg
22 Steve Crossley x P P x
23 Tom Olbison x B SR x
24 Jason Crookes B W C x
25 Shad Royston FB x x B
26 Cain Southernwood B SH SH x
27 Adam O'Brien B B H x
28 Vinny Finigan x W W x
29 Tom Burgess B B P x
30 Liam McAvoy x SR SR x
31 John Bateman B B L x
32 Kyle Briggs x SO x SO

Captain sports.svg = Captain

Injury icon 2.svg = Injured

X (1).png = Suspended

Table[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 27 22 0 5 1072 401 671 44
2 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 27 20 3 4 852 432 420 43
3 Saintscolours.svg St Helens RLFC 27 17 3 7 782 515 267 37
4 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 27 16 0 11 707 524 183 32
5 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 27 15 1 11 757 603 154 31
6 Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons 27 15 1 11 689 626 63 31
7 HKRcolours.svg Hull Kingston Rovers 27 14 0 13 713 692 21 28
8 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. 27 13 1 13 718 569 149 27
9 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers 27 12 2 13 664 808 -144 26
10 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 27 9 2 16 570 826 −256 20
11 Redscolours.svg Salford City Reds 27 10 0 17 542 809 −267 20
12 Quinscolours.svg Harlequins 27 6 1 20 524 951 −427 13
13 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wildcats* 27 7 0 20 453 957 −504 10
14 Cruscolours.svg Crusaders* 27 6 0 21 527 857 −330 8
  Teams qualifying for the Play-offs
  Bradford

Notes:

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.

2011 fixtures and results[edit]

LEGEND
  Win
  Draw
  Loss

2011 Engage Super League

Date Competition Rnd Vrs H/A Venue Result Score Tries Goals Att Live on TV Report
13 February 2011 Millennium Magic 1 Rhinoscolours.svg Rhinos N Millennium Stadium L 28–32 Whitehead (3), Ah Van, Diskin Ah Van 4/5 29,323 Sky Sports Match Report
20 February 2011 League 2 Wigancolours.svg Warriors H Grattan Stadium L 10–44 Whitehead, Ah Van Ah Van 1/2 15,348 Match Report
26 February 2011 League 3 Cruscolours.svg Crusaders A Racecourse Ground W 30–26 Lynch, Royston, Ainscough, Diskin, L'Estrange Ah Van 5/5 2,615 Sky Sports Match Report
6 March 2011 League 4 Wcatscolours.svg Wildcats H Grattan Stadium W 40–18 Olbison, Royston (2), Kopczak (3), Ainscough Ah Van 6/7 12,835 Match Report
13 March 2011 League 5 Giantscolours.svg Giants A Galpharm Stadium L 16–50 Ainscough, Herbert, Raynor Ah Van 2/3 9,466 Match Report
20 March 2011 League 6 Cascolours.png Tigers H Grattan Stadium W 18–14 Elima, Scruton (2) Ah Van 3/3 14,348 Match Report
25 March 2011 League 7 Saintscolours.svg Saints A Halton Stadium L 16–28 Ainscough (2), Ah Van Ah Van 2/3 7,676 Match Report
3 April 2011 League 8 Quinscolours.svg Harlequins RL H Grattan Stadium W 24–22 Elima, Diskin, Kearney, Sykes Ah Van 4/5 12,354 Match Report
8 April 2011 League 9 Hullcolours.svg Hull FC A KC Stadium L 24–34 Sykes, Royston (2), Walker Ah Van 4/4 11,346 Match Report
16 April 2011 League 10 Redscolours.svg Reds A The Willows L 16–56 Lynch, Herbert (2) Herbert 2/3 2,809 Sky Sports Match Report
21 April 2011 League 11 Rhinoscolours.svg Rhinos H Grattan Stadium L 22–30 Ah Van, Lynch, Elima (2) Ah Van 3/5 19,275 Sky Sports Match Report
25 April 2011 League 12 Catalanscolours.svg Dragons A Stade Gilbert Brutus D 8–8 L'Estrange Ah Van 2/3 9,496 Sky Sports Match Report
1 May 2011 League 13 Wolvescolours.svg Wolves H Grattan Stadium L 14–58 Kopczak, Lynch, Whitehead Ah Van 1/3 14,134 Match Report
15 May 2011 League 14 HKRcolours.svg Hull KR A Craven Park L 18–46 Briggs, Raynor, Lynch Ah Van 3/3 7,923 Match Report
29 May 2011 League 15 Redscolours.svg Reds H Grattan Stadium W 28–14 Briggs (2), Sykes, L'Estrange, Jeffries Ah Van 4/5 12,487 Match Report
4 June 2011 League 16 Quinscolours.svg Harlequins RL A Twickenham Stoop W 30–16 Ah Van (2), Royston, Whitehead, Lynch Ah Van 5/6 4,253 Match Report
12 June 2011 League 17 Saintscolours.svg Saints H Grattan Stadium D 14–14 Kearney, Lynch Ah Van 3/4 13,224 Sky Sports Match Report
19 June 2011 League 18 Hullcolours.svg Hull FC H Grattan Stadium L 14–28 Royston (2), Lynch Ah Van 1/3 14,414 Match Report
24 June 2011 League 19 Rhinoscolours.svg Rhinos A Headingley Stadium W 18–12 Elima (2) Ah Van 5/7 18,095 Match Report
2 July 2011 League 20 Catalanscolours.svg Dragons H Grattan Stadium L 28–34 Elima, Burgess, Jeffries, Raynor Ah Van 6/7 12,670 Sky Sports Match Report
10 July 2011 League 21 Cascolours.png Tigers A The Jungle L 30–34 Kearney (2), Raynor, Royston, Sykes Ah Van 5/5 7,004 Match Report
17 July 2011 League 22 Giantscolours.svg Giants H Grattan Stadium W 36–0 Jeffries, Sykes (2), Platt, Ah Van, Kearney Ah Van 4/5, Sykes 2/3 14,047 Match Report
31 July 2011 League 23 Wolvescolours.svg Wolves A Halliwell Jones Stadium L 6–64 Ah Van Ah Van 1/1 10,641 Match Report
14 August 2011 League 24 HKRcolours.svg Hull KR H Grattan Stadium L 8–34 Herbert Ah Van 2/2 13,441 Sky Sports Match Report
19 August 2011 League 25 Wigancolours.svg Warriors A DW Stadium L 12–60 Kopczak, Bateman Ah Van 2/2 13,940 Sky Sports Match Report
4 September 2011 League 26 Cruscolours.svg Crusaders H Grattan Stadium W 48–24 Elima (2), Kearney (2), Kopczak, Ainscough, Ah Van, Lynch Ah Van 8/8 12,998 Match Report
9 September 2011 League 27 Wcatscolours.svg Wildcats A Belle Vue L 14–26 Briggs, Ainscough, Royston Ah Van 1/3 6,486 Match Report

Player appearances[edit]

  • Super League Only
FB=Fullback C=Centre W=Winger SO=Stand-Off SH=Scrum Half PR=Prop H=Hooker SR=Second Row L=Loose Forward B=Bench
No Player 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27
1 Michael Platt W C C C C C C Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg C C C C x C x B B C x C C C x C x
2 Dave Halley Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x
3 Paul Sykes x SO x x FB FB FB FB SO C x SO SO Injury icon 2.svg W Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg x x x C C C x C C C
4 Chev Walker C C SR Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg x C C C C C C Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg B B
5 Patrick Ah Van C W C C C W W W W x W W W W C W C C C C W W W W W W C
6 Brett Kearney SO SH SH SO SO SO SO SO FB FB SO Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg FB FB FB FB FB FB FB FB FB FB x
7 Marc Herbert Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg SH SH SH SH SH SH SH SH SH SH Injury icon 2.svg x SH SH SH SH SH SH SH SH SH SH Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg
8 Nick Scruton B P B B B B B Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg B B B B B B B Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg
9 Heath L'Estrange H H H Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg B B Injury icon 2.svg B H H B B H B B B Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg
10 Andy Lynch Captain sports.svg P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P P
11 Olivier Elima SR SR L L L SR SR SR Injury icon 2.svg SR SR SR SR Injury icon 2.svg SR SR SR SR SR SR SR SR SR SR SR SR SR
12 Elliott Whitehead SR SR SR SR SR SR SR B SR SR SR SR B C C C C C C SR C SR SR C Red card.svg Red card.svg Red card.svg
13 Jamie Langley L Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg L L Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg B L L L L L Injury icon 2.svg SR Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg L L L L
14 Matt Diskin B B B H H H H H H B B H H B H H H H H H H H H Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg
15 Bryn Hargreaves P L P P P P P P P B B B B P P Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg B P L P P P P P P
16 Craig Kopczak B B B B B B B B B P P P P B B P P P P L B L L B B B x
17 Ian Sibbitt B B x B B Injury icon 2.svg x x B x x B SR SR x Injury icon 2.svg SR SR SR Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg x SR SR SR Injury icon 2.svg
18 Shaun Ainscough x x W W W W W W W W x x W Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg W W
19 Gareth Raynor W W W W W Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg W W W Injury icon 2.svg W Red card.svg Red card.svg W x W W W W W W W Injury icon 2.svg W
20 James Donaldson Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg x x x L L B L Injury icon 2.svg x L B B B x x B x B B x Injury icon 2.svg x x
21 Danny Addy x x SO B x x x B Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg x B x B B B B B B H H H H
22 Steve Crossley x x x x x x x x x x x B x x x x x x x x x x x x x x B
23 Tom Olbison x B B SR SR B B SR SR L B x L SR SR SR B Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg x
24 Jason Crookes x x x x x x x x x x x x x x W W W W W W x x x x x x x
25 Shad Royston FB FB FB FB x C C C C x FB FB FB FB FB FB x C x x B x x x C Injury icon 2.svg FB
26 Cain Southernwood x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x
27 Adam O'Brien x x x x B x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x B B B B
28 Vinny Finigan x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x
29 Tom Burgess x x x x x x x B B B B Injury icon 2.svg B B B B B B x B P B B B B B B
30 Liam McAvoy x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x
31 John Bateman x x x x x x x x x x x L x x x x x x x x x x x x B x SR
32 Kyle Briggs SH Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg x x x x SO x x x SO SH x x x x x Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg SH SH
33 Ben Jeffries x x x x x x x x x x x x x SH SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO

Captain sports.svg = Captain

Injury icon 2.svg = Injured

Red card.svg = Suspended

Challenge Cup[edit]

LEGEND
  Win
  Draw
  Loss
Date Competition Rnd Vrs H/A Venue Result Score Tries Goals Att TV Report
8 May 2011 Cup 4th Faxcolours.svgHalifax A The Shay W 46–34 Royston, Raynor (2), Platt, Whitehead, Ah Van, Burgess, Sibbit Ah Van 7/9 5,045 BBC Sport Match Report
22 May 2011 Cup 5th Wigancolours.svg Warriors H Odsal Stadium L 22–26 Whitehead, Ah Van (2), Royston Ah Van 3/4 5,828 BBC Sport Match Report

Player appearances[edit]

  • Challenge Cup Games only
FB=Fullback C=Centre W=Winger SO=Stand Off SH=Scrum Half PR=Prop H=Hooker SR=Second Row L=Loose Forward B=Bench
No Player 4 5
1 Michael Platt C C
2 Dave Halley x x
3 Paul Sykes Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg
4 Chev Walker C Injury icon 2.svg
5 Patrick Ah Van W W
6 Brett Kearney Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg
7 Marc Herbert SH Injury icon 2.svg
8 Nick Scruton Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg
9 Heath L'Estrange H H
10 Andy Lynch P P
11 Olivier Elima Injury icon 2.svg SR
12 Elliott Whitehead SR C
13 Jamie Langley Injury icon 2.svg L
14 Matt Diskin Injury icon 2.svg B
15 Bryn Hargreaves B P
16 Craig Kopczak P B
17 Ian Sibbit SR SR
18 Shaun Ainscough Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg
19 Gareth Raynor W W
20 James Donaldson L x
21 Danny Addy Injury icon 2.svg Injury icon 2.svg
22 Steve Crossley x x
23 Tom Olbison x B
24 Jason Crookes x x
25 Shad Royston FB FB
26 Cain Southernwood x x
27 Adam O'Brien B x
28 Vinny Finigan x x
29 Tom Burgess B B
30 Liam McAvoy x x
31 John Bateman B x
32 Kyle Briggs SO SO
33 Ben Jeffries x SH

2011 squad statistics[edit]

For more details on this topic, see Bradford Bulls.
  • Appearances and Points include (Super League,Challenge Cup and Play-offs) as of 20 August 2011.
No Player Position Age Previous Club Contracted Until Apps Tries Goals DG Points
1 Michael Platt Fullback 26 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers 2013 21 2 0 0 8
3 Paul Sykes Right Centre 29 Quinscolours.svg Harlequins RL 2013 16 6 2 0 28
4 Chev Walker Left Centre 28 HKRcolours.svg Hull KR 2012 12 1 0 0 4
5 Patrick Ah Van Left Wing 22 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 2011 28 12 97 0 242
6 Brett Kearney Stand Off 27 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks 2014 21 7 0 0 28
7 Marc Herbert Scrum-half 24 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 2011 21 4 2 0 20
8 Nick Scruton Prop 26 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 2014 14 2 0 0 8
9 Heath L'Estrange Hooker 25 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Sea Eagles 2014 16 3 0 0 12
10 Andy Lynch Prop 31 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers 2012 29 9 0 0 36
11 Olivier Elima Second Row 27 Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons 2012 26 9 0 0 36
12 Elliott Whitehead Second Row 21 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 2013 26 8 0 0 32
13 Jamie Langley Loose forward 27 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 2013 15 0 0 0 0
14 Matt Diskin Hooker 28 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 2013 24 3 0 0 12
15 Bryn Hargreaves Prop 25 Saintscolours.svg St Helens RLFC 2012 26 0 0 0 0
16 Craig Kopczak Prop 24 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 2013 28 6 0 0 24
17 Ian Sibbitt Second Row 30 Redscolours.svg Salford City Reds 2012 16 1 0 0 4
18 Shaun Ainscough Wing 21 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 2012 11 7 0 0 28
19 Gareth Raynor Wing 32 Cruscolours.svg Crusaders 2012 20 6 0 0 24
20 James Donaldson Loose forward 19 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 2011 12 0 0 0 0
21 Danny Addy Loose forward 20 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 2012 14 0 0 0 0
22 Steve Crossley Prop 20 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 2012 2 0 0 0 0
23 Tom Olbison Second Row 19 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 2014 16 1 0 0 4
24 Jason Crookes Centre 20 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 2012 6 0 0 0 0
25 Shad Royston Fullback 28 Faxcolours.svg Halifax RLFC 2011 20 12 0 0 48
26 Cain Southernwood Scrum-half 18 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 2013 0 0 0 0 0
27 Adam O'Brien Hooker 18 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 2012 6 0 0 0 0
28 Vinny Finigan Wing 18 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 2011 0 0 0 0 0
29 Tom Burgess Prop 18 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 2012 20 2 0 0 8
20 Liam McAvoy Prop 18 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 2011 0 0 0 0 0
31 John Bateman Loose forward 17 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 2014 4 1 0 0 4
32 Kyle Briggs Stand Off 23 Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers 2012 8 4 0 0 16
33 Ben Jeffries Stand Off 30 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 2012 15 3 0 0 12

Captain sports.svg = Captain Injury icon 2.svg = Injured X (1).png = Suspended

Out of contract 2011[edit]

Players out of contract in 2011:

Michael Platt – Signed 2 Year Extension

Dave Halley – Contract Terminated, Joined Keighley Cougars

Chev Walker – Signed 1 Year Extension

Patrick Ah Van – Signed for Widnes Vikings, 2 Year Deal.

Brett Kearney – Signed 3 Year Extension

Marc Herbert – Retired from Rugby League

Nick Scruton – Signed 3 Year Extension

Heath L'Estrange – Signed 3 Year Extension

Shaun Ainscough – Signed 1 Year Extension

Gareth Raynor – Signed 1 Year Extension

Tom Olbison – Signed 3 Year Extension

Shad Royston – Signed for Pia Donkeys, 2 Year Deal

Vinny Finigan – Signed for Sheffield Eagles, 1 Year Deal

Liam McAvoy – Signed 1 Year Extension

2011 transfers in/out[edit]

In

Name Position Signed from Date
Shaun Ainscough Wing Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors August 2010
Chev Walker Centre HKRcolours.svg Hull KR August 2010
Patrick Ah Van Centre/Wing/Fullback New Zealand colours.svgNZ Warriors September 2010
Bryn Hargreaves Prop Saintscolours.svg St Helens September 2010
Olivier Elima Second Row Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons September 2010
Ian Sibbit Second Row Redscolours.svg Salford City Reds September 2010
Gareth Raynor Wing Cruscolours.svg Crusaders September 2010
Shad Royston Fullback Faxcolours.svgHalifax RLFC September 2010
Matt Diskin Hooker Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos October 2010
Marc Herbert Scrum-half Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders October 2010
Kyle Briggs Stand Off Fevcolours.svg Featherstone Rovers January 2011
Ben Jeffries Stand Off Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wildcats May 2011

Out

Name Position Club Signed Date
Chris Nero Centre Redscolours.svg Salford City Reds August 2010
Steve Menzies Second Row Catalanscolours.svg Catalans Dragons September 2010
Joe Wardle Centre Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants September 2010
Rikki Sheriffe Wing Switched Codes to Newcastle Falcons September 2010
Stuart Reardon Wing Cruscolours.svg Crusaders September 2010
Andy Tate Second Row Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wildcats October 2010
Danny Sculthorpe Prop Widnes colours.svgWidnes Vikings November 2010
Michael Worrincy Second Row Panthers colours.svgPenrith Panthers November 2010
George Burgess Prop South Sydney colours.svgSouth Sydney Rabbitohs December 2010
Wayne Godwin Hooker Redscolours.svg Salford City Reds December 2010
Glenn Hall Second Row North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys January 2011
Matt Orford Scrum-half Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders January 2011
Dave Halley Wing Cougscolours.svg Keighley Cougars June 2011

References[edit]

Pre-Season

Super League XVI

Challenge Cup

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Super League club Crusaders deducted four points for going into administration". The Daily Telegraph. 10 December 2010. Retrieved 12 February 2011. 
  2. ^ "RFL docks Wakefield Trinity Wildcats four points". BBC. 18 February 2011. Retrieved 20 February 2011. 

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