2000 Bradford Bulls season

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2000 Bradford Bulls season
Super League V Rank 3rd
Play-off result Semi Final
Challenge Cup Winners
2000 record Wins: 26; Draws: 3; Losses: 7
Points scored For: 1247; Against: 536
Team information
Chairman Chris Caisley
Head Coach Matthew Elliott
Captain
Stadium Odsal Stadium
Avg. Attend. 14,052
High. Attend. 21,237 vs. Leeds Rhinos
Top scorers
Tries Robbie Paul (19)
Goals Henry Paul (179)
Points Henry Paul (404)
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This article details the Bradford Bulls rugby league football club's 2000 season, the 5th season of the Super League era.

Season review[edit]

February 2000

Bradford kicked off the 2000 season with a 32–4 win over Huddersfield Giants in the 4th Round of the Challenge Cup, the Bulls followed this win up by smashing Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 46–0 in the 5th Round.

March 2000

The Bulls started Super League V with a 32–10 win over premiership winners St. Helens at Knowsley Road. Bradford's quest to become cup winners continued with a hard fought 28–18 win against Halifax. The Bulls resumed their defence of the Super League League Leader's Shield with a 58–4 win against Warrington Wolves. Warrington Wolves were once again on the end of a defeat as the Bulls beat them the following week 44–10 in the semi final of the Challenge Cup.

April 2000

Bradford continued their great run of form with an astounding performance to beat Huddersfield Giants 60–2 at the McAlpine Stadium, the star of the game being Henry Paul who was immaculate with the boot kicking 10 goals. The backed this performance up at home with a 44–12 win against Castleford Tigers. Salford City Reds were the next team to suffer defeat at the hands of Bradford going down 52–1 at The Willows. The week before the Challenge Cup Final the Bulls hosted London Broncos, the Bulls won the game 32–12. Bradford travelled up to Scotland for the Challenge Cup Final against arch rivals Leeds Rhinos. After a hard fought game the Bulls came out 24–18 winners after Nathan McAvoy scored an outstanding individual try to give Bradford the win and their 4th Challenge Cup (1st since Super League began).

May 2000

The first game of May for Bradford was against Hull F.C., both sides shared the points as the game ended in an 8–8 draw. The Bulls got back to winning ways as they beat Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 44–16. The next week they demolished a poor Halifax Blue Sox 62–2 with Justin Brooker grabbing a hat-trick. Leeds Rhinos were next up for the Bulls, Bradford expected a hard match after they beat Leeds in the Challenge Cup Final however the Bulls ran rampant and won the game 44–2. Their first loss of the season came against Warrington Wolves as the Wolves claimed a 42–32 win over Bradford.

June 2000

Bradford started June with two hard games against St Helens R.F.C. and Wigan Warriors. The Bulls managed to sneak a 17–16 win against the Saints thanks to a Paul Deacon drop goal. The points were shared at the JJB Stadium as Henry Paul's goal kicked helped the Bulls to draw 12–12. The hard start ended with the visit of Huddersfield Giants, Bradford dispatched the Giants 48–20 with Tevita Vaikona grabbing a hat-trick. They backed up this win with a 39–10 win at Castleford Tigers. The Bulls set a Super League record as they embarrassed Salford City Reds at Odsal Stadium, the Paul brothers were the star players with Robbie scoring 4 tries and Henry scoring a try and kicking 14 goals in the 96–16 win. Bradford finished a tough month with a 30–18 loss to Wigan Warriors.

July 2000

Bradford had a close 24–16 victory against London Broncos to get over their loss to Wigan the previous month. The Bulls soon got back to playing quality rugby as they took Hull F.C. apart and beat the 56–6 at Odsal before grinding out a 30–20 win against Wakefield Trinity Wildcats the following week. However they once again finished a month with a loss as arch-rivals Leeds Rhinos took the points by winning 28–26 in front of at 21,237 crowd at Odsal Stadium.

August 2000

Bradford drew 20–20 against Halifax Blue Sox at the new The Shay to start August. They backed this draw up with a convincing 28–8 win against Castleford Tigers, this gave the Bulls some confidence and it showed as they destroyed Huddersfield Giants 52–20 the following week. Wigan Warriors beat the Bulls 20–19 at Odsal Stadium which killed off Bradford's hopes of finishing top of the league.

September 2000

The Bulls started September with a hard fought 25–18 win over Halifax Blue Sox, a late Paul Deacon drop goal secured the points for Bradford. They also got revenge over rivals Leeds Rhinos as a Henry Paul penalty ensured the Bulls won 14–12. However they finished the season on a low as an under strength Bradford side lost 25–12 to Hull F.C. which ensured that Bradford finished 3rd in the league. The Bulls lost the Qualifying Play-off game 16–11 to St Helens R.F.C., a very late Chris Joynt try (the infamous Wide to West play) ensures Saints won the match. Bradford got back on track as they beat Leeds Rhinos 46–12 in the Elimination Semi-final.

October 2000

Bradford's season ended in the Final Eliminator as they lost 40–12 against Wigan Warriors.

2000 milestones[edit]

  • CCR5: Michael Withers scored his 3rd hat-trick and reached 100 points for the Bulls.
  • CCR5: Brad Mackay and Hudson Smith scored their 1st tries for the Bulls.
  • Round 2: Justin Brooker scored his 1st try for the Bulls.
  • Round 2: Nathan McAvoy scored his 25th try and reached 100 points for the Bulls.
  • Round 3: Henry Paul reached 200 points for the Bulls.
  • Round 6: Stuart Spruce scored his 50th try and reached 200 points for the Bulls.
  • Round 9: Justin Brooker scored his 1st hat-trick for the Bulls.
  • Round 9: Mike Forshaw scored his 25th try and reached 100 points for the Bulls.
  • Round 9: Henry Paul kicked his 100th goal for the Bulls.
  • Round 11: Henry Paul reached 300 points for the Bulls.
  • Round 14: Tevita Vaikona scored his 2nd hat-trick for the Bulls.
  • Round 14: Paul Sykes scored his 1st try for the Bulls.
  • Round 16: Rob Parker, Lee Radford and Alex Wilkinson all scored their 1st tries for the Bulls.
  • Round 16: Robbie Paul scored his 1st four-try haul and his 6th hat-trick for the Bulls.
  • Round 16: Jamie Peacock scored his 1st hat-trick for the Bulls.
  • Round 19: Henry Paul reached 400 points for the Bulls.
  • Round 24: Paul Deacon reached 200 points for the Bulls.
  • Round 25: Scott Naylor scored his 25th try and reached 100 points for the Bulls.
  • Round 28: Gareth Stanley scored his 1st try for the Bulls.
  • Qualifying Play-off: Henry Paul kicked his 200th goal for the Bulls.
  • Elimination Semi-final: Henry Paul reached 500 points for the Bulls.

Table[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 28 24 1 3 960 405 +555 49
2 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 28 23 0 5 988 627 +361 46
3 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 28 20 3 5 1004 408 +596 43
4 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 28 17 0 11 692 626 +66 34
5 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers 28 17 0 11 585 571 +14 34
6 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 28 13 0 15 735 817 −82 26
7 Hullcolours.svg Hull 28 12 1 15 630 681 −51 25
8 Faxcolours.svg Halifax Blue Sox 28 11 1 16 664 703 −39 23
9 Redscolours.svg Salford City Reds 28 10 0 18 542 910 −368 20
10 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 28 8 0 20 557 771 −214 16
11 London Broncos 28 6 0 22 456 770 −314 12
12 Giantscolours.svg Sheffeagles colours.svg Huddersfield-Sheffield 28 4 0 24 502 1026 −524 8
Play-offs

2000 Fixtures and results[edit]

LEGEND
  Win
  Draw
  Loss

2000 Tetley's Bitter Super League

Date Competition Rnd Vrs H/A Venue Result Score Tries Goals Att
3 March 2000 Super League V 1 Saintscolours.svgSt. Helens A Knowsley Road W 32–10 Lowes (2), McAvoy, R.Paul, Withers H.Paul 6/6 10,128
19 March 2000 Super League V 2 Wolvescolours.svgWarrington Wolves H Odsal Stadium W 58–4 Brooker (2), R.Paul (2), Anderson, Forshaw, Lowes, Mackay, McAvoy, H.Paul, Spruce H.Paul 7/11 17,127
2 April 2000 Super League V 3 Giantscolours.svgHuddersfield Giants A McAlpine Stadium W 60–2 Brooker (2), McAvoy (2), Anderson, Boyle, Fielden, Mackay, R.Paul, Vaikona H.Paul 10/10 7,083
9 April 2000 Super League V 4 Cascolours.pngCastleford Tigers H Odsal Stadium W 44–12 Lowes (2), Fielden, McAvoy, H.Paul, Spruce, Withers H.Paul 7/7, H.Paul 1 DG, Lowes 1 DG 15,237
16 April 2000 Super League V 5 Redscolours.svgSalford City Reds A The Willows W 52–1 Withers (2), Boyle, Mackay, McAvoy, McDermott, Naylor, H.Paul, Spruce Deacon 8/9 6,468
21 April 2000 Super League V 6 Cronulla colours.svgLondon Broncos H Odsal Stadium W 32–12 Spruce (2), Anderson, Lowes, Naylor Deacon 6/6 13,239
3 May 2000 Super League V 7 Hullcolours.svgHull F.C. A The Boulevard D 8–8 Pryce Deacon 2/2 7,886
7 May 2000 Super League V 8 Wcatscolours.svgWakefield Trinity Wildcats H Odsal Stadium W 44–16 Brooker, Deacon, Lowes, Mackay, Naylor, R.Paul, Smith, Spruce H.Paul 6/8 15,276
12 May 2000 Super League V 9 Faxcolours.svgHalifax Blue Sox H Odsal Stadium W 62–2 Brooker (3), Naylor (2), Spruce (2), Anderson, Fielden, Forshaw, H.Paul H.Paul 9/11 14,084
19 May 2000 Super League V 10 Rhinoscolours.svgLeeds Rhinos A Headingley Stadium W 44–2 Spruce (2), Lowes, Mackay, McAvoy, R.Paul, Pryce H.Paul 8/8 18,769
28 May 2000 Super League V 11 Wolvescolours.svgWarrington Wolves A Wilderspool Stadium L 32–42 Anderson (2), Naylor, R.Paul, Pryce H.Paul 6/6 8,302
2 June 2000 Super League V 12 Saintscolours.svgSt. Helens H Odsal Stadium W 17–16 Fielden (2), Boyle H.Paul 2/3, Deacon 1 DG 13,237
7 June 2000 Super League V 13 Wigancolours.svgWigan Warriors A JJB Stadium D 12–12 Deacon H.Paul 4/4 17,365
11 June 2000 Super League V 14 Giantscolours.svgHuddersfield Giants H Odsal Stadium W 48–20 Vaikona (3), Sykes (2), Boyle, Deacon, McDermott, Peacock H.Paul 6/9 11,565
16 June 2000 Super League V 15 Cascolours.pngCastleford Tigers A The Jungle W 39–10 Anderson (2), Deacon, Lowes, Naylor, R.Paul H.Paul 7/7, Boyle 1 DG
25 June 2000 Super League V 16 Redscolours.svgSalford City Reds H Odsal Stadium W 96–16 R.Paul (4), Peacock (3), Brooker (2), Deacon, Mackay, McDermott, Naylor, Parker, H.Paul, Radford, Wilkinson H.Paul 14/17 11,596
30 June 2000 Super League V 17 Wigancolours.svgWigan Warriors H Odsal Stadium L 18–30 Brooker, Deacon, Mackay H.Paul 3/3 18,815
9 July 2000 Super League V 18 Cronulla colours.svgLondon Broncos A The Valley W 24–16 R.Paul, H.Paul, Peacock, Vaikona H.Paul 4/4 4,063
14 July 2000 Super League V 19 Hullcolours.svgHull F.C. H Odsal Stadium W 56–6 Fielden (2), McAvoy (2), Spruce (2), Naylor, R.Paul, Peacock, Pryce H.Paul 8/10 10,778
23 July 2000 Super League V 20 Wcatscolours.svgWakefield Trinity Wildcats A Belle Vue W 30–20 Spruce (2), Fielden, Naylor, Pryce H.Paul 5/5 6,531
30 July 2000 Super League V 21 Rhinoscolours.svgLeeds Rhinos H Odsal Stadium L 26–28 R.Paul (2), Lowes, Naylor H.Paul 1/1, Deacon 4/4 21,237
6 August 2000 Super League V 22 Faxcolours.svgHalifax Blue Sox A The Shay D 20–20 Naylor (2) H.Paul 6/6 7,106
11 August 2000 Super League V 23 Cascolours.pngCastleford Tigers H Odsal Stadium W 28–8 Deacon, Mackay, Spruce, Vaikona, Withers H.Paul 4/5 11,302
18 August 2000 Super League V 24 Giantscolours.svgHuddersfield Giants H Odsal Stadium W 52–20 McDermott (2), H.Paul (2), Deacon, Peacock, Spruce, Vaikona, Withers H.Paul 8/9 10,164
27 August 2000 Super League V 25 Wigancolours.svgWigan Warriors A JJB Stadium L 19–20 Lowes, Naylor, Pryce H.Paul 3/3, Deacon 1 DG 17,737
3 September 2000 Super League V 26 Faxcolours.svgHalifax Blue Sox A The Shay W 25–18 Deacon, Lowes, H.Paul, Withers H.Paul 4/4, Deacon 1 DG 8,244
8 September 2000 Super League V 27 Rhinoscolours.svgLeeds Rhinos H Odsal Stadium W 14–12 Smith, Vaikona H.Paul 3/3 19,623
17 September 2000 Super League V 28 Hullcolours.svgHull F.C. A The Boulevard L 12–25 McAvoy, Stanley Deacon 2/2 6,160

Challenge Cup[edit]

LEGEND
  Win
  Draw
  Loss
Date Competition Rnd Vrs H/A Venue Result Score Tries Goals Att
12 February 2000 Cup 4th Giantscolours.svgHuddersfield Giants H Odsal Stadium W 32–4 Pryce (2), McAvoy, Naylor, Withers H.Paul 6/6 6,467
27 February 2000 Cup 5th Wcatscolours.svgWakefield Trinity Wildcats A Belle Vue W 46–0 Withers (3), McAvoy (2), Anderson, Mackay, Naylor, Smith H.Paul 5/9 8,005
12 March 2000 Cup QF Faxcolours.svgHalifax Blue Sox A The Shay W 28–18 Fielden, Forshaw, R.Paul, Withers H.Paul 6/6 9,827
25 March 2000 Cup SF Wolvescolours.svgWarrington Wolves N Headingley Stadium W 44–20 Brooker, Naylor, H.Paul, R.Paul, Peacock, Spruce, Withers H.Paul 8/8 11,894
29 April 2000 Cup Final Rhinoscolours.svgLeeds Rhinos N Murrayfield Stadium W 24–18 Withers (2), Fielden, McAvoy H.Paul 4/4 67,247

Playoffs[edit]

LEGEND
  Win
  Draw
  Loss
Date Competition Rnd Vrs H/A Venue Result Score Tries Goals Att
22 September 2000 Play-offs QPO Saintscolours.svgSt. Helens A Knowsley Road L 11–16 Peacock, Pryce H.Paul 1/2, H.Paul 1 DG 8,864
30 September 2000 Play-offs ESF Rhinoscolours.svgLeeds Rhinos H Odsal Stadium W 46–12 Pryce (3), Anderson, Boyle, Fielden, H.Paul, R.Paul H.Paul 6/7, Deacon 1/1 15,077
7 October 2000 Play-offs SF Wigancolours.svgWigan Warriors A JJB Stadium L 12–40 Anderson, Naylor H.Paul 2/2 14,620

2000 squad statistics[edit]

  • Appearances and Points include (Super League,Challenge Cup and Play-offs) as of 2012.
No Player Position Tries Goals DG Points
1 Robbie Paul Fullback 19 0 0 76
2 Tevita Vaikona Wing 8 0 0 32
3 Leon Pryce Centre 12 0 0 48
4 Nathan McAvoy Centre 14 0 0 56
5 Michael Withers Wing 15 0 0 60
6 Henry Paul Stand Off 11 179 2 404
7 Paul Deacon Scrum-half 9 23 3 85
8 Neil Harmon Prop 0 0 0 0
9 James Lowes Hooker 12 0 1 49
10 Paul Anderson Prop 11 0 0 44
11 David Boyle Second Row 5 0 1 21
12 Mike Forshaw Second Row 3 0 0 12
13 Brad Mackay Loose forward 9 0 0 36
14 Justin Brooker Centre 12 0 0 48
15 Hudson Smith Second Row 3 0 0 12
16 Alex Wilkinson Wing 1 0 0 4
17 Chris Birchall Second Row 0 0 0 0
18 Lee Radford Prop 1 0 0 4
19 Jamie Peacock Second Row 9 0 0 36
20 Scott Naylor Centre 18 0 0 72
22 Brian McDermott Prop 5 0 0 20
23 Bernard Dwyer Second Row 0 0 0 0
24 Gareth Stanley Hooker 1 0 0 4
25 Craig McDowell Second Row 0 0 0 0
26 Paul Sykes Centre 2 0 0 8
28 Stuart Spruce Fullback 17 0 0 68
29 Stuart Fielden Prop 11 0 0 44

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