2000 Bradford Bulls season
|2000 Bradford Bulls season|
|Super League V Rank||3rd|
|Play-off result||Semi Final|
|2000 record||Wins: 26; Draws: 3; Losses: 7|
|Points scored||For: 1247; Against: 536|
|Head Coach||Matthew Elliott|
|High. Attend.||21,237 vs. Leeds Rhinos|
|Tries||Robbie Paul (19)|
|Goals||Henry Paul (179)|
|Points||Henry Paul (404)|
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bradford's season ended in the Final Eliminator as they lost 40–12 against Wigan Warriors.
- 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.
|8||Halifax Blue Sox||28||11||1||16||664||703||−39||23|
|9||Salford City Reds||28||10||0||18||542||910||−368||20|
|10||Wakefield Trinity Wildcats||28||8||0||20||557||771||−214||16|
2000 Fixtures and results
2000 Tetley's Bitter Super League
|12 February 2000||Cup||4th||Huddersfield Giants||H||Odsal Stadium||W||32–4||Pryce (2), McAvoy, Naylor, Withers||H.Paul 6/6||6,467|
|27 February 2000||Cup||5th||Wakefield 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||Halifax Blue Sox||A||The Shay||W||28–18||Fielden, Forshaw, R.Paul, Withers||H.Paul 6/6||9,827|
|25 March 2000||Cup||SF||Warrington 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||Leeds Rhinos||N||Murrayfield Stadium||W||24–18||Withers (2), Fielden, McAvoy||H.Paul 4/4||67,247|
|22 September 2000||Play-offs||QPO||St. 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||Leeds 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||Wigan Warriors||A||JJB Stadium||L||12–40||Anderson, Naylor||H.Paul 2/2||14,620|
2000 squad statistics
- Appearances and Points include (Super League,Challenge Cup and Play-offs) as of 2012.
|6||Henry Paul||Stand Off||11||179||2||404|
|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|
|15||Hudson Smith||Second Row||3||0||0||12|
|17||Chris Birchall||Second Row||0||0||0||0|
|19||Jamie Peacock||Second Row||9||0||0||36|
|23||Bernard Dwyer||Second Row||0||0||0||0|
|25||Craig McDowell||Second Row||0||0||0||0|