2003 Bradford Bulls season

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2003 Bradford Bulls season
Super League VIII 1st
Play-off result Winners
Challenge Cup Winners
2003 record Wins: 29; Draws: 0; Losses: 6
Points scored For: 1149; Against: 637
Team information
Chairman Chris Caisley
Head Coach Brian Noble
Captain
Stadium Odsal Stadium
Avg. Attend. 15,284
High. Attend. 21,784 vs. Leeds Rhinos
Top scorers
Tries Lesley Vainikolo – 26
Goals Paul Deacon – 173
Points Paul Deacon – 389
2002 List of seasons 2004 >

This article details the Bradford Bulls rugby league football club's 2003 season. This is the 8th season of the Super League era.

Season review[edit]

February 2003

The season started off well for the Bulls as they beat Warrington Wolves 38–12 in the 4th Round of the Challenge Cup. Bradford's start to the league campaign was shocking as they were hammered 46–22 by the 2002 champions St Helens RLFC.

March 2003

Bradford continued their run in the Challenge Cup with an 82–0 victory over lower league Hunslet Hawks with Lesley Vainikolo grabbing a hat-trick. The Bulls got their 1st win of their league campaign with a hard fought 22–10 win against Wakefield Wildcats. Bradford progressed to the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup by beating Widnes Vikings 38–28 in the quarter-final. The Bulls got their first back to back wins of the season with an outstanding 62–22 victory against Halifax Blue Sox, both James Lowes and Robbie Paul both grabbed hat-tricks. Bradford finished the month off with a hard fought 26–18 win against Widnes Vikings.

April 2003

The Bulls continued their run of form by opening April with a comfortable 32–8 win over Warrington Wolves. Bradford progressed to the Challenge Cup final as they beat Wigan Warriors 36–22 in the semi-final. The Bulls great league form continued with a 48–24 win over Hull FC. Bradford's month came to a spectacular end as they beat rivals Leeds Rhinos 22–20 to win the Challenge Cup. Tries from Robbie Paul, Jamie Peacock and Tevita Vaikona helped the Bulls win their 2nd Challenge Cup in the Super League era.

May 2003

The Bulls followed their Challenge Cup win with a hard fought 14–8 win against Wigan Warriors. The Bulls good form continued with a hard fought 30–10 win against Castleford Tigers which was made even harder when Leon Pryce was sent off. Bradford recorded a huge win as they beat Huddersfield Giants 52–6 with Robbie Paul scoring a hat-trick. The Bulls finished May with an impressive 48–22 win against arch rivals Leeds Rhinos.

June 2003

Bradford started June with an unfortunate 22–12 loss to London Broncos with Dennis Moran tearing the Bulls apart and scoring a hat-trick. The Bulls got back to winning ways as they edged out Hull FC to win the game 26–20. Bradford once again came away with the 2 points as they beat Warrington Wolves 24–20. The Bulls came crashing back to earth as Wigan Warriors beat them 35–22. Bradford then were demolished 35–0 by St Helens RLFC at the end of the month.

July 2003

The Bulls started July with a 30–18 win against Wakefield Wildcats to get the Bulls back to winning ways. Bradford backed this win up with a 60–12 victory over Halifax Blue Sox. The Bulls continued their fine form with a 40–8 win against Widnes Vikings. The streak continued with a 40–20 win over Castleford Tigers and then a 60–6 win against London Broncos where Leon Pryce scored 4 tries.

August 2003

Bradford continued their form into August as they beat Huddersfield Giants 30–16 and then followed this up by beating Leeds Rhinos 18–16 at Headingley Stadium. The Bulls also beat Hull FC 36–22 in the middle of the month before losing 26–12 to Wigan Warriors. Bradford bounced back and hammered London Broncos 54–12 with Paul Deacon becoming the highest point scorer for the Bulls in the Super League era as he booted over his 400th goal for the club.

September 2003

Bradford started September with a very narrow 22–21 win against arch rivals Leeds Rhinos, the Bulls won thanks to 2 drop goals from scum-half Paul Deacon. In the run up to the end of the season Bradford lost 28–14 to Castleford Tigers. The Bulls finished the regular rounds with a 22–18 win over St Helens RLFC which meant that Bradford finished top of the league ahead of Leeds Rhinos.

October 2003

The Bulls beat arch rivals Leeds Rhinos 30–14 in the Qualifying Semi-final to reach the 2003 Grand Final, in the process Paul Deacon became the first person to score 1,000 points for the Bradford Bulls in the Super League era. A couple of weeks later the Bulls would once again face Wigan Warriors in a Grand Final, the Bradford side won 25–12 after Shontayne Hape, Stuart Reardon and James Lowes (in his last game for the Bulls) all scored tries whilst Paul Deacon kicked 6 goals and a drop goal to make the Bulls Super League champions for a 3rd time.

2003 milestones[edit]

  • CCR4: Shontayne Hape scored his 1st try for the Bulls.
  • CCR4: Leon Pryce scored his 50th try and reached 200 points for the Bulls.
  • CCR5: Lesley Vainikolo scored his 1st hat-trick for the Bulls.
  • CCR5: Karl Pratt and Rob Parker scored their 1st tries for the Bulls.
  • Round 2: Lee Radford kicked his 1st goal for the Bulls.
  • Round 3: James Lowes scored his 1st hat-trick for the Bulls.
  • Round 3: Robbie Paul scored his 7th hat-trick for the Bulls.
  • Round 3: Stuart Reardon scored his 1st try for the Bulls.
  • Round 3: Paul Deacon reached 700 points for the Bulls.
  • CCSF: Paul Deacon kicked his 300th goal for the Bulls.
  • Round 10: Robbie Paul scored his 8th hat-trick for the Bulls.
  • Round 10: Paul Deacon reached 800 points for the Bulls.
  • Round 11: Daniel Gartner scored his 25th try and reached 100 points for the Bulls.
  • Round 15: Robbie Paul scored his 125th try and reached 500 points for the Bulls.
  • Round 18: Lesley Vainikolo scored his 25th try and reached 100 points for the Bulls.
  • Round 20: Paul Deacon reached 900 points for the Bulls.
  • Round 7: Leon Pryce scored his 1st four-try haul and 2nd hat-trick for the Bulls.
  • Round 7: Jamie Langley scored his 1st try for the Bulls.
  • Round 23: Lesley Vainikolo scored his 2nd hat-trick for the Bulls.
  • Round 25: James Lowes reached 400 points for the Bulls.
  • Round 25: Paul Deacon kicked his 400th goal for the Bulls.
  • Qualifying Semi-final: Paul Deacon reached 1,000 points for the Bulls.

Table[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 28 22 0 6 878 529 +349 44
2 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 28 19 3 6 751 555 +196 41
3 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 28 19 2 7 776 512 +264 40
4 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 28 16 1 11 845 535 +310 31a[›]
5 London Broncos 28 14 2 12 643 696 −53 30
6 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 28 14 1 13 748 619 +129 29
7 Hullcolours.svg Hull 28 13 3 12 701 577 +124 27b[›]
8 Castleford colours.svg Castleford Tigers 28 12 1 15 612 633 −21 25
9 Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings 28 12 1 15 640 727 −87 25
10 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 28 11 1 16 628 715 −87 23
11 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 28 7 1 20 505 774 −269 15
12 Faxcolours.svg Halifax 28 1 0 27 372 1227 −875 0c[›]
  Teams qualifying for the Play-offs
  Relegated

Source: Rugby League Project.
Classification: 1st on competition points; 2nd on match points difference.
Competition points: for win = 2; for draw = 1; for loss = 0.

Notes

^ a: St Helens deducted two points for salary cap breaches
^ b: Hull F.C. deducted two points for salary cap breaches
^ c: Halifax deducted two points for salary cap breaches


2003 Fixtures and results[edit]

LEGEND
  Win
  Draw
  Loss

2003 Tetley's Super League

Date Competition Rnd Vrs H/A Venue Result Score Tries Goals Att
21 February 2003 Super League VIII 1 Saintscolours.svgSt Helens A Knowsley Road L 22–46 L.Pryce (2), Radford Deacon 5/5 12,217
9 March 2003 Super League VIII 2 Wcatscolours.svgWakefield H Odsal Stadium W 22–10 Gilmour, Hape, Pratt, L.Pryce Radford 3/4 20,283
23 March 2003 Super League VIII 3 Faxcolours.svgHalifax H Odsal Stadium W 62–22 Lowes (3), Paul (3), Deacon, Hape, Pratt, L.Pryce, Reardon Deacon 7/9, Lowes 2/2 15,557
30 March 2003 Super League VIII 4 Widnes colours.svgWidnes A Halton Stadium W 26–18 Anderson, Naylor, Paul, Withers Deacon 5/5 6,320
6 April 2003 Super League VIII 5 Wolvescolours.svgWarrington H Odsal Stadium W 32–8 Deacon, Lowes, L.Pryce, Vaikona, Vainikolo, Withers Deacon 4/6 15,540
18 April 2003 Super League VIII 6 Hullcolours.svgHull FC H Odsal Stadium W 48–24 Pratt (2), L.Pryce (2), Hape, Lowes, Vaikona, Vainikolo Deacon 8/8 15,182
2 May 2003 Super League VIII 8 Wigancolours.svgWigan A JJB Stadium W 14–8 L.Pryce (2), Vainikolo Deacon 1/3 10,281
11 May 2003 Super League VIII 9 Cascolours.pngCastleford H Odsal Stadium W 30–10 Vaikona (2), Deacon, Vagana Deacon 7/7 14,749
18 May 2003 Super League VIII 10 Giantscolours.svgHuddersfield A McAlpine Stadium W 52–6 Paul (3), Vaikona (2), Naylor, Peacock, Pratt, Vainikolo Deacon 3/4, Radford 5/5 8,297
23 May 2003 Super League VIII 11 Rhinoscolours.svgLeeds H Odsal Stadium W 48–22 Vaikona (2), Vainikolo (2), Anderson, Gartner, Paul, Pratt Deacon 8/8 21,784
1 June 2003 Super League VIII 12 Cronulla colours.svgLondon H Odsal Stadium L 12–22 Naylor, Parker Deacon 2/2 10,835
8 June 2003 Super League VIII 13 Hullcolours.svgHull FC A KC Stadium W 26–20 Hape, Pratt, Vainikolo Deacon 7/7 19,549
15 June 2003 Super League VIII 14 Wolvescolours.svgWarrington A Wilderspool W 24–20 Forshaw, Gartner, Naylor, Paul Deacon 4/4 7,507
21 June 2003 Super League VIII 15 Wigancolours.svgWigan H Odsal Stadium L 22–35 Deacon, Gartner, Paul, Vagana Deacon 3/4 15,732
27 June 2003 Super League VIII 16 Saintscolours.svgSt Helens H Odsal Stadium L 0–35 11,127
6 July 2003 Super League VIII 17 Wcatscolours.svgWakefield A Belle Vue W 30–18 Hape (2), Gartner, Lowes, Vagana, Vaikona Deacon 3/6 4,658
11 July 2003 Super League VIII 18 Faxcolours.svgHalifax A The Shay W 60–12 Gartner (2), Parker (2), Vainikolo (2), Anderson, Deacon, Hape, Naylor, Radford Deacon 8/11 4,555
20 July 2003 Super League VIII 19 Widnes colours.svgWidnes H Odsal Stadium W 40–8 Radford (2), Vainikolo (2), Hape, Reardon, Vaikona Deacon 6/7 12,116
27 July 2003 Super League VIII 20 Cascolours.pngCastleford A The Jungle W 40–20 Deacon, Gartner, Gilmour, Naylor, L.Pryce, Radford, Vaikona Deacon 6/7 9,081
30 July 2003 Super League VIII 7 Cronulla colours.svgLondon A Griffin Park W 60–6 L.Pryce (4), Vainikolo (2), Anderson, Langley, Lowes, Naylor, Vaikona Deacon 8/11 3,651
3 August 2003 Super League VIII 21 Giantscolours.svgHuddersfield H Odsal Stadium W 30–16 Deacon (2), Radford, Reardon, Vainikolo Deacon 5/5 11,368
8 August 2003 Super League VIII 22 Rhinoscolours.svgLeeds A Headingley Stadium W 18–16 Forshaw, Parker, Vainikolo Deacon 3/3 23,035
16 August 2003 Super League VIII 23 Hullcolours.svgHull FC H Odsal Stadium W 36–22 Vainikolo (3), Gilmour (2), Anderson, Langley Radford 4/7 10,478
25 August 2003 Super League VIII 24 Wigancolours.svgWigan A JJB Stadium L 12–26 Vagana, Vaikona Deacon 2/2 14,714
31 August 2003 Super League VIII 25 Cronulla colours.svgLondon A Griffin Park W 54–12 Peacock (2), Vaikona (2), Hape, Lowes, Parker, Radford, Vagana Deacon 9/9 3,510
7 September 2003 Super League VIII 26 Rhinoscolours.svgLeeds H Odsal Stadium W 22–21 Deacon, Reardon, Vainikolo Deacon 4/4, Deacon 2 DG 21,102
14 September 2003 Super League VIII 27 Cascolours.pngCastleford H Odsal Stadium L 14–28 Hape, L.Pryce Deacon 3/3 13,628
19 September 2003 Super League VIII 28 Saintscolours.svgSt Helens A Knowsley Road W 22–18 Hape, L.Pryce, Vaikona, Vainikolo Deacon 3/4 8,432

Challenge Cup[edit]

LEGEND
  Win
  Draw
  Loss
Date Competition Rnd Vrs H/A Venue Result Score Tries Goals Att
8 February 2003 Cup 4th Wolvescolours.svgWarrington A Wilderspool W 38–12 Vainikolo (2), Hape, Naylor, Paul, L.Pryce Deacon 7/7 5,869
2 March 2003 Cup 5th Hunsletcolours.svgHunslet A South Leeds Stadium W 82–0 Vainikolo (3), Pratt (2), L.Pryce (2), Vaikona (2), Fielden, Gartner, Gilmour, Hape, Parker, Radford Deacon 11/15 5,685
15 March 2003 Cup QF Widnes colours.svgWidnes A Halton Stadium W 38–28 Forshaw (2), Hape, Naylor, Paul, L.Pryce Deacon 7/7 4,219
13 April 2003 Cup SF Wigancolours.svgWigan N McAlpine Stadium W 36–22 Radford (2), Deacon, Hape, Lowes, Vaikona Deacon 6/6 15,359
26 April 2003 Cup Final Rhinoscolours.svgLeeds N Millennium Stadium W 22–20 Paul, Peacock, Vaikona Deacon 5/5 71,212

Playoffs[edit]

LEGEND
  Win
  Draw
  Loss
Date Competition Rnd Vrs H/A Venue Result Score Tries Goals Att
4 October 2003 Play-offs QSF Rhinoscolours.svgLeeds H Odsal Stadium W 30–14 Forshaw (2), L.Pryce, Vainikolo Deacon 7/7 19,786
18 October 2003 Play-offs GF Wigancolours.svgWigan N Old Trafford W 25–12 Hape, Lowes, Reardon Deacon 6/6, Deacon 1 DG 65,537

2003 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 2012.
No Player Position Tries Goals DG Points
1 Robbie Paul Fullback 13 0 0 52
2 Tevita Vaikona Wing 20 0 0 80
3 Leon Pryce Centre 21 0 0 84
4 Shontayne Hape Centre 16 0 0 64
5 Lesley Vainikolo Wing 26 0 0 104
6 Michael Withers Fullback 2 0 0 8
7 Paul Deacon Scrum-half 10 173 3 389
8 Joe Vagana Prop 5 0 0 20
9 James Lowes Hooker 10 2 0 44
10 Paul Anderson Prop 5 0 0 20
11 Daniel Gartner Second Row 8 0 0 32
12 Jamie Peacock Second Row 4 0 0 16
13 Mike Forshaw Loose forward 6 0 0 24
14 Lee Gilmour Centre 5 0 0 20
15 Karl Pratt Stand Off 9 0 0 36
16 Alex Wilkinson Wing 0 0 0 0
17 Stuart Reardon Fullback 5 0 0 20
18 Lee Radford Prop 10 12 0 64
19 Jamie Langley Loose forward 2 0 0 8
20 Scott Naylor Centre 9 0 0 36
22 Karl Pryce Wing 0 0 0 0
23 Vinny Myler Prop 0 0 0 0
26 Chris Bridge Centre 0 0 0 0
27 Rob Parker Prop 6 0 0 24
29 Stuart Fielden Prop 1 0 0 4
30 Richard Moore Wing 0 0 0 0

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

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