2005 Bradford Bulls season

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2005 Bradford Bulls season
Super League X Rank 3rd
Play-off result Winners
Challenge Cup 5th Round
2005 record Wins: 23; Draws: 1; Losses: 10
Points scored For: 1295; Against: 770
Team information
Chairman Chris Caisley
Head Coach Brian Noble
Captain
Stadium Odsal Stadium
Avg. Attend. 13,523
High. Attend. 22,843 vs. Leeds Rhinos
Top scorers
Tries Lesley Vainikolo (34)
Goals Paul Deacon (169)
Points Paul Deacon (391)
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This article details the Bradford Bulls rugby league football club's 2005 season, the 10th season of the Super League era.

Season review[edit]

February 2005

The Bulls started their campaign with a 28–16 loss to Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Iestyn Harris, Jamie Langley and Karl Pryce all scored for the Bulls whilst Paul Deacon kicked 2 goals. Bradford continued their poor start to the season by losing 31–22 to Widnes Vikings, Iestyn Harris, Karl Pryce, Leon Pryce and Andy Smith scored tries whilst Deacon kicked 3 goals. Bradford finally got their first win of the season by beating Wigan Warriors 28–27. Iestyn Harris, Jamie Langley, Jamie Peacock, Stuart Reardon and Michael Withers all scored and Deacon kicked 4 conversions.

March 2005

Bradford started March with a 48–22 win over London Broncos. Paul Deacon and Lesley Vainikolo both scored 2 tries whilst Paul Johnson, Jamie Langley, Brad Meyers, Robbie Paul and Karl Pryce also scored. Deacon added 6 goals. The Bulls continued their good form as they hammered Leigh Centurions 46–6, Iestyn Harris and Karl Pryce both grabbed a brace each while Deacon, Langley, Rob Parker, Leon Pryce and Vainikolo all scored 1 a piece. Deacon added 5 goals. Bradford grabbed another win as they beat Hull F.C. 32–22. Iestyn Harris, Andy Lynch, Karl Pryce and Leon Pryce all scored tries and Deacon kicked 8 goals to ensure Bradford won the game. Bradford's winning streak came to an abrupt halt as they lost 42–12 to rivals Leeds Rhinos. Karl Pryce and Stuart Reardon scored the Bulls only tries and Deacon converted both. The final game of the month saw the Bulls lose to St Helens R.F.C.. Lynch scored a brace of tries and scored from Robbie Paul and Karl Pryce wasn't enough to get the win, Deacon also kicked 5 goals and a drop goal.

April 2005

The Bulls progressed in the Challenge Cup by beating Featherstone Rovers 80–14. Robbie Paul and Andy Smith grabbed hat-tricks, Iestyn Harris and Brett Ferres scored a brace each. Rob Parker, Stuart Fielden, Leon Pryce and Karl Pratt also scored. Paul Deacon kicked 11 goals and Joe Vagana also kicked 1. Bradford's poor form in the league was extended as Warrington Wolves beat them 35–32, Jamie Langley and Lesley Vainikolo both scored two tries each whilst Brad Meyers and Michael Withers also crossed, Deacon kicked 4 goals. Bradford recorded a 54–10 win over the Huddersfield Giants, Vainikolo scored a hat-trick, Stuart Reardon scored two, Stuart Fielden, Jamie Langley, Robbie Paul, Karl Pratt and Lee Radford wrapped up the scoring. Deacon kicked a goal and Iestyn Harris kicked six. The Bulls beat Wigan Warriors 40–8 in a one sided affair, Brad Meyers scored a brace whilst Fielden, Paul, Reardon, Vainikolo and Withers also scored tries. Deacon kicked 6 goals.

May 2005

The Bulls started May with a big win over London Broncos. The Bradford side ran out 41–22 winners with tries coming from Stuart Fielden, Iestyn Harris, Jamie Langley, Jamie Peacock, Karl Pryce, Leon Pryce and Stuart Reardon. Paul Deacon kicked 6 goals and also knocked over a drop goal. Bradford's Challenge Cup was ended by a strong Hull F.C. side. The Bulls went down 26–24 with Peacock, Lesley Vainikolo (2) and Karl Pryce all scoring, Deacon kicked 4 goals. Their league form was still going strong with a 58–0 win against Salford City Reds, Karl Pryce and Deacon both scored hat-tricks whilst Vainikolo grabbed 2 tries. Other scores came with tries from Rob Parker, Karl Pratt and Leon Pryce, Deacon kicked 7 goals. The following week Bradford lost 44–24 to Warrington Wolves, Iestyn Harris, Peacock, Reardon and Vainikolo scored tries and Deacon converted all 4. In revenge for their Challenge Cup loss the Bulls hammered Hull F.C. 42–24. Tries came from Leon Pryce (2), Brett Ferres, Brad Meyers, Karl Pryce and Reardon, Deacon managed to kick all 9 goals.

June 2005

Bradford didn't get off to a good start in June as they were beat 66–4 by St Helens R.F.C. with Stuart Reardon scoring Bradford's only try. They followed this defeat with a 38–20 win against Huddersfield Giants, Robbie Paul scored 2 tries whilst Ben Harris, Rob Parker, Karl Pryce, Lee Radford and Reardon also touched down to score. Paul Deacon added 5 goals to ensure a Bradford win. However their next game against Widnes Vikings ended in an 18–18 draw, Paul scored 2 tries, Deacon and Radford also crossed to score tries and Deacon kicked 4 goals and a drop goal.

July 2005

July started off with two defeats for the Bulls. The first was a 36–26 loss to archrivals Leeds Rhinos. Tries came from Paul Johnson (2), Ben Harris, Brad Meyers and Jamie Peacock whilst Paul Deacon kicked 3 goals. The second defeat at the start of July came at the hands of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats who beat Bradford 44–34. Karl Pratt claimed a hat-trick while Deacon, Meyers and Michael Withers also scored, Deacon kicked 5 goals. However the Bulls got back to winning ways with a 58–12 win over Leigh Centurions. Ben Harris grabbed a hat-trick, Stuart Fielden, Iestyn Harris, Ian Henderson, Meyers, Pratt, Leon Pryce and Withers all scored tries. Deacon kicked 6 goals and Iestyn Harris kicked 3 goals. This win was followed by a hard fought 24–18 victory against Salford City Reds, Deacon, Iestyn Harris, Karl Pryce and brother Leon Pryce all scored tries whilst Deacon kicked 3 goals and Iestyn Harris slotted over a goal to ensure the win.

August 2005

Bradford's first game in August was against Widnes Vikings, the Bulls racked up a 74–24 win against the struggling side. Shontayne Hape, Stuart Reardon, Lesley Vainikolo and Michael Withers all scored 2 tries each while Stuart Fielden, Iestyn Harris, Andy Lynch, Jamie Peacock and Leon Pryce all took a try a piece. Paul Deacon kicked 11 goals to round off a huge victory. This was followed by a 58–12 win against Salford City Reds. Hape and Iestyn Harris both grabbed 2 tries, Deacon, Paul Johnson, Lynch, Peacock, Leon Pryce and Vainikolo also scored with Deacon kicked 7 goals and Iestyn Harris kicked 2 goals. The Bulls last game in August came against their old rivals Leeds Rhinos, this time Bradford managed a 42–10 win. Hape grabbed a hat-trick while Deacon, Iestyn Harris, Jamie Langley, Lynch and Robbie Paul rounded off the tries, Deacon kicked 5 goals.

September 2005

Lesley Vainikolo had an outstanding start to September as he scored a Super League record 6 tries in the 49–6 win over Hull F.C., other tries came from Stuart Fielden, Shontayne Hape, Jamie Peacock and Joe Vagana. Paul Deacon kicked 4 goals and a drop goal. This win was followed up by a 52–34 victory over the Huddersfield Giants. Tries were scored by Paul Johnson (2), Vainikolo (2), Deacon, Fielden, Ian Henderson, Brad Meyers and Lee Radford. Deacon kicked 8 goals to ensure victory. The last league game of the season came against St Helens R.F.C. at Knowsley Road. The Bulls won 32–18 with Johnson and Vainikolo scoring a brace of tries, Ben Harris and Leon Pryce rounded off the try scoring whilst Deacon kicked 4 goals. This win meant the Bulls finished the season on an 8-game winning streak and finished the league in 3rd place. The playoffs pitted Bradford against London Broncos, the Bulls came away with a convincing 44–22 win, Iestyn Harris scored 2 tries, Vainikolo scored 2 tries with Hape, Henderson, Peacock and Karl Pryce all grabbing a try a piece. Iestyn Harris kicked 5 goals while Karl Pryce kicked 1 goal.

October 2005

The next round of the playoffs saw Bradford against Hull F.C., the Bulls achieved a record playoff win as they coasted to a 71–0 win. Lesley Vainikolo scored 4 tries, Ian Henderson grabbed a brace while Stuart Fielden, Shontayne Hape, Iestyn Harris, Paul Johnson, Jamie Peacock and Michael Withers also crossed for tries. Paul Deacon kicked 10 goals, Robbie Paul kicked a goal and Iestyn Harris kicked a drop goal. In the semi final the Bulls beat St Helens R.F.C. 23–18, Hape grabbed 2 tries, Johnson also crossed for a try and Jamie Langley grabbed the winner. Deacon kicked 4 goals and a drop goal to ensure the Bulls a place in the Grand Final. The Grand Final marked the 6th consecutive appearance for the Bulls and it pitted them in a rematch of the 2004 Grand Final as they faced arch enemies Leeds Rhinos. The Bulls won 15–6 with Vainikolo and Leon Pryce scoring, Deacon kicked 3 goals and Iestyn Harris slotted a drop goal to give the Bulls their 4th Super League title. It also marked the last game for Bradford legend Robbie Paul as he moved to Huddersfield Giants.

2005 milestones[edit]

  • Round 1: Karl Pryce scored his 1st try for the Bulls.
  • Round 4: Brad Meyers scored his 1st try for the Bulls.
  • Round 6: Andy Lynch scored his 1st try for the Bulls.
  • CCR4: Robbie Paul scored his 9th hat-trick for the Bulls.
  • CCR4: Andy Smith scored his 1st hat-trick for the Bulls.
  • CCR4: Brett Ferres scored his 1st try for the Bulls.
  • CCR4: Paul Deacon reached 1,400 points for the Bulls.
  • CCR4: Joe Vagana kicked his 1st goal for the Bulls.
  • Round 10: Lesley Vainikolo scored his 8th hat-trick for the Bulls.
  • Round 10: Lee Radford reached 100 points for the Bulls.
  • Round 11: Stuart Reardon scored his 25th try and reached 100 points for the Bulls.
  • Round 11: Paul Deacon kicked his 600th goal for the Bulls.
  • Round 13: Paul Deacon scored his 1st hat-trick for the Bulls.
  • Round 13: Karl Pryce scored his 1st hat-trick for the Bulls.
  • Round 13: Paul Deacon scored his 50th try for the Bulls.
  • Round 15: Paul Deacon reached 1,500 points for the Bulls.
  • Round 20: Karl Pratt scored his 2nd hat-trick for the Bulls.
  • Round 20: Michael Withers scored his 100th try for the Bulls.
  • Round 21: Ben Harris scored his 1st hat-trick for the Bulls.
  • Round 21: Ian Henderson scored his 1st try for the Bulls.
  • Round 23: Iestyn Harris reached 100 points for the Bulls.
  • Round 24: Paul Deacon reached 1,600 points for the Bulls.
  • Round 25: Shontayne Hape scored his 3rd hat-trick for the Bulls.
  • Round 26: Lesley Vainikolo scored his 1st six-try haul, 2nd five-try haul, 3rd four-try haul and 9th hat-trick for the Bulls.
  • Round 27: Lesley Vainikolo scored his 100th try and reached 400 points for the Bulls.
  • Round 28: Paul Deacon kicked his 700th goal for the Bulls.
  • EPO: Karl Pryce kicked his 1st goal for the Bulls.
  • ESF: Lesley Vainikolo scored his 4th four-try haul and 10th hat-trick for the Bulls.
  • ESF: Shontayne Hape scored his 50th try and reached 200 points for the Bulls.
  • ESF: Iestyn Harris scored his 25th try for the Bulls.
  • ESF: Iestyn Harris kicked his 1st drop goal for the Bulls.

Table[edit]

# Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Saintscolours.svg St. Helens 28 23 1 4 1028 537 +491 47
2 Rhinoscolours.svg Leeds Rhinos 28 22 0 6 1150 505 +645 44
3 Bullscolours.svg Bradford Bulls 28 18 1 9 1038 684 +354 37
4 Wolvescolours.svg Warrington Wolves 28 18 0 10 792 702 +90 36
5 Hullcolours.svg Hull F.C. 28 15 2 11 756 670 +86 32
6 London Broncos 28 13 2 13 800 718 +82 28
7 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors 28 14 0 14 698 718 −20 28
8 Giantscolours.svg Huddersfield Giants 28 12 0 16 742 791 −49 24
9 Redscolours.svg Salford City Reds 28 11 0 17 549 732 −183 22
10 Wcatscolours.svg Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 28 10 0 18 716 997 −281 20
11 Widnes colours.svg Widnes Vikings 28 6 1 21 598 1048 −450 13
12 Leigh colours.svg Leigh Centurions 28 2 1 25 445 1210 −765 5
  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.


2005 fixtures and results[edit]

LEGEND
  Win
  Draw
  Loss

2005 Tetley's Super League

Date Competition Rnd Vrs H/A Venue Result Score Tries Goals Att
13 February 2005 Super League X 1 Wcatscolours.svgWakefield Trinity Wildcats H Odsal Stadium L 16–28 I.Harris, Langley, K.Pryce Deacon 2/3 15,137
20 February 2005 Super League X 2 Widnes colours.svgWidnes Vikings A Halton Stadium L 22–31 I.Harris, K.Pryce, L.Pryce, Smith Deacon 3/4 7,230
25 February 2005 Super League X 3 Wigancolours.svgWigan Warriors A JJB Stadium W 28–27 I.Harris, Langley, Peacock, Reardon, Withers Deacon 4/5 13,111
6 March 2005 Super League X 4 Cronulla colours.svgLondon Broncos H Odsal Stadium W 48–22 Deacon (2), Vainikolo (2), Johnson, Langley, Meyers, Paul, K.Pryce Deacon 6/9 11,282
11 March 2005 Super League X 5 Leigh colours.svgLeigh Centurions A The Coliseum W 46–6 I.Harris (2), K.Pryce (2), Deacon, Langley, Parker, L.Pryce, Vainikolo Deacon 5/9 4,241
18 March 2005 Super League X 6 Hullcolours.svgHull F.C. H Odsal Stadium W 32–22 I.Harris, Lynch, K.Pryce, L.Pryce Deacon 8/8 13,394
24 March 2005 Super League X 7 Rhinoscolours.svgLeeds Rhinos H Odsal Stadium L 12–42 K.Pryce, Reardon Deacon 2/2 22,843
28 March 2005 Super League X 8 Saintscolours.svgSt. Helens A Knowsley Road L 27–34 Lynch (2), Paul, K.Pryce Deacon 5/5, Deacon 1 DG 12,364
10 April 2005 Super League X 9 Wolvescolours.svgWarrington Wolves A Halliwell Jones Stadium L 32–35 Langley (2), Vainikolo (2), Meyers, Withers Deacon 4/6 10,654
17 April 2005 Super League X 10 Giantscolours.svgHuddersfield Giants H Odsal Stadium W 54–10 Vainikolo (3), Reardon (2), Fielden, Langley, Paul, Pratt, Radford Deacon 1/4, I.Harris 6/6 13,481
22 April 2005 Super League X 11 Wigancolours.svgWigan Warriors H Odsal Stadium W 40–8 Meyers (2), Fielden, Paul, Reardon, Vainikolo, Withers Deacon 6/7 13,527
1 May 2005 Super League X 12 Cronulla colours.svgLondon Broncos A Griffin Park W 41–26 Fielden, I.Harris, Langley, Peacock, K.Pryce, L.Pryce, Reardon Deacon 6/7, Deacon 1 DG 3,879
13 May 2005 Super League X 13 Redscolours.svgSalford City Reds A The Willows W 58–0 Deacon (3), K.Pryce (3), Vainikolo (2), Parker, Pratt, L.Pryce Deacon 7/11 4,102
22 May 2005 Super League X 14 Wolvescolours.svgWarrington Wolves H Odsal Stadium L 24–44 I.Harris, Peacock, Reardon, Vainikolo Deacon 4/4 14,428
28 May 2005 Super League X 15 Hullcolours.svgHull F.C. A KC Stadium W 42–24 L.Pryce (2), Ferres, Meyers, K.Pryce, Reardon Deacon 9/9 11,563
5 June 2005 Super League X 16 Saintscolours.svgSt. Helens H Odsal Stadium L 4–66 Reardon Deacon 0/1 15,260
11 June 2005 Super League X 17 Giantscolours.svgHuddersfield Giants A Galpharm Stadium W 38–20 Paul (2), B.Harris, Parker, K.Pryce, Radford, Reardon Deacon 5/7 6,022
19 June 2005 Super League X 18 Widnes colours.svgWidnes Vikings H Odsal Stadium D 25–25 Paul (2), Deacon, Radford Deacon 4/4, Deacon 1 DG 10,715
1 July 2005 Super League X 19 Rhinoscolours.svgLeeds Rhinos A Headingley Stadium L 26–36 Johnson (2), B.Harris, Meyers, Peacock Deacon 3/5 21,225
10 July 2005 Super League X 20 Wcatscolours.svgWakefield Trinity Wildcats A Belle Vue L 34–44 Pratt (3), Deacon, Meyers, Withers Deacon 5/6 5,984
17 July 2005 Super League X 21 Leigh colours.svgLeigh Centurions H Odsal Stadium W 58–12 B.Harris (3), Fielden, I.Harris, Henderson, Meyers, Pratt, L.Pryce, Withers Deacon 6/6, I.Harris 3/3 10,294
22 July 2005 Super League X 22 Redscolours.svgSalford City Reds A The Willows W 24–18 Deacon, I.Harris, K.Pryce, L.Pryce Deacon 3/3, I.Harris 1/1 3,684
7 August 2005 Super League X 23 Widnes colours.svgWidnes Vikings H Odsal Stadium W 74–24 Hape (2), Reardon (2), Vainikolo (2), Withers (2), Fielden, I.Harris, Lynch, Peacock, L.Pryce Deacon 11/13 10,128
14 August 2005 Super League X 24 Redscolours.svgSalford City Reds H Odsal Stadium W 58–12 Hape (2), I.Harris (2), Deacon, Johnson, Lynch, Peacock, L.Pryce, Vainikolo Deacon 7/8, I.Harris 2/2 10,113
19 August 2005 Super League X 25 Rhinoscolours.svgLeeds Rhinos A Headingley Stadium W 42–10 Hape (3), Deacon, I.Harris, Langley, Lynch, Paul Deacon 5/8 20,220
2 September 2005 Super League X 26 Hullcolours.svgHull F.C. H Odsal Stadium W 49–6 Vainikolo (6), Fielden, Hape, Peacock, Vagana Deacon 4/10, Deacon 1 DG 13,326
11 September 2005 Super League X 27 Giantscolours.svgHuddersfield Giants H Odsal Stadium W 52–34 Johnson (2), Vainikolo (2), Deacon, Fielden, Henderson, Meyers, Radford Deacon 8/9 13,207
17 September 2005 Super League X 28 Saintscolours.svgSt. Helens A Knowsley Road W 32–18 Johnson (2), Vainikolo (2), B.Harris, L.Pryce Deacon 4/7 11,064

Challenge Cup[edit]

LEGEND
  Win
  Draw
  Loss
Date Competition Rnd Vrs H/A Venue Result Score Tries Goals Att
3 April 2005 Cup 4th Fevcolours.svgFeatherstone Rovers H Odsal Stadium W 80–14 Paul (3), Parker, Fielden, L.Pryce, I.Harris (2), Smith (3), Pratt, Ferres (2) Deacon 11/12, Vagana 1/1
7 May 2005 Cup 5th Hullcolours.svgHull F.C. A KC Stadium L 24–26 Peacock, Vainikolo (2), K.Pryce Deacon 4/4

Playoffs[edit]

LEGEND
  Win
  Draw
  Loss
Date Competition Rnd Vrs H/A Venue Result Score Tries Goals Att
23 September 2005 Play-offs EPO Cronulla colours.svgLondon Broncos H Odsal Stadium W 44–22 I.Harris (2), Vainikolo (2), Hape, Henderson, Peacock, K.Pryce I.Harris 5/7, K.Pryce 1/1 9,167
1 October 2005 Play-offs ESF Hullcolours.svgHull F.C. H Odsal Stadium W 71–0 Vainikolo (4), Henderson (2), Fielden, Hape, I.Harris, Johnson, Peacock, Withers Deacon 10/11, Paul 1/1, I.Harris 1 DG 13,148
7 October 2005 Play-offs SF Saintscolours.svgSt. Helens A Knowsley Road W 23–18 Hape (2), Johnson, Langley Deacon 4/5, Deacon 1 DG 11,604
15 October 2005 Play-offs GF Rhinoscolours.svgLeeds Rhinos N Old Trafford W 15–6 L.Pryce, Vainikolo Deacon 3/5, I.Harris 1 DG 65,537

2005 squad statistics[edit]

  • Appearances and Points include (Super League,Challenge Cup and Play-offs) as of 2004.
No Player Position Tries Goals DG Points
1 Robbie Paul Stand Off 12 1 0 50
3 Leon Pryce Stand Off 14 0 0 56
4 Shontayne Hape Centre 12 0 0 48
5 Lesley Vainikolo Wing 34 0 0 136
6 Michael Withers Fullback 8 0 0 32
7 Paul Deacon Scrum-half 12 169 5 391
8 Joe Vagana Prop 1 1 0 6
9 Ian Henderson Hooker 5 0 0 20
10 Brad Meyers Prop 9 0 0 36
11 Lee Radford Second Row 4 0 0 16
12 Jamie Peacock Second Row 10 0 0 40
13 Ben Harris Loose forward 6 0 0 24
14 Andy Lynch Prop 6 0 0 24
15 Karl Pratt Centre 7 0 0 28
16 Paul Johnson Second Row 10 0 0 40
17 Stuart Reardon Fullback 12 0 0 48
18 Iestyn Harris Stand Off 19 17 2 112
19 Jamie Langley Loose forward 10 0 0 40
20 Matt Cook Prop 0 0 0 0
22 Karl Pryce Wing 17 1 0 70
24 Andy Smith Wing 4 0 0 16
25 Brett Ferres Second Row 3 0 0 12
27 Rob Parker Prop 4 0 0 16
29 Stuart Fielden Prop 9 0 0 36
30 Adrian Morley Prop 0 0 0 0

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

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