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Debutants shine as Bradford Bulls start 2023 with a win and ex-Leeds Rhinos star scores

There is plenty of excitement around Bradford Bulls at present after they have made some major signings ahead of the 2023 season dreaming of Super League promotion.

One of their biggest signings debuted today in the shape of Jack Walker at fullback in the number 31 shirt as the Bulls took on Dewsbury Rams away.

After building pressure, Brad Foster opened the scoring rampaging through to score in the 11th minute.

Tom Holmes, surprisingly in the number one shirt instead of Walker but playing in the halves, crafted a try for Kieran Gill with a well weighted grubber allowing Gill to score.

To Dewsbury’s credit, they did pull a try back through Lewis Collinson who broke through to score.

But soon Jack Walker crowned his debut with a try. In the 37th minute, Gill made a break and Walker, as he often did in a Leeds Rhinos shirt, popped up on his shoulder to race away from 40 metres out to score.

Then, just before halftime, Bradford made it 24-6 at the break when Myler Lawford dropped the shoulder after a scrum to carve his way through.

Another debutant Joe Arundel got the first try of the second half as Jordan Lilley, who started at hooker, grubered through for Arundel to score on his second debut for the club after leaving Halifax Panthers as the former Castleford Tigers man seems to enjoy his return.

After this Lilley went from provider to scorer as he darted through from a superb scrum move.

In the last five minutes Dewsbury crossed for a pair of tries as Sam Day and Jimmy Beckett crossed.

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