Swinton Lions 28-35 Bradford Bulls

Leon Pryce retirement


Bradford Bulls gained their first win of the Kingstone Press Championship season as they defeated Swinton Lions 35-28 at Heywood Road. Star performances from Oscar Thomas and Ethan Ryan helped Bradford to victory and they will be wanting to push on as they try to play their way back to safety. A hat-trick from Andy Thornley wasn’t enough for Swinton, who will be eager to make amends for their loss when they take on Featherstone Rovers in round four.

Ryan opened the scoring in the early stages following good work from Scott Moore. Thomas missed the conversion. Thornley responded for the Lions soon after as they took the lead for the first time following Chris Atkin’s conversion. Thomas and Shaun Robinson posted tries for Bradford and Swinton respectively before Ross Oakes and James Mendieka crossed the whitewash to put Bradford 22-10 up at the break.

Consecutive scores from Thornley and Jack Murphy in the second half levelled matters prior to the final quarter. Things then started to get heated as Thomas kicked a penalty goal before Swinton’s Jack Higginson and Anthony Bate were both sent to the sin-bin while Bradford’s Colton Roche was also shown a yellow card. The Bulls saw the game out well as Ryan completed his hat-trick and Thomas, who orchestrated proceedings for the West Yorkshire side, kicked a drop goal.

Swinton Lions

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Jack MurphyFull Back100000
2Shaun RobinsonWing100000
6Grant GoreStand Off000000
7Chris AtkinScrum Half040000
8Rob Lever 26Loose Forward000000
10Jordan Hand 16Prop000000
11Connor Dwyer 17Second Row000000
13Andy ThornleySecond Row300000
15Andy Bracek 18Prop000000
16Anthony Bate 10Interchange000100
17Oliver Davies 11Interchange000000
18Ben Austin 15Interchange000000
20Sean KennyHooker000000
26Romain Navarrete 8Interchange000000
32Liam ForsythCentre000000
36Tom DaviesWing000000
29Jack HigginsonCentre000100
 Total 540200

Bradford Bulls

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
7Joe KeyesScrum Half000000
26Vila HalafihiInterchange000000
2Ethan RyanWing300001
3James MendeikaCentre100000
4Ross OakesCentre100000
5Iliess MacaniWing000000
6Leon PryceStand Off000000
8Liam Kirk 20Interchange000000
11Colton Roche 28Prop000100
14Oscar ThomasFull Back151000
15Jon Magrin 32Prop000000
20James Bentley 8Second Row000000
28Mikolaj Oledzki 11Interchange000000
29Josh Jordan-RobertsLoose Forward000000
32Jonathan Walker 15Interchange000000
33Scott MooreHooker000000
16Kevin LarroyerSecond Row000000
 Total 651101

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
February 19, 2017 3:00 pm Championship 2017 Sunday


Heywood Road


Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Swinton Lions101828
Bradford Bulls221335

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