Super League: Hull KR on song to claim the points away to Bradford Bulls
Last Updated: 21/06/14 7:38am
Greg Eden bagged two tries for the Rovers on Friday
Hull KR piled more pressure on relegation-threatened Bradford Bulls with an impressive 44-18 success at Provident Stadium on Friday.
Centre Craig Hall and full-back Greg Eden scored two tries apiece as the Rovers secured just their second away win of the season.
The defeat for the Bulls, who are now being looked after by caretaker coach Matt Diskin, means remain eight points behind Wakefield Wildcats in the table.
The danger signs were there for Bradford after only seven minutes when recalled winger Ade Gardner palmed the ball back from impressive stand-off Travis Burns' high kick for centre Kris Welham to go over at the corner but slow-motion replays showed he had a foot in touch.
The visitors duly took the lead when Burns dummied his way over for the game's first try on 14 minutes and the Australian kicked the first of his six goals.
An outbreak of fighting at a scrum, which was put on report by referee Robert Hicks, seemed to spark new life into the Bulls, who drew level midway through the first half when right winger Elliot Kear took Lee Gaskell's long pass to touch down, with Luke Gale adding the goal.
That encouraged Diskin's men and a couple of defensive errors from Eden enabled them to pile on the pressure.
However, Bradford's lack of finishing demonstrated their fragile confidence as substitutes Adam O'Brien and Manase Manuokafoa were both held up over the line without being able to ground the ball.
The Robins withstood the pressure and hit their hosts with two quickfire tries on the counter-attack before the break.
Hooker Josh Hodgson went over from dummy half 10 metres out and Welham snaffled a pass from Adrian Purtill intended for Gaskell to race 40 metres for an opportunist score.
Trailing 18-6 at half-time, there was no way back for the Bulls when Hall slipped a tackle from his opposite number Matty Blythe on halfway within two minutes of the restart to scorch 50 metres for his first try.
The Bulls made life difficult for themselves with a host of errors and, when Gaskell and Kear made a hash of collecting Burns speculative kick near their own line, they were swiftly punished, with Eden taking Burns' short pass to touch down for his first try.
Burns' fourth goal made it 28-6 but the Bulls produced a spirited rally that brought them two tries in the final quarter.
Eden saved a certain try by intercepting Tom Olbison's pass meant for Gale and O'Brien was denied for a second time by being unable to ground the ball before making it third time lucky on the hour to register his side's second try.
However, Bradford's fragile defence was in evidence once more when replacement forward Adam Walker took Keal Carlile's pass to crash over before Hall dummied his way over for his second.
An offload from prop Adam Sidlow created a third try for stand-off Danny Addy and Gale kicked his third goal but the Bulls finished a well-beaten side and conceded again just before the end when Eden went 90 metres for his second try.
First Utility Super League
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield Wildcats26 - 16Hull FC
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington Wolves17 - 6Wigan Warriors
Fri 3rd Jul
Leeds Rhinos46 - 18St Helens
Sun 5th Jul
Huddersfield Giants32 - 14Hull K R
Hull FC31 - 24Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils18 - 14Catalans Dragons
Castleford Tigers34 - 20Widnes Vikings
Thu 9th Jul
Wigan WarriorsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 10th Jul
St HelensvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 12th Jul
Hull FC0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Hull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 16th Jul
Warrington WolvesvsSt Helens
Fri 17th Jul
Hull K RvsHull FC
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 18th Jul
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 19th Jul
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Jul
Hull FCvsWigan Warriors
Fri 24th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 26th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Super League 2014, round 17
St Helens coach Nathan Brown was delighted after watching his side return to form with victory over Castleford.
Leeds head coach Brian McDermott paid tribute to injury-depleted Widnes after his side secured a comfortable 38-28 win.
Warrington earned their seventh successive win as they beat Salford 36-20 at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.