In common with Magic Weekends the final game of the day tends to be set of as the one that should be the best on the day.

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With that in mind we had Bradford Bulls v Halifax to look forward to.

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Bulls relegated along with Broncos had fared better in the league with 11 wins from their 12 games played, only Leigh Centurions, with a 100% record, sat above them.

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Halifax with 13 games played started the day in 5th spot with 7 of their games won.

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Another local derby both teams had a good number of fans in the stadium – in fact the Bulls fans were a highlight of the day!

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It’s interesting to read that James Lowes Bulls’ coach had launched a scathing attack on the whole event, stating that he’d rather be playing Halifax at The Shay.

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The hugely vocal Bulls fans clearly didn’t agree – they were amazing in the 2nd half!  I’m not sure many of them took a breath in between singing!

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This was one where I was expecting a big scoreline – but the power of a local derby is a very big thing.

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Halifax were the team with the lions share of the ball in the 1st half but they just couldn’t turn possession into points.

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It was a whole 35 minutes into the game before any points were scored and in spite of the Halifax pressure it was Ryan Shaw who scored for the Bulls – He added the extra 2 from the Tee.

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Bulls extended their lead through a great try by Adrian Purtell – Shaw again converted the try to see Bulls go in 12 points ahead at half time.

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A word for the cheerleaders at this point – the dance groups are often if we’re honest not too good, many seem to be wearing personal stereos!

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However as is often the case at the big rugby league events these girls were actually very good!  Credit to them over the whole weekend – they must have been freezing at times!

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Halifax returned full of fire again and got their only points on the board – a try scored by Ben Heaton, again in spite of their endeavours they weren’t able to add to their 4.

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Bulls however added to their tally through another Purtell try – Danny Addy was the kicker this time and he took the score to 18.

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The match finished on Bradford Bulls 18 Halifax 4.  Chatting to some Bulls fans as I walked away they agreed that Halifax seemed to want the game more; but the expected extra fitness and recent Superleague pedigree shone through for the Bulls.

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Day one was over – and a very find day it was too!  I took a walk along the front to take in the sunset and a few of the sights.  I managed to make myself look stupid when I called for a taxi – saying I was outside the Pier – I had no idea there were 3!

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My dinner consisted of 2 biscuits and a cuppa!   Not so brilliant – I really can be rubbish when it comes to organising food for myself!  I was saving fish & chips for the Monday – more to come on that later on!

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As I’ve added the photos in to my words I must just say – Green???  Not loving that kit Bulls!

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