Salford City Reds 20 Bradford Bulls 20: Late Broughton try snatches draw
22:38 GMT, 18 May 2012
Jodie Broughton snatched a dramatic draw for Salford with a try three minutes from time.
The Reds trailed 20-16 until Broughton took a Luke Patten pass to go over in the corner but Daniel Holdsworth missed the conversion.
Karl Pryce bagged a hat-trick for the Bulls, who were also awarded a controversial Tom Burgess try by referee Richard Silverwood.
The Reds, playing against a strong wind in the first half, trailed 10-6 at the break.
Bradford went into the clash having triumphed in 22 of their 29 Super League meetings against Salford, who won 38-18 at Odsal in March.
The Bulls were missing the suspended John Bateman with Andy Purtell, Jarrod Sammut, Chev Walker, Nick Scruton and Brett Kearney still sidelined through injury.
But Bryn Hargreaves, formerly with Wigan and St Helens, made his 200th career appearance.
Salford faced an uphill task winning the forward battle with Shannon McPherson, Ben Gledhill, Jordan James, Vinnie Anderson and Wayne Godwin all missing from a depleted pack.
But Reds prop Adam Sidlow tore into the Bulls from the start and ploughed over for his first try since last June in the sixth minute after Craig Kopczak conceded a penalty.
Holdsworth tagged on the conversion but the Bulls almost replied when Hargreaves released the ball close to the Reds line but the chance went begging.
Jamie Langley's clever distribution gave Salford problems, with Steve Wild putting in a crunching tackle to clear another danger.
Burgess made an immediate impression when he appeared as sub but Salford's defence held firm until Pryce powered over in the corner after 32 minutes.
Luke Gale missed the conversion but a surging Elliott Whitehead run gave Bradford more confidence.
Pryce notched his second try in three minutes from a looping Gale pass after Salford conceded another penalty.
This time Gale made no mistake with the goal attempt to fire his side ahead 10-6 at the interval.
Sean Gleeson spilled the ball straight from the kick-off in the second half before Salford rallied courtesy of a sizzling Luke Patten break.
Holdsworth and Gleeson combined for Danny Williams to squeeze over in the corner and make it 10-10.
The Bulls hit back immediately with Pryce completing his hat-trick after Ben Jeffries saw the Reds cover out of position and his precision kick bounced kindly for the winger.
It was still anybody's game and Gleeson's smart flick pass put Williams over for his second try after 55 minutes, with Holdsworth's conversion edging the Reds in front 16-14.
Pryce came close to a fourth try from a Gale kick but was pushed into touch by Williams.
Both sides made frequent handling mistakes round the ruck but it was Burgess' controversial try nine minutes from time which restored the Bulls' lead.
Shaun Ainscough looked yards offside when he collected Jeffries' kick to put Burgess over and Gale converted to make it 20-16.
Referee Silverwood allowed the try to stand, to Salford's fury, but Broughton struck back after Oliver Elima was sin-binned.