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Bradford Bulls make 16 redundancies

Head coach and chief executive sacked as crisis-hit Bulls make 16 redundancies



12:46 GMT, 2 July 2012

The axe fell on staff at beleaguered Bradford Bulls when Brendan Guilfoyle, the man appointed as administrator, announced 16 redundancies.

Those sacked include head coach Mick Potter and chief executive Ryan Duckett, who is a member of the club's board of directors.

'This is an attempt to reduce our cash requirements,' Guilfoyle said.

Crisis: Sixteen people have been made redundant at Bradford Bulls

Crisis: Sixteen people have been made redundant at Bradford Bulls

Guilfoyle says the club still intend
to fulfil Sunday's Stobart Super League home game against London Broncos
and he was due to meet the Rugby Football League this afternoon to seek

The Bulls went into administration
after the club's directors failed to raise the 1.2million they say was
needed to see them through to the end of the season.

Gone: Potter has been sacked

Gone: Potter has been sacked

Bradford owed around 300,000 to the HM Revenue & Customs, who were poised to issue a winding-up petition.

'In the month of July I will need
around a quarter of a million pounds to keep the club going and I've got
20,000 maximum in the bank,' Guilfoyle said.

'I have made 16 redundancies, including Mick Potter and three coaches. I am looking at fulfilling Sunday's fixture.

'The players have been asked to
report back for work at 10 o'clock in the morning and I am going to see
the RFL this afternoon to seek their assistance.'

The news stunned the Bradford
players, with prop Nick Scruton tweeting: 'Awful day today. People lives
are been (sic) ruined with no consequences. Hope things get sorted soon
for everyone's sake.'

St Helens 54 Bradford 0: Bulls thrashed

St Helens 54 Bradford 0: Perfect 10-try show as injury-hit Bulls are thrashed



21:15 GMT, 8 June 2012

Double trouble: Paul Wellens

Double trouble: Paul Wellens

St Helens avenged their defeat at Odsal in March with a 10-try show against the injury-hit Bradford Bulls.

Teenager Josh Jones led the way with a hat-trick and skipper Paul Wellens and Jonny Lomax grabbed two tries each as Bradford, backing up only four days after beating Castleford, trailed 28-0 at half-time.

Tommy Makinson plundered 18 points with a try and seven goals from nine attempts.

St Helens welcomed back Anthony Laffranchi and 11-try top scorer Francis Meli who missed Sunday's draw at Hull.

Both have been named in the Exiles
squad to face England next week. Ade Gardner was still sidelined, with
Shaun Magennis suspended, and Jones, who has signed a new three year
contract, partnered Castleford-bound Michael Shenton in the centre.

Bradford were missing Brett Kearney, Jarrod Sammut, Matt Diskin, Jason Crookes, James Donaldson, Nick Scruton, Elliot Kear, Craig Kopczak and Chev Walker, with Adrian Purtell awaiting further tests after suffering a heart attack a fortnight ago.

Saints took only six minutes to go ahead when Wellens wriggled over the line after Lance Hohaia was held short but Makinson, whose last-gasp penalty at Hull salvaged a point, was off target with the conversion attempt.

Sia Soliola was proving a handful for Bradford who faced a strong wind in the first half.

The Bulls held out until the 21st minute when slick handling between halves Lomax and Hohaia put Jones over to open up a 10-0 lead.

Bradford's task became even tougher when Lomax took a return pass from Soliola, who brushed off Keith Lulia, four minutes later to sweep under the posts and make it 16-0.

Wilkin's kick then caused havoc in the Bulls defence with Jones latching on to a loose ball for a scrambled try on the half-hour with Makinson converting from wide out.

Lomax carved Bradford apart with a weaving run to send Francis Meli over just before the break and open up a 28-0 advantage.

John Bateman, linked with a move to Warrington, gave the Bradford fans something to cheer with a strong run early in the second half.

But the Bulls conceded a sixth try when Wellens pounced on James Roby's kick to make it 34-0 after 52 minutes.

It became worse for Bradford when Makinson went over before Hohaia strolled through woeful defence to extend the lead to 44-0.

Saints rattled up a half-century of points for only the second time this season when Lomax finished off a superb move in style before Jones completed his hat-trick.

Salford City Reds 20 Bradford Bulls 20: Late Broughton try snatches draw

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.

Salford City Reds 20 Bradford Bulls 20

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.