Bradford Bulls bounced back in the best way possible from Wednesday night’s home defeat to Featherstone Rovers by putting the Hunslet Hawks to the sword, running in 13 tries in an emphatic 68-6 victory.
Jake Mullaney was the star, running in four tries, including a hat-trick in the first half hour as the Bulls blew their hosts away with a superb display of running rugby. Once Adam O’Brien opened the scoring in the fifth minute, Bradford were rampant.
They crossed the line seven times in the first half, with Matty Blythe, James Mendeika and Ryan Shaw all touching down, with only a short range effort from Jack Lee giving the Hunslet fans in a bumper crowd something to shout about.
The second half was much of the same, although Hunslet did enjoy a period of pressure on the Bradford line which saw them have four consecutive sets of tackles.
However they could not force their way over the line and a loose pass was picked up by Danny Williams who raced 80 yards for the first of his second half hat-trick.
The Hawks made too many errors and even the outstanding Jordan Lilley was culpable of an error when he tried to keep the ball in play to prevent a 40-20, only succeeding in putting a try on a plate for Etu Uaisele.
It was left to the outstanding Mullaney to finish the scoring for the afternoon, once again evading a weak Hunslet tackle to race 40 yards to touch down in the corner and give the Bulls’ points difference a much needed boost
Hunslet: Lilley, Barnett, Maun, Mvududu, Aggoro, Grimshaw, Brown, Haley, Lee, Houston, Walters, Gee, Mulhern. Subs: Flanagan, Lyons, Trout, Backhouse.
Bradford: Shaw, Williams, Blythe, Mendeika, Uaisele, Mullaney, Addy, Clough, O’Brien, Sidlow, Olbison, Walker, Pitts. Subs: Halafihi, Fleming, Ferguson, Crossley.
Referee: Tom Crashley (RFL)