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Sunday 15th June 2014, 15:00 - Round:16
Salford Red Devils
|Logan Tomkins, Junior Sa'u 2, Andrew Dixon, Rangi Chase 2, Francis Meli, Niall Evalds,||T||Elliot Kear, Tom Olbison, Adam O'Brien,|
Rangi Chase 7,
Luke Gale 3,
Attendance: 3,407 Official: G Stokes Venue: A J Bell Stadium, Salford
Bradford Bulls have one foot in the Kingstone Press Championship after being blown away by Salford Red Devils in the first half of their must-win First Utility Super League fixture at the AJ Bell Stadium.
It was the Rangi Chase show as the 2011 Man of Steel rang rings around the Bulls as the Red Devils cruised to a 46-18 victory, their first in eight league matches and their biggest of the season to ease the pressure on coach Iestyn Harris.
Chase scored two of his side's eight tries and, after taking on the goalkicking responsibility for the first time for his club, landed seven conversions to finish with 22 points in a man-of-the-match display.
Big-spending Salford now appear safe from relegation but Bradford look doomed following a failed appeal against their points deduction and today's demoralising defeat by their fellow strugglers.
With Wakefield Trinity Wildcats beating bottom club London Broncos on Friday night, the Bulls are now eight points adrift of safety with just 11 fixtures left to preserve their top-flight status.
If their salvation hopes rested on today's game, they were extinguished within eight minutes as the home side stormed into an 18-0 lead.
Hooker Logan Tomkins, who made his debut in the Red Devils' 38-24 win at Odsal in April, got the scoreboard ticking over after only two minutes, forcing his way over from close range for his second try for the club.
Former England forward Gareth Hock then put full-back Niall Evalds into a gap and centre Junior Sa'u was in support to score the first of his two tries before a first touch of Chase magic, in which he regathered his own chip over the visitors' defence, created a score for second rower Andrew Dixon.
Bradford could not get their hands on the ball in the early stages and they fell further behind on 14 minutes when Chase split them open with a dummy and sprinted 50 metres for a solo try, and the former Castleford Tigers stand-off added his fourth conversion to make it 24-0.
The Bulls briefly halted the red tide when former Salford full-back Lee Gaskell combined with Adrian Purtell to get winger Elliot Kear over for a 22nd-minute try, but his failure to take Chase's high kick moments later gifted a second try to the brilliant Kiwi.
Sa'u then had a try disallowed for a forward pass but was not denied on 36 minutes when he pounced on a handling error by former Salford prop Adam Sidlow to romp 40 metres for his second try.
Chase's fifth goal extended his side's lead to 34-6 before Bradford added a second try on the stroke of half-time through second rower Tom Olbison, with Luke Gale kicking a second conversion.
The Bulls were much improved in the second half and replacement hooker Adam O'Brien went over from dummy half for a third try on 58 minutes, but they never looked capable of unlocking Salford's grip on the contest.
Sa'u hurt himself trying to complete a hat-trick but quickly picked himself up to create further tries for his winger Francis Meli and Evalds, with the accurate Chase taking his goal tally to seven from eight attempts.
Touchjudge Robert Hicks took over as referee for the last 14 minutes after George Stokes was taken ill.
TA: Try assists
MT: Marker tackles
MI: Missed tackles
TB: Tackle busts
AT: Attacking kicks
AG: Av gain
CB: Clean break
DR: Run from dummy half
FT: Forty twenty
MG: Missed goals