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MATCHDAY LIVE: Bradford V Crusaders

North Wales Crusaders travel to face five times winners Bradford Bulls in the Betfred Challenge Cup with both sides looking to progress to round four of the competition where a home tie against Doncaster or Widnes awaits.

FULL-TIME: Bulls 48-2 Crusaders, we exit the Challenge Cup at the hands of Championship opponents Bradford Bulls. Next up? We welcome former World Champions Widnes Vikings to Colwyn Bay next Sunday in the 1895 Cup. Tickets are on sale HERE.

16:34 - Another at the death for Bradford.

16:30 - Try Bradford. Kieron Gill scores as Lilley adds the extras 42-2

16:26 - Bradford are in again as George Flanagan finishes off some smart play from the home side. 36-2.

16:20 - The home sides quality is starting to show as Chester Butler crosses the line to extend Bradford's advantage and possibly put the tie beyond us. 30-2.

16:18 - Just over twenty minutes remaining here, Forster will be pleased with the performance so far

16:12 - We've more than held our own in periods of this game, only being let down by some poor discipline at times which Bradford have punished! Plenty to play for here as Crusaders continue to push the Bulls and force errors from the hosts.

16:04 - Bradford use the man advantage to extend their lead as they run the ball out wide to cross the line. 24-2.

16:03 - We're down to 12 following a yellow card for dissent!

15:59 - That's a strong start from Crusaders as we force Bradford into a drop-out and pressure the line turning the ball over just two meters from the Bulls' line!

15:55 - We're back underway here at Odsal, a good showing from Crusaders in the first-half with the tie still far from over, next score could be crucial!

15:40 - HALF-TIME: Bulls 18-2 Crusaders

15:38 - Bradford are in again after Crusaders find themselves on the back foot following consecutive penalties gifting the hosts good field position which they use to score. 18-2

15:31 - It's another try for the hosts as Bradford once again make Crusaders pay for a penalty in their own half and Joe Arundel crashes over the line 12-2.

15:24 - Bradford punish Crusaders for a high-tackle just ten meters out and the host use their good position to power over the line 6-2.

15:20 - This is a really good start from Carl Forster's side! Bradford force a drop-out and look to put Crusaders under pressure, but we hold firm in defence and remain ahead with 20 gone.

15:18 - And there it is! Our pressure finally pays off as we force Bradford into conceding a penalty which we choose to kick to open the scoring! 0-2.

15:17 - Strong start from Crusaders against higher league opposition here as we force Bradford into conceding a goal-line-drop-out!

15:12 - Agonisingly close for the hosts as they burst onto a ball and look to be in only to knock-on before it's grounded, we're still level here at Odsal!

15:10 - Another chance for Crusaders as we're held up on the Bradford line!

15:08 - It's a let off for us as the hosts knock-on close to our line

15:04 - Crusaders brake away on the back of a penalty and look to be in only for the final pass to go to ground! 0-0

15:00 - We're underway here in Bradford!

14:00 - Here's your North Wales Crusaders team for this afternoon's clash with Bradford Bulls!

15:02: We are underway and #NWCrusaders recieve a penalty as the Bulls kick out on the full.

12:55-The changing rooms are ready for the arrival of the #NWCrusaders team.

12:38- #NWCrusaders are travelling to Bradford in comfort with MH Travel who are the official travel partners for the 2024 season.

Image: Phil Green Photography

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09:30 - Carl Forster has named his 20-man-squad for this afternoon's clash!

09:00 - Welcome to Matchday Live! We travel to the famous Odsal Stadium this afternoon where we take on Championship opposition in the shape of Bradford Bulls in the Betfred Challenge Cup! The Bulls' last lifted the trophy in 2003 and have endured a mixed period since, however, the club are on the up once again and with aspirations of promotion to Super League in 2024, and they'll be no easy match up for the lads today.


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