Result: Challenge Cup Final

Result: Challenge Cup Final

Post by Vibrating Bum-Faced Goa » Mon, 29 Apr 1996 04:00:00


Bradford Bulls 32 - 40 St.Helens

Bradford: T - Scales, Paul (3), Dwyer; G - Cook (6)
Saints: T - Prescott (2), Arnold (2), Cunningham, Booth, Pickavance,
Perelini; G - Goulding (4)
HT: 14 - 12
Att: 75,994

The following records were set in the game:

Youngest ever Captain: Robbie Paul (Bradford)
Highest score aggregate: 72
Highest winning score: 40
Highest losing score: 32
Largest comeback: Saints 26 - 12 down went on to win
First ever hat-trick at Wembley: Robbie Paul (Bradford)

To put it simply, that was probably the best Final there has ever
been. The lead and balance of play changed hands many times throughout
the game until, with only 4 minutes left, Goulding sent Perelini under
the posts with a reverse-pass to require Bradford to score twice. Even
then, Bradford didn't give up and came close on two occasions down the
other end.

It was a shame there had to be a loser really, but there did and the
best side on the day won through in the end.

It's a shame they couldn't share the Lance Todd Trophy either, both
Robbie Paul (the actual winner) and Bobbie Goulding were equally
deserving of it in my mind.

I'd hate to be Nathan Graham right now, I bet he feels like absolute
shite. He should never have let that first bomb of the three bounce
but the other two weren't his fault to my mind. Fair enough he could
have taken them but he got no protection from the rest of the Bradford
side and on one occasion he was actually hindered when Paul Loughlin
tried to take the ball instead. Graham took three cleanly in the first
half and ran one about forty yards up field to set up Robbie Paul's
first try.

I was gutted at the end of the game but with hindsight I have to say I
genuinely feel priviledged to have been at the best game I've ever
seen. I hope next year's final is a re-match, it should be interesting
to say the least if it is.

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Result: Challenge Cup Final

Post by Vibrating Bum-Faced Goa » Mon, 29 Apr 1996 04:00:00


Quote:
>Bradford Bulls 32 - 40 St.Helens
>Bradford: T - Scales, Paul (3), Dwyer; G - Cook (6)
>Saints: T - Prescott (2), Arnold (2), Cunningham, Booth, Pickavance,
>Perelini; G - Goulding (4)
>HT: 14 - 12
>Att: 75,994
>The following records were set in the game:
>Youngest ever Captain: Robbie Paul (Bradford)
>Highest score aggregate: 72
>Highest winning score: 40
>Highest losing score: 32
>Largest comeback: Saints 26 - 12 down went on to win
>First ever hat-trick at Wembley: Robbie Paul (Bradford)

Forgot to add, Paul Loughlin equalled the record of most losing medals
by being on the wrong side of the scoreline for the fourth time. The
other players in that pretty unenviable position are Dai Davies, Steve
Norton and Lee Crooks. Bill Ramsey did it four times as well but later
picked up a winning medal with Leeds in '68.

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Post by Dr J.S. Marsla » Tue, 30 Apr 1996 04:00:00

A brilliant final - either team deserved to win - I thought Saints
were out of it at 26 - 12 down.  You've got to pity poor Nathan
Graham - like Brian Smith said afterwards if someone wants to take
high kicks at the back they can join the queue outside his office
but it won't be a long queue.  I wonder if the sun was a factor in
any of those bombs?



: >The following records were set in the game:

: Forgot to add,

And I guess although I've yet to hear it the biggest gate receipt ever.

Now to the trivia - I thought the Bradford rendition of 'You're not
singing anymore' better, on the day, than the Saint's version.

Also the best Ray French line for me was: 'The ball goes to Dwyer, the
Bulls number, er (short silence) 23'.

My father couldn't understand why the Bulls were playing with a prop at
fullback.  He didn't know about squad numbers - hasn't been to Thrum
Hall since they started calling themselves Blue Sox.

Mind you chants of 'Northern, Northern, ...' were quite distinct on
the telly coverage.

All the best
--
John
The Yorkshire motto updated:  Hear all, see all, say nowt;
Eat all, sup all, pay nowt; Read all, lurk all, post nowt;
And if tha'ever do's owt for nowt allus do it for thi'sen.

 
 
 

Result: Challenge Cup Final

Post by Vibrating Bum-Faced Goa » Tue, 30 Apr 1996 04:00:00


: A brilliant final - either team deserved to win - I thought Saints
: were out of it at 26 - 12 down.  You've got to pity poor Nathan
: Graham - like Brian Smith said afterwards if someone wants to take
: high kicks at the back they can join the queue outside his office
: but it won't be a long queue.  I wonder if the sun was a factor in
: any of those bombs?

It seemed to be with the second bomb when he and Loughlin went for the
same ball but I wouldn't have thought so with the others. The first one he
said he thought it was going out so he let it go and the third there was
just no protection for him from the other backs.

Oh well, at least they didn't give up after that like certain teams not 10
miles east from here might have.

According to the write ups I've read he was a contender for the Lance Todd
Trophy along with Robbie Paul before Goulding put the first ball in the
air. I thought he played a stormer in the first half with 2 busts that set
up tries and the second highest yardage of any player on the field with
137 metres. Steve Prescott was the only one to top him with 138.

: : >The following records were set in the game:

: : Forgot to add,

: And I guess although I've yet to hear it the biggest gate receipt ever.

They usually crow about that in the papers but I've not seen anything this
time so maybe not.

: Now to the trivia - I thought the Bradford rendition of 'You're not
: singing anymore' better, on the day, than the Saint's version.

I refuse to sing that again. 14 points in front with twenty minutes to go
I was singing it with the rest of them and going mental with my flag. Never
again!

: Also the best Ray French line for me was: 'The ball goes to Dwyer, the
: Bulls number, er (short silence) 23'.

Joe Lydon had the best one when he had to explain to Uncle Ray why the
ball can bounce in any direction from a bomb.

The TV coverage lacked something I thought when Ray didn't make a point of
telling us Colin Welland, Micheal Parkinson and Kevin Whately were in the
crowd.

: Mind you chants of 'Northern, Northern, ...' were quite distinct on
: the telly coverage.

It was 'Bradford, Bradford', trust me.

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Result: Challenge Cup Final

Post by Duncan Pott » Tue, 30 Apr 1996 04:00:00

I wonder how long it will be before Ray repeats that classic line of
BBC R.U.commentator Bill Mclaren, "and the pack collapsess under the
sheer weight of numbers".

 
 
 

Result: Challenge Cup Final

Post by Duncan Pott » Tue, 30 Apr 1996 04:00:00

for me it was "clench the teeth and wide the nostrils"

 
 
 

Result: Challenge Cup Final

Post by WiganRLf » Wed, 01 May 1996 04:00:00

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Result: Challenge Cup Final

Post by HOWZ » Wed, 01 May 1996 04:00:00

This was one of the best games of RL I have ever seen. Let us hope the
game builds on the momentum and carries itself forwards.