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Electric Eagles soar past Bulls


Sheffield Eagles bounced back from their opening day defeat against Barrow Raiders with a 14-28 triumph over Bradford Bulls at Odsal. 

Mark Aston's men dominated the forward battle as debutant Brandon Douglas made a big impact.

Douglas came in for James Davey, which was Aston's only change from the Barrow loss.

Neither side were ahead at the break, with both teams cancelling each other out as Kieran Gill's converted score was responded to by Eagles back-rower Liam Johnson. 

Izaac Farrell kicked the first of his six goals with the conversion.

Half-time - Bradford Bulls 6-6 Sheffield Eagles

Bradford went ahead just before the hour mark as Rhys Evans got on the end of a grubber. Patton converted for 12-6. 

Former Bull Vila Halafihi scored his first in Sheffield colours with a textbook dummy-half score from about two yards out. Farrell was on target with the boot.

The Bulls, courtesy of Patton, got their head in front once again in the final quarter thanks to a penalty goal. 

But the remainder of the game belonged to the Eagles, who ran in two tries and kicked three goals. 

Ross Oakes dotted down a grubber against his former side and Farrell added the extras.

Anthony Thackeray was next over the whitewash as he was on Johnson's shoulder, who provided the offload. Farrell nailed the conversion before adding the icing on to the cake with a penalty from halfway. 

Full-time - Bradford Bulls 14-28 Sheffield Eagles

A massive win for the Eagles in more ways than one and they'll be wanting to back it up against Dewsbury Rams next weekend.

By Dan Fowler, photo by Alex Coleman