This weekend’s Championship action was, for the want of a better word, bonkers.
Every game was eye-catching, whether it be Leigh’s impressive hammering of Halifax, Sheffield’s shock win or London or Workington’s rare victory at the expense of Dewsbury. That’s without mentioning Featherstone’s impressive 34-6 victory over Batley that has given them a chance of making the top four.
But the most staggering scoreline came as the hooter sounded at the end of the first-half between Bradford and Whitehaven.
An incredible 40 minutes saw Bradford score NINE tries in just eleven minutes, ending the half leading 52-0.
After checking our extensive records, it appears that Bradford’s winning record was the biggest in the top tiers of Rugby League’s leading competitions.
The previous record was from a game in the NRL between Newcastle Knights and North Queensland Cowboys from 2003. The Knights raced to a 48-0 lead by the interval, much to the disbelief of everyone in attendance.
However, the Bulls surpassed that record a minute before the break when Steve Crossley crashed over from close range.
While a bigger scoreline might have been surpassed in an amateur game, it’s unlikely the record will ever be topped in the professional game.
Amazingly, Bradford lost the second-half 18-12!
Bulls chief Rohan Smith said: “I’m not sure if I’ve seen that to be honest. In the first-half it was a really strong start to the game. There was a real ruthless streak in the first-half I thought to keep the foot on the floor.”