Bradford cruise into fifth round
Shaun Ainscough and Elliott Whitehead bagged hat-tricks as Bradford made round five of the Challenge Cup with a 72-6 home win over Doncaster.
The five-time cup winners, still striving to find £1million to stay in business, ran in 13 tries with stand-in kicker Danny Addy adding 10 goals.
The two divisions between the teams was clearly evident throughout, although the Championship One front-runners from South Yorkshire did manage to open the scoring.
With Heath L'Estrange suspended after a spear tackle during the victory over Leeds on Good Friday, and Jarrod Sammut (knee) and Brett Kearney the latest additions to Bradford's long injury list, even with forward John Bateman returning, the hosts were down to bare bones.
Bulls coach Mick Potter named three rookies in his 19-man squad with young half-cum-hooker Callum Windley making his senior debut after impressing in the under-20s this season.
Doncaster, Championship One's most prolific scorers with 160 points in four games this season, had their hopes rocked when experienced half-back Paul Cooke, a Challenge Cup winner with Hull in 2005, failed to shake off an Achilles tendon injury.
Bradford were stunned in the opening minute when, having conceded a scrum through Addy fumbling the kick off, Russ Spiers crashed over from first receiver to give the lower-league outfit the lead.
Former Bradford academy starlet Kieran Hyde converted but the visitors' 6-0 lead lasted barely two minutes as Whitehead scored at the other end and Addy atoned for his earlier error by converting from the touchline to level things.
Five minutes later Ben Jeffries won the race to an Ainscough kick in-goal to score again and the Super League side were on their way.
Further tries from Matt Diskin (two) Ainscough (two) and Bateman steadily extended the Bulls advantage to give them a 38-6 half-time advantage.
The Dons task was made no easier when captain and loose forward Craig Robinson was carried off just before the break.
Craig Kopczak got the scoreboard rolling again after the interval, the Bulls having been pushed back into the danger area by a mazy run from highly-rated teenager Bateman, before Australian Keith Lulia's try - converted by Addy - hoisted the half century mark.
Whitehead and Lulia grabbed second tries before Ainscough and Whitehead completed their hat-tricks for the rampant hosts.
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