Rugby League - Kearney stars as Bradford down Castleford

A Brett Kearney hat-trick helped Bradford claim their second Super League win of the season with a hard-fought 38-12 victory over a Castleford side that was reduced to 11 men at one stage.

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Rugby League - Kearney stars as Bradford down Castleford

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Brett Kearney, Bradford Bulls (PA Photos)

The hosts held a 20-12 advantage when Justin Carney and Jamie Ellis were both sin-binned in quick succession for the visitors, allowing the Bulls to capitalise and extend their recent domination over their West Yorkshire neighbours at Odsal.

The Bulls have lost only twice in 18 games between the two since the inception of the Super League but, for much of this tough encounter, Castleford showed the resilience that had earned them a shock 14-12 triumph over champions Leeds last week.

Adam Sidlow, Matty Blythe and Chev Walker also crossed for the Bulls, with Ellis and Kirk Dixon the try-scorers for Castleford.

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