The victory books the Bulls a place in the quarter finals of the Challenge Cup.
The Bradford Bulls have booked a Coral Challenge Cup quarter-final place, with a stunning 24-22 defeat of arch-rivals Leeds Rhinos in front of over 10,000 supporters inside Odsal Stadium
Leeds took an early lead through Tu’imoala Lolohea before a superbly worked Dalton Grant try reduced the arrears before the visiting side re-took the lead via a Callum McLelland score.
Back came Bradford however and Jake Webster kickstarted a dominant end to the first half before Sam Hallas and Mikey Wood ensured an emphatic end to a superb opening fourty.
A tight second-half saw just the one try scored, with Harry Newman going over to set up a frantic finale.
John Kear’s side held firm however to delight the thousands of Bradford fans in attendance and book a quarter-final berth in the Coral Challenge Cup.
For the first time in 1,745 days the two sides faced off as The Greatest Derby In Rugby League returned to Odsal Stadium – with John Kear making two changes to his side that travelled to Toronto last week.
In front of a packed Odsal crowd, the visitors took the lead as Brad Dwyer scooted out of dummy half before handing off to the supporting Lolohea.
Bradford immediately hit back – Jordan Lilley with a trademark kick-off causing problems in the Leeds defence and the ball was back in Bradford hands.
Lilley then drifted a looping pass over to Dalton Grant following a slick passage of play, the Welsh winger strolling over to keep his prolific run of form going.
Leeds hit back through McLelland despite appeals of double movement, but the try seemed to inspire the home side.
Rowan Milnes’ high, hanging kick was collected by Jake Webster – who brushed off his opposite number with ease before touching down for Bradford’s second.
The wind was firmly in the sails of Kear’s side and Milnes was involved again as Bradford took their first lead of the clash.
Milnes’ broke through an unattentive Rhinos defence and fed Hallas to dive over against his former side.
Bradford were enjoying the territorial advantage and made it count on a fourth occasion – with a short ball finding Mikey Wood to crash over for his first try of the season.
A late Sutcliffe penalty reduced the Rhinos’ arrears but the home side took a 22-14 lead into the sheds.
Leeds registered only try of the second half through Harry Newman to set up an anxious finale.
But John Kear’s held firm to book a quarter-final berth to delight the Odsal faithful.