This will be a quick update as the event will likely be over by the time most people get around to reading this.
You can tune into RidePass for Championship Sunday at the PBR World Finals from 6:30 am AEST on Sunday to watch all the action from T-Mobile or you can head to my Live Updates page where I will once again be posting ride scores, pictures and videos.
PBR World Finals Round 4 Review
Lachlan Richardson made a great ride on Night Sweats (Hart Cattle Co/Plummer) to split 5th/6th in the round with 88-points.
Richardson hit the ground hard and was knocked out for a few minutes, but left the arena under his own steam. He did return a few minutes later to pick up his hat from behind the bucking chutes.
The Gresford cowboy now sits 12th in the PBR World Finals aggregate and added another 62.5 world points to move up into 24th in the PBR World Standings.
Nathan Burtenshaw battled it out with Painted Pudge from Culp Bucking Bulls in the next section of the performance.
The bull took an eternity to turn back and eventually decided to go left. The power was too much for Burtenshaw and he was out the back at 6.53 seconds.
Painted Pudge received 39.00 points for the out.
Head to my Instagram page to see replays of last nights rides.
Round 4 was taken out by Cody Teel who combined with Medicine Man for 90.25 points.
Just two riders remain perfect after four rounds of the 2018 PBR World Finals.
Marco Eguchi (356.75) still leads the way from Chase Outlaw (345) with Jose Vitor Leme (269.50) still applying pressure in the PBR World Championship race in third. He is the best of the riders who are 3-for-4.
PBR World Finals Round 5 Preview
A draft was conducted to determine the Round 5 draw. I think this is the pen of bulls a Championship Sunday deserves. A very good mixture of up and comers, veterans and the just plain rank.
Lachlan Richardson v Hanna Motors Two Point Oh (Skori Bucking Bulls)
Fingers crossed Lachlan wakes up feeling ok this morning after last night. He will have to pass a concussion test this morning.
Richardson used his favourable draft position to pick well again. This is a Canadian bull that he has been on before. Two Point Oh did win their matchup earlier this year but it was not the bulls best out.
The bull bucked off J.B. Mauney in Round 3 here at the PBR World Finals with a 44.0 point bull score in 3.94 seconds but he has been covered three times in nine outs since July.
Two Point Oh will be around to the right and he generally doesn’t travel too far from the chute. Good kick, good rhythm and not too many tricks. It’s a pattern that usually suits the Aussie.
Nathan Burtenshaw v Livin’ Large (Dakota Rodeo/Chad Berger/Clay Struve/Staci Wilks/N Bar Ranch)
Burtenshaw actually rode this bull in Albuquerque earlier this year but was called for a slap at 0.64 seconds. He was in line for an 85+ point ride that day with the bull turning back to the left and away from his hand.
That is the bull’s usual trip. Back to the left, right in the gate. He can put in the odd big leap but generally gets by with his speed. He has been a genuine short round calibre bull all year with an average PBR bull score of 43.58 points.
I think Burtenshaw has a shot here, but he needs to stay at the pivot point. Livin’ Large can get you over the front or out the back quickly if you are just a little out of position.
This pen is stacked. Riders will face the best 15 bulls in the world and we will need to wait to see who falls where in the event standings.
SweetPro’s Bruiser will go to the number 4 ranked cowboy with Smooth Operator waiting for No. 5. Spotted Demon will go to 6th.
If Bruiser is more than 45.5 points this afternoon, he will clinch a third World Championship.
I will have a wrap up of PBR Finals Week on ridetherage.com sometime over the next day or two before I fly back home.
Don’t forget the PBR Australia Monster Energy Tour resumes in Tamworth this coming weekend and is the last event before the Grand Finals in Townsville 22-23 November.