HE topped the standings in the second round, but hometown cowboy Cliff Richardson ultimately finished off the podium at the PBR Newcastle Invitational on Saturday night.
There were falls and plenty of close calls as some of the best bull riders tried to hang on to a tonne of raging bovine fury at Newcastle Entertainment Centre.
Queenslander Aaron Kleier extended his lead atop the national standings after he finished equal first alongside New Zealand-born bull rider Fraser Babbington.
Another Queenslander, Budd Williamson, was third, while Gresford bull rider Richardson, 26, finished fourth after a superb second-round run aboard Deceptacon.
It’s regarded as “the mother of all extreme sports” and it lived up to the hype on Saturday night, with plenty of spills and thrills to entertain the crowd. There was concern for Braydon Wellby, from Townsville, who left the arena on a stretcher, but the PBR said his spinal scans and x-rays had come back clear. The next event on the PBR schedule is the Tamworth Invitational on November 11.