Pride, points and bodies on the line at the PBR Newcastle Invitational at Newcastle Entertainment Centre on Saturday night

HOLD ON TIGHT: Jesse Spencer on Windy Gate at the PBR Newcastle Invitational at Newcastle Entertainment Centre on Saturday night. Picture: Simone De Peak

HOLD ON TIGHT: Jesse Spencer on Windy Gate at the PBR Newcastle Invitational at Newcastle Entertainment Centre on Saturday night. Picture: Simone De Peak

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. 

SPECTACULAR: New Zealand-born bull rider Fraser Babbington finished equal first on Saturday night, collecting $3600 in prizemoney. Picture: Simone De Peak

SPECTACULAR: New Zealand-born bull rider Fraser Babbington finished equal first on Saturday night, collecting $3600 in prizemoney. Picture: Simone De Peak

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. 

LOOK OUT: A bull rider comes face-to-face with a tonne of bovine fury at the PBR Newcastle Invitational on Saturday night. Picture: Simone De Peak

LOOK OUT: A bull rider comes face-to-face with a tonne of bovine fury at the PBR Newcastle Invitational on Saturday night. Picture: Simone De Peak