Bradford Bulls v Wigan Warriors
- Tetley's Super League VI Round 6
Easter Monday 16th
April 2001. Kick Off 12:05pm at Valley Parade
Report by Andy Ellis (wiganwarriors.rivals.net)
Wigan staged a second half fightback in their game
against the Bradford Bulls, but despite scoring 24 second half points lost
The home team got off to a quick start with three tries and Wigan had to
play catch-up rugby throughout but they never lost their belief and in the
end pushed the Bulls hard.
Another key to victory was the immaculate kicking game of Henry Paul who
did not squander any of his seven attempts, but in Adrian Lam Wigan too
had somebody playing at the top of his game.
The Bulls got off to a flying start then thanks to the former Wigan half
Paul joined the Bulls line, and dummied his way through two defenders
before being held-up by David Hodgson over the line-however the ball was
then knocked backwards and Tevita Vaikona had the simple task of picking
up the ball and crossing.
The Warriors tried hard to redress the balance in the early stages, but
spurned a couple of kickable penalties, going for a try and although Wigan
did eventually cross through Kris Radlinski, the pass to him from Andy
Farrell was adjudged to have been forward.
Wigan may have squandered their efforts but the Bulls made the best of
every chance they got in the first period grabbing two more tries to lead
by 20-0 with just 30 minutes played.
Jamie Peacock was the architect of the second making a good break before
passing to Leon Pryce on the left wing, who had enough speed to take him
away from Radlinski.
The screw was turned even further minutes later when Shane Rigon battled
his way over the line with the visitors guilty of missing tackles.
Wigan fought back after the break with two tries and indeed could have
been within two points of the home team had Mick Cassidy not passed
forward with the line at his mercy.
However, Terry Newton made no mistake wriggling over after good work on
the Wigan left from Brett Dallas and Radlinski.
The Warriors got closer to the Bulls when Adrian Lam put Matthew Johns in
after sucking in the cover with a clever run that committed Henry Paul.
The Bulls seemed to be rocking, but only momentarily as they won the ball
back from the resulting kick-off before Henry Paul's slide rule pass put
Daniel Gartner in the clear over the line to keep the home team fourteen
Robbie Paul scored the try of the game as the next episode of the saga
unfolded with a great piece of individual brilliance checking, dummying
and then bursting through the Wigan cover before eventually taking David
Hodgson and the ball over the line.
The Warriors weren't prepared to throw the towel in through and kept their
slim hopes of victory alive with two tries the first of which was scored
by Wes Davies after a good sharp pass from Lam.
Indeed Man of the Match Lam was not quite finished as a sublime dummy
caught the Bulls napping to let the scrum half in unopposed.
Wigan put pressure on the Bulls line towards the end of the game and
looked like they just might be able to turn the tide, but time ran out for
the valiant Wigan side who had played a great part in this scintillating
Super League show.
Bradford Bulls 35
Wigan Warriors 24
Tries: Tevita Vaikona
Tries: Terry Newton
Goals: Henry Paul 7
Goals: Andy Farrell 4
Drop Goals: Henry Paul 1
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