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13th October 2001: Bradford 37 Wigan 6

Bradford Bulls v Wigan Warriors - Tetley's Super League VI Grand Final
Saturday 13th October 2001. Kick Off 6:30pm at Old Trafford

Match Report by Andy Ellis (wiganwarriors.rivals.net)

I cannot really put into words how I feel at the moment. My views might not be want we want to hear. But I am speaking from the heart as a Wigan fan

I just couldn't see us losing. Everything was set up for the great night. Another grand final victory. Everything was set over 60,000 in Old Trafford.

Before I go off on one about Wigan. I would like to pay the biggest complement possible to he Bradford Bulls, they were fantastic - the best rugby I have seen in the first half I think I have ever seen we got battered there is no other word for it Lowes and Withers were tremendous well played.

Now to the good stuff!!!!!

If that is how a Wigan side can play in the biggest game of the year then there is no point in bothering going next year. We were a shambles. Not one Wigan player deserves any credit at all. How many runs from dummy half was made? How many clean breaks from Bradford?.

So why did we lose? Personally I think Andy Farrell has a lot to answer for. When you are in a big game you need relaxing. Everybody knows how bigger game it is. All week he has been saying how they need to be focused and up for it. I just think he got so worked up. He worked his players up so much that they froze. That has been Bradford's problem in big games. In games like this we need to relax the players.

The players though should have been up for it and they weren't. Wigan who pay there players the most. Wigan who pride themselves in being the best in the world, and have been. Wigan who everyone loves to hate. We are the laughing stock of Rugby League tonight. I urge all fans tonight to write to Wigan Rugby League and demand there monies back from them.

Some of the players like Connolly, Howard, Dallas, Lam and the biggest one of all Mathew Johns. Should take a long hard look at themselves and realise what wearing the shirt means for people like us who travel all over the country watching them. paying there hard earned money. And they should say do I want to play for Wigan?. If they don't then quite frankly they can go and play for another club. Because I for one do not want to see them in a Wigan shirt ever again. That side out there tonight were a disgrace to Wigan. the town and the fans.

As for the game Bradford were in front in the first minute and never looked back 37-6 is a totally fair result. We did well to get 6.

There will be more reaction to the game tomorrow when I have had chance to calm down. But again hats off to Bradford and well played.

Team Sheets

- Bradford Position Wigan -
5 Michael Withers Full Back Kris Radlinski 1
2 Tevita Vaikona Winger Brian Carney 5
20 Scott Naylor Centre Steve Renouf 3
23 Graham Mackay Centre Gary Connolly 4
3 Leon Pryce Winger Brian Carney 5
6 Henry Paul Stand Off Matthew Johns 6
1 Robbie Paul Scrum Half Adrian Lam 7
8 Joe Vagana Prop Terry O'Connor 8
9 James Lowes Hooker Terry Newton 9
22 Brian McDermott Prop Harvey Howard 20
11 Daniel Gartner 2nd Row Mick Cassidy 11
19 Jamie Peacock 2nd Row Dave Furner 14
12 Mike Forshaw L.Forward Andy Farrell 13
7 Paul Deacon Substitute Neil Cowie 10
10 Paul Anderson Substitute Denis Betts 12
15 Shane Rigon Substitute Paul Johnson 15
29 Stuart Fielden Substitute Chris Chester 19

Score Sheet

Bradford Bulls 37 --- Wigan Warriors 6
James Lowes
Michael Withers 3
Stuart Fielden
Graham Mackay
--- Tries:
Adrian Lam
Henry Paul 5
Graham Mackay 1
--- Goals:
Dave Furner 1
Drop Goals:
Henry Paul 1
--- ---

Other Information

Attendance: 60,164
Referee: Stuart Cummings: Widnes

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