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30th June 2000: Bradford 18 Wigan 30

Bradford Bulls v Wigan Warriors - Tetley's Super League V Round 17
Friday 30th June 2000. Kick Off
7:30pm at Odsal Stadium

Wigan dramatically ended Bradford's unbeaten 31-match home record to take over at the top of Super League after another enthralling clash of the titans.

Frank Endacott's men followed up their draw with the Bulls at the JJB Stadium by further underlining their title credentials in front of a crowd of 18,815, becoming the first team to win at Odsal since the old Sheffield Eagles triumphed there in August 1998.

Two tries from outstanding hooker Terry Newton was the highlight of an impressive performance from the Warriors, who are now a point ahead of the Bulls.

The visitors, who overcame the early loss of leading try-scorer Brett Dallas, started and finished the better side, keeping Bradford scoreless after the break just five days after running up a record 96-16 score against Salford.

In a dramatic opening they had a try disallowed by the video referee after only three minutes when second-rower Denis Betts was adjudged to have been held on his back over the line after breaching the Bradford defence out wide.

Newton also had claims for a penalty try ruled out when the ball was ripped from his grasp on the line, but Andy Farrell put over the resultant penalty to open the scoring and Newton then supported a superb break by prop Terry O'Connor to grab the first try.

Bradford, fresh from that record win over Salford, were looking strangely vulnerable at that stage but their reply was immediate and effective as they ran in three tries in the space of 13 minutes.

Winger Justin Brooker had already signalled his danger with a couple of elusive runs and he demonstrated clinical finishing to squeeze past Steve Renouf from close range for a soft try that sparked the fightback.

Henry Paul missed the conversion but put over a penalty shortly afterwards to close the gap to 8-6 and, as Bradford gained in confidence, Brooker and Robbie Paul were both held up over the line before they went in front for the first time on 28 minutes.

Impressive second-rower Jamie Peacock offloaded magnificently from a two-man tackle to send the supporting Paul Deacon over and Wigan were still recovering from that shock when loose forward Brad Mackay took advantage of Henry Paul's clever switch of play to stretch out of Farrell's tackle to score his side's third try.

Paul kicked his third goal but Wigan hit back just before the break when winger Jason Robinson lived up to his 'Billy Whizz' reputation by producing electrifying footwork to bamboozle the Bulls defence for a trademark try.

It was nearly all Wigan in the second half and they were twice stopped in full flow by a couple of debatable forward-pass decisions by referee Russell Smith.

As the visitors continued to pound away at the Bradford line, only a terrific last-ditch tackle from Stuart Fielden prevented Renouf from touching down - but Wigan did manage to score from the next play.

There seemed little real danger when Betts took Farrell's inside pass only to run into a three-man tackle, but he stretched out to plant the ball on the line.

That levelled the scores and Farrell's fourth successful goal put the Warriors back in front - and they clinched a memorable victory when Peters and Brady Malam worked the ball out wide and Newton finished off for his second try after a one-handed take.

Peters and Neil Cowie added drop goals to stretch Wigan's lead and substitute Lee Gilmour polished off the home side when he raced over for his side's fifth try in injury time.

Bradford 18 - Wigan 30
Henry Paul
Justin Brooker
Scott Naylor
Leon Pryce
Tevita Vaikona
Robbie Paul
Paul Deacon
Brian McDermott
James Lowes
Stuart Fielden
Jamie Peacock
Mike Forshaw
Brad Mackay

Nathan McAvoy
Lee Radford
Hudson Smith
Paul Anderson

Kris Radlinski
Brett Dallas
Gary Connolly
Steve Renouf
Jason Robinson
Andy Farrell
Willie Peters
Terry O'Connor
Terry Newton
Neil Cowie
Mick Cassidy
Denis Betts
Chris Chester

Wes Davies
Lee Gilmour
Brady Malam
Tony Mestrov
Justin Brooker
Paul Deacon
Brad Mackay
Tries Terry Newton (2)
Jason Robinson
Denis Betts
Lee Gilmour
Henry Paul (3)
Goals Andy Farrell (4)
  Field Goals Willie Peters
Neil Cowie

Other Information

Attendance: 18,815
Referee: Russell Smith

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