Wigan have already dropped more points than in the whole of last season
and although the competition is now much tighter their title dreams look
A win last night was vital and looked on the cards with 10
minutes remaining, but the Bulls' late charge saw them grab two tries and
the honours to retain their unbeaten tag.
But, with Saints slipping up 13-12 at Leeds, the championship looks the
most open in living memory, with seven teams quite capable of mounting an
"It's what the game has been crying out for for a long time," said
coach Eric Hughes, whose sombre mood was in contrast to the relief he
showed seven days earlier following Wigan's 17-16 win at Leeds.
"It really is a tight competition. We showed we're capable of turning
anybody over on our day. We got into a winning position and it went
against us. Last week it went for us, that's sport.
"The game was on a knife edge but as fatigue set in we made a couple of
errors and it cost us dearly." It was a pulsating game with the lead
constantly changing hands. Wigan crossed for their first try when Simon
Haughton pushed off Sonny Nickle and raced over on the half hour and Andy
Farrell, who had earlier kicked a penalty, added the goal.
The lead was shortlived as five minutes later slick handling put Danny
Peacock over and Paul Cook goaled to add to two earlier penalties.
Cook added another penalty in the second-half but the sides were
all-square when Haughton scored his second try with another block-busting
With 13 minutes remaining the battling Warriors thought they had
clinched the two points when Farrell put Tony Smith over for his first try
for the club and Farrell goaled, but the Bulls hit back. They stretched
the Wigan defence and Peacock and Matt Calland both raced over out wide
and Cook added a goal to inflict on Wigan their first consecutive home
league defeat for nine years.
Wigan: Robinson, Johnson, Connolly, Radlinski, Cardiss, Smith,
Murdock, Holgate, Cassidy, O'Connor, Haughton, Tallec, Farrell. Subs:
Murray (for Murdock 67), Wright (for Haughton 67), Baynes (for O'Connor
28), Hall (for Cassidy 50), O'Connor (for Baynes 50).
Bradford Bulls 18
|Andy Farrell (3)
||Paul Cook (5)