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21st June 2003: Bradford 22 Wigan 35

Bradford Bulls v Wigan Warriors Tetley's Super League VII Round 15
Saturday 21st June 2003 Kick Off 6:05pm at Odsal Stadium
CherryandWhite.co.uk Match Report by Rebecca Smith
Andy Farrell scored his 100th career try for Wigan in this stunning victory over Bradford at Odsal - their first win at Bradford for three years.

The win sees Stuart Raper's ever improving side move up to third in Super League and condemned the Bull's to their second successive home defeat for the first time in five years.

And it was sweet revenge for the challenge cup semi-final and early season league defeats at the hands of the big Bradford side.

Andy Farrell and Adrian Lam were the chief architects of this impressive Wigan victory and were rewarded for their enterprising attacking.

As well as scoring his 100th try captain Farrell racked up eight goals, the first a penalty after just three minutes top open the scoring.

The first try followed shortly after and it was the first try for recent signing Nick Graham. He touched down after Lesley Vainikolo failed to make safe a Shaun Briscoe kick on from an Adrian Lam chip.

Wigan stretched the lead to 14-0 with Farrell’s milestone try. Adrian Lam secured good position with a 40-20 kick and Terry Newton sent the captain through the Bulls defence. Farrell converted and Lam took the first of his three drop goals before Danny Sculthopre’s sin-binning gave the Bull’s a lifeline.

And Robbie Paul quickly took advantage. He dived over from a Paul Deacon pass, albeit after a deflection from Lam.

Deacon converted, but the Warriors restored their advantage when Farrell grubbered through and the ball bounced up off a Bulls defender for Danny Tickle to touch down.

Farrell added that conversion and a penalty before half-time, and along with Adrian Lam’s second drop-goal the Warriors took a 26-4 lead into the interval.

A sharper and more clinical Bull’s outfit emerged from the changing rooms and within three minutes of the restart Paul Deacon scored and converted to narrow the gap.

Then Joe Vagana’s short range try cut the lead to 10 points, Farrell having taken another penalty for a high tackle on Lam by Lowes.

Farrell’s fourth successful penalty gave Wigan a break from intense Bull’s pressure that saw Robbie Paul go inches short before Daniel Gartner scored to set up a tense finish.

Deacon's conversion brought the score to 28-22, but a third Lam drop goal gave Wigan breathing space.

The Warriors held out and a second try of the night for Nick Graham in the final minute sealed a famous victory.

Stuart Raper was impressed by his team’s performance. He said: "It was a very workmanlike display and I've got to give big raps to all the forwards."

"It is a satisfying win. To beat Bradford after seven games is good, and part of our building process in the last two months."

Bulls coach Brian Noble said: "We didn't handle the first half very well and in some respects gave ourselves too much of a hill to climb".
Team Sheets

Bulls

Warriors

No.
Player
Pos No.
Player
1 Robbie Paul Full Back 22 Shaun Briscoe
2 Tevita Viakona Wing 5 Brian Carney
20 Scott Naylor Centre 15 Sean O'Loughlin
4 Shontayne Hape Centre 18 Martin Aspinwall
5 Lesley Vianikolo Wing 14 David Hodgson
3 Leon Pryce Stand Off 28 Nick Graham
7 Paul Deacon Scrum Half 7 Adrian Lam
8 Joe Vagana Prop 10 Craig Smith
9 James Lowes Hooker 9 Terry Newton
11 Daniel Gartner Prop 8 Terry O'Connor
14 Lee Gilmour 2nd Row 11 Mick Cassidy
12 Jamie Peacock 2nd Row 23 Gareth Hock
13 Mike Forshaw L.Forward 13 Andy Farrell
15 Karl Pratt Sub 12 Danny Tickle
18 Lee Radford Sub 16 Danny Sculthorpe
27 Rob Parker Sub 20 Luke Robinson
30 Richard Moore Sub 25 Kevin Brown
Score Sheet
Bradford Bulls 22-35 Wigan Warriors

Tries (4):
Robbie Paul
Paul Deacon
Joe Vagana
Daniel Gartner

Tries (4):
Nick Graham 2
Andy Farrell
Danny Tickle

Goals:
Paul Deacon 3/4

Goals:
Andy Farrell 8/8

Drop Goals:
Adrian Lam 3

Scoring and Incident Pattern

03mins:19 Bradford 00 Wigan 02 Penalty Goal: Andy Farrell (1/1)
06mins:15 Bradford 00 Wigan 06 Try: Nick Graham`
- Bradford 00 Wigan 08 Conversion: Andy Farrell (2/2)
11mins:17 Bradford 00 Wigan 12 Try: Andy Farrell`
- Bradford 00 Wigan 14 Conversion: Andy Farrell (3/3)
20mins:07 Bradford 00 Wigan 15 Drop Goal: Adrian Lam
25mins:42 Wigan Sin Bin Danny Sculthorpe (Professional Foul)
26mins:44 Bradford 04 Wigan 15 Try: Robbie Paul
- Bradford 06 Wigan 15 Conversion: Paul Deacon (1/1)
31mins:11 Bradford 06 Wigan 19 Try: Danny Tickle
- Bradford 06 Wigan 21 Conversion: Andy Farrell (4/4)
35mins:40 Bradford 06 Wigan 23 Penalty Goal: Andy Farrell (5/5)
39mins:57 Bradford 06 Wigan 24 Drop Goal: Adrian Lam (2)
Half Time Bradford Bulls 06 Wigan Warriors 24
42mins:43 Bradford 10 Wigan 24 Try: Paul Deacon
- Bradford 12 Wigan 24 Conversion: Paul Deacon (2/2)
47mins:51 Bradford 12 Wigan 26 Penalty Goal: Andy Farrell (6/6)
50mins:11 Bradford 16 Wigan 26 Try: Joe Vagana
- Bradford 16 Wigan 26 P.Deacon Missed Conversion (3/4)
66mins:03 Bradford 16 Wigan 28 Penalty Goal: Andy Farrell (7/7)
68mins:15 Bradford 20 Wigan 28 Try: Daniel Gartner
- Bradford 22 Wigan 28 Conversion: Paul Deacon (4/5)
69mins:58 Bradford 22 Wigan 29 Drop Goal: Adrian Lam (3)
79mins:42 Bradford 22 Wigan 33 Try: Nick Graham (2)
- Bradford 22 Wigan 35 Conversion: Andy Farrell (8/8)
Full Time Bradford Bulls 22 Wigan Warriors 35
Match Info

Half Time: 6-24 Wigan
Match Attendance: 15,732
Referee: Karl Kirkpatrick (Warrington)
Cherry and White Star Man: Adrian Lam

Alternative Match Reports
Bulls lose and panic hits the terraces - Bradford Rlfans.com
Wigan stun Bradford - BBC Online
Fortress Odsal breached by mighty Warriors - Sky Sports
Farrell scores 100th try as Bulls lose again - Press Association
Warriors triumph at Odsal - superleague.co.uk
Farrell reaches ton to inspire Wigan - The Independent
Wigan tyros savage Bulls - The Sunday Times
Farrell landmark the spur - Sunday Telegraph


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