Bradford Bulls v Wigan Warriors
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
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
Andy Farrell and Adrian Lam were the chief architects of
this impressive Wigan victory and were rewarded for their enterprising
As well as scoring his 100th try captain Farrell racked up
eight goals, the first a penalty after just three minutes top open the
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
"It is a satisfying win. To beat Bradford after seven games is
good, and part of our building process in the last two months."
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".
Tries (4): Robbie Paul
Paul Deacon Joe Vagana Daniel Gartner
Tries (4): Nick Graham 2 Andy
Farrell Danny Tickle
Goals: Paul Deacon
Goals: Andy Farrell 8/8
Drop Goals: Adrian Lam 3
Penalty Goal: Andy Farrell (1/1)
Try: Nick Graham`
Conversion: Andy Farrell (2/2)
Try: Andy Farrell`
Conversion: Andy Farrell (3/3)
Drop Goal: Adrian Lam
Wigan Sin Bin
Danny Sculthorpe (Professional Foul)
Try: Robbie Paul
Conversion: Paul Deacon (1/1)
Try: Danny Tickle
Conversion: Andy Farrell (4/4)
Penalty Goal: Andy Farrell (5/5)
Drop Goal: Adrian Lam (2)
Bradford Bulls 06 Wigan Warriors 24
Try: Paul Deacon
Conversion: Paul Deacon (2/2)
Penalty Goal: Andy Farrell (6/6)
Try: Joe Vagana
P.Deacon Missed Conversion (3/4)
Penalty Goal: Andy Farrell (7/7)
Try: Daniel Gartner
Conversion: Paul Deacon (4/5)
Drop Goal: Adrian Lam (3)
Try: Nick Graham (2)
Conversion: Andy Farrell (8/8)
Bradford Bulls 22 Wigan Warriors 35
Half Time: 6-24 Wigan Match Attendance:
15,732 Referee: Karl Kirkpatrick (Warrington) Cherry and White Star Man:
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