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Match Preview: Bradford (H) - Challenge Cup Round 5 - 22.05.2011 at Odsal Stadium
Posted by Bilko on May 19 2011 - 16:40

Bradford Bulls v Wigan Warriors - Carnegie Challenge Cup Round 5.
Sunday 22nd May 2011. Kick Off 3:30pm at Odsal Stadium.

Match Preview

Last week Wigan met Super League's most out of form side at the DW Stadium and for 30 minutes it ran to form and was a bit embarrassing wasn't it? This week we yet again meet Super League's most of out form side but it's not Harlequins again, it's Bradford who went worse than the Quins, in the last six league matches form table I use on my site, following a 46-18 loss at Hull KR last Sunday.

On the flip side, Wigan are now the in form team in Super League and haven't lost in 16 matches away from DW Stadium since Leeds knocked us out the cup almost 12 months ago.

So..........is there any hope for Bradford? Well I'll be honest, I think two things would have to happen for them to win. Firstly they'd need to find some defence from somewhere. In their last six games they've conceded a whopping average of 38.6 points per match. By anyone's standards, that is pretty disgusting and you are definitely not going to beat Wigan doing that. In fact I think they'd struggle to beat our Under 20s with defensive standards like that!

Secondly, I think Wigan would have to play unbelievably poor to lose this and under Michael Maguire that doesn't really happen. Aside from the Catalan display last month (which I think Maguire's departure announcement days later explained somewhat), I'm struggling to think of any other performance in which we lost simply by just being really poor and lacklustre, you know, the kind of performance that was common place under Brian Noble.

It is not just in defence that Bradford struggle though, they also have Super League's second worst attack. This table below explains why they struggle....

Team Tries by Backs Tries by Forwards
Crusaders 88.5% 11.5%
Warrington 79.2% 20.8%
Salford 73.2% 26.8%
Harlequins 72.5% 27.5%
St Helens 72.5% 27.5%
Wigan 72.4% 27.6%
Hull FC 69% 31%
Castleford 68.5% 31.5%
Catalans 66% 34%
Wakefield 65.1% 34.9%
Hull KR 63.5% 36.5%
Leeds 61.6% 38.4%
Huddersfield 53.1% 46.9%
Bradford 48% 52%

Note: Super League Matches Only

I know Huddersfield are quite close to them but in no way shape or form, at any club, should the forwards be outscoring the backs! Can you imagine Wigan being in a position were we had to rely on the likes of Stuart Fielden, Mike McIlorum, Andy Coley, Jeff Lima, Paul Prescott, Harrison Hansen, Sean O'Loughlin, Lee Mossop, Ryan Hoffman and Liam Farrell to score the bulk of our tries?

Consider Bradford's squad numbers 1 to 7.......

Michael Platt - hasn't scored in 11 matches this year
Dave Halley - Good kid in fairness I think but has been injured all season.
Paul Sykes - 2 tries in 9 matches
Chev Walker - 1 try in 9 matches.
Patrick Ah Van - 4 tries in 13 matches
Brett Kearney - 1 try in 11 matches.
Marc Herbert - 3 tries in 10 matches.

That's 11 tries out of those 7 players. Josh Charnley has scored just one short of that all by himself.

Maybe that's actually not a bad position because if they can pump money into a new set of backs next year, they could become a strong outfit again but at the moment, how they wish they could turn the clock back a few years to when Lesley Vianikolo was marauding down the wing and running over the top of Brian Carney.

I suppose you really want to be aiming for the middle of that table above and that exactly were Wigan are. If we lose this one then the lads should be birched for a whole week. Bradford have a dire set of backs and the stats prove it. We really should be ripping them to bits. Let's get in there, get the job done, and then we can relax knowing we have 9 league games to play before the Cup Quarter Finals!

19 Man Squads

IN:l (Unchanged)
OUT:l (Unchanged)

Full 19: Sam Tomkins, Darrell Goulding, George Carmont, Pat Richards, Paul Deacon, Thomas Leuluai, Michael McIlorum, Andy Coley, Joel Tomkins, Sean O'Loughlin, Paul Prescott, Jeff Lima, Ryan Hoffman, Brett Finch, Lee Mossop, Liam Farrell, Chris Tuson, Josh Charnley, Jack Hughes.

IN:l Olivier Elima
OUT:l John Bateman

Full 19: Michael Platt, Patrick Ah Van, Heath L'Estrange, Andy Lynch, Olivier Elima, Elliott Whitehead, Jamie Langley, Matt Diskin, Bryn Hargreaves, Craig Kopczak, Ian Sibbit, Gareth Raynor, James Donaldson, Tom Olbison, Jason Crookes, Shad Royston, Kyle Briggs, Tom Burgess, Ben Jeffries.

Match Referee

Steve Ganson (St Helens) - Age 41
First Pro Game: Barrow v Carlisle - 27th August 1995
First Super League Game: Castleford 22 Paris 18 - 17th August 1996
First Wigan Game: Halifax 18 Wigan 46 - 18th May 1997

Wigan's Record when this referee is appointed

Wigan have Won 48 and Lost 22 (4 draws) from 74 appointments.
This Season: Won 1 and Lost 0 from 1 appointment.

Video Referee

Richard Silverwood

Challenge Cup Head to Head Records

Overall Played 19 Wigan 14 Wins Bradford 5 Wins 0 Draws
At Bradford Played 7 Wigan 4 Wins Bradford 3 Wins 0 Draws

Full List of Previous Challenge Cup Ties

Date Round Result
1914-1915 Round 2 Bradford 3 Wigan 11
1938-1939 Quarter Final Wigan 7 Bradford 0
1942-1943 R1 1st Leg Wigan 6 Bradford 5
1942-1943 R1 2nd Leg Bradford 18 Wigan 3 (23-9 Aggregate)
1943-1944 Final 1st Leg Wigan 3 Bradford 0
1943-1944 Final 2nd Leg Bradford 8 Wigan 3 (8-6 Aggregate)
1947-1948 Final Wigan 8 Bradford 3 (at Wembley)
1951-1952 Round 2 Wigan 28 Bradford 12
1953-1954 Round 2 Wigan 15 Bradford 10
1965-1966 Quarter Final Bradford 6 Wigan 15
1972-1973 Quarter Final Bradford 11 Wigan 7
1977-1978 Round 2 Wigan 10 Bradford 22
1984-1985 Quarter Final Bradford 6 Wigan 7
1987-1988 Round 1 Wigan 2 Bradford 0
1988-1989 Round 2 Bradford 4 Wigan 17
1990-1991 Quarter Final Wigan 32 Bradford 2
1991-1992 Semi Final Wigan 71 Bradford 10 (at Bolton FC)
1992-1993 Semi Final Wigan 15 Bradford 6 (at Bolton FC)
2003 Semi Final Bradford 36 Wigan 22 (at Huddersfield)

Wigan Form Guide - Last Six Matches - Won 6 Lost 0

Date Opposition Competition Result Score
13th May Harlequins (H)

SL 16 Round 14

Won 54-06
8th May Barrow (H) Challenge Cup R4 Won 52-00
1st May Crusaders (A) SL 16 Round 13 Won 48-16
25th April Wakefield (A) SL 16 Round 12 Won 26-00
22nd April St Helens (H) SL 16 Round 11 Won 28-24
15th April Hull KR (A)

SL 16 Round 10

Won 28-16

Bradford Form Guide - Last Six Matches - Won 1 Drawn 1 Lost 4

Date Opposition Competition Result Score
15th May Hull KR (A) SL 16 Round 14 Lost 18-46
8th May Halifax (A) Challenge Cup R4 Won 46-34
1st May Warrington (H) SL 16 Round 13 Lost 14-58
25th April Catalan (A) SL 16 Round 12 Draw 08-08
21st April Leeds (H) SL 16 Round 11 Lost 22-30
16th April Salford (A) SL 16 Round 10 Lost 16-56

Last Six Meetings at Odsal Stadium

Date Opposition Report
20th Feb 2001 Bradford Bulls 10 Wigan Warriors 44 Click Here
5th March 2010 Bradford Bulls 22 Wigan Warriors 20 Click Here
19th July 2009 Bradford Bulls 14 Wigan Warriors 20 Click Here
27th April 2008 Bradford Bulls 26 Wigan Warriors 12 Click Here
20th Jan 2008 Bradford 16 Wigan 28 (Pre Season) Click Here
21st Sept 2007 Bradford 30 Wigan 31 (Play Off) Click Here

Try Scoring Hot Streaks

  • Sam Tomkins has scored 7 tries in his last 4 appearances.
  • Pat Richards has scored 7 tries in his last 5 appearances.
  • Thomas Leuluai has scored 5 tries in his last 3 appearances.
  • Sean O'Loughlin has scored 3 tries in his last 4 appearances.

Try Scoring Cold Streaks

  • The right wing/centre partnership (Josh Charnley and Joel Tomkins) have failed to score in either of the last 2 matches.
  • Chris Tuson hasn't scored in 15 games since Warrington (H) - 16th July 2010.
  • Jeff Lima has yet to score for Wigan in any of his 11 appearances.
  • Lee Mossop hasn't scored in 10 games since Salford (A) - 4th March 2011.

Ticket Details

Pay on Gate - Terrace: Adults £18, Concessions/Students £11.

UK TV Coverage

Live Coverage Sunday 3:10pm

Presenter: Clare Balding. Commentary: Ray French & Jonathan Davies.

International TV Coverage

Egypt Live Sunday 4:30pm OSN Sports 2
Dubai Live Sunday 6:30pm OSN Sports 2
Australia Delay Late Monday 1:00am Channel Nine

Local Radio Commentary

102.4 Wish FM - will have some coverage but the main focus is commentary on Wigan Athletic at Stoke from 4pm.

BBC Radio Manchester 95.1FM/DAB - will be doing commentary of Bolton v Manchester City (FM) and Stoke v Wigan Athletic (DAB). However they will have full commentary from Odsal via online streaming - Click Here

BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra (available on DAB Digital Radio's) will have full match commentary from 3:25pm with Castleford coach Terry Matterson part of the commentary team.

Weather Forecast

Scattered Showers.

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