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Match Report: Bradford 16 Wigan 54
Posted by cherryandwhite on February 19 2012 - 21:49

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Bradford Bulls v Wigan Warriors - Stobart Super League XVII Round 3.
Sunday 19th February 2012. Kick Off 3:00pm at Odsal Stadium.

Match Report

After a sloppy start, Wigan put on a super show to beat an inept looking Bradford in good style. We scored some excellent tries along the way to a 54-16 victory.

Ok, some Bradford fans might point to them competing reasonably until Scrum Half Luke Gale limped off in the 10th minute but I didn't really see it like that. To me Bradford only looked like doing damage when they got marched up the field by Steve Ganson, and boy was he whistle happy early in this contest. It was his show early doors!

However, Bradford not once but twice first half failed to find touch with penalties. Not just not finding touch, but two supposed touch finders were fielded by Pat Richards around the mid-drift. To do that once is unforgivable but to do it twice.........well only the word "pathetic" can sum that up. Coach Brian Potter should send Jarrod Sammut to a darkened room for both those terrible errors.

Wigan started this game poorly I felt. They were too busy being giddy kippers early on, rather than doing the basics. Champagne rugby is fantastic, as we saw later in this game, but get points on the board first! Three or four times we had lost possession before the third tackle.

Still, I wasn't worried by what Bradford were throwing at us. It lacked any class to be honest. I always felt that if we started completing sets, we'd win, and so it proved.

Our first try came on 16 minutes. Lovely hands for this try. Mike McIlorum, Tommy Leuluai, Sam Tomkins and Darrell Goulding all got a touch before Josh Charnley scored in the corner. Pat Richards came into this game needing five points (not seven as the official site had said earlier in the week) to overtake Frano Botica and become our third highest points scorer of our entire history. He was wasting no time achieving that mark - he hit a sweet touchline conversion here for 6-0.

Then five minutes later he took the record with a try down the left. Brett Finch got lucky when his poor dab towards the in goal ricochet back to him, but he was clever enough to go wide and send Pat over. A third try quickly followed with Finch again the provider to send Gareth Hock over for a powerful effort close to the posts. Pat missed converting his own try, but added a simple conversion to Hock's which made it 16-0 Wigan.

It was looking so easy for Wigan, but they let Bradford back in with a conceded penalty helping towards a try scored by Jason Crookes in the left corner. He touched down an excellent kick from Brett Kearney, but perhaps Charnley was flapping a bit in defence?

Jarrod Sammut had converted to make it 16-6 and then he scored a very fortunate try to get Bulls right back into the game. Sam Tomkins had done brilliantly to break through towards the Bulls try line but his offload towards Finch, which would have sent him in for the score, fell to Sammut who raced 80 metres for a Bulls try. He failed to convert but that was a huge swing in momentum perhaps? Well it would have been had Bradford held on to half time, but they soon cocked up the restart and Wigan made them pay. Chris Tuson powered under sticks, Pat converted and at half time Wigan led 22-10.

I did actually tweet at 16-10 that I wasn't too worried about that mini/gifted Bradford comeback because I always felt we had too much for them, and the start to the second half proved that. First try was imperative and we got it pretty quickly. After that the home side struggled to regain possession for a long, long time

Wigan crossed over the line five times in the twenty minutes after the break. First on 42 minutes Goulding took advantage of some shocking defence to claim his first try since scoring at Leeds last April.

Two more tries quickly followed with Tuson being sent over for his second from close range by Finch. Tuson mugged Kearney with a lovely step inside! Then a break from 60 out by Pat Richards helped created the next score. He was tackled ten metres short but the defence never recovered and Ginger Farrell was sent over down the right hand side. Pat had converted the first two tries of the half but he was catching his breath for the third one, so Sam converted to make the score 40-10.

Wigan kept on the gas. 55th Minute, Leuluai and Sam sent Goulding over for his second. Then on the hour Charnley claimed a second himself. Brilliant offload from Leuluai on half way got Sam in the clear and he dabbed towards the open space of Charnley's wing. He needed his pace to score did Baby Josh, but the ball bounced kindly for him to go over. Pat failed to convert those two efforts, so the score was just 48-10, but Bradford had hardly touched the ball in those 20 minutes.

Wouldn't say Wigan totally switched off in the final quarter, but the weight of possession now being more even halted our procession of four pointers. In fact the Bulls hit back with a close range effort from Kearney on 70 minutes but Wigan saved their best try of the game till last.

It came with two minutes to go. Good passing around on the half way line saw McIlorum, Leuluai, Finch, Sam and Jack Hughes combine to get Pat breaking down the left. Excellent support play saw Pat draw in full back Kearney before offloading inside to Sam. With two men around him, he hit Farrell with a beautiful flick pass out the back door to send him over close to the posts. I've said before about how the Ginger Pearl has deceptive pace he has for his stocky build and that try proved it. Easy Pat conversion their rounded of a very satisfactory 54-16 win.

So a good win to back up the Leeds win and totally shrug off the cobwebs of that opening day loss to Huddersfield. The only other thing to note was that stupid hooter klaxon Bradford get playing every time we kicked off. I guess the idea is to put us off fielding the ball but it never worked, and to be honest it was well worth hearing ten times. I hope we hear it another ten times when we return to Odsal for our next clash!

Your man of the match vote (see below) result will be interesting for this one but I can't look too far past Brett Finch myself. How often was he the man with the last pass. More of that please!

Reaction to the Action

Shaun Wane: "I thought (Pat Richards) was really impressive today. He was one of our best players. Frano (Botica) was a great player but the way Pat carries the ball back better, he's better than Frano. To beat Leeds last week and come here and score 50-odd points, I'm very pleased. It was a good performance. Our skill level when we kept hold of the ball was fantastic and some of the tries we scored were impressive. Our completion rate in the second half was 90 per cent, which was a massive lift for me. The key is making sure when we have a chance of winning games, we finish our opponents off. There are a few areas need to fix up if we are going to challenge for trophies and we will get better. We gave silly penalties away early on and that will be one of the main focuses this week. I don't want to accept that."

Bradford Coach Brian Potter: "(The loss of Luke Gale) made it more difficult. It was unfortunate but these things happen. We still had 13 on 13. It's a big disappointment. We came up against a team who were red hot and we were poor in some areas. We need to get better. I think the boys were trying their best but other team played really well. We sparked up a bit in the second half and got our kicking game in order but we need to do that for 80 minutes."

Team Sheets

- Bradford Position Wigan 1
1 Brett Kearney Full Back Sam Tomkins 1
24 Jason Crookes Winger Josh Charnley 2
3 Keith Lulia Centre Darrell Goulding 3
29 Michael Platt Centre Jack Hughes 26
5 Elliot Kear Winger Pat Richards 5
22 Jarrod Sammut Stand Off Brett Finch 6
7 Luke Gale Scrum Half Thomas Leuluai 7
10 Craig Kopczak Prop Lee Mossop 10
14 Matt Diskin Hooker Mike McIlorum 9
15 Bryn Hargreaves Prop Ben Flower 23
12 Elliott Whitehead 2nd Row Harrison Hansen 11
4 Chev Walker 2nd Row Gareth Hock 12
13 Jamie Langley L.Forward Sean O'Loughlin 13
8 Nick Scruton Substitute Jeff Lima 14
9 Heath L'Estrange Substitute Liam Farrell 16
21 Tom Burgess Substitute Chris Tuson 17
34 Phil Joseph Substitute Epalahame Lauaki 21
- Mick Potter Coach Shaun Wane -

Score Sheet

Bradford Bulls 16 --- Wigan Warriors 54
Tries (3):
Jason Coorkes
Jarrod Sammut
Brett Kearney
--- Tries (10):
Josh Charnley 2
Pat Richards
Gareth Hock
Chris Tuson 2
Darrell Goulding 2
Liam Farrell 2
Pat Richards 4/4
--- Goals:
Pat Richards 6/9
Sam Tomkins 1/1

Scoring and Incident Pattern

16th Minute Bradford 00 Wigan 04 Try: Josh Charnley
- Bradford 00 Wigan 06 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/1)
21st Minute Bradford 00 Wigan 10 Try: Pat Richards
- Bradford 00 Wigan 10 P.Richards Missed Conversion (1/2)
24th Minute Bradford 00 Wigan 16 Try: Gareth Hock
- Bradford 00 Wigan 16 Conversion: Pat Richards (2/3)
31st Minute Bradford 04 Wigan 16 Try: Jason Crookes
- Bradford 06 Wigan 16 Conversion: Jarrod Sammut (1/1)
36th Minute Bradford 10 Wigan 16 Try: Jarrod Sammut
- Bradford 10 Wigan 16 J.Sammut Missed Conversion (1/2)
40th Minute Bradford 10 Wigan 20 Try: Chris Tuson
- Bradford 10 Wigan 22 Conversion: Pat Richards (3/4)
Half Time Bradford Bulls 10 Wigan Warriors 22
42nd Minute Bradford 10 Wigan 26 Try: Darrell Goulding
- Bradford 10 Wigan 28 Conversion: Pat Richards (4/5)
45th Minute Bradford 10 Wigan 32 Try: Chris Tuson (2)
- Bradford 10 Wigan 34 Conversion: Pat Richards (5/6)
47th Minute Bradford 10 Wigan 38 Try: Liam Farrell
- Bradford 10 Wigan 40 Conversion: Sam Tomkins (1/1)
55th Minute Bradford 10 Wigan 44 Try: Darrell Goulding (2)
- Bradford 10 Wigan 44 P.Richards Missed Conversion (5/7)
61st Minute Bradford 10 Wigan 48 Try: Josh Charnley (2)
- Bradford 10 Wigan 48 P.Richards Missed Conversion (5/8)
70th Minute Bradford 14 Wigan 48 Try: Brett Kearney
- Bradford 16 Wigan 48 Conversion: Jarrod Sammut (2/3)
78th Minute Bradford 16 Wigan 52 Try: Liam Farrell (2)
- Bradford 16 Wigan 54 Conversion: Pat Richards (6/9)
Full Time Bradford Bulls 16 Wigan Warriors 54

Video Highlights

Top 5 Wigan Players as voted on our Message Board

Man of the Match: Darrell Goulding
2nd: Brett Finch 3rd: Gareth Hock 4th: Lee Mossop 5th: Sam Tomkins


Steve Ganson

Penalties Conceded

Bradford 7 Wigan 7

Milestones Achieved

Pat Richards try on 21 Minutes saw him become Wigan's third highest points scorer in club history, over taking Frano Botica.

Match Attendance



Sunny. Not as cold as expected.

League Table at Conclusion of Stobart Super League 17 - Round 3

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Warrington Wolves 3 2 1 0 102 52 +50 5
2 St Helens 3 2 1 0 108 70 +38 5
3 Huddersfield Giants 3 2 0 1 108 54 +54 4
4 Wigan Warriors 3 2 0 1 90 42 +48 4
5 Catalan Dragons 2 2 0 0 62 32 +30 4
6 Hull FC 2 1 1 0 42 34 +8 3
7 Hull Kingston Rovers 3 1 1 1 74 80 -6 3
8 Wakefield Wildcats 2 1 0 1 42 36 +6 2
9 Leeds Rhinos 2 1 0 1 40 36 +4 2
10 Castleford Tigers 3 1 0 2 56 58 -2 2
11 Salford City Reds 3 1 0 2 58 80 -22 2
12 Bradford Bulls 3 1 0 2 48 100 -52 2
13 London Broncos 3 0 0 3 48 106 -58 0
14 Widnes Vikings 3 0 0 3 38 136 -98 0

Round 3 Results
Fri 17 Feb Leeds v Wakefield - POSTPONED -
Sat 18 Feb Catalan Dragons 28 Castleford Tigers 20 7,488
Sat 18 Feb Huddersfield Giants 22 Warrington Wolves 32 8,184
Sun 19 Feb Bradford Bulls 16 Wigan Warriors 54 12,909
Sun 19 Feb Hull Kingston Rovers 36 St Helens 36 7,610
Sun 19 Feb Widnes Vikings 18 Salford City Reds 38 5,053
Sun 12 Feb Wakefield Wildcats 10 Hull Kingston Rovers 22 8,612

Carl on February 20 2012 - 19:44
I think the Coach's comments are accurate. I also think Bradford were poor, and it was our mistakes which lead to there 2 first half tries, although there 2nd was well taken. It's good to see us 'finish off by destroying the opposition. Rather than last yr when we dominated the first 30 mins in many games then fell away, until late on. So far so good, after the Huddersfield fiasco.
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