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Match Report: Bradford 6 Wigan 36
Posted by cherryandwhite on April 14 2013 - 23:55

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Bradford Bulls v Wigan Warriors - Super League 18 Round 12.
Sunday 14th April 2013
. Kick Off 3:00pm at Odsal Stadium.

Match Report

Well on the face of it that was a poor second half by Wigan, who failed to score during the final 38 minutes, and Shaun Wane showed his post match disappointment about that.

But when you look at the other winning defensive displays today, Huddersfield conceding 30 and Warrington 34, I think you should appreciate more the tiredness that is showing in this post Easter period and praise Wigan for keeping Bradford down to six rather than questioning why more points weren't scored in attack.

I felt coming into the match that this could have been a banana skin for us and had we not been able to make six changes, it probably would have been a far tougher struggle than it proved to be!

The luxury of bringing in Josh Charnley, Pat Richards, Lee Mossop, Sean O'Loughlin and Logan Tomkins to replace Darrell Goulding, Anthony Gelling, Ben Flower, Chris Tuson, Sam Powell and Tom Spencer was huge! Especially the experienced Mossop, Hansen and O'Loughlin in the pack.

It was the pack in which this game that won it for us I felt. They laid the platform, together with another excellent kicking game between Blake Green and Matty Smith, to keep Bradford on the back foot and the pressure told all during the first half. Everything today was up the middle. Very unusual to see so little of our two prolific wingers but that's just how it was.

The forwards led by Liam Farrell who was truly outstanding during this contest. He claimed a hat-trick and although the first two included good fortune for him to claim them, as I mentioned during my summarising on the Wish FM commentary today, he's so often in the right place to get them!

The first he got was in the 10th minute. Green put a grubber in towards the in goal and the ricochet off Danny Addy fell into Ginger's hands for an easy put down. Pat converted for 6-0.

Four minutes later a second try came and this was Green showing all his quality. A superb try. He got the ball left of the posts and he threw a great dummy, then stepped quickly on a 90 degree angle, whilst throwing another dummy, to get over. Bradford just couldn't read that skill quick enough. Easy conversion for 12-0.

The Bulls did have a couple of chances themselves to get on the scoreboard but their failure to do so played into Wigan's hands. They scored again in the 28th Minute with Smith sending Jack Hughes through a tiny gap. He left Kearney flapping at full back again and another easy conversion made it 18-0.

Two more tries came before half time as Wigan punished some awful kicking efforts from Jarrod Sammut. Three times he sent kick offs out on the full either side of half time. He gets a lot of praise at times Sammut but I have to question whether he is the type of player that only shows up when playing smaller sides because, although he scored later in the contest, he was pretty anonymous during this game.

Both the late first half tries went to Farrell. The first one saw good hands get Pat Richards on the half break down the left wing. Sideline was swallowing him up so he hacked inside and, like I said, who else but Farrell was in support and took advantage of more Kearney flapping in defence. Simple put down and conversion for 24-0.

Whilst the first two were easy, the hat-trick try was all class. He took an angled pass from Green and the footwork he showed was phenomenal. One, two, three, four jinking steps that got him past five defenders in total. Another easy Pat kick for 30-0 at the break.

Into the second half and one of those kick offs out on the full by Sammut was quickly punished with a lovely kick by Smith being well collected by Sam Tomkins. Pat must have been loving all these simple conversions, another here for 36-0.

Now the only surprise was that Wigan didn't go on further and I think that was down to fatigue. But, like I said, they kept up their efforts in defence and I think we should focus more on that.

Bradford did get one try but it came off a neat kick with substitute Luke Gale hitting Sammut perfectly and he also converted for 36-6.

Wigan did have some digs to score more but Bradford's defence was much stronger up the middle second half. All in all though a good result for Wigan and they can go into the cup break very happy to have got through the Easter period one point clear at the top of the table!

Reaction to the Action

Coach Shaun Wane: "I was really impressed by some of the tries we scored in the first half. I thought our energy was spot on. But we were not consistent enough for me. The second half was awful, although the pitch was very sandy and the players said they were fatigued. Six-apiece in the second half has taken bit of the joy away for me. We're not playing the way I want yet. If we had been ruthless in the second half, we would have been close. I rate (Liam Farrell). We've got some good back rowers and he was good again. His consistency is outstanding. I don't think his defence has been outstanding this year but he runs hard. There is a lot of improvement in him but I'm very happy with where he's at."

Bradford Coach Francis Cummins: "Credit to Wigan for how they started. We came up with some yardage errors and, when you give up field position to Wigan they are very ruthless. It ran away with us in that first half and it was always going to be tough from there but I was happy with the second half. I'm not too disheartened. Wigan will do this against other teams. I've told the boys we've just got to start again. We will be better for it."

Team Sheets

- Bradford Position Wigan 1
1 Brett Kearney Full Back Sam Tomkins 1
5 Elliott Kear

Winger

Josh Charnley 2
2 Adrian Purtell Centre Jack Hughes 4
3 Keith Lulia Centre Iain Thornley 17
18 Michael Platt Winger Pat Richards 5
19 Danny Addy Stand Off Blake Green 6
6 Jarrod Sammut Scrum Half Matty Smith 7
8 Nick Scruton Prop Dom Crosby 26
14 Matt Diskin Hooker Mike McIlorum 9
10 Manase Manuakofoa Prop Lee Mossop 10
15 Chev Walker 2nd Row Greg Burke 29
12 Elliott Whitehead 2nd Row Liam Farrell 12
21 James Donaldson L.Forward Sean O'Loughlin 13
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7 Luke Gale Substitute Harrison Hansen 11
9 Heath L'Estrange Substitute Gil Dudson 20
13 Jamie Langley Substitute Scott Taylor 21
27 Adam Sidlow Substitute Logan Tomkins 26
- Francis Cummins Coach Shaun Wane -

Score Sheet

Bradford Bulls 06 --- Wigan Warriors 36
Tries (1):
Jarrod Sammut
--- Tries (6):
Liam Farrell 3
Blake Green
Jack Hughes
Sam Tomkins
Goals:
Jarrod Sammut 1/1
--- Goals:
Pat Richards 6/6

Scoring and Incident Pattern

10th Minute Bradford 00 Wigan 04 Try: Liam Farrell
- Bradford 00 Wigan 06 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/1)
14th Minute Bradford 00 Wigan 10 Try: Blake Green
- Bradford 00 Wigan 12 Conversion: Pat Richards (2/2)
27th Minute Bradford 00 Wigan 16

Try: Jack Hughes

- Bradford 00 Wigan 18 Conversion: Pat Richards (3/3)
35th Minute Bradford 00 Wigan 22

Try: Liam Farrell (2)

- Bradford 00 Wigan 24 Conversion: Pat Richards (4/4)
39th Minute Bradford 00 Wigan 28

Try: Liam Farrell (Hat-Trick)

- Bradford 00 Wigan 30 Conversion: Pat Richards (5/5)
Half Time Bradford Bulls 00 Wigan Warriors 30
42nd Minute Bradford 00 Wigan 34

Try: Sam Tomkins

- Bradford 00 Wigan 36 Conversion: Pat Richards (6/6)
53rd Minute Bradford 04 Wigan 36 Try: Jarrod Sammut
- Bradford 06 Wigan 36 Conversion: Jarrod Sammut (1/1)
Full Time Bradford Bulls 06 Wigan Warriors 36

Video Highlights

Referee

Tim Roby

Key Stats

Clean Breaks: lll Bradford 2 lll Wigan 6
Offloads:   Bradford 18   Wigan 11
Penalties Conceded:   Bradford 15   Wigan 8
Errors:   Bradford 12   Wigan 9
Set Completion:   Bradford 72%   Wigan 78%

Match Attendance

9,899

Weather

Blustery Day but the rain held off.

League Table at Conclusion of Super League 18 - Round 12

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Wigan Warriors 12 9 1 2 451 153 +298 19
2 Huddersfield Giants 12 9 0 3 362 206 +156 18
3 Warrington Wolves 12 7 1 4 340 241 +99 15
4 Leeds Rhinos 10 7 1 2 239 150 +89 15
5 Catalan Dragons 12 7 1 4 282 246 +36 15
6 Bradford Bulls 12 6 2 4 315 262 +53 14
7 St Helens 12 6 1 5 268 224 +44 13
8 Hull FC 12 5 2 5 258 243 +15 12
9 Hull Kingston Rovers 12 6 0 6 309 372 -63 12
10 Widnes Vikings 11 4 1 6 254 356 -102 9
11 Wakefield Wildcats 11 3 1 7 256 317 -61 7
12 London Broncos 12 2 1 9 212 374 -162 5
13 Castleford Tigers 12 2 1 9 209 390 -181 5
14 Salford City Reds 12 2 1 9 186 417 -231 5

Top Eight Qualify for the Play Offs

Round 12 Results
Fri 12 Apr Leeds Rhinos 30 London Broncos 6 12,895
Fri 12 Apr St Helens 12 Catalan Dragons 22 11,111
Sat 13 Apr Castleford Tigers 28 Widnes Vikings 26 3,986
Sun 14 Apr Bradford Bulls 6 Wigan Warriors 36 9,899
Sun 14 Apr Hull Kingston Rovers 30 Huddersfield Giants 50 5,641
Sun 14 Apr Salford City Reds 18 Hull FC 24 2,698
Sun 14 Apr Wakefield Wildcats 24 Warrington Wolves 41 7,985

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