Wigan were looking to take another big step towards the
title but all the news prior this game had come the day before following a
press conference at Central Park that had announced summer rugby was on the
way in 1996 with the formation of "Super League". Sky produced a very biased
report (see below) showing support for the move during the televising of
this game, but their were to be many complaints about a number of proposed
mergers on the table.
Leeds had again reduced Wigan's lead at the top by
winning 17-11 in the Friday Sky televised match but Wigan would have to
collapse heavily to lose the title. Leeds might have had a little hope when
Bradford took a 6th Minute 6-0 lead with a try from Gary Christie but Wigan
responded with an amazing six tries in twelve minutes. Barrie-Jon Mather,
Phil Clarke (twice), Gary Connolly and Martin Hall (twice) all crossed to
make it 32-6 after 24 minutes. Four minutes later another try came for Inga
Tuigamala and the only shock after that was Bradford surviving ten minutes
to half time with no further damage.
Five minutes after the interval, Hall completed his
hat-trick and soon after Mather scored to make it 48-6 with 30 minutes still
to go. Roy Powell scored to give Bradford brief respite but Paul Atcheson
and Denis Betts both scored to leave it at 60-12 with 20 minutes left.
Wigan's then record league victory of 72-6 against Wakefield looked well on
the cards but instead Bradford managed to claim four tries in the final
quarter to bring some respectability to the score line. Either side of Gary
Christie completing his hat-trick, Paul Medley returned an intercept for a
score and Rogert Simpson's four pointer made the final score 60-34.
Wigan 38 Bradford 6
Dave Campbell (Widnes)
Live Coverage on Sky Sports
Top of the Stones Bitter Championship - After This Match
Copyright - Cherryandwhite.co.uk 2002-2014
Whilst every effort is made to ensure that news stories are correct, we cannot be held responsible for errors. Some articles and pictures on this website have been recovered from various sources for archive purposes. If any material on this website is subject to copyright or incorrect in any way please contact us
so we can remove it or negotiate copyright permission. RLFANS.COM, the owners of this website, the RLSA (Rugby League Supporters Association) or the 100% League Network are not responsible for the content of its sub-sites, please email the author of this sub-site if you feel you find an article offensive or of a choice nature that you disagree with.