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Match Report: Bradford 16 Wigan 28
Posted by Bilko on January 20 2008 - 16:44

Bradford Bulls v Wigan Warriors. Paul Deacon Testimonial (Friendly).
Sunday 20th January 2008. Kick Off 3:00pm at Odsal Stadium.

On a wet and windy Sunday afternoon at Odsal the Warriors were impressive victors 28-16 over Bradford Bulls in a pre-season ‘trial’ game which doubled as Paul Deacon’s Testimonial match.

The weather had many fans reminiscing about the good old days of winter rugby, however the skills on display were more akin to the modern era with some excellent free-running rugby from the Warriors keeping the 5,000-strong crowd well entertained.

Before the game both teams paid tribute to the Wigan-born half back who has spent 10 years at Odsal, since signing for them from Oldham Bears in 1998, with Bulls Chairman Peter Hood and Warriors Captain Sean O’Loughlin both making presentations on behalf of their respective clubs.

The Warriors handed a debut to centre George Carmont, a week after he arrived in the country and prop Andy Coley made his second start in a Warriors shirt after an impressive display at Warrington last Sunday. The Bulls meanwhile named a near full strength team featuring all six of their new signings as well as loose forward Jamie Langley who made a return after sitting out the second half of 2007 through injury.

The Warriors started the stronger with some lively handling and constant pressure and were the first to score, a scoot from dummy half by Mickey Higham drew the full back and he offloaded to Harrison Hansen who score 15 meters to the left of the posts. Richards added the extra’s to make it 0-6 after 8 minutes.

Bradford responded on 16 minutes as Newton jinked around the defence and put Burgess through a gap for the young prop to reach over the line and ground the ball despite the best efforts from Richards. Deacon kicked his first goal of the afternoon to make it 6-all.

The Bulls took the lead on 23 minutes when Tadulala collected a Deacon kick which found the Warriors short and the big wingman fended the tackle from Colbon to score in the left corner. Deacon missed the kick. 10-6 to the Bulls.

Despite the incessant rain, the Warriors continued to play an expansive running game and scored next with young winger Sean Ainscough touching down in the corner from a Leuluai grubber kick. Richards kicked the conversion to make it 10-12 after 32 minutes, and that’s how it stayed until Half Time.

The second half started poorly for the Bulls as David Solomona was stretchered from the field with a tear of the medial knee ligament and it got worse for the hosts when Barrett’s 40-20 lead to a great opportunity for Carmont to score on his debut, however the centre was tackled just short of the line. From the resulting set another neat Barrett kick found winger Ainscough to score his second try of the afternoon. Richards’ conversion made it 10-18 after 50 minutes.

Richards scored within 60 seconds of the kick off when a Paleaaesina offload found Thomas Leuluai who raced 60 metres before drawing the full back and passing to Richards who scored under the sticks. The full back added the two to make it 10-24.

The Warriors looked the fresher of the two sides and dominated large parts of the second half with a strong kicking game lead by the inspirational Trent Barrett, and it was the Aussie star who fed Carmont in the left corner on 67 minutes for the Samoan to score his first try in a Warriors shirt. Stanton took over the kicking duties but missed with his first effort to make it 10-28.

Both teams made a number of substitutions as the game wound down but it was the Bulls who finished the scoring as a sweeping move ended with Dave Halley touching down in the left hand corner. Deacon kicked the conversion and the game finished Bradford Bulls 16 Wigan Warriors 28.

A very good performance pleased Head Coach Brian Noble and the considerable number of fans that travelled over the Pennines.

Team Sheets

- Bradford Position Wigan -
1 Michael Platt Full Back Pat Richards 5
5 Tame Tupou Winger Liam Colbon 14
24 Paul Sykes Centre Darrell Goulding 3
23 Chris Nero Centre George Carmont 4
25 Semi Tadulala Winger Shaun Ainscough 31
6 Iestyn Harris Stand Off Trent Barrett 6
7 Paul Deacon Scrum Half Thomas Leuluai 7
8 Joe Vagana Prop Andy Coley 14
9 Terry Newton Hooker Mick Higham 9
10 Andy Lynch Prop Iafeta Paleaaesina 10
11 David Solomona 2nd Row Harrison Hansen 16
19 Simon Finnigan 2nd Row Phil Bailey 12
13 Jamie Langley L.Forward Sean O'Loughlin 13
- - - - -
2 David Halley Substitute Mike McIlorum 17
15 Matt Cook Substitute Paul Prescott 19
16 Sam Burgess Substitute Joel Tomkins 22
18 Craig Kopczak Substitute Ben Kavanagh 23
20 Wayne Godwin Substitute Eamon O'Carroll 24
22 Ben Jeffries Substitute Thomas Coyle 25
26 Jason Crookes Substitute Nick Stanton 26
27 Richard Johnson Substitute Sam Reay 40

Score Sheet

Bradford Bulls 16 --- Wigan Warriors 28
Tries (3):
Sam Burgess
Semi Tadulala
Dave Halley
--- Tries (5):
Harrison Hansen
Shaun Ainscough 2
Pat Richards
George Carmont
Paul Deacon 2/3
--- Goals:
Pat Richards 4/4
Nick Stanton 0/1

Scoring and Incident Pattern

7th Minute Bradford 00 Wigan 04 Try: Harrison Hansen
- Bradford 00 Wigan 06 Conversion: Pat Richards
16th Minute Bradford 04 Wigan 06 Try: Sam Burgess
- Bradford 06 Wigan 06 Conversion: Paul Deacon
24th Minute Bradford 10 Wigan 06 Try: Semi Tadulala
- Bradford 10 Wigan 06 Conversion Missed (P.Deacon)
32nd Minute Bradford 10 Wigan 10 Try: Shaun Ainscough
- Bradford 10 Wigan 12 Conversion: Pat Richards
Half Time Bradford Bulls 10 Wigan Warriors 12
50th Minute Bradford 10 Wigan 16 Try: Shaun Ainscough (2)
- Bradford 10 Wigan 18 Conversion: Pat Richards
52nd Minute Bradford 10 Wigan 22 Try: Pat Richards
- Bradford 10 Wigan 24 Conversion: Pat Richards
65th Minute Bradford 10 Wigan 28 Try: George Carmont
- Bradford 10 Wigan 28 Conversion Missed (N.Stanton)
73rd Minute Bradford 14 Wigan 28 Try: Dave Halley
- Bradford 16 Wigan 28 Conversion: Paul Deacon
Full Time Bradford Bulls 16 Wigan Warriors 28


Ashley Klein

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