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Match Report: Wigan 27 Bradford 28
Posted by Bilko on February 25 2005 - 22:17

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Wigan Warriors v Bradford Bulls Engage Super League X Round 3.
Friday
25th February 2005. Kick Off 8:00pm at JJB Stadium.

Match Report by Bilko

Wigan should be celebrating reaching 25 home matches unbeaten.

Instead we are stunned after somehow putting ourselves in a position were yet again we have started a season poorly, without actually being that poor.

If you don't know, Wigan have launched a new text your man of the match service this year and the fans voted Kevin Brown. Why?

Ok he scored what should have been the winning try but it was his wild pass into touch which gave Bradford the initiative to capitalise and begin an unlikely fight back.

For me that moment lost us the game. It was crazy. Perhaps you can use youthful enthusiasm as an excuse for him but twenty metres from your own line, there was no need for a pass like that and it wasn't even close to a good pass.

Perhaps I am being harsh for singling out him, and that moment for the reason we lost but I definitely feel that was the key. It gave the Bulls a very much needed lift because until then I felt we looked really comfortable.

Now I'm sure many fans will be critical of referee Steve Ganson for some of his decisions but although I was a bit bemused myself, it is not an excuse for this loss.

10 Minutes to go, 27-12 up, no way should any side lose a lead like that! Our experienced players mainly Radlinski, Orr and Moran have got to step up and together replace Andy Farrell because lets be honest if Faz was on the pitch, do you think we'd have lost? I don't think so.

Wigan took this game to Bradford from the off. Two tries in the opening quarter from David Vaealiki and Terry Newton got us off to a roaring start. Vaealiki beat ex Warrior Paul Johnson to score his try and Newton created his own luck, when the ball bounced in his favour off the post. 

Defence from Wigan was excellent despite some very weird refereeing calls from Ganson. 

Unlike Mr Silverwood last week, Ganson did show a bit of authority by warning captain Radlinski  early on and then sin binning Sean O'Loughlin for dissent on 26 minutes.

Unfortunately this cost us dear as Bradford scored with Locky in the bin with Jamie Langley touching down on 28 minutes.

But two Tickle goals and a brilliant 40 metre drop goal from O'Loughlin gave us a comfortable half-time cushion of 15-6.

Into the second half and early on I expected a Bradford onslaught but it didn't happen as Wigan took advantage of a Paul Johnson sin binning. They stretched their lead with Vaealiki scoring his second, making the score 21-6.

But then the wild pass from Brown opened the door for a Bulls fightback. From the resulting scrum Iestyn Harris was first to react when Leon Pryce somehow offloaded in the tackle. He touched down and gave Bradford hope, 21-12 after 54 minutes.

That hope should have been extinguished when Kevin Brown made up in a way for his earlier error with a great run which eventually finished in a good try for him on 62 minutes. Brown celebrated as if the game was won, but a match lasts 80 minutes. To be fair though, 27-12 with 18 minutes to go, it should be enough.

However Bradford never gave up hope and three tries in the final ten minutes from Jamie Peacock, Stuart Reardon and Michael Withers broke our hearts and snatched a victory that they didn't deserve.

I suppose its swings and round abouts though because I remember us doing that to them at the JJB in 2001. But it doesn't make a loss like that an easier. We could so easily be 3-0 now. Instead we are 1-2 and its a bitter pill to swallow.

After the match Coach Denis Betts said: "We did everything but win the game,"

"Bradford got a sniff towards the end and showed you don't become world champions and win a couple of Grand Finals by being also-rans.

"Once you get a taste for it, you know how to win and they came after us.

"There was a lot of inexperience out there. When we won the game, we just didn't have it in ourselves to be able to control that last 10 minutes.

"You could see the momentum swinging away and that bit of extra power and size started to really pay. Their offloads started to hurt us in the last 10 or 12 minutes."

Team Sheets

  Wigan Position Bradford  
1 Kris Radlinski Full Back Michael Withers 6
3 Martin Aspinwall Winger Stuart Reardon 17
19 Stephen Wild Centre Paul Johnson 16
4 David Vaealiki Centre Leon Pryce 3
2 Brett Dallas Winger Lesley Vianikolo 5
6 Danny Orr Stand Off Iestyn Harris 18
7 Dennis Moran Scrum Half Paul Deacon 7
16 Danny Sculthorpe Prop Joe Vagana 8
9 Terry Newton Hooker Robbie Paul 1
10 Jérôme Guisset Prop Stuart Fielden 29
11 Gareth Hock 2nd Row Jamie Peacock 12
12 Danny Tickle 2nd Row Lee Radford 11
15 Sean O'Loughlin L.Forward Jamie Langley 19
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14 Kevin Brown Substitute Brad Meyers 10
18 Wayne Godwin Substitute Andy Lynch 14
22 David Allen Substitute Karl Pratt 25
24 Bob Beswick Substitute Rob Parker 27

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 27 --- Bradford Bulls 28

Tries:
David Vaealiki 2
Terry Newton
Kevin Brown

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Tries:
Jamie Langley
Iestyn Harris
Jamie Peacock
Stuart Reardon
Michael Withers

Goals:
Danny Tickle 5/6

--- Goals:
Paul Deacon 4/5

Drop Goal:
Sean O'Loughlin 1

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Scoring and Incident Pattern

8th Minute Wigan 04 Bradford 00 Try: David Vaealiki
- Wigan 04 Bradford 00 D.Tickle Missed Conversion (0/1)
19th Minute Wigan 08 Bradford 00 Try: Terry Newton
- Wigan 10 Bradford 00 Conversion: Danny Tickle (1/2)
26th Minute Wigan Sin Bin Sean O'Loughlin (Dissent)
27th Minute Wigan 10 Bradford 04 Try: Jamie Langley
- Wigan 10 Bradford 06 Conversion: Paul Deacon (1/1)
30th Minute Wigan 12 Bradford 06 Penalty Goal: Danny Tickle (2/3)
38th Minute Wigan 14 Bradford 06 Penalty Goal: Danny Tickle (3/4)
40th Minute Wigan 15 Bradford 06 Drop Goal: Sean O'Loughlin
Half Time Wigan Warriors 15 Bradford Bulls 06
45th Minute Bradford Sin Bin Paul Johnson (Professional Foul)
46th Minute Wigan 19 Bradford 06 Try: David Vaealiki
- Wigan 21 Bradford 06 Conversion: Danny Tickle (4/5)
55th Minute Wigan 21 Bradford 10 Try: Iestyn Harris
- Wigan 21 Bradford 12 Conversion: Paul Deacon (2/2)
62nd Minute Wigan 25 Bradford 12 Try: Kevin Brown
- Wigan 27 Bradford 12 Conversion: Danny Tickle (5/6)
70th Minute Wigan 27 Bradford 16 Try: Jamie Peacock
- Wigan 27 Bradford 18 Conversion: Paul Deacon (3/3)
75th Minute Wigan 27 Bradford 22 Try: Stuart Reardon
- Wigan 27 Bradford 22 P.Deacon Missed Conversion (3/4)
79th Minute Wigan 27 Bradford 26 Try: Michael Withers
- Wigan 27 Bradford 28 Conversion: Paul Deacon (4/5)
Full Time Wigan Warriors 27 Bradford Bulls 28

Referee

Steve Ganson (St Helens)

Penalty Count

Wigan 10 Bradford 6

Match Attendance

13,111

Weather

Dry. Pitch Decent.

Television

Table after this Round

1st:l Leeds - Played - 3 - Won - 3 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 0 - Points: - 6
2nd:l London - Played - 3 - Won - 2 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 1 - Points: - 4
3rd:l Hull FC - Played - 3 - Won - 2 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 1 - Points: - 4
4th:l St Helens - Played - 3 - Won - 2 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 1 - Points: - 4
5th:l Salford - Played - 3 - Won - 2 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 1 - Points: - 4
6th:l Wakefield - Played - 3 - Won - 2 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 1 - Points: - 4

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7th:l

Wigan

- Played - 3 - Won - 1 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 2 - Points: - 2
8th:l Huddersfield - Played - 3 - Won - 1 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 2 - Points: - 2
9th:l Bradford - Played - 3 - Won - 1 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 2 - Points: - 2
10th:l Warrington - Played - 3 - Won - 1 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 2 - Points: - 2
11th:l Widnes - Played - 3 - Won - 1 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 2 - Points: - 2
12th:l Leigh - Played - 3 - Won - 0 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 3 - Points: - 0

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Top 6 Qualified for Play Offs

Super League 10 - Round 3 Results

Fri 25th Feb - St Helens 34 Huddersfield Giants 24 - 9,507
Fri 25th Feb - Wigan Warriors 27 Bradford Bulls 28 - 13,111
Sat 26th Feb - Leigh Centurions 6 Salford City Reds 32 - 4,180
Sun 27th Feb - Leeds Rhinos 66 Widnes Vikings 8 - 17,367
Sun 27th Feb - London Broncos 72 Wakefield Wildcats 8 - 2,854
Sun 27th Feb - Hull FC 32 Warrington Wolves 10 - 10,169

Comments
dads58 on February 26 2005 - 21:47
dont understand, we seemed to hit the self destruct button on 65mins.completely un- professional, and no excuse. 1st 65 mins though well done wigan, totally dominant. As for ganson no surprizes there; we get nothing, expect nothing! A Question: why have we so many injuries so early on in the season....AGAIN!!!
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