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Match Report: Wigan 44 Bradford 10
Posted by Bilko on March 07 2009 - 23:46

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Wigan Warriors v Bradford Bulls - Engage Super League XIV Round 4.
Saturday 7th March 2009. Kick Off 5:30pm at JJB Stadium.

Match Report

Well what a difference a fortnight makes. Two weeks ago the boys got booed off after a dreadful display against Castleford. Tonight they got a rousing reception from the field after an excellent display against an albeit poor Bradford side.

And the difference? Well a simple change of personnel in the half backs. Sam Tomkins in for Tim Smith and Wigan all of a sudden have skill, spark and most importantly pace in their go forward.

It's easy to praise young Sam to the hilt for his performances so far, I mean there's a long way to go before he makes it yet, however, for me, he is only a try short of a perfect start to his Super League career. Simple as that. All by himself, with just with a touch of magic here and there, he has lifted the whole side. Piggy Riddell for example has started to move at dummy half and the go forward from the pack just seemed to have that extra bit of zest.

Fair enough you have to say alot of today's performance may have been caused by Bradford being dreadfully poor but you can only play what the opposition gives you. Wigan did a good professional job, scored some great tries and most importantly they never sat back on the lead they had built.

Bradford never, ever, looked like winning this match. The Warriors controlled from start to finish and in truth I honestly believe 44-10 flatters the visitors.

First try came on 9 minutes. Nice intercept from Phil Bailey down the right, although he was eventually scrambled down by the Bulls defence. But they couldn't form the defensive line fast enough. Quick hands saw George Carmont send Pat Richards away down the centre of the park for an easy score under the posts. He had time to stop for a picnic it was so easy, as easy has his conversion in fact which made it 6-0.

Double the time on the clock and Wigan doubled their lead. Riddell away from dummy half to send Gareth Hock over the line. Richards converted to make it 12-0.

The next twenty minutes was nip and tuck but Wigan just had the edge territorially and personally I was thinking 12-0 was a bit of a disappointing lead the way we had played. The disappointment sprung from our failure to convert a Sam Tomkins break. He sprinted through a gap and had Richards in support on his left but he darted by himself right. Definite blown try for me but pleasing to see the youngster break through like that.

Down I went for my half time pint and inevitably I missed a try - it happens every home match. Two minutes before the break Hock sent Carmont over and Richards conversion made it a very happy 18-0. Nice to have a half time break with little to moan about.

Into the second half and the game was won for me. Bradford simply never had a fight back in them. Early penalty goal from Paaaat made it 20-0. Then came a brilliant break from Gareth Hock. Straight down the middle he had easy support in Richards and Sam Tomkins but bombed the opportunity by keeping hold of possession. Dreadful decision in truth - but Hock was generally superb in this game.

Hock's error actually opened the door for Bradford to finally get on the scoreboard. Nice hands down the right wing involving many passes eventually saw Rikki Sherriffe touch down. Paul Deacon couldn't convert so it was still 20-4 to Wigan.

Slight bit of worry at this point but Wigan retook the initiative within three minutes. Hock had just bombed a certain try by being greedy but he made up for it by powering over from close range. Richards again converted to make it 26-4.

Three minutes later Harrison Hansen was sent over by Sam Tomkins on the right to make it 32-4 with 25 minutes left. Absolute game over. Bradford would not have clawed that back with 25 hours to play, never mind that many minutes.

In fact Wigan win would put more gloss on the scoreboard. Hansen went over again, this time down the left hand side, before Feka powered from close range over himself. Richards finished 100% with the boot to give Wigan a 44-4 lead.

Must say I was hoping we'd get up to 50 points but a late consolation for Steve Menzies did little to dent out first home win of the season. Well done boys. Great effort   - hope we continue on at Leeds next Friday.

Reaction to the Action

Brian Noble: "I'm really pleased for the players. It shows what we're capable of when we get our fair share of the ball. Some of the things we've been working hard on in practice came off for us tonight. I thought defensively we were superb and we were really clinical in the first 40 minutes. (Gareth Hock) is a devastating player but he wasn't on his own. I thought everybody contributed in some way."

Bradford coach Steve McNamara: "(The defeat) hurts like hell. I won't deny that. I'm desperately disappointed with the performance. In the first two games there was a whole host of encouraging signs but this is a big setback. We were way off tonight. It was one of those nights where everything went wrong. We were poor in every department. There is a lot for us to look at and fix up. The Grand Final is a million miles away at the minute from where we're at now and it seems a millions miles away. But I've been involved in sides before where got backsides kicked by bigger scorelines than that and come back and won competitions."

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position Bradford -
5 Pat Richards Full Back Michael Platt 1
2 Amos Roberts Winger Rikki Sherriffe 2
12 Phil Bailey Centre Paul Sykes 3
4 George Carmont Centre Chris Nero 4
28 Shaun Ainscough Winger Semi Tadulala 5
25 Sam Tomkins Stand Off Ben Jeffries 6
7 Thomas Leuluai Scrum Half Paul Deacon 7
8 Stuart Fielden Prop Sam Burgess 8
9 Mark Riddell Hooker Terry Newton 9
10 Iafeta Paleaaesina Prop Nick Scruton 17
11 Gareth Hock 2nd Row Steve Menzies 11
14 Joel Tomkins 2nd Row Matt Cook 15
13 Sean O'Loughlin L.Forward Glenn Morrison 12
- - - - -
15 Andy Coley Substitute Wayne Godwin 14
16 Harrison Hansen Substitute Michael Worrincy 16
17 Mike McIlorum Substitute Craig Kopczak 19
23 Eamon O'Carroll Substitute Matt James 22

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 44 --- Bradford Bulls 10
Tries (7):
Pat Richards
Gareth Hock 2
George Carmont
Harrison Hansen 2
Iafeta Paleaaesina
--- Tries (2):
Rikki Sherriffe
Steve Menzies
Pat Richards 8/8
--- Goals:
Paul Deacon 1/2

Scoring and Incident Pattern

9mins:07 Wigan 04 Bradford 00 Try: Pat Richards
- Wigan 06 Bradford 00 Conversion: Pat Richards (1/1)
17mins:27 Wigan 10 Bradford 00 Try: Gareth Hock
- Wigan 12 Bradford 00 Conversion: Pat Richards (2/2)
38mins:53 Wigan 16 Bradford 00 Try: George Carmont
- Wigan 18 Bradford 00 Conversion: Pat Richards (3/3)
Half Time Wigan Warriors 18 Bradford Bulls 00
44mins:31 Wigan 20 Bradford 00 Penalty Goal: Pat Richards (4/4)
48mins:39 Wigan 20 Bradford 04 Try: Rikki Sherriffe
- Wigan 20 Bradford 04 P.Deacon Missed Conversion (0/1)
52mins:04 Wigan 24 Bradford 04 Try: Gareth Hock (2)
- Wigan 26 Bradford 04 Conversion: Pat Richards (5/5)
55mins:40 Wigan 30 Bradford 04 Try: Harrison Hansen
- Wigan 32 Bradford 04 Conversion: Pat Richards (6/6)
63mins:12 Wigan 36 Bradford 04 Try: Harrison Hansen (2)
- Wigan 38 Bradford 04 Conversion: Pat Richards (7/7)
67mins:02 Wigan 42 Bradford 04 Try: Iafeta Paleaaesina
- Wigan 44 Bradford 04 Conversion: Pat Richards (8/8)
75mins:06 Wigan 44 Bradford 08 Try: Steve Menzies
- Wigan 44 Bradford 10 Conversion: Paul Deacon (1/2)
Full Time Wigan Warriors 44 Bradford Bulls 10

Video Highlights


Ben Thaler (Wakefield)

Penalties Conceded

Wigan 3 Bradford 7

Match Attendance


Match Milestones

Sam Tomkins made his first start in a league match.




League Table at Conclusion of Super League 14 Round 4

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Leeds Rhinos 4 4 0 0 85 34 +51 8
2 Hull FC 4 4 0 0 98 62 +36 8
3 Castleford Tigers 4 3 0 1 112 72 +40 6
4 St Helens 4 3 0 1 72 40 +32 6
5 Wakefield Wildcats 5 3 0 2 111 87 +24 6
6 Hull Kingston Rovers 4 2 1 1 74 69 +5 5
7 Harlequins 3 2 0 1 78 50 +28 4
8 Wigan Warriors 5 2 0 3 106 86 +20 4
9 Huddersfield Giants 4 2 0 2 72 67 +5 4
10 Catalans Dragons 4 1 0 3 82 102 -20 2
11 Salford City Reds 4 1 0 3 72 145 -73 2
12 Bradford Bulls 3 0 1 2 35 73 -38 1
13 Celtic Crusaders 4 0 0 4 42 88 -46 0
14 Warrington Wolves 4 0 0 4 70 134 -64 0

Round 4 Results
Fri 6 Mar Huddersfield Giants 20 Hull FC 24 10,459
Fri 6 Mar Salford City Reds 18 Harlequins 48 3,367
Sat 7 Mar Catalan Dragons 22 Castleford Tigers 24 8,150
Sat 7 Mar Wigan Warriors 44 Bradford Bulls 10 12,588
Sat 7 Mar Celtic Crusaders 0 St Helens 4 6,351
Sun 8 Mar Hull Kingston Rovers 31 Wakefield Wildcats 18 9,038
Sun 8 Mar Warrington Wolves 14 Leeds Rhinos 20 9,863

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