Match Preview: Bradford (A) - 19th February 2012 at Odsal Stadium
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Bradford Bulls v Wigan Warriors - Stobart Super League XVII Round 3.
Sunday 19th February 2012. Kick Off 3:00pm at Odsal Stadium.

Match Preview

Remember the days when you used to travel to Odsal in fear? The days when they boasted a team line up including Robbie Paul, Leon Pryce, Lesley Vianikolo, Iestyn Harris, Jamie Peacock, Paul Deacon, Stuart Fielden, Joe Vagana etc.

That pack, and in particular Vianikolo, were unstoppable at times. Now look at their squad today and I'm struggle to pick out one player that I can say Wigan need to really worry about. Maybe that's naive of me, but from a team that used to have seven or eight danger players to have disintegrated into a team that has hardly any......well I find it very sad for the Bulls supporters. The turn of the last decade promised so much for that club but yet they are left with a grim ground, a grim team and grim prospects in the near future. I hope sincerely that the club gets the new ground it deserves!

Now that's not to say Bradford can't beat us. On their day they can cause problems, as they proved two years ago when they inflicted our only away defeat of the whole season, but looking at that squad I find it hard to see them doing anything over than scraping into the top 8 at best.

For Wigan, well we've seen two sides to them so far. A way off the pace performance against Huddersfield and an excellent hard working victory over Leeds. It's up to the lads now to prove at Odsal that last week's effort will be the norm. If they put in the hard work like that, the rest will just fall into place.

The kicking game needs to now become consistent. It was far better against Leeds. Still a lot of improvement in it, but it's a start!

Personally I've been very impressed with the pack effort in both games. I think its been very hard working and efficient. Lee Mossop has continued were he left off in 2011. Surely he has to be a shoe-in for the two match series England play against "The Exiles" in June and July? The return of Liam Farrell boosts our pack further also.

The biggest thing I want to look at this weekend is Jack Hughes at centre. He was very solid defensively against Leeds, didn't look out of place at all, but it was a very defensive game so we didn't really get much chance to see how he goes in attack. We should have plenty of attacking opportunities this weekend, so hopefully he can go well. He might have too because reports suggest Anthony Gelling had another excellent performance in the Under 20s victory at Bradford on Thursday and I see he has made the 19 for this one.

All in all, got to be honest, I expect a Wigan win here and with a good win. I think after two tough opponents to start with, we will begin hit our straps in attack. Wouldn't put Baby Josh past claiming another hat-trick but we shall see. I am the worlds worst predictor after all!

19 Man Squads

IN:l Liam Farrell, Anthony Gelling
OUT:l Greg Burke, Tom Spencer

Sam Tomkins, Josh Charnley, Darrell Goulding, Pat Richards, Brett Finch, Thomas Leuluai, Michael McIlorum, Lee Mossop, Harrison Hansen, Gareth Hock, Sean O'Loughlin, Jeff Lima, Liam Farrell, Chris Tuson, Epalahame Lauaki, Ben Flower, Anthony Gelling, Joe Mellor, Jack Hughes


Keith Lulia, Paul Sykes, Michael Platt


Adrian Purtell, Ian Sibbit, James Donaldson


Brett Kearney, Keith Lulia, Chev Walker, Elliott Kear, Ben Jeffries, Luke Gale, Nick Scruton, Heath L'Estrange, Craig Kopczak, Elliott Whitehead, Jamie Langley, Matt Diskin, Bryn Hargreaves, Tom Burgess, Jarrod Sammut, Jason Crookes, Paul Sykes, Michael Platt, Phil Joseph.

Match Referee

Steve Ganson (St Helens) - Age 42
First Pro Game: Barrow 21 Carlisle 20 - 27th August 1995
First Super League Game: Castleford 22 Paris 18 - 17th August 1996
First Wigan Game: Halifax 18 Wigan 46 - 18th May 1997

Wigan's Record when this referee is appointed

Wigan have Won 51 and Lost 22 (4 draws) from 77 appointments.
This Season: First Appointment

Video Referee

Not in use for this fixture

Current Super League XVII League Positions

  Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
5th Wigan Warriors 2 1 0 1 36 26 +10 2
10th Bradford Bulls 2 1 0 1 32 46 -14 2

Wigan v Bradford Player Stat Leaders

- Wigan Bradford League Leader
Top Try Scorer Josh Charnley 3

(5 Players) 1

Leroy Cudjoe 4
Top Goal Scorer Pat Richards 6

Luke Gale 6

Danny Brough 13
Top Points Scorer Josh Charnley 12

Luke Gale ??

Danny Brough 26??
Top Try Assister (6 Players) 1

(5 Players) 1

Chris Bridge 5
Top Metre Maker Sam Tomkins 284m

Craig Kopczak 204m

Luke George 387m
Top Ball Carrier Sam Tomkins 45

Craig Kopczak 30

James Roby 65
Top Tackle Buster Sam Tomkins 10

(2 Players) 4

(2 Players) 10
Top Clean Breaker (3 Players) 2

(2 Players) 2

(6 Players) 3
Top Offloader Gareth Hock 6

(2 Players) 3

Ali Lauitiiti 7
Top Attacking Kicker Brett Finch 8

Luke Gale 15

Rangi Chase 24
Top General Kicker Brett Finch 16

Luke Gale 31

Luke Gale 31
Top DH Runner Mike McIlorum 27

Heath L'Estrange 20

James Roby 59
Top Tackler Harrison Hansen 78

Ian Sibbit 78

(2 Players) 87
Top Marker Tackler Ben Flower 11

Ian Sibbit 13

Jon Wilkin 22
Worst Miss Tackler Hock/McIlorum 5

(4 Players) 4

(2 Players) 8
Most Errors Thomas Leuluai 3

Chev Walker 6

(5 Players) 6
Most Pens Conceded Lee Mossop 3

(2 Players) 3

Josh Hodgson 7

Super League Era Head to Head Record including Play Offs

Overall Played 43 Wigan 23 Wins Bradford 19 Wins 1 Draw
At Bradford Played 20 Wigan 7 Wins Bradford 13 Wins 0 Draws

Super League Era - Average Final Score

Overall Since 1996 Bradford Bulls 20 Wigan Warriors 24
At Bradford since 1996

Bradford Bulls 25 Wigan Warriors 21

Overall Last Five Years Bradford Bulls 18 Wigan Warriors 31
At Bradford Last Five Years Bradford Bulls 22 Wigan Warriors 26

Last Six Meetings at Odsal Stadium

Date Opposition Report
22nd May 2011 Bradford 22 Wigan 26 (Challenge Cup) Click Here
20th Feb 2011 Bradford Bulls 10 Wigan Warriors 44 Click Here
5th Mar 2010 Bradford Bulls 22 Wigan Warriors 20 Click Here
19th July 2009 Bradford Bulls 14 Wigan Warriors 20 Click Here
27th Apr 2008 Bradford Bulls 26 Wigan Warriors 12 Click Here
21st Sept 2007 Bradford 30 Wigan 31 (Play Offs) Click Here

Ticket Details

Stand ConAdultsiors Over 60s/Students Under 16s
Terrace £20 (£16 in Advance) £15 (£11 in Advance) £10 (£6 in Advance)

UK TV Coverage

Highlights Sunday 10:00pm
Highlights Monday 11:35pm -

Radio Commentary

102.4 Wish FM - Main Commentary game. On Air at 2:50pm with Mark Wilson at Odsal Stadium whilst Chris Price updates during the commentary on St Helens trip to Hull KR.

BBC Radio Manchester (95.1FM) - Main Commentary Match whilst also updating on Widnes v Salford.

Bilko's Statistical prediction.

The stats suggest a Wigan Win by 12 Points.

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