9th April 1995: Wigan 60 Bradford 34
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Wigan 60 Bradford Northern 34 - Sunday 9th April 1995
Venue: Central Park, Wigan
Competition: Stones Bitter Championship
Kick Off: 7:05pm

WiganlBacks:l

1. Henry Paul, 2. Barrie-Jon Mather, 3. Va'aiga Tuigamala, 4. Gary Connolly, 5. Martin Offiah, 6. Frano Botica, 7. Shaun Edwards

WiganlForwards:l 8. Terry O'Connor, 9. Martin Hall, 10. Neil Cowie, 11. Denis Betts, 12. Mick Cassidy, 13. Phil Clarke
WiganlSubslUsed:l

14. Paul Atcheson (replaced Va'aiga Tuigamala - Half Time), 15. Andy Farrell (replaced Mick Cassidy - 30th Minute)


WiganlTries:l

Martin Hall 3, Phil Clarke 2, Barrie-Jon Mather 2, Gary Connolly, Va'aiga Tuigamala, Paul Atcheson, Denis Betts

WiganlGoals:l Frano Botica 8

BradfordlBacks:l

1. Robbie Paul, 2. Roger Simpson, 3. Carl Hall, 4. Paul Newlove, 5. Gary Christie, 6. Neil Summers, 7. Deryck Fox

BradfordlForwards:l

8. Roy Powell, 9. Trevor Clark, 10. Jon Hamer, 11. Eugene Bourneville, 12. Paul Dixon, 13. Paul Medley

BradfordlSubslUsed:l 14. Phil Hepworth (replaced Eugene Bourneville - 25th Minute), 15. Jason Clegg (replaced Jon Hamer - Half Time)

BradfordlTries:l

Gary Christie 3, Roy Powell, Paul Medley, Roger Simpson
BradfordlGoals:l Deryck Fox 5
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Summary:l

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.

HalflTime:l

Wigan 38 Bradford 6

Attendance:l

14,078

Referee:l

Dave Campbell (Widnes)

Television:l

Live Coverage on Sky Sports

Top of the Stones Bitter Championship - After This Match
1st Place:l Wigan - Played - 27 - Won - 25 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 2 - Points: - 50
2nd Place:l Leeds - Played - 27 - Won - 22 - Drawn - 1 - Lost - 4 - Points: - 45
3rd Place:l St Helens - Played - 27 - Won - 18 - Drawn - 1 - Lost - 8 - Points: - 37
4th Place:l Halifax - Played - 27 - Won - 17 - Drawn - 2 - Lost - 8 - Points: - 36
5th Place:l Warrington - Played - 27 - Won - 17 - Drawn - 2 - Lost - 8 - Points: - 36