16th January 1996: Wigan 32 Bradford 18
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Wigan 32 Bradford Bulls 18 - Tuesday 16th January 1996
Venue: Central Park, Wigan
Competition: Stones Bitter Centenary Championship
Kick Off: 7:30pm

WiganlBacks:l

1. Gary Connolly, 2. Jason Robinson, 3. Va'aiga Tuigamala, 4. Kris Radlinski, 5. Martin Offiah, 6. Henry Paul, 7. Shaun Edwards

WiganlForwards:l 8. Neil Cowie, 9. Martin Hall, 10. Terry O'Connor, 11. Scott Quinnell, 12. Mick Cassidy, 13. Simon Haughton
WiganlInterchanges:l Martin Dermott (replaced Scott Quinnell - 31st Minute), Rob Smyth (replaced Gary Connolly - Half Time),
Scott Quinnell (returned to replace Terry O'Connor - 55th Minute), Andy Johnson (replaced Mick Cassidy - 69th Minute)

WiganlTries:l

Rob Smyth 2, Va'aiga Tuigamala, Martin Offiah, Neil Cowie, Henry Paul

WiganlGoals:l Henry Paul 4

BradfordlBacks:l

1. Nathan Graham, 2. Gerald Cordle, 3. Gary Christie, 4. Phil Hassan, 5. Paul Cook, 6. Neil Sumners, 7. Robbie Paul

BradfordlForwards:l 8. Andy Ireland, 9. Bernard Dwyer, 10. Karl Fairbank, 11. Jeremy Donougher, 12. Sonny Nicke, 13. Simon Knox
BradfordlInterchanges:l Brian McDermott (replaced Andy Ireland - 52nd Minute), Paul Medley (replaced Karl Fairbank - 52nd Minute),
Phil Hellewell (replaced Sonny Nickle - 64th Minute)

BradfordlTries:l

Robbie Paul, Gary Christie, Paul Cook
BradfordlGoals:l Paul Cook 3
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Summary:l

Wigan knew victory in this midweek re-arranged game against Bradford would see their seventh successive league title added to the Regal Trophy won on the Saturday. The still would have more opportunities with defeat but set about sealing it at the first attempt with Inga Tuigamala opening the scoring after seven minutes. Bradford equalised with a good chip over the top being re-collected by Simon Knox who sent Robbie Paul over for 6-6 but Wigan found further tries with Rob Smyth and Martin Offiah both being sent in from passes by Inga. Bradford cut the lead down to 18-12 soon after the break with a try but a second try from Rob Smyth and one for Neil Cowie had Wigan back in control by the hour mark. Henry Paul scored a fine individual effort to wrap up the win and the title with two games to spare.

Half Time:l

Wigan 18 Bradford 6
Attendance:l

11,385

Referee:l

Colin Morris (Huddersfield)

Television:l

Delayed Highlights on Sky Sports

Top of the Stones Bitter Championship - After This Match
1st Place:l Wigan - Played - 18 - Won - 16 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 2 - Points: - 32
2nd Place:l Leeds - Played - 19 - Won - 14 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 5 - Points: - 28
3rd Place:l Halifax - Played - 19 - Won - 11 - Drawn - 1 - Lost - 7 - Points: - 23
4th Place:l St Helens - Played - 18 - Won - 11 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 7 - Points: - 22
5th Place:l Sheffield - Played - 18 - Won - 10 - Drawn - 0 - Lost - 8 - Points: - 20