Match Reports: Bradford 26 Wigan 12
Posted by Bilko on April 27 2008 - 18:03
Well I didn't go today so I can't offer a report. It sounded woeful on the radio and they were deservedly beaten.
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Bradford Bulls v Wigan Warriors. Engage Super League 13 Round 12.
Sunday 27th April 2008. Kick Off 3:00pm at Odsal Stadium.

Match Report from Sportinglife.com

Bradford survived a tense finish to deny Wigan second place in the engage Super League.

The Bulls had seemed set for a convincing victory after blitzing their Grattan Stadium visitors with early tries from Semi Tadulala, Shontayne Hape and Ben Jeffries.

Wigan responded through Pat Richards and Phil Bailey in the second half but the Bulls just had enough and James Evans settled the win in the last minute.

Wigan famously overturned a 30-6 deficit to win a play-off classic on their last visit to Odsal and it looked like a similar comeback might be required after the Bulls hit the ground running.

Warriors talisman Trent Barrett, whose future at the club has been the subject of speculation this week, began the game on the bench to ease his return after minor knee surgery.

But the architect of last September's stunning fightback was soon required as the Bulls powered over for three tries in the opening 15 minutes.

Tadulala claimed the first when Glenn Morrison put him over in the corner after six minutes and Hape doubled the advantage with a storming run from a David Solomona pass.

Terry Newton then created the third when his heavy-looking kick bounced kindly behind the posts to sit up nicely for Jeffries to pounce.

Fit-again scrum-half Paul Deacon, restored as kicker despite Iestyn Harris landing a club record 15 goals in last week's 98-6 Challenge Cup rout of Toulouse, converted one and added a later penalty.

Wigan struggled to gain momentum with one promising move ending as Darrell Goulding tossed the ball into touch and another when Evans got back to beat Richards to a Barrett kick.

A powerful Iafeta Palea'aesina break also came to nothing and all Wigan had to show for their first-half efforts was a Richards penalty in added-on time.

The Bulls again looked the dominant force at the start of the second half with Harris going close and further pressure almost creating a chance for Evans.

But Wigan's defence proved tougher than earlier and held firm before Richards offered the visitors hope by sneaking a try in the corner just after the hour.

Deacon edged the Bulls further in front with another penalty but Wigan set up a tense finish with a controversial second try.

Mick Higham powered forward after the Bulls had thought Gareth Hock had knocked on and then there seemed a suspicion of a forward pass before Bailey touched down.

Richards converted to cut the deficit to 18-12 but Deacon eased a sense of growing tension with another goal of his own.

Evans then made sure of the victory in the final minute with a try out wide after a break down the right and Deacon converted.

Team Sheets

- Bradford Position Wigan -
2 Dave Halley Full Back Richard Mathers 1
3 James Evans Winger Liam Colbon 14
24 Paul Sykes Centre Darrell Goulding 3
4 Shontayne Hape Centre George Carmont 4
25 Semi Tadulala Winger Pat Richards 5
22 Ben Jeffries Stand Off Sean O'Loughlin 13
7 Paul Deacon Scrum Half Thomas Leuluai 7
10 Andy Lynch Prop Stuart Fielden 8
9 Terry Newton Hooker Mick Higham 9
16 Sam Burgess Prop Andy Coley 15
11 David Solomona 2nd Row Harrison Hansen 16
13 Jamie Langley 2nd Row Phil Bailey 12
12 Glenn Morrison L.Forward Joel Tomkins 22
- - - - -
6 Iestyn Harris Substitute Trent Barrett 6
18 Craig Kopczak Substitute Iafeta Paleaaesina 10
19 Simon Finnigan Substitute Gareth Hock 11
23 Chris Nero Substitute Eamon O'Carroll 24

Score Sheet

Bradford Bulls 28 - Wigan Warriors 12
Tries (4):
Semi Tadulala
Shontayne Hape
Ben Jeffries
James Evans
- Tries (2):
Pat Richards
Phil Bailey
Goals:
Paul Deacon 6/8
- Goals:
Pat Richards 2/3

Scoring and Incident Pattern

7th Minute Bradford 04 Wigan 00 Try: Semi Tadulala
- Bradford 04 Wigan 00 P.Deacon Missed Conversion (0/1)
12th Minute Bradford 08 Wigan 00 Try: Shontayne Hape
- Bradford 00 Wigan 00 P.Deacon Missed Conversion (0/2)
16th Minute Bradford 12 Wigan 00 Try: Ben Jeffries
- Bradford 14 Wigan 00 Conversion: Paul Deacon (1/3)
40th Minute Bradford 16 Wigan 00 Penalty Goal: Paul Deacon (2/4)
40th Minute Bradford 16 Wigan 02 Penalty Goal: Pat Richards (1/1)
Half Time Bradford Bulls 16 Wigan Warriors 02
63rd Minute Bradford 16 Wigan 06 Try: Pat Richards
- Bradford 16 Wigan 06 P.Richards Missed Conversion (1/2)
71st Minute Bradford 18 Wigan 06 Penalty Goal: Paul Deacon (3/5)
74th Minute Bradford 18 Wigan 10 Try: Phil Bailey
- Bradford 18 Wigan 12 Conversion: Pat Richards (2/3)
76th Minute Bradford 20 Wigan 12 Penalty Goal: Paul Deacon (4/6)
79th Minute Bradford 24 Wigan 12 Try: James Evans
- Bradford 26 Wigan 12 Conversion: Paul Deacon (5/7)
Full Time Bradford Bulls 26 Wigan Warriors 12

Referee

Ben Thaler

Penalties Conceded

Bradford 5 Wigan 13

Goal Line Drop Outs Forced

Bradford 1 Wigan 4

Match Attendance

11,894

Match Weather

Miserable.

League Table at Conclusion of Super League 13 Round 12

- Team P W D L F A Diff Pts
1 Leeds Rhinos 12 10 0 2 362 138 +224 20
2 Catalans Dragons 12 7 1 4 271 280 -9 15
3 St Helens 12 7 0 5 342 261 +81 14
4 Bradford Bulls 12 7 0 5 287 228 +59 14
5 Wigan Warriors 12 7 0 5 251 257 -6 14
6 Warrington Wolves 12 6 0 6 269 270 -1 12
7 Wakefield Wildcats 12 6 0 6 222 264 -42 12
8 Harlequins 12 6 0 6 253 295 -42 12
9 Hull Kingston Rovers 12 5 1 6 233 258 -25 11
10 Hull FC 12 4 1 7 215 269 -54 9
11 Huddersfield Giants 12 3 1 8 251 278 -27 7
12 Castleford Tigers 12 2 0 10 223 381 -158 4

Round 12 Results
Fri 25 Apr Warrington Wolves 22 St Helens 30 13,024
Fri 25 Apr Hull Kingston Rovers 22 Leeds Rhinos 36 9,391
Fri 25 Apr Wakefield Wildcats 24 Harlequins 20 5,016
Sat 26 Apr Catalan Dragons 38 Castleford Tigers 30 8,745
Sun 27 Apr Bradford Bulls 26 Wigan Warriors 12 11,894
Sun 27 Apr Hull FC 28 Huddersfield Giants 20 12,420