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29th June 2001: Wigan 44 Bradford 30
Posted by Bilko on January 26 2016 - 16:59

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Wigan Warriors v Bradford Bulls - Tetley's Super League VI Round 17
Friday 29th June 2001. Kick Off 8:00pm at JJB Stadium

Match Report

We are on a roll now, and lets hope it doesn't stop what a weekend only us won in the top five. Even Huddersfield have got more points in the last two weeks than Saints. Here is the report on Friday Nights Top win for the boys.

A hat-trick from Kris Radlinski helped Wigan to a hard-fought 44-30 win over Bradford as The Warriors moved within two points of The Bulls.
The Wigan full-back was at his inspirational best throughout while captain Andy Farrell had a fault-less night with the boot as he landed eight goals from eight attempts.

The Warriors got off to the best possible start as with only two minutes on the clock Paul Johnson burst through the Bradford defensive line - he off-loaded to Terry Newton who in turn found Radlinski and he made sure it was a six point score by going under the posts.

Controversially though the Bulls hit-back as referee Russell Smith wrongly gave Bradford a scrum for an alleged Brett Dallas knock-on and from the set-piece Michael Withers out-paced the home defence - Henry Paul, who also didn't miss with the boot all night, added the extras.

A Farrell penalty then gave Wigan the lead before a ten minute period during which defences were on top and mistakes were plentiful. Wigan looked the more likely to trouble the scorers, as proved to be the case on 23 minutes when Adrian Lam found Brian Carney out wide and he easily out-paced Tevita Vaikona before touching down and Farrell booted the conversion from out-wide.

Bradford seemed to lose their composure and three minutes before the interval Wigan looked to have put the game beyond the visitors when Newton's neat ball out of the back door found Radlinski who went over. However, Bradford are not top of Super League for no reason and right on the half-time hooter Henry Paul found Paul Anderson six yards from the Wigan line and the 20 stone pack ace bull-dozed his way over. Henry Paul's successful conversion ensured a 20-12 half-time score-line.

Wigan nerves were though settled immediately after the restart as they soon reasserted their advantage as the Bradford defence hung off the Wigan players as the ball was worked along the line and Steve Renouf powered his way over almost unopposed.

That seemed to knock the wind out of the Bradford sails and shortly after, the game looked to be over once again as Harvey Howard's driving run created enough space for Radlinski to run into - he collect the ball from the former Brisbane ace and ran clear to claim his hat-trick.

The Bulls though hit-back as a loose pass during a Wigan attack was picked up by Vaikona and he was never going to be caught by a wrong-footed Warriors defensive line.

That, combined with Henry Paul's conversion, reduced the arrears to 32-18 and Bradford fought their way back to within striking distance moments later, but in controversial circumstances. Brian McDermott plundered his way towards the Wigan line, only to apparently be held up over it before touching down with what looked a distinct second movement.

However, the video referee said the tackle had never been completed and awarded the four points which soon became six.

The two sides then exchanged converted tries as first Wigan touched down through David Furner and then The Bulls with Withers to leave the score delicately poised at 38-30 until right on the hooter when Lam, Chris Chester and Furner all combined the create a try for Denis Betts. Fittingly, Farrell booted the extras to make it 44-30.

After the bruising encounter, man-of-the-match Radlinski refused to take the plaudits as instead he chose to laud praise on his team-mates. "All the lads were fantastic," he said. "We have a group of guys who will do anything for each other - these guys would die for you."

Coach Stuart Raper was equally as delighted as his side completed back-to-back wins over two of Super League's main challengers, St Helens and now Bradford.

"I am pretty happy, and I am proud of the guys," he said. "We have had a tough couple of weeks - we didn't play to our potential, but it didn't matter, we got the two points."

Bradford super Brian Noble was clearly unhappy following the final whistle - putting the defeat down to his side's early errors.
"We gave ourselves a mountain to climb and were forever playing catch-up," he said.

Team Sheets

- Wigan Position Bradford -
1 Kris Radlinski Full Back Michael Withers 5
2 Brett Dallas Winger Tevita Vaikona 2
3 Steve Renouf Centre Graham Mackay 23
15 Paul Johnson Centre Lee Gilmour 14
5 Brian Carney Winger Leon Pryce 3
6 Matthew Johns Stand Off Henry Paul 6
7 Adrian Lam Scrum Half Robbie Paul 1
10 Neil Cowie Prop Joe Vagana 8
9 Terry Newton Hooker James Lowes 9
20 Harvey Howard Prop Brian McDermott 22
11 Mick Cassidy 2nd Row Daniel Gartner 11
` Dave Furner 2nd Row Jamie Peacock 19
13 Andy Farrell L.Forward Shane Rigon 15
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12 Denis Betts Substitute Paul Deacon 7
17 Francis Stephenson Substitute Paul Anderson 10
19 Chris Chester Substitute Lee Radford 18
23 David Hodgson Substitute Stuart Fielden 29
- Stuart Raper Coach Brian Noble -

Score Sheet

Wigan Warriors 44 --- Bradford Bulls 30
Tries:
Kris Radlinski 3
Brian Carney
Steve Renouf
David Furner
Denis Betts
--- Tries:
Michael Withers 2
Paul Anderson
Tevita Viakona
Brian McDermott
Goals:
Andy Farrell 8
--- Goals:
Danny Tickle 3

Scoring and Incident Pattern

01mins:27 Wigan 04 Bradford 00 Try: Kris Radlinski
- Wigan 06 Bradford 00 Conversion: Andy Farrell
06mins:16 Wigan 06 Bradford 04 Try: Michael Withers
- Wigan 06 Bradford 06 Conversion: Henry Paul
11mins:33 Wigan 08 Bradford 06 Penalty Goal: Andy Farrell
22mins:37 Wigan 12 Bradford 06 Try: Brian Carney
- Wigan 14 Bradford 06 Conversion: Andy Farrell
36mins:01 Wigan 18 Bradford 06 Try: Kris Radlinski (2)
- Wigan 20 Bradford 06 Conversion: Andy Farrell
39mins:49 Wigan 20 Bradford 10 Try: Paul Anderson
- Wigan 20 Bradford 12 Conversion: Henry Paul
Half Time Wigan Warriors 20 Bradford Bulls 12
41mins:25 Wigan 24 Bradford 12 Try: Steve Renouf
- Wigan 26 Bradford 12 Conversion: Andy Farrell
53mins:27 Wigan 30 Bradford 12 Try: Kris Radlinski (Hatrick)
- Wigan 32 Bradford 12 Conversion: Andy Farrell
56mins:21 Wigan 32 Bradford 16 Try: Tevita Viakona
- Wigan 32 Bradford 18 Conversion: Henry Paul
60mins:18 Wigan 32 Bradford 22 Try: Brian McDermott
- Wigan 32 Bradford 24 Conversion: Henry Paul
66mins:05 Wigan 36 Bradford 24 Try: Dave Furner
- Wigan 38 Bradford 24 Conversion: Andy Farrell
72mins:45 Wigan 38 Bradford 28 Try: Michael Withers (2)
- Wigan 38 Bradford 30 Conversion: Henry Paul
78mins:15 Wigan 42 Bradford 30 Try: Denis Betts
- Wigan 44 Bradford 30 Conversion: Andy Farrell
Full Time Wigan Warriors 44 Bradford Bulls 30

Video Highlights

Referee

Russell Smith (Castleford)

Match Attendance

14,886

Television

Live Coverage on Sky Sports 3

Table after this Round

1st:l Bradford - Played - 17 - Won - 13 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 3 - Points: - 27
2nd:l

Wigan

- Played - 17 - Won - 12 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 4 - Points: - 25
3rd:l Hull FC - Played - 17 - Won - 11 - Drawn - 2 ` Lost - 4 - Points: - 24
4th:l St Helens - Played - 17 - Won - 11 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 5 - Points: - 23
5th:l Leeds - Played - 17 - Won - 10 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 6 - Points: - 21

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6th:l Castleford - Played - 17 - Won - 8 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 8 - Points: - 17
7th:l Warrington - Played - 17 - Won - 7 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 9 - Points: - 15
8th:l London - Played - 17 - Won - 7 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 9 - Points: - 15
9th:l Salford - Played - 17 - Won - 7 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 10 - Points: - 14
10th:l Halifax - Played - 17 - Won - 5 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 12 - Points: - 10
11th:l Wakefield - Played - 17 - Won - 5 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 12 - Points: - 10
12th:l Huddersfield - Played - 17 - Won - 1 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 15 - Points: - 3

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Top 5 Qualified for Play Offs

Super League 6 - Round 17 Results

Fri 29th June - Castleford Tigers 28 Leeds Rhinos 26 - 10,625
Fri 29th June - Wigan Warriors 44 Bradford Bulls 30 - 14,886
Sat 30th June - Hull FC 34 St Helens 28 - 6,538
Sun 1st July - London Broncos 14 Salford City Reds 37 - 2,941
Sun 1st July - Wakefield Wildcats 22 Huddersfield Giants 38 - 2,837
Sun 1st July - Warrington Wolves 34 Halifax Blue Sox 22 - 5,628
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