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30th September 2001: Bradford 24 Wigan 18
Posted by Bilko on January 27 2016 - 22:24

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Sunday 30th September 2001
Bradford Bulls 24 Wigan Warriors 18
Valley Parade, Bradford
Tetley's Super League 6 Qualifying Play off

Kick Off 6:35pm


- Wigan       - Bradford    
1 Kris Radlinski  T      5 Michael Withers    
5 Brian Carney       2 Tevita Vaikona    
4 Gary Connolly       20 Scott Naylor    
3 Steve Renouf  T      23 Graham Mackay    
15 Paul Johnson       3 Leon Pryce    
6 Matthew Johns       6 Henry Paul    G8 
7 Adrian Lam       1 Robbie Paul  T2   
8 Terry O'Connor       8 Joe Vagana    
9 Terry Newton       9 James Lowes    
20 Harvey Howard       22 Brian McDermott    
11 Mick Cassidy       11 Daniel Gartner    
14 Dave Furner       19 Jamie Peacock    
13 Andy Farrell    G3    12 Mike Forshaw    
10 Neil Cowie       7 Paul Deacon    
12 Denis Betts       10 Paul Anderson    
19 Chris Chester       15 Shane Rigon    
23 David Hodgson  T      29 Stuart Fielden    


Bradford booked their place in Super League's Grand Final after a ferocious encounter against Wigan at Valley Parade on Sunday.

In a furiously-paced match, all of Bradford's points were scored by the brothers Paul.

Robbie scored two tries and Henry kicked eight goals to leave Wigan frustrated at the end of a superb encounter.

Wigan started the game poorly as the Bulls quickly racked up a 10-0 lead.

But an intercepted pass allowed Steve Renouf to throw Wigan a lifeline and when Kris Radlinski dived over, the Warriors were back in the match.

A third from David Hodgson after the break should have been enough for the visitors to draw level.

But poor discipline allowed Henry Paul to show his class with the boot and propel the Bulls into the Old Trafford final.

Henry Paul put his side ahead after only four minutes with a penalty, and went on to kick four from five attempts by half-time - but it was his younger brother who dominated the half.

The lightning-quick scrum-half made the visitors pay for a handling error from Wigan prop Harvey Howard by diving over for his first try on 11 minutes.

Henry extended the lead to 10-0 and his only miss at goal was with an ambitious attempt from half-way.

Bradford were then unlucky to have a try disallowed when Michael Withers beat Kris Radlinski to James Lowes' grubber kick.

The video referee ruled that Withers did not have control of the ball.

Wigan were penned inside their own half for most of the period, but pulled a try back on 25 minutes when Robbie Paul misjudged a pass and Steve Renouf intercepted and touched down.

Paul made amends six minutes later when a powerful burst from centre Scott Naylor took the Bulls back to where they spent most of the half and the skipper nipped in for his second try.

At that stage, Wigan would probably have settled for a 16-6 deficit going into the break.

But they claimed a much-needed bonus when Radlinski made amends for a number of uncharacteristic lapses by charging in for his 30th try of the season.

That cut the gap to just six and it would have been less had Farrell not missed with two awkward shots at goal.

As the weather deteriorated, so did both teams' handling and Wigan did not help their cause by losing their composure.

Paul made the Warriors pay for lapses in discipline with three further penalty goals to stretch the Bulls' lead to 22-10 by the 53rd minute.

Farrell pulled two points back with a penalty of his own and hooker Terry Newton twice went close to claiming tries as Wigan tried to get back into contention.

He clearly grounded the ball short of the line on one occasion and then failed to ground it properly after bundling Withers aside from dummy half.

Farrell then broke clear to send substitute winger Hodgson sliding over at the corner.

His touchline conversion brought Wigan tantalisingly close, but Bradford held on for the win.

Wigan must now beat reigning champions St Helens in next Saturday's final eliminator at the JJB Stadium to set up a rematch at Old Trafford.

Half Time:  Bradford 16 Wigan 10



Russell Smith (Castleford)


2001 Super League Play Offs Week 2

Friday 28th September 2001
Eliminator: Hull FC 20 St Helens 24

Sunday 30th September 2001
Qualifier: Bradford Bulls 24 Wigan Warriors 18

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