Bulls v Wigan Warriors - Tetley's Super League VII Round
September 2002. Kick Off 6:05pm at Valley Parade.
Report by Rebecca Smith
For the third time this season, Wigan were unable to cope with
the power of the Bradford forwards and succumbed to a 32-14 loss.
loss now means that we can't finish anything but 3rd in the table and also turns
next week's clash with Leeds into nothing but an exhibition match for us.
I personally will be so glad to see the back of Valley Parade. Not only
because we've never won there but also because that pitch is disgraceful. It's
far too small. You only had to look at the metre markings on the side of the
pitch. The ten metre line was marked, then the twenty metre line but the thirty
metre line was nowhere to be seen. The markings jump from twenty metres to
fourty metres when it clearly isn't a twenty metre gap.
Raper agrees. He said: "It makes it difficult when you go from our size of pitch
to a postage stamp"
Wigan did not make the best of starts in this game.
Poor discipline allowed Paul Deacon to give the Bulls an early four point lead
through penalties after referee Steve Ganson decided to clamp down on
interference at the play-the-ball.
But, Julian O'Neill hit back with a
penalty for Wigan, then the Warriors scored the first try of the game through
Kris Radlinski. Rads found a gap in the Bulls defence and went in to the left of
the posts. That try was an historic moment for Kris has he became the first
player to score a century of Super League tries. Julian O'Neill converted and
the Warriors had a 8-4 lead after 16 minutes.
But that lead didn't last
long. The Bulls hit back three minutes later through Michael Withers under the
sticks. He scored from a great pass by Daniel Gartner after Deacon's grubber
kick had rebounded kindly off a Wigan defender. Deacon converted and Bradford
regained the lead, 10-8.
Five minutes later Paul Deacon added yet
another two points following a penalty then on 28 minutes the Bulls got yet more
fortune. A high bomb from Robbie Paul looked to be going out over the dead ball
line but it didn't. Instead it went into the grateful arms of Stuart Fielden who
simply plonked it down for an easy score. Deacon again converted but Bulls lead
was now stretched to 18-8.
Moments later, Wigan came back with Radlinski
scoring another try. He benefited from a superb delayed pass from Adrian Lam and
used his attacking flair to score in exactly the same position as his first try.
O'Neill converted and the score was now 18-14 to Bradford.
Then, for me,
came the killer blow. Right on half time, three Warriors players just couldn't
hold Lesley Vainikolo and he touched down for a converted try in the corner to
give the Bulls an 24-14 half time lead.
At the start of the second half
the Warriors knew they had to score first but they didn't. On 47 minutes,
Michael Withers went over for a very soft second try in the corner. It was awful
defence from Wigan but it wasn't converted. 28-14 Bulls.
Wigan huffed and puffed but poor handling skills and lack of power meant they
just couldn't score and two more late penalties sealed the victory for Bradford
and ended the Warriors hopes of a top two finish.
After the game Stuart
Raper revealed that winger Jamie Ainscough had been taken to hospital with a
suspected broken arm. He also said: "We played some dumb footie. We didn't lack
desire but they were in our faces and didn't allow us to play football."
Bradford Bulls 32
Wigan Warriors 14
2 Stuart Fielden Lesley Vainikolo
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