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14th September 2002: Bradford 32 Wigan 14
Posted by Bilko on January 29 2016 - 16:05

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Bradford Bulls v Wigan Warriors - Tetley's Super League VII Round 27.
Saturday 14th September 2002. Kick Off 6:05pm at Valley Parade.

CherryandWhite.co.uk Match 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.

The 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.

Coach Stuart 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.

After that 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."

Team Sheets

Bradford - Wigan
Pos No.
6 Michael Withers Full Back 1 Kris Radlinski
2 Tevita Viakona Wing 5 Brian Carney
20 Scott Naylor Centre 4 Gary Connolly
15 Brandon Costin Centre 14 David Hodgson
5 Lesley Vianikolo Wing 3 Jamie Ainscough
1 Robbie Paul Stand Off 6 Julian O'Neill
7 Paul Deacon Scrum Half 7 Adrian Lam
8 Joe Vagana Prop
Terry O'Connor
9 James Lowes Hooker 9 Terry Newton
29 Stuart Fielden Prop 10 Craig Smith
11 Daniel Gartner 2nd Row 11 Mick Cassidy
12 Jamie Peacock 2nd Row 26 Danny Tickle
13 Mike Forshaw L.Forward 13 Andrew Farrell
3 Leon Pryce Sub 17 Harvey Howard
10 Paul Anderson Sub 18 Mark Smith
14 Lee Gilmour Sub 22 Sean O'Loughlin
22 Brian McDermott Sub 24 Danny Sculthorpe

Score Sheet

Bradford Bulls 32 --- Wigan Warriors 14
Michael Withers 2
Stuart Fielden
Lesley Vainikolo
--- Tries:
Kris Radlinski 2
Paul Deacon 8
--- Goals:
Julian O'Neill 3

Half Time

Bradford 24 Wigan 14


Steve Ganson (St Helens)

Match Attendance


CherryandWhite.co.uk Man of the Match

Kris Radlinski


Table after this Round

1st:l St Helens - Played - 27 - Won - 22 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 5 - Points: - 44
2nd:l Bradford - Played - 27 - Won - 22 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 5 - Points: - 44


- Played - 27 - Won - 19 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 7 - Points: - 39
4th:l Leeds - Played - 27 - Won - 16 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 11 - Points: - 32
5th:l Hull FC - Played - 27 - Won - 16 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 11 - Points: - 32
6th:l Castleford - Played - 27 - Won - 13 - Drawn - 2 ` Lost - 12 - Points: - 28


7th:l London - Played - 27 - Won - 13 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 13 - Points: - 27
8th:l Widnes - Played - 27 - Won - 13 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 13 - Points: - 27
9th:l Halifax - Played - 27 - Won - 8 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 19 - Points: - 16
10th:l Warrington - Played - 27 - Won - 7 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 20 - Points: - 14
11th:l Salford - Played - 27 - Won - 5 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 21 - Points: - 11
12th:l Wakefield - Played - 27 - Won - 4 - Drawn - 2 ` Lost - 21 - Points: - 10


Top 6 Qualified for Play Offs

Super League 7 - Round 27 Results

Fri 13th Sept - Leeds Rhinos 28 London Broncos 26 - 10,038
Fri 13th Sept - St Helens 64 Hull FC 10 - 10,155
Fri 13th Sept - Warrington Wolves 2 Salford City Reds 22 - 5,684
Sat 14th Sept - Bradford Bulls 32 Wigan Warriors 14 - 12,576
Sun 15th Sept - Castleford Tigers 32 Widnes Vikings 20 - 7,679
Sun 15th Sept - Halifax Blue Sox 28 Wakefield Wildcats 20 - 4,212
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