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

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Saturday 14th September 2002
Bradford Bulls 32 Wigan Warriors 14
Valley Parade, Bradford
Tetley's Super League 7 - Round 27 of 28

Kick Off: 6:05pm

 

- Wigan       - Bradford    
1 Kris Radlinski  T2      6 Michael Withers  T2   
5 Brian Carney       2 Tevita Vaikona    
4 Gary Connolly       20 Scott Naylor    
14 David Hodgson       15 Brandon Costin    
3 Jamie Ainscough       5 Lesley Vainikolo  T   
6 Julian O'Neill    G3    1 Robbie Paul    
7 Adrian Lam       7 Paul Deacon    G8 
8 Terry O'Connor       8 Joe Vagana    
9 Terry Newton       9 James Lowes    
10 Craig Smith       29 Stuart Fielden  T   
11 Mick Cassidy       11 Daniel Gartner    
26 Danny Tickle       12 Jamie Peacock    
13 Andy Farrell       13 Mike Forshaw    
Interchange:
17 Harvey Howard       3 Leon Pryce    
18 Mark Smith       10 Paul Anderson    
22 Sean O'Loughlin       14 Lee Gilmour    
24 Danny Sculthorpe       22 Brian McDermott    

Report: 

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."

Half Time:  Bradford 24 Wigan 14
Referee: 

Steve Ganson (St Helens)

Attendance: 

12,576

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

Tetley's Super League 7 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
3rd:l

Wigan

- 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

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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

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