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2nd May 2003: Wigan 8 Bradford 14
Posted by Bilko on January 31 2016 - 14:07

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Friday 2nd May 2003
Wigan Warriors 8 Bradford Bulls 14
JJB Stadium, Wigan
Tetley's Super League 8 - Round 8 of 28

Kick Off: 8:00pm

 

- Wigan       - Bradford    
1 Kris Radlinski       1 Robbie Paul    
5 Brian Carney       2 Tevita Viakona    
18 Martin Aspinwall       20 Scott Naylor    
14 David Hodgson       4 Shontayne Hape    
3 Jamie Ainscough  T      5 Lesley Vianikolo  T   
15 Sean O'Loughlin       3 Leon Pryce  T2   
7 Adrian Lam       7 Paul Deacon    G 
8 Terry O'Connor       8 Joe Vagana    
17 Mark Smith       9 James Lowes    
10 Craig Smith       11 Daniel Gartner    
4 Paul Johnson       18 Lee Radford    
12 Danny Tickle    G2    12 Jamie Peacock    
28 Nick Graham       13 Mike Forshaw    
Interchange:
16 Danny Sculthorpe       10 Paul Anderson    
22 Shaun Briscoe       14 Lee Gilmour    
23 Gareth Hock       27 Rob Parker    
25 Kevin Brown       30 Richard Moore    

Report: 

Wigan cruelly denied victory by Bradford

Adrian Lam's missed drop goal proved costly as Wigan lost this one despite a brave effort against the Challenge Cup Winners.

Leon Pryce's 78th minute try won the game for the Bulls but the young Wigan side can hold their heads up high because the referee was certainly a 14th man for the Bulls.

Kris Radlinski, Jamie Ainscough and David Hodgson all returned for this game and new loan signing Nick Graham made his debut at loose forward but Andy Farrell, Brett Dallas, Terry Newton, Mick Cassidy, Stephen Wild, Ricky Bibey and Luke Robinson were all still missing.

Hodgson and Ainscough made an immediate impact combining together with Paul Johnson to score a superb 80 metre try down the wing after just thirty seconds. Despite Danny Tickle's failed conversion it was a perfect start.

After that it was a strange first half. With so much quality on the field, try scoring opportunities were few and far between and it was a real defensive battle. Wigan had been heavily criticised and rightly so for poor defence earlier in the season but they've certainly held their own in the last two matches.

The rainy conditions made it difficult for Bradford to put their game together. Ball retention was almost impossible. The Bulls forwards made plenty of yards but they never looked like scoring. New signing Graham was excellent in defence, but to be fair so was the whole Warriors team.

Wigan added to their lead on 27 minutes. Tickle kicked the penalty to make the score 6-0.

That was the end of the scoring in the first half. The match was as tight as the 6-0 scoreline suggested.

Two minutes after the break Tickle made the score 8-0 with another penalty goal after the Bulls former Warrior Lee Gilmour was penalised for obstruction.

But Bradford soon punished two early second half errors when Leon Pryce scored on 46 minutes. He took Paul Deacon's long pass beating Hodgson to score in the right corner. The normally immaculate Deacon didn't convert so we still led 8-4.

Soon after Deacon tried a penalty kick from 40 yards but missed again, this time hitting the post.

Like the first half both sides handling was suspect in the rain but the one piece of brilliance on the night set up a try for Lesley Vainikolo as Paul Deacon palmed the ball to give the big wingman an unopposed run in. Deacon again failed to convert but Bradford had tied the match up at 8 all after 62 minutes.

Ian Smith called upon video ref David Campbell after James Lowes touched down in the corner but the try was ruled out after he judged that Shontayne Hape had knocked on

The Bulls were now piling on the pressure. They forced several drop outs but Wigan were defending pretty solidly. The visitors were also being helped by referee Ian Smith who awarded them a number of controversial penalties.

Both sides pressed to win the game but it seems Bradford were thinking try whilst we were thinking drop goal.

On 73 minutes Tickle tried an ambitious 50 metre penalty attempt but it just fell short in front of the posts. Sean O'Loughlin and Adrian Lam both attempted drop goals but they were woeful. Lam definetly should have scored his. He had all the time in the world but somehow scuffed it along the floor. In my opinion that miss cost us the game.

It was soon punished. With just two minutes to go James Lowes chipped over rather than going for the drop goal and Leon Pryce came from nowhere to snatch the ball ahead of Radlinski to score under the posts. Deacon converted making the score 8-14 to the visitors.

Wigan won the ball back from the short kick off but for some reason kicked on the first tackle despite a minute being left on the clock. The kick came to nothing and Bradford won. Cruel loss but we could and should have won. Still compared to performances earlier in the season, the last three suggest bright things are ahead. I said before the season began we'll be competing with the top sides at play off time. Well we are competing with them already and will only get better as the year rolls on.

After the game coach Stuart Raper said: "It was a game of two halves. We didn't help ourselves in the second half. We dropped too much ball in our own half and they took advantage."

Score Times: 
Wigan Warriors 8 --- Bradford Bulls 14

Try:
Jamie Ainscough (1)

---

Tries:
Leon Pryce 2 (46, 77)
Lesley Vianikolo (62)

Goals:
Danny Tickle 2

--- Goals:
Paul Deacon 1
Half Time:  Wigan 6 Bradford 0
Referee: 

Ian Smith (Oldham)

Attendance: 

10,281

Super League 8 - Round 7 & 8 Results
Mon 21st April - Huddersfield Giants 16 Castleford Tigers 29 - 5,139
Mon 21st April - St Helens 56 Warrington Wolves 6 - 8,963
Mon 21st April - Hull FC 46 Halifax 18 - 9,070
Tue 22nd April - Wakefield Wildcats 6 Widnes Vikings 26 - 3,411
Postponed - Leeds Rhinos v Wigan Warriors - -
Postponed - London Broncos v Bradford Bulls - -
Fri 2nd May - Halifax 0 St Helens 38 - 3,372
Fri 2nd May - Leeds Rhinos 13 Wakefield Wildcats 12 - 10,740
Fri 2nd May - Wigan Warriors 8 Bradford Bulls 14 - 10,281
Sat 3rd May - Warrington Wolves 34 Widnes Vikings 6 - 7,264
Sun 4th May - Huddersfield Giants 22 London Broncos 30 - 3,046
Mon 5th May - Castleford Tigers 26 Hull FC 26 - 8,713

Tetley's Super League 8 Table - After This Round
1st:l Leeds - Played - 7 - Won - 7 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 0 - Points: - 14
2nd:l Bradford - Played - 7 - Won - 6 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 1 - Points: - 12
3rd:l

Hull FC

- Played - 8 - Won - 5 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 2 - Points: - 11
4th:l St Helens - Played - 8 - Won - 5 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 3 - Points: - 10
5th:l Castleford - Played - 8 - Won - 4 - Drawn - 1 ` Lost - 3 - Points: - 9
6th:l Warrington - Played - 8 - Won - 4 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 4 - Points: - 8

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7th:l Wigan - Played - 7 - Won - 3 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 4 - Points: - 6
8th:l London - Played - 7 - Won - 3 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 4 - Points: - 6
9th:l Widnes - Played - 8 - Won - 3 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 5 - Points: - 4
10th:l Huddersfield - Played - 8 - Won - 3 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 5 - Points: - 4
11th:l Wakefield - Played - 8 - Won - 1 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 7 - Points: - 2
12th:l Halifax - Played - 8 - Won - 1 - Drawn - 0 ` Lost - 7 - Points: - 2

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