Bradford Bulls 16-54 Wigan Warriors

Josh Charnley's second try at Odsal

Bradford (10) 16

Crookes, Sammut, Kearney
Sammut 2

Wigan (22) 54

Charnley 2, Tuson 2, Goulding 2, Farrell 2, Richards, Hock
Richards 6, Tomkins

Wigan ran in 10 tries as they romped to victory against Bradford at Odsal.

After three tries in seven minutes from Josh Charnley, Pat Richards and Gareth Hock, Bradford fought back to score through Jason Crookes and Jarrod Samut.

But Chris Tuson crossed before the break, scoring again in another seven-minute blitz after the restart, Darrell Goulding and Liam Farrell crossing too.

There were further tries from Goulding, Charnley and Farrell as Wigan recorded their biggest-ever score at Odsal.

Brett Kearney got the Bulls' third try after the break, Sammut adding two conversions for the Bulls.

But Wigan ran up over 100 points in last season's two meetings with Mick Potter's men - and the former St Helens coach was once again on the receiving end against his old rivals.

Admittedly, injury-hit Bradford, who gave debuts to centre Keith Lulia and prop Phil Joseph, suffered a major blow when they lost goalkicking half-back Luke Gale with ankle ligament damage only nine minutes into the game.

Having trailed 16-0 after 22 minutes, Bradford rallied well before hitting back through Crookes and Sammut to briefly cut the gap to six points but they were blown away early in the second half.

Tuson, Goulding, Farrell all bagged a brace, as did Charnley, who took his tally to five tries in three matches (making him the early season joint top Super League try scorer - along with Castleford's Josh Griffin).

Richards landed six kicks for the Warriors, the 2010 Man of Steel's 16-point individual haul taking his overall Wigan tally to 1,943.

That edges him in front of one of coach Shaun Wane's old Wigan team-mates Frano Botica to third place in the Cherry and Whites' all-time point-scoring records, with only Jim Sullivan and Andy Farrell now in front of the big Aussie winger.

It also took Richards' tally of Super League goals to 607, leaving him within range of his new club coach Iestyn Harris, who he is on target to overhaul by this season's midway mark.


Bradford coach Mick Potter:

"Luke Gale's injury made it more difficult. It was unfortunate but these things happen. We still had 13 on 13.

"It's a big disappointment. We came up against a team who were red hot and we were poor in some areas. We need to get better.

"We sparked up a bit in the second half and got our kicking game in order, but we need to do that for 80 minutes."

Wigan coach Shaun Wane:

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Wane praises 'outstanding' Richards

"Pat Richards was really impressive today. He was one of our best players. Frano Botica was a great player, but the way Pat carries the ball back, he's better than Frano.

"To beat Leeds last week and come here and score 50-odd points, I'm very pleased. Our skill level when we kept hold of the ball was fantastic and some of the tries we scored were impressive.

"Our completion rate in the second half was 90%, which was a massive lift for me. But there are a few areas we need to fix up if we are going to challenge for trophies.


Bradford: Kearney; Crookes, Lulia, Platt, Kear; Sammut, Gale; Kopczak, Diskin, Hargreaves, Whitehead, C Walker, Langley.

Replacements: L'Estrange, Scruton, Joseph, Burgess.

Wigan: S Tomkins; Charnley, Goulding, Hughes, Richards; Finch, Leuluai; Mossop, McIlorum, Flower, Hansen, Hock, O'Loughlin.

Replacements: Lima, Tuson, Lauaki, Farrell.

Attendance: 12,909.

Referee: Steve Ganson (St Helens).

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