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Wigan Warriors 84, Bradford Bulls 6
John Bateman was on the scoresheet against his former club today as the Bulls slipped to their heaviest-ever Super League defeat.
It was a nightmare afternoon from start to finish for Francis Cummins’ side as Wigan showed them no mercy by running in 15 tries.
Wigan opened the scoring through Blake Green and quickly added further scores from Anthony Gelling and skipper Sean O’Loughlin.
Rookie full-back Ryan Hampshire then scored twice in quick succession midway through the first half before Liam Farrell, Jack Hughes and Sam Powell all crossed.
That made it 46-0 at the break and Bateman, Goulding and George Williams all went over before Green and Gelling both completed their braces.
Dominic Manfredi added a further home try shortly after the hour mark before Luke Gale weaved his way over from close range for a visiting try.
Gale added the conversion but it was the only cheer the visiting supporters had all afternoon during a torrid encounter which saw teenage prop Sam Bates make his debut off the bench.
There was another blow for Bradford when fellow rookie Oliver Roberts was carried off the field in clear discomfort with a suspected broken ankle before Gil Dudson completed the scoring late on.
converted try makes it 84-6...
TRY number 15 for Wigan as Gil Dudson crashes over from close range...
Oliver Roberts has been carried off the field with a nasty-looking leg injury... 78-6 heading into the closing stages...
Official attendance: 15,529...
Gale converts to make 78-6...
TRY for the Bulls as Luke Gale weaves his way over the line after some neat footwork... visiting supporters celebrate behind the posts...
Bulls force a drop-out... rare spell of pressure from the visitors...
Williams misses conversion so it's 78-0....
TRY for Wigan as Dominic Manfredi touches down unopposed in the left corner...
TRY for Wigan as Gelling crosses inside the left channel...
Williams converts to make it 68-0....
53 mins... TRY for George Williams from Ryan Hampshire's pass...
50 mins... TRY for Wigan as Blake Green scampers clear from 40 metres out for another home score... torturous...
47 mins... TRY for Wigan as Bateman sends Darrell Goulding over the line... now 56-0...
44 mins... TRY for Wigan as John Bateman scores after swatting aside Lee Gaskell in the right corner...
Kear with fine break down the right flank, halted by Liam Farrell's superb tackle...
Second half underway....
39 mins... TRY for Wigan as Sam Powell crashes over from point-blank range... now 44-0 with kick to come...
35 mins... Jack Hughes barrels over to add another Wigan try... now 40-0 with interval fast approaching...
Hampshire converts to make it 34-0...
28 mins... TRY for Liam Farrell after he collects Sean O'Loughlin's pass to power over from close range... now 32-0...
Oliver Roberts on for Manase Manuokafoa... now 28-0...
24 mins... TRY for Hampshire after Farrell drove at the heart of the Bulls defence and played him in with a perfect pass...
Hampshire converts to make it 22-0...
21 mins... TRY for Ryan Hampshire after neat passing between Blake Green and George Williams... now 20-0...
Jamal Fakir OFF, Sam Bates ON for his first-team debut...
15 mins... TRY for Wigan as Sean O'Loughlin touches down after Brett Kearney misjudges a kick in front the posts... now 16-0...
10 mins... TRY for Wigan as Anthony Gelling scores in the left corner from Blake Green's pass...
Brett Kearney makes a fine tackle to deny George Williams a try in the right corner... still 6-0...
George Williams broke down the right flank and, although his progress was halted by Adrian Purtell, the back was quickly recycled and Green burrowed over from close range... Ryan Hampshire's conversion has made it 6-0...
04 mins... TRY for Wigan as Blake Green burrows over from close range... blow for the Bulls after decent start...
The rest of the squad have now joined in for the final preparations before the game. http://t.co/JN1h8v2OQS— @WiganWarriorsRL 21 April 2014
26 Ryan Hampshire
31 Dominic Manfredi
5 Anthony Gelling
3 Darrell Goulding
23 Dan Sarginson
6 Blake Green
27 George Williams
16 Gil Dudson
9 Michael McIlorum
28 Jordan James
25 John Bateman
12 Liam Farrell
13 Sean O'Loughlin
14 Jack Hughes
24 Tony Clubb
19 Sam Powell
37 Ryan Sutton
Today's teams. http://t.co/WsQXQFCnEh— @rosshtanda 21 April 2014
Four teenagers on the bench for the Bulls...
RT @WiganWarriorsRL: .@OfficialBullsRL have arrived. http://t.co/P0WeaPrTBL— @Adam_Saunders19 21 April 2014
1 Brett Kearney
2 Elliot Kear
21 Adam Henry
3 Adrian Purtell
22 Sam Wood
17 Lee Gaskell
7 Luke Gale
30 Jamal Fakir
19 Adam O’Brien
14 Manase Manuokafoa
11 Tom Olbison
4 Chev Walker
16 Danny Addy
25 Nathan Conroy
31 Sam Bates
23 Oliver Roberts
24 Alex Mellor
RT @WiganWarriorsRL: The 'Tackle Your Memory' team are here today. They're here to help us understand about dementia and more. http://t.co/…— @Adam_Saunders19 21 April 2014
RT @WiganWarriorsRL: The lads will be wearing these green socks today to help spread awareness of dementia + mild cognitive impairment. htt…— @JulieMonk 21 April 2014
Taking the little nephew to the @WiganWarriorsRL game today. He's getting well into his league now. http://t.co/RyM4et249N— @tonyash11 21 April 2014
off to watch the boys 😁 #COYB— @mattyblythe88 21 April 2014
Wigan's Jordan James being put through his paces in a pre-match fitness test. http://t.co/n7Sjrbt1fI— @rosshtanda 21 April 2014
Happy birthday lads have a good day! @Thomas_Burgess @burgessgeorge— @snozzer_gale 21 April 2014
John Bateman also looks set to face his former club for the first time since leaving the Bulls last year...
Team news to follow within the hour but a number of teenagers look set to play for the Bulls today... Adam Brook and Sam Bates could make their first-team debuts...
Just leaving resplendent Odsal for the short trip to the DW, where Bradford will face a refreshed Wigan side. http://t.co/hJiHPPpxYk— @TheGameCaller 21 April 2014
Looking forward to the game today , should be good playing against some old mate 😁😁— @johnbateman1 21 April 2014
Game day 👍— @dannyaddy32 21 April 2014
Good luck to our youngsters today, show some of the seniors what it's like to have pride in the shirt & fire in your belly. #bradfordbulls— @milliganwasagod 21 April 2014
RT @SuperLeague: In @SuperLeague today it's @WiganWarriorsRL v @OfficialBullsRL RT for a Wigan win or FAV for a Bulls win http://t.co/z82dd…— @sarahja99 21 April 2014
All the best to the @BradfordBullsRL lads Today away at wigan!— @James_Donaldson 21 April 2014
Nice day for a bit of rugby. http://t.co/bi70WWxTPh— @rosshtanda 21 April 2014
Welcome to the DW Stadium for this afternoon's clash between Wigan Warriors and Bradford Bulls...