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Bradford Bulls 16, Wigan Warriors 8
JIMMY Lowes was left delighted as the Bulls toppled champions Wigan to record their first win since he took charge.
Last season’s double winners led through Dom Manfredi early on but, despite the loss of Brett Kearney to concussion in the opening quarter, Bradford roared back.
They scored twice through Danny Williams and Joe Arundel to lead 12-4 at the break and earn a standing ovation from the home faithful.
The Bulls were largely dominant in the first half, with Elliot Kear impressing after being switched to full back, but the second half was more evenly balanced.
Yet Lowes’ men struck the crucial first try of the second half in the 61st minute when Matty Blythe plunged over in the left corner to cap a fine handling sequence.
Manfredi’s second with 13 minutes remaining gave last season’s double winners hope but the Bulls were not to be denied and held on for a famous win.
It was their first victory in five games since Lowes took charge and their first since beating Wakefield at Odsal on June 1.
FT: Bulls 16, Wigan 8. The Bulls have claimed a momentous and deserved victory over last season's double winners.
"Oh Jimmy, Jimmy... Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy Jimmy Lowes" is ringing out loud and clear as we enter the final stages... Bulls lead 16-8...
Tense last few minutes here. Bulls lead 16-8...
Exhilarating stuff at Odsal. Gaskell races from deep inside his own half and looks certain to score before Charnley denies him... Bulls 16-8 up
72 mins... Wigan force a drop-out.... Bulls still lead 16-8....
Smith cannot convert so it's 16-8...
67 mins... TRY for Manfredi who gets Wigan right back in the game. 16-8 with kick to come.
Gale cannot convert so it's 16-4 with 18 minutes to go...
60 mins... TRY for Matty Blythe in the left corner after good work from Joe Arundel and Big Nas.
52 mins... Lee Gaskell denies Josh Charnley with a superb intervention.... still 12-4...
Great stuff from Bradford, who barges through the Wigan defence but just fails to ground the ball!!
50 mins... Great break from Luke Gale, passes inside to Jay Pitts, who is denied by some fine Wigan defending...
John Bateman off, replaced by Jack Hughes.. balanced opening to second half, Bulls still lead 12-4... Manoukafoa on for Fakir...
Gutted not there but watching updates from abroad come on you Bulls— @marcngreen 27 July 2014
"@WestwoodLee: Half time. Bradford beating Wigan! What's going on!?" Brilliant isn't it? #comeonyoubulls— @Badwanger 27 July 2014
Next time… more ice cream vans. #SLBraWig http://t.co/yuOkXSmddm— @wobblyhead 27 July 2014
RT @OfficialBullsRL: HALF-TIME: @OfficialBullsRL 12-4 @WiganWarriorsRL. A tremendous first-half effort from James Lowes' side! http://t.co/…— @PrincessChar181 27 July 2014
Half-time: Bulls lead 12-4 after well-worked tries for Danny Williams and Joe Arundel.
Bulls lead 12-4 after Gale's second conversion. Three minutes until half-time.
Excellent support from Arundel to grab his second try in Bradford colours and first at Odsal...
34 mins... TRY for Joe Arundel who touches down under the posts from Adam O'Brien's excellent pass...
Jamal Fakir on for Danny Addy in the front row... still 6-4 to Bradford.
Wigan have been sluggish by their standards but this has been easily the Bulls' best performance for some time...
Luke Gale converts from the touchline and @OfficialBullsRL lead 6-4.
28 mins... TRY for Danny Williams in the right corner from Adam Henry's neat pass. Very well-worked score.
Sean O'Loughlin knocks on, ending a spell of Wigan presurre... still 4-0 to the visitors.
Matty Blythe goes over but was in touch when he grounded... No try.
21 mins... Brilliant break by Alex Mellor, who passed to Lee Gaskell in support before his progress is halted...
Matty Smith forces another drop-out after his own grubber kick is fielded by Jay Pitts...
George Williams grubber kick put out for a goal-line drop-out by Danny Williams... still 4-0...
Incident placed on report.... looks like Luke Gale... meanwhile, Kearney is off and Elliot Kear to full-back, Matty Blythe replaced him on the wing...
Brett Kearney down with a knock, recieving treatment now... still 4-0...
Matty Smith failed to convert so it's 4-0...
Not only one of my favourite stadiums in the world, but a short walk from house too. We're at @officialbullsrl today http://t.co/Hx1dQ9yN3Q— @FanExperienceCo 27 July 2014
Danny Williams caught out of position and, although Brett Kearney came across to cover, Manfredi was not to be stopped...
09 mins... TRY for Dom Manfredi, who goes over in the left corner from an exquisite long pass from Matty Bowen...
Wigan starting to get the upper hand..
High kick from Brett Kearney well fielded by Matty Bowen... still scoreless...
Great carry by James Donaldson, who has been linked with a move to Wigan...
Wigan survived that spell of pressure and have come back strongly now...
Gaskell kick to Danny Williams comes to nothing but Bulls have begun like a house on fire, aided by three early penalties....
Bulls have started very strongly here, Gaskell and Gale both going close...
Pretty awesome away following from the Cherry and Whites. #SLBraWig #RugbyLeague http://t.co/7uiRnh9ORf— @TheGameCaller 27 July 2014
1 Matty Bowen 2 Josh Charnley 3 Darrell Goulding 23 Dan Sarginson 31 Dom Manfredi 27 George Williams 7 Matty Smith 10 Ben Flower 19 Sam Powell 17 Dom Crosby 12 Liam Farrell 25 John Bateman 13 Sean O'Loughlin Interchange: 8 Scott Taylor 14 Jack Hughes 24 Tony Clubb 37 Ryan Sutton
1 BRETT KEARNEY… 2 ELLIOT KEAR… 21 ADAM HENRY… 34 JOE ARUNDEL… 38 DANNY WILLIAMS… 17 LEE GASKELL… 7 LUKE GALE… 14 MANASE MANUOKAFOA… 19 ADAM O’BRIEN… 30 JAMAL FAKIR… 11 TOM OLBISON… 33 JAY PITTS… 18 JAMES DONALDSON… Interchange: 15 Adam Sidlow… 24 Alex Mellor… 4 Matty Blythe… 16… Danny Addy…
Love a random stat, so how about this? If Wigan lose today it'd be first time in regular season history they've lost all 5 in West Yorks— @aaronbower 27 July 2014
Scene set nicely for what could be the last Bradford v Wigan game for quite some time.. http://t.co/twD09LdH4w— @aaronbower 27 July 2014
Sun may be out at Odsal but that's not enough we shouldn't be in this position! #bradfordbulls #fb http://t.co/nyEZSFF6VB— @milliganwasagod 27 July 2014
Bulls v Wigan teams. http://t.co/iuFO9BzvlU— @rosshtanda 27 July 2014
DANNY ADDY needs one appearance to reach 100 for his career.
Addy has played 93 games for Bradford since 2010, to go with appearances for Dewsbury (2 loan games, 2010) and Scotland (4 games, 2013).
Weird game day. After every result since April '13 being 'critical', knowing this one doesn't make a difference is… relaxing, #SLBraWig— @wobblyhead 27 July 2014
RT @SuperLeague: In @First_Utility #Superleague today - @OfficialBullsRL v @WiganWarriorsRL so RT for the Bulls or FAV for Warriors http://…— @KrisIllikris 27 July 2014
Game day 👍— @dannyaddy32 27 July 2014
Super League summary
Bradford won 20 (includes wins in 2001 and 2003 Grand Finals & win in 2001 play-offs)
Wigan won 27 (includes wins in 2000, 2007 and 2008 play-offs)
Bradford highest score: 40-8 (H, 2005) (also widest margin)
Wigan highest score: 84-6 (H, 2014) (also widest margin)
Wigan 84, Bradford 6 (SLR10, 21/4/14)
Wigan have won their last three meetings with Bradford, with the Bulls' last win against the Warriors coming 30-22 at the DW Stadium on 29 June, 2012...
Wigan have won on their last four visits to Odsal. Bradford's last home win against the Warriors was 22-20 on 5 March, 2010 - Wigan's only away league defeat of that season...
Welcome to the Provident Stadium for today's match between the Bulls and Wigan...