Bradford Bulls romp to victory as Whitehead grabs hat-trick

Wakefield Wildcats 18 Bradford Bulls 36

Elliott Whitehead scored a superb hat-trick as the Bulls romped to a surprisingly emphatic victory at Wakefield in tonight's encounter.

The homegrown second-rower claimed a fine interception try shortly before half-time and then touched down two clever kicks from Ben Jeffries after the break.

Mick Potter's men found themselves behind after barely 40 seconds when Ben Cockayne touched down but they fashioned a spirited response.

Tries from Keith Lulia and Whitehead put 12-10 ahead at the break but they conceded a try within three minutes of the restart when Danny Kirmond went over.

Yet the response from the Bulls could hardly have been more emphatic as they claimed four tries in 15 minutes.

Brett Kearney touched down in the 50th minute, Whitehead grabbed his second five minutes later and then completed his treble in the 61st minute.

Kearney completed his brace three minutes later and, although Wakefield hit back through Richie Mathers, the Bulls ran out comfortable victors in what was the perfect response to last weekend's home thumping against Wigan.

Whitehead took centre stage but Jeffries, Kearney, Heath L'Estrange, John Bateman and Craig Kopczak all enjoyed outstanding games.

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9:59pm Sat 25 Feb 12

Liamk7978 says...

Lose at home to catalans, win away at castleford, lose at home to wigan, win away at wakefield, only warrington next lol. Great performance in second half. Looked more like a team. Looks like we finally got a goalkicker aswell
Lose at home to catalans, win away at castleford, lose at home to wigan, win away at wakefield, only warrington next lol. Great performance in second half. Looked more like a team. Looks like we finally got a goalkicker aswell Liamk7978
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10:01pm Sat 25 Feb 12

gratz says...

Just leaving wakey now, proud of the lads tonight. Before people have a go at me for saying something positive, I aren't saying we are now a brilliant side, as I know wakey were poor, but thought our 2nd half showed loads of effort and desire. Whitehead makes a big difference, and thought diskins workrate was immense. Thought platty played well and staked a claim for inclusion too. Gets easier next week with the wire....
Just leaving wakey now, proud of the lads tonight. Before people have a go at me for saying something positive, I aren't saying we are now a brilliant side, as I know wakey were poor, but thought our 2nd half showed loads of effort and desire. Whitehead makes a big difference, and thought diskins workrate was immense. Thought platty played well and staked a claim for inclusion too. Gets easier next week with the wire.... gratz
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10:04pm Sat 25 Feb 12

Dore-Bull says...

Good 2nd half. Pleasing. Well done lads. The woolybacks will be tough next week, but our game plan worked well tonight. You could tell it hurt the pundits to praise us. BJ ran the show. COYB!
Good 2nd half. Pleasing. Well done lads. The woolybacks will be tough next week, but our game plan worked well tonight. You could tell it hurt the pundits to praise us. BJ ran the show. COYB! Dore-Bull
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10:38pm Sat 25 Feb 12

kitman says...

A fantestic result. Very proud of the players our young guns were immense.Koppy,Batema
n, Whitehead and Burgess what a future these lads have in front of them, and lets hope its with the Bulls. Roll on saturday COYB!!
A fantestic result. Very proud of the players our young guns were immense.Koppy,Batema n, Whitehead and Burgess what a future these lads have in front of them, and lets hope its with the Bulls. Roll on saturday COYB!! kitman
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11:25pm Sat 25 Feb 12

Queenybull says...

A good solid win for effort. It was important to get a result and we did. The guys rolled up their sleaves. However we are the most boring team to watch, I hope we try play more expansive stuff next week as one up rugby wont beat the wire!
Special mention to Bateman too, fantastic today real star for the future
A good solid win for effort. It was important to get a result and we did. The guys rolled up their sleaves. However we are the most boring team to watch, I hope we try play more expansive stuff next week as one up rugby wont beat the wire! Special mention to Bateman too, fantastic today real star for the future Queenybull
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2:42am Sun 26 Feb 12

Tricky Dicky says...

A good win that was needed. Now, to carry it forward to next week's match against the Wire!
A good win that was needed. Now, to carry it forward to next week's match against the Wire! Tricky Dicky
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7:52am Sun 26 Feb 12

terrysblackchicken says...

One win and suddenly the doom is lifted ha ha. Warrington next up and another thumping at home to bring you all crashing down to earth.
One win and suddenly the doom is lifted ha ha. Warrington next up and another thumping at home to bring you all crashing down to earth. terrysblackchicken
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8:32am Sun 26 Feb 12

nosher says...

you city fams really take the biscuits
you city fams really take the biscuits nosher
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9:29am Sun 26 Feb 12

westybulls says...

terrysblackchicken wrote:
One win and suddenly the doom is lifted ha ha. Warrington next up and another thumping at home to bring you all crashing down to earth.
sorry to say this but its true! warrington Will destroy us!
[quote][p][bold]terrysblackchicken[/bold] wrote: One win and suddenly the doom is lifted ha ha. Warrington next up and another thumping at home to bring you all crashing down to earth.[/p][/quote]sorry to say this but its true! warrington Will destroy us! westybulls
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10:00am Sun 26 Feb 12

Bullsrus says...

I'll take a boring win every week. Good solid second half performance.
I'll take a boring win every week. Good solid second half performance. Bullsrus
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10:03am Sun 26 Feb 12

arry1863 says...

Six tries to four- is not an emphatic victory, 54-16- is. Where do they get these writers?
Six tries to four- is not an emphatic victory, 54-16- is. Where do they get these writers? arry1863
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10:12am Sun 26 Feb 12

bullslad17 says...

Great performance in the second half last night. Jeffries' kicking game was outstanding. Wakefield just seemed to collapse. The second half proved that if we have enough possession near their line, we can score. The defence still needs work though.

Interesting that all of the SKY pundits predicted we'd lose and the Margin meter reckoned Wakey to win by 18. We proved people wrong last night.
Great performance in the second half last night. Jeffries' kicking game was outstanding. Wakefield just seemed to collapse. The second half proved that if we have enough possession near their line, we can score. The defence still needs work though. Interesting that all of the SKY pundits predicted we'd lose and the Margin meter reckoned Wakey to win by 18. We proved people wrong last night. bullslad17
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10:23am Sun 26 Feb 12

The Whole Truth says...

For info:

terrysblackchicken is not a city fan. He is from a Bradford council estate, lives in a council house in Halifax and supports Rhinos. He also frequently visits Benidorm , seeking pleasure, hence, his username.
For info: terrysblackchicken is not a city fan. He is from a Bradford council estate, lives in a council house in Halifax and supports Rhinos. He also frequently visits Benidorm , seeking pleasure, hence, his username. The Whole Truth
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10:28am Sun 26 Feb 12

Potter for the sack says...

Thought Jeffries was man of the match. Whitehead was good, but two of his tries were mastered by Jeffries, so that buffoon on Sky got it wrong again along with their predictions of a Bulls defeat. Good display when we cut out giving penalties away. Lots of positives from the game and confidence should be high. COYB Why only 12 comments on a win, doesnt that say something about some Bulls supporters????
Thought Jeffries was man of the match. Whitehead was good, but two of his tries were mastered by Jeffries, so that buffoon on Sky got it wrong again along with their predictions of a Bulls defeat. Good display when we cut out giving penalties away. Lots of positives from the game and confidence should be high. COYB Why only 12 comments on a win, doesnt that say something about some Bulls supporters???? Potter for the sack
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11:05am Sun 26 Feb 12

murphyslaw says...

Couldn't go this week. This was a good win as Wakey do have some decent players who, when on song will give many a good game. We are not in Warrington class but we do need to win these games and you can't ask any more than that. Well done to the lads for a sterling effort!.
Couldn't go this week. This was a good win as Wakey do have some decent players who, when on song will give many a good game. We are not in Warrington class but we do need to win these games and you can't ask any more than that. Well done to the lads for a sterling effort!. murphyslaw
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11:07am Sun 26 Feb 12

terrysblackchicken says...

Think the whole truth would not know the whole truth if it hit him in the face. I live in wyke and when they are winning I attend games but not with these clowns at the helm. I am pretty sure you are a failed goalkeeper wind up merchant so if you tune in to sky sports 1 now that bloke who sacked you is on. :-)
Think the whole truth would not know the whole truth if it hit him in the face. I live in wyke and when they are winning I attend games but not with these clowns at the helm. I am pretty sure you are a failed goalkeeper wind up merchant so if you tune in to sky sports 1 now that bloke who sacked you is on. :-) terrysblackchicken
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11:22am Sun 26 Feb 12

terrysblackchicken says...

Ps I have been to benedorm with my close friend and next time I am there I will tell him to keep an eye out for you when you are watching sticky vicky.
Ps I have been to benedorm with my close friend and next time I am there I will tell him to keep an eye out for you when you are watching sticky vicky. terrysblackchicken
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11:33am Sun 26 Feb 12

olicanabull says...

A lot of criticism in the past about the Bulls' fitness. Last night showed that they got stronger as the game went on. And as for the comments about 'boring', you could see from the interviews that this was the game plan. Our forward one man rugby in the first half wore Wakefield out and we were then able to capitalise. All in all a very fine performance and Bateman was compared to the young Andy Farrell, and that was not far from the mark. Well done Mick Potter, for giving the boys the right tactics for the night.
A lot of criticism in the past about the Bulls' fitness. Last night showed that they got stronger as the game went on. And as for the comments about 'boring', you could see from the interviews that this was the game plan. Our forward one man rugby in the first half wore Wakefield out and we were then able to capitalise. All in all a very fine performance and Bateman was compared to the young Andy Farrell, and that was not far from the mark. Well done Mick Potter, for giving the boys the right tactics for the night. olicanabull
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11:59am Sun 26 Feb 12

terrysblackchicken says...

From what I heard wakie ran out of steam themselves 2nd half and thats only reason for the win, city had 17k watching another point towards safety.
From what I heard wakie ran out of steam themselves 2nd half and thats only reason for the win, city had 17k watching another point towards safety. terrysblackchicken
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12:18pm Sun 26 Feb 12

BCFC1234 says...

I love to see both Bulls and City win. Also nice to see no vile comments aimed at Hood and Potter this week. From the same 4 games last season the Bulls took no points so there must be some improvement !
I love to see both Bulls and City win. Also nice to see no vile comments aimed at Hood and Potter this week. From the same 4 games last season the Bulls took no points so there must be some improvement ! BCFC1234
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12:35pm Sun 26 Feb 12

Van Bellen's Baby says...

Great win, but a bit concerned about the penalty count yet again.
Great win, but a bit concerned about the penalty count yet again. Van Bellen's Baby
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12:47pm Sun 26 Feb 12

t'old man says...

terrysblackchicken wrote:
From what I heard wakie ran out of steam themselves 2nd half and thats only reason for the win, city had 17k watching another point towards safety.
From what you heard ? so you didn't actually see the game !! as for your City comment lets not get carried away they managed a draw at home to a team 2 places off the bottom of the league to take them to 5 places (7 points ) off the bottom of the equivalent of the old division four before dropping out of the professional leagues !!! and you think they have problems at Odsal !
[quote][p][bold]terrysblackchicken[/bold] wrote: From what I heard wakie ran out of steam themselves 2nd half and thats only reason for the win, city had 17k watching another point towards safety.[/p][/quote]From what you heard ? so you didn't actually see the game !! as for your City comment lets not get carried away they managed a draw at home to a team 2 places off the bottom of the league to take them to 5 places (7 points ) off the bottom of the equivalent of the old division four before dropping out of the professional leagues !!! and you think they have problems at Odsal ! t'old man
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12:51pm Sun 26 Feb 12

the-insider says...

olicanabull wrote:
A lot of criticism in the past about the Bulls' fitness. Last night showed that they got stronger as the game went on. And as for the comments about 'boring', you could see from the interviews that this was the game plan. Our forward one man rugby in the first half wore Wakefield out and we were then able to capitalise. All in all a very fine performance and Bateman was compared to the young Andy Farrell, and that was not far from the mark. Well done Mick Potter, for giving the boys the right tactics for the night.
which retard compared Bateman with Farrell, they are having a laugh, or have a serious mental deficiency, couldn't lace his boots
[quote][p][bold]olicanabull[/bold] wrote: A lot of criticism in the past about the Bulls' fitness. Last night showed that they got stronger as the game went on. And as for the comments about 'boring', you could see from the interviews that this was the game plan. Our forward one man rugby in the first half wore Wakefield out and we were then able to capitalise. All in all a very fine performance and Bateman was compared to the young Andy Farrell, and that was not far from the mark. Well done Mick Potter, for giving the boys the right tactics for the night.[/p][/quote]which retard compared Bateman with Farrell, they are having a laugh, or have a serious mental deficiency, couldn't lace his boots the-insider
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1:27pm Sun 26 Feb 12

Tricky Dicky says...

Just before we get ahead of ourselves, it was a good win in a should win game. All the SKY pundits and Mr Potter mentioned consistency and taking it forward to the next match which we all hope they will. As Brian Carney so rightly stated, it's not about winning the next match but the calibre of the performance. The Bulls must start to perform at home, in front of the faithful. Wire used to dread coming to Odsal. Let's hope it's the same next weekend. Mr Potter has earned himself some breathing space. Let him put it to good use.
Just before we get ahead of ourselves, it was a good win in a should win game. All the SKY pundits and Mr Potter mentioned consistency and taking it forward to the next match which we all hope they will. As Brian Carney so rightly stated, it's not about winning the next match but the calibre of the performance. The Bulls must start to perform at home, in front of the faithful. Wire used to dread coming to Odsal. Let's hope it's the same next weekend. Mr Potter has earned himself some breathing space. Let him put it to good use. Tricky Dicky
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2:16pm Sun 26 Feb 12

Reading Bullette says...

Well that's two things accomplished we didn't do last year; win at Cas and Wakey!
Well that's two things accomplished we didn't do last year; win at Cas and Wakey! Reading Bullette
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2:48pm Sun 26 Feb 12

monobrow man says...

the-insider wrote:
olicanabull wrote:
A lot of criticism in the past about the Bulls' fitness. Last night showed that they got stronger as the game went on. And as for the comments about 'boring', you could see from the interviews that this was the game plan. Our forward one man rugby in the first half wore Wakefield out and we were then able to capitalise. All in all a very fine performance and Bateman was compared to the young Andy Farrell, and that was not far from the mark. Well done Mick Potter, for giving the boys the right tactics for the night.
which retard compared Bateman with Farrell, they are having a laugh, or have a serious mental deficiency, couldn't lace his boots
I wouldnt compare him to farrell, i would compare him to Ellery Hanley. Bateman has everything he is the best british born player in a very long time.
[quote][p][bold]the-insider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]olicanabull[/bold] wrote: A lot of criticism in the past about the Bulls' fitness. Last night showed that they got stronger as the game went on. And as for the comments about 'boring', you could see from the interviews that this was the game plan. Our forward one man rugby in the first half wore Wakefield out and we were then able to capitalise. All in all a very fine performance and Bateman was compared to the young Andy Farrell, and that was not far from the mark. Well done Mick Potter, for giving the boys the right tactics for the night.[/p][/quote]which retard compared Bateman with Farrell, they are having a laugh, or have a serious mental deficiency, couldn't lace his boots[/p][/quote]I wouldnt compare him to farrell, i would compare him to Ellery Hanley. Bateman has everything he is the best british born player in a very long time. monobrow man
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3:01pm Sun 26 Feb 12

murphyslaw says...

monobrow man wrote:
the-insider wrote:
olicanabull wrote:
A lot of criticism in the past about the Bulls' fitness. Last night showed that they got stronger as the game went on. And as for the comments about 'boring', you could see from the interviews that this was the game plan. Our forward one man rugby in the first half wore Wakefield out and we were then able to capitalise. All in all a very fine performance and Bateman was compared to the young Andy Farrell, and that was not far from the mark. Well done Mick Potter, for giving the boys the right tactics for the night.
which retard compared Bateman with Farrell, they are having a laugh, or have a serious mental deficiency, couldn't lace his boots
I wouldnt compare him to farrell, i would compare him to Ellery Hanley. Bateman has everything he is the best british born player in a very long time.
Steady on!
[quote][p][bold]monobrow man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the-insider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]olicanabull[/bold] wrote: A lot of criticism in the past about the Bulls' fitness. Last night showed that they got stronger as the game went on. And as for the comments about 'boring', you could see from the interviews that this was the game plan. Our forward one man rugby in the first half wore Wakefield out and we were then able to capitalise. All in all a very fine performance and Bateman was compared to the young Andy Farrell, and that was not far from the mark. Well done Mick Potter, for giving the boys the right tactics for the night.[/p][/quote]which retard compared Bateman with Farrell, they are having a laugh, or have a serious mental deficiency, couldn't lace his boots[/p][/quote]I wouldnt compare him to farrell, i would compare him to Ellery Hanley. Bateman has everything he is the best british born player in a very long time.[/p][/quote]Steady on! murphyslaw
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6:20pm Sun 26 Feb 12

the-insider says...

monobrow man wrote:
the-insider wrote:
olicanabull wrote:
A lot of criticism in the past about the Bulls' fitness. Last night showed that they got stronger as the game went on. And as for the comments about 'boring', you could see from the interviews that this was the game plan. Our forward one man rugby in the first half wore Wakefield out and we were then able to capitalise. All in all a very fine performance and Bateman was compared to the young Andy Farrell, and that was not far from the mark. Well done Mick Potter, for giving the boys the right tactics for the night.
which retard compared Bateman with Farrell, they are having a laugh, or have a serious mental deficiency, couldn't lace his boots
I wouldnt compare him to farrell, i would compare him to Ellery Hanley. Bateman has everything he is the best british born player in a very long time.
You must be that man, oops, a pink thing just flew past my window, wasn't a pig just a fat gypo
[quote][p][bold]monobrow man[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the-insider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]olicanabull[/bold] wrote: A lot of criticism in the past about the Bulls' fitness. Last night showed that they got stronger as the game went on. And as for the comments about 'boring', you could see from the interviews that this was the game plan. Our forward one man rugby in the first half wore Wakefield out and we were then able to capitalise. All in all a very fine performance and Bateman was compared to the young Andy Farrell, and that was not far from the mark. Well done Mick Potter, for giving the boys the right tactics for the night.[/p][/quote]which retard compared Bateman with Farrell, they are having a laugh, or have a serious mental deficiency, couldn't lace his boots[/p][/quote]I wouldnt compare him to farrell, i would compare him to Ellery Hanley. Bateman has everything he is the best british born player in a very long time.[/p][/quote]You must be that man, oops, a pink thing just flew past my window, wasn't a pig just a fat gypo the-insider
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1:36pm Mon 27 Feb 12

mines a pint says...

olicanabull wrote:
A lot of criticism in the past about the Bulls' fitness. Last night showed that they got stronger as the game went on. And as for the comments about 'boring', you could see from the interviews that this was the game plan. Our forward one man rugby in the first half wore Wakefield out and we were then able to capitalise. All in all a very fine performance and Bateman was compared to the young Andy Farrell, and that was not far from the mark. Well done Mick Potter, for giving the boys the right tactics for the night.
Interesting point about the one man up forward play. Certainly back in the day we won many games after the likes of Balloo, Brian Mac, Big Joe & Fielden had battered deffences for 30 - 40 mins

But lets not get carried away back then we also had the likes of Deaks Robbie & Henry who had the skills to capaitalize on the spaces created & tired defences & outside backs with the quality of Les, Happe, Vaikona etc who not only scored for fun but were totaly solid in defence
Lets not take all the shine off what was a good performance with the players we had

Deffinite improvement on the Wigan game

We are unlikely to beat the Wire but as long as the compete for 80 mins & can come off the pitch with heads held high then that too will be a positive

I fear that if the Wire get a roll on & expose us out wide heads will once again drop & a cricket score could be the outcome.

It is down to Potter now to ensure the effort pride & work rate is there for the rest of the season

COYB
[quote][p][bold]olicanabull[/bold] wrote: A lot of criticism in the past about the Bulls' fitness. Last night showed that they got stronger as the game went on. And as for the comments about 'boring', you could see from the interviews that this was the game plan. Our forward one man rugby in the first half wore Wakefield out and we were then able to capitalise. All in all a very fine performance and Bateman was compared to the young Andy Farrell, and that was not far from the mark. Well done Mick Potter, for giving the boys the right tactics for the night.[/p][/quote]Interesting point about the one man up forward play. Certainly back in the day we won many games after the likes of Balloo, Brian Mac, Big Joe & Fielden had battered deffences for 30 - 40 mins But lets not get carried away back then we also had the likes of Deaks Robbie & Henry who had the skills to capaitalize on the spaces created & tired defences & outside backs with the quality of Les, Happe, Vaikona etc who not only scored for fun but were totaly solid in defence Lets not take all the shine off what was a good performance with the players we had Deffinite improvement on the Wigan game We are unlikely to beat the Wire but as long as the compete for 80 mins & can come off the pitch with heads held high then that too will be a positive I fear that if the Wire get a roll on & expose us out wide heads will once again drop & a cricket score could be the outcome. It is down to Potter now to ensure the effort pride & work rate is there for the rest of the season COYB mines a pint
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3:17pm Mon 27 Feb 12

RL Ron says...

Someone said last week that when we lose, the comments are double the amount....looks like they were right. So next time ignore the moaners coming out of the woodwork.

A win is all we could have asked for this week, however we did it.

Make no mistake we will almost certainly take a hammering on Sat against Warrington but as long as we keep winning games against those teams that are about level with us we can build on that. I see Wigan put a big score against Cas too...strange really as I heard it was only us who were losing by a big margin?

Keep the faith.
Someone said last week that when we lose, the comments are double the amount....looks like they were right. So next time ignore the moaners coming out of the woodwork. A win is all we could have asked for this week, however we did it. Make no mistake we will almost certainly take a hammering on Sat against Warrington but as long as we keep winning games against those teams that are about level with us we can build on that. I see Wigan put a big score against Cas too...strange really as I heard it was only us who were losing by a big margin? Keep the faith. RL Ron
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