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14/04/13 - Bradford Bulls v Wigan Warriors - KO 3pm

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... and Tim Roby was the usual Tim Roby, we might as well get used to seeing him at Odsal.

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The result was a fair reflection of both teams' performance.

 

We were treated to both sides of referee Tim Roby .... Laurel and Hardy.

:dry: <_<

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A truly woeful first half from the Bulls. Wigan's first try had a hint of luck to it but the others were all deserved.

If anyone had said to me at the beginning of this year that Bradford would be 5th after 12 rounds, I would have laughed at them. I think they've proved a few doubters wrong

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One thing that was telling to me was after that poor first half, the lads were still clapped off the pitch at half time by the fans as if we were a lot, lot closer.

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Bradford have come a long way, and will go further before they're done. They have some great young forwards, a good spine and a young, talented coach. I would not rule out a Wembley trip in the next couple of years.

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Bradford have come a long way, and will go further before they're done. They have some great young forwards, a good spine and a young, talented coach. I would not rule out a Wembley trip in the next couple of years.

Pre-season I tipped a Hull derby, but seeing how coincidences happen like at Leeds with the McDermott's, I'm going for a Bradford Cup final double at Wembley.

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We were treated to both sides of referee Tim Roby .... Laurel and Hardy.

:dry: <_<

Interesting to note that today seemed an almost carbon copy of the Saints home game also reffed by Roby - although to be fair to the bloke he also reffed the Salford match Easter Monday and there weren't too many complaints at that. I do think he can be out of his depth a lot though - wouldn't have liked him in charge had the match been closer - I do think it was quite comical at the end, but it didn't wind me up as much as some people. Of the matches I've seen him take charge of so far, he lets a lot go for any teams that take control of the PTB.

Had to admire Wigan today, definitely the best team I've watched this year. I enjoyed how we kept it low in the second half, even if Wigan took their foot off the gas somewhat. Not too downhearted, like someone else said I'm glad we're even 5th this far in as I didn't think we had a chance at the playoffs at the start of the year. Barring a total collapse, we should sneak in (although I've said this before...!)

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Also on the crowd - 9,900. Looked to be more than that there - Wigan had a good turnout. Would any Bulls fans at both say there looked to be less fans than the opener against Wakey, as I wouldn't (our best crowd so far - 10k IIRC)

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Wigan were good for sure and deserved the win, but not the scoreline. Everything was handed to them on a plate in the first half by either us or the official. Two ricochet tries and one where Kearny simply dropped the ball into Farrell's hands. We kicked the ball out on the full three times from the restart also.

In the game against Salford it took Roby into the second half to blow for ruck indicipline whereas yesterday he seemed to be on it for us from the outset. And Wigan are superb at slowing the ruck without infringing. The wind was playing havock with the passing and it was seemingly accepted that forward passes were ok as a consequence.

Interesting at the end that Cummins was unusually critical of the ref and cited a number of players with head and face injuries sustained in high or grapple tackles that were allowed to go.

It always seems churlish to have a go at the ref when you've lost, but I think most fans will agree that yesterday Mr Roby was especially awful. But like I said at the start, Wigan were worth their win, just not the scoreline.

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Watching the try's last night and it did seem Wigan had some inordinate luck for several of their scores

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the better they play, the luckier they get?

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the better they play, the luckier they get?

Probably right to an extent, if we had Clarke's coloured patchy things the first half was probably 75% in the Bulls half, we really struggled at times with the Wigan defence*, our kicking out of hand and from the kick offs were poor bar one which forced an error from Farrell - yep, he makes them! - but the short kicking from Green and Smith forced about 3 drop outs in the first half. I was a little disgruntled at Wane's comments about being unhappy about the second half being only 6-6, we woke and tried a lot harder and smarter and played more to our potential.

 

(*this game was similar to the Saints defeat in the the ruck was slow, but Wigan earned it more rather than just lying on)

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... there was a visible difference in Wigan's approach to this game - affirmed at the press conference - in that they didn't try to run around us, the infamous outside backs loading combination was nowhere to be seen, this was all up front and in the middle third of the pitch to the point where Charnley was almost anonymous on the flank, him and Richards were certainly nullified. Dudson ran hard and reminded me of the last Burgess off these shores. But much like Manu in the Saints whooping, we struggled with Farrell's running. Even S Tomkins wasn't allowed to skip around us like last season.

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It seems the slhighlights person has removed the video for this game, I'll update it if/when the video is restored.

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TLCRF80mins was at Odsal on a pre-cup spying mission.

 

And we have the highlights video!

 

Let's say we're a lot less worried than we were beforehand

 

For the Hornets fans' view of the 'Battle with the Cattle' - go have a look at the blog.

 

http://theseladscanrunfor80mins.blogspot.co.uk/

Thank #### no-one reads that rubbish.

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Thank #### no-one reads that rubbish.

Not your cup of tea then?

 

:lol: 

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Was looking forward to the Youtube highlights of this one and they didn't disappoint. The usual foulmouthed bunch behind the camera position at Odsal were in place, appealing for everything. Personal highlight was SL's best full-back popping a pass to Liam Farrell - very odd.

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Went to Odsal for he first time yesterday. Despite the one-sided affair, Bradford appear to be a well-run professional club. They put on a good match day for fans.

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Was looking forward to the Youtube highlights of this one and they didn't disappoint. The usual foulmouthed bunch behind the camera position at Odsal were in place, appealing for everything. Personal highlight was SL's best full-back popping a pass to Liam Farrell - very odd.

[chomp] Yeh, a bad day at the office for Kearney.

 

 

As for the rest, meh, every crowd is about the same and we were bloody cheated come on referee booooooooooo FORWARD! BLOODY USELESS REF CHEAT CHEAT CHEAT

 

Better?! :P

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