Wigan 84 Bradford Bulls 6: Rampant Wigan swat Bulls aside in 15-try Bank Holiday demolition

Bradford head coach Francis Cummins.
Bradford head coach Francis Cummins.
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Bradford Bulls coach Francis Cummins admitted his side just didn’t compete for long enough as he witnessed them steamrollered by a rampant Wigan Warriors side.

A 15-try demolition of the Bulls saw Wigan make it two wins in three days following their Good Friday victory over St Helens with another dominating display in an 84-6 win which saw Ryan Hampshire collect a personal tally of 24 points.

Hampshire ran in two tries in the opening 25 minutes as the Warriors touched down eight times in the first period, with Bradford not once crossing over Wigan’s 20-yard line.

The Warriors took just five minutes to open the scoring with Blake Green going over from close range. Minutes later, Anthony Gelling went over for Wigan’s second try.

Wigan found themselves 16-0 up after 15 minutes as captain Sean O’Loughlin touched down under the posts.

Wigan’s fourth try came in the 21st minute when George Williams and Green combined to send Hampshire through a massive gap to touch down.

The try of the half came moments later as Liam Farrell stormed onto a short ball from Green, and after breaking the first line of defence, he sent the full-back racing away to score. Further tries from Farrell, Jack Hughes and Sam Powell took the match beyond the Bulls.

After the break, the Warriors went further ahead through tries from John Bateman and Darrell Goulding, before Green and George Williams followed them over the line to make it 62-0.

Williams went under the posts for Wigan’s 12th try, before further scores came from Gelling, Manfredi and Dudson.

The Bulls’ fans finally had something to shout about in the 67th minute when Luke Gale stepped his way over for their first and only try of the game.

“At times it looked like we had almost given in, that wasn’t the case but it did look it,” said Cummins.

Wigan Warriors: Hampshire, Manfredi, Goulding, Gelling, Sarginson, Green, Williams, Dudson, McIlorum, James, Bateman, L. Farrell, O’Loughlin. Substitutes: Hughes, S. Powell, Clubb, Sutton.

Bradford Bulls: Kearney, Kear, Purtell, Henry, Wood, Gaskell, Gale, Fakir, O’Brien, Manuokafoa, Olbison, Addy, Walker. Substitutes: Roberts, Mellor, Conroy, Bates. Referee: T Roby (RFL).