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The BBC's David Oates reports
"The Grand Final defeat has strengthened Bradford's resolve"
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Sunday, 19 March, 2000, 17:45 GMT
Bulls go on rampage

Bradford 58-4 Warrington

Bradford turned on the style at Odsal with an 11-try demolition of Warrington in their first home fixture in Super League 2000.

Last year's Grand Finalists gave themselves an enormous psychological boost ahead of the Silk Cut Challenge Cup semi-final at Headingley next Saturday.

It was superb but we have just got to make sure we play as well in the semi-final next week. We know Warrington will be totally different then.

Bulls assistant coach Brian Noble
In the dress rehearsal for the main event, Warrington missed their cues throughout and the Bulls were able to coast to a huge win.

It was the Wolves third successive 50-point defeat at Bradford - to the delight of a 17,000 crowd.

Bradford simply carried on where they left off in their impressive opening day win at St Helens, while Warrington saw all their pre-season promise - following a big spending spree - dashed in humiliating fashion.

Wolves routed

Australian winger Justin Brooker kick-started the procession by grabbing a debut try after only two minutes when a high kick by Henry Paul created a mix-up in the visiting defence.

Seven more tries followed in a sensational first half which left the Wolves bewildered and frustrated by their own handling and defensive errors.

Bulls captain Robbie Paul raced in from 40 yards, second rower Mike Forshaw rounded off another sweeping raid and Henry Paul added the goals to make it 18-0 after just 12 minutes.

Bradford forwards Brian McDermott, Paul Anderson and youngster Jamie Peacock caused untold problems for a shell-shocked Warrington defence.

And four more tries followed in a 10-minute spell to effectively end the contest.

Full-back Stuart Spruce and hooker James Lowes romped over the line, while Brooker and Robbie Paul grabbed their second scores.

Half-time annihilation

Winger Nathan McAvoy sent them in at the break with a mammoth 42-0 lead after racing in from 60 metres for the 100th try of his career.

Australian forward Brad Mackay scored a neat solo score after half-time, while Henry Paul grabbed the 10th try.

Warrington full-back Lee Penny finally put Wolves on the scoreboard when he sneaked over for their only try after 67 minutes.

But prop Paul Anderson rounded off an outstanding Bradford performance with a late touchdown to which Henry Paul added his seventh goal.


Bradford: Spruce, McAvoy, Naylor, Pryce, Brooker, H. Paul, R. Paul, McDermott, Lowes, Anderson, Peacock, Forshaw, Mackay.
Replacements: Smith, Vaikona, Dwyer, Boyle.

Warrington: Penny, Hunte, Kohe-Love, Roper, Forster, Briers, Langer, Gee, Farrar, Nutley, Knott, McCurrie, Nikau.
Replacements: Guisset, Hilton, Sibbit, Blakeley.

Referee: John Connolly (Wigan)

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