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Bradford 24-10 Wakefield

Bradford (0) 24
Tries: Deacon, Newton, Jeffries, Harris Goals: Deacon 4

Wakefield (6) 10
Tries: Blanch 2 Goals: Drew

Bradford v Wakefield

Four second-half tries from Bradford saw them come from behind to beat Wakefield in Super League on Sunday.

Wakefield took a second-minute lead through Damien Blanch and Brad Drew's 24th-minute goal put them 6-0 up.

Bradford, who had Sam Burgess sin-binned after 32 minutes, finally came to life after half-time.

Paul Deacon, Terry Newton, Ben Jeffries and Iestyn Harris all crossed, with Deacon landing all four goals, while Blanch added a second Wakefield try.

Wakefield rested their talismanic scrum-half Danny Brough ahead of their Challenge Cup semi-final next Sunday but led inside the second minute.

Danny Sculthorpe sent a teasing grubber kick into the right-hand corner and Blanch reacted quickest, and although Drew missed the conversion he added a goal to give them 6-0 lead at half-time.

Referee Phil Bentham left the home supporters bitterly frustrated with his officiating but the Bradford players did little to set their supporters at ease.

They produced a steady stream of misplaced and undercooked passes and never looked like scoring in the first half.

Burgess found himself in the sin-bin after getting involved in a scrap initially sparked by Matt Petersen squaring up to Newton in the 32nd minute, but when he came back on shortly after the restart Bradford finally clicked.

A piece of delightful footwork allowed Deacon to weave his way over the line from close range after 49 minutes and three minutes later Newton burrowed his way over from acting half.

Former Wakefield stand-off Jeffries scampered clear for Bradford's third on the hour and Deacon converted all three tries to put his side 18-6 ahead.

Wakefield hit back soon after through an unconverted try from Blanch in the right corner but a delicate offload from prop Joe Vagana ushered Harris over from 10 metres.

Deacon once again added the extras as sixth-placed Bradford boosted their play-off chances.

Bradford boss Steve McNamara on 19-year-old forward Burgess's World Cup chances:
"He has got an injury that will require an operation. It's unlikely he will feature at the World Cup."

Wakefield boss John Kear on the forthcoming Challenge Cup semi-final with Hull:
"We will prepare in a very positive manner and try to be buoyant and upbeat.

"It's a little difficult at the minute of course because we've just copped our fourth successive loss.

"We've got to quickly turn it around so that we give a quality performance. It's my job to turn things round."

Bradford: Platt, Evans, Sykes, Nero, Tadulala, Jeffries, Deacon, Vagana, Harris, Lynch, Solomona, Finnigan, Langley.
Replacements: Newton, Cook, Burgess, Kopczak.

Wakefield: Reilly, Blanch, Demetriou, Gleeson, Petersen, Rooney, Drew, Wilkes, Obst, Moore, Golden, Ferres, Sculthorpe.
Replacements: MacGillivray, Henderson, Bibey, Ferguson.

see also
Warrington 32-28 Bradford
11 Jul 08 |  Rugby League
Wakefield 18-26 Hull
12 Jul 08 |  Rugby League

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