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Bradford 22-58 Warrington

Bradford (10) 22
Tries: Solomona 2, Platt, Jeffries Goals: Sykes 3

Warrington (34) 58
Tries: L Anderson, Hicks 3, King, Riley, Johnson, Higham 2, BriersGoals: Hicks 9


Chris Hicks goes over for one of his tries
Chris Hicks was in devastating form for the Wolves with 30 points

Chris Hicks scored a hat-trick of tries and kicked 18 points as Warrington claimed an easy win over Bradford.

The Wolves were dominant throughout the 80 minutes with Mickey Higham also touching down twice on another bad night for the Bulls.

Louis Anderson, Matt King, Chris Riley, Paul Johnson and Lee Briers also got on the scoresheet.

All the Bulls could manage was a David Solomona double and scores from Michael Platt and Ben Jeffries.

The two sides came into the game having managed just two league victories each all season but only Warrington seemed intent on improving that record.

The Wolves looked much better than a side 13th in the table as they blitzed Bradford in the first 40 minutes.

Once Anderson took Michael Monaghan's pass at speed to open the scoring after five minutes, it was one-way traffic.

Bradford looked well below par and it wasn't long before the boos started to ring out around Odsal.

By half-time the home side trailed 34-10 and worse was to follow on the restart when Rikki Sheriffe inexplicably pushed the kick-off back into his own in-goal area from the dead-ball line and the onrushing Higham slid in to score.

Bulls fans started heading for the exits on the hour as Hicks seized on a loose ball to race in for his hat-trick and bring up the half-century and by the end their misery was complete.


Bradford coach Steve McNamara:

"It's like having your teeth pulled out with no anaesthetic. It can be a cruel game at times.

"We put in a very flat performance, which is very unlike us. Some of our senior players looked like they did not have a lot left in the tank

"It is not nice to concede that many points and at home that is an embarrassing scoreline.

Warrington coach Tony Smith:

"They had a good start and played well. It was attractive rugby league from the start.

"I'm pleased for them. It should build confidence and hopefully we can build on that.

"It was the third game in eight days and everybody is going to have some flat performances in that period. Bradford had theirs tonight."


Bradford: Halley, Sheriffe, Sykes, Platt, Tadulala, Menzies, Jeffries, Lynch, Newton, Kopczak, Langley, Cook, Burgess.
Replacements: Scruton, Olbison, Solomona, Worrincy.

Warrington: Riley, Hicks, Bridge, King, Johnson, Briers, Monaghan, Morley, Clarke, Carvell, L. Anderson, Westwood, Harrison.
Replacements: Higham, V. Anderson, Wood, Cooper.

Referee: T Alibert (Toulouse)



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see also
Wakefield 24-22 Bradford
13 Apr 09 |  Rugby League
Warrington 6-28 Castleford
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