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Wigan 60-12 Bradford

Wigan (18) 60
Tries: Richards 3, Carmont 2, S Tomkins 2, Charnley 2, Hoffman, O'Loughlin, Hansen
Goals: Richards 6

Bradford (6) 12
Tries: Kopczak, Bateman Goals: Ah Van 2

Sam Tomkins
Super League top scorer Sam Tomkins took his try tally to the season to 26

Wigan warmed up for Wembley in style as they cruised to a 12-try victory which ended battered Bradford Bulls' hopes of making the Super League play-offs.

The one downside was an off night with the boot for Pat Richards, who landed only six of his 12 kicks.

But Richards did run in a hat-trick, to add to a brace of tries apiece for Sam Tomkins, one of them a 90-yard stunner, Josh Charnley and George Carmont.

Ryan Hoffman, skipper Sean O'Loughlin and Harrison Hansen all crossed too.

Craig Kopczak and teenager John Bateman, on only his second Super League appearance, both bagged first-half tries for Bradford, who turned round just 18-12 down.

The Bulls had the memory of taking Wigan close in the Challenge Cup in May, as well as coming from 20-0 down at half-time to beat the Warriors at Odsal last season.

But there was only one side in it after the break as the Warriors roared to their biggest win of the season.

Next week's Challenge Cup finalists ran in an unanswered 42 points in a scintillating second-half display as the double-chasing Cherry and Whites stretched their record winning run to 11 games.

There was a worrying moment for the home side when Tomkins was tackled around the neck by Paul Sykes, who was put on report by referee Ben Thaler.

But, within a minute he raced through the heart of the Bradford defence to send O'Loughlin striding majestically over for a try.

The players wanted to make sure they nailed this game going into next week. It was a real good performance

Wigan coach Michael Maguire

Richards then grabbed his second, latching onto Bradford old boy Paul Deacon's high kick to the corner

But the game's highlight came on 64 minutes when Bradford's passing broke down 10 metres from the Wigan line and Tomkins scooped up the loose ball to dart his way clear before sprinting almost the full length of the pitch to register his second try.

As Bradford's defence wilted, second rower Hansen crashed through before Tomkins got Charnley racing 90 metres for his second try and Richards completed the rout with his hat-trick.

Half-back Brett Finch and forwards Andy Coley and Lee Mossop were all rested in Wigan's last game before meeting Leeds at Wembley.

That allowed Irish international Eamon O'Carroll to return from his career-threatening sternum injury after more than 12 months out, while Gareth Hock and Paul Prescott both pressed their claims to replace the injured Ben Cross in Wigan's Wembley line-up.

Bradford lost scrum half Marc Herbert with a broken hand and winger Patrick Ah Van with a neck injury as a fifth defeat in six matches finally ended their mathematical hopes of a play-off spot.

That mean the three-times Super League champions miss out on a top eight finish for the third year running.

POST-MATCH VERDICTS

Wigan coach Michael Maguire:

"Paddy just had one of those nights. He practises all the time and normally nails those. I just hope he gets them next week.

"The players wanted to make sure they nailed this game going into next week. It was a real good performance.

"We're very healthy. We rolled a few tonight but it was really pleasing to have Eamon O'Carroll come back from a long injury lay-off. He was probably told he'd never play again and to come back do what he did tonight is a credit to him.

"It's definitely going to be headache for me through the week but it's a great one to have. We will sit down as a group and come up with the right team."

Bradford coach Mick Potter:

"I thought the guys tried but we just didn't get the ball in the second half. Tthey sit at the top of the table for a reason. They're a complete footie team.

"If we are going to give them that much possession, we need to be much better in our defence.

"John Bateman's a good up-and-coming player and I expect you'll see him more in the teamsheet in the future. He's got a great attitude. We need to bring more of that type of player through."

TEAMS

Wigan: S Tomkins; Charnley, J Tomkins, Carmont, Richards; O'Loughlin, Deacon; Lima, Leuluai, Hock, Hansen, Hoffman, Farrell.

Replacements: Goulding, McIlorum, Prescott, O'Carroll.

Bradford: Kearney; Ah Van, Sykes, Royston, Raynor; Jeffries, Herbert; Lynch, Addy, Hargreaves, Elima, Sibbit, Langley.

Replacements: Bateman, Kopczak, O'Brien, Burgess.

Attendance: 13,940.

Referee: Ben Thaler (Wakefield).



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