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Wakefield Trinity Wildcats 10-29 Bradford Bulls

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats (10) 10
Tries: Murphy, Johnson Goal: Cooke

Bradford Bulls (4) 29
Tries: Nero 2, Menzies, Godwin, L'Estrange
Sykes 4
Drop Goal:

Chris Nero
Bradford centre Chris Nero took his haul of tries to five in two matches

Bradford Bulls produced a stunning fightback as they ran in five tries to stun Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

Just a minute from the break, Wildcats led 10-0 thanks to first-half tries from Aaron Murphy and Paul Johnson.

But Chris Nero's first try turned the game. And, within four minutes of the restart, the Bulls were in front.

First loose forward Steve Menzies crashed over before centre Nero went in for his second try, Wayne Godwin and Heath L'Estrange sealing victory.

Having doubled his try haul for the season with a hat-trick in last week's 58-16 Challenge Cup win over Leigh, the in-form Nero made it five tries in two matches - and eight for the season.

That helped lift the Bulls, who have lost just once in their last nine games, to fourth in the table, but it was a sixth straight defeat for John Kear's Wakefield.

After coming in for some heavy early pressure , the Wildcats scored on their first meaningful venture downfield with 10 minutes on the clock, 21-year-old rising star Murphy taking a great ball from Sean Gleeson to crash over.

Paul Cooke failed to add the extras from out wide, but he succeeded with the boot when the hosts extended their lead in the 16th minute after Johnson took a Tevita Leo-Latu pass to burrow his way over.

Bradford were struggling to live with the high tempo, but they finally hit back in the fifth minute of added time when Aussie centre Nero took Paul Sykes' pass to squeeze over in the corner. And the Bulls needed just two second-half minutes to score again.

After the Wildcats coughed up possession near their own try-line, L'Estrange produced a clever little grubber and 36-year-old Menzies beat a host of dithering defenders to plant the ball on the whitewash.

Four minutes later, Bradford scored again when full-back Dave Halley cleverly drew the defence before the ball found its way to try-scorer Nero via the hands of Elliott Whitehead.

Godwin scampered over from acting half-back in the closing minutes before L'Estrange rubbed further salt in Wakefield's wounds as he touched down after his own kick through had come back off the post.

Bradford Bulls coach Steve McNamara said:

"In the first half, we were terrible defensively. We let Wakefield play at the speed they wanted to play at. They hurt us with 10 points and could easily have scored a couple more.

"We managed to cling on there, score on the stroke of half-time and turned it round in the second half. To score 29 unanswered points is a huge effort.

"Even if we hadn't scored before half-time we could still have turned things around, but certainly it gives you that spring in your step. "

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats coach John Kear said:

"There's been some very good individual performances and some of the players really put their hands up, but some have really let themselves down as well.

"There will be a great deal of soul-searching between now and the Harlequins game next week. Hopefully we'll come up with a solution, or a better performance over 80 minutes and a result, because it's not good enough to just compete in this league.

"You've got to come away with the spoils."

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats: Murphy, George, Gleeson, Demetriou, Blanch, Cooke, Obst, Korkidas, Leo-Latu, King, Johnson, Ferguson, Kirmond.
Replacements: Morton, Moore, Gledhill, Henderson.

Bradford Bulls: Halley, Sheriffe, Platt, Nero, Reardon, Sykes, Kearney, Scruton, L'Estrange, Lynch, Whitehead, Worrincy, Menzies.
Replacements: Godwin, Donaldson, Hall, Kopczak.

Attendance: 5,381.

Referee: Ian Smith (Oldham).

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