Farrell earns credit from Wigan's early command

Bradford 6 Wigan 36

Odsal

Wigan completely dominated the team that started the weekend just two rungs below them on the Super League ladder with an unstoppable first-half performance today. It was not so much a case of Bradford playing badly as not being allowed to play at all as the Warriors piled on five converted tries, three of them from Liam Farrell, who is having the sort of season young forwards dream about.

Farrell – cousin of Andy, England's rugby union coach – took his tally so far to 10 and Wigan were also well served by Blake Green. It is fair to say they were not exactly dancing in the streets leading to the DW Stadium when his signing was announced last year, but his partnership with Matty Smith has proved a winner.

"I'm very happy we've got the half-backs we have," said the Wigan coach, Shaun Wane, from whom that is almost equivalent to having a medal pinned on your chest.

With half a dozen Wigan players back in their side after injury, the league leaders were fielding their strongest line-up of the season so far. That showed during the first half.

Green's early influence saw him kick and get a deflection for Farrell's first try and then claim the second himself with a lovely side-step. Number three came from Sean O'Loughlin's clever pass to Jack Hughes and Farrell's try-line homing device took him over twice more before the break.

The Bulls did not help themselves with some fundamental errors, highlighted by Jarrod Sammut putting three consecutive kicks dead. "When you give up field position to them, Wigan are very, very ruthless," said Francis Cummins, Bradford's rueful coach. Fortunately for him and his team, that ruthlessness did not extend far into a second half that Wane called "awful".

Sam Tomkins did score in the first minute of the second half from Smith's precise kick but, generally speaking, Wigan's prolific outside backs had a quiet afternoon, simply because it had been too easy to breach the Bradford defence down the middle.

From that point, the whole side went quiet. "Both teams' energy levels were poor," said the demanding Wane.

The Bulls even got a try, the unfortunate Sammut making some amends by taking Luke Gale's cross-kick and touching down. Sammut also landed the conversion.

But Bradford finished the game with a stream of penalties conceded and with Elliott Whitehead in the sin bin, an inconvenience for which Cummins declined – at least in public – to blame the referee, Tim Roby.

Bradford Kearney; Kear, Purtell, Lulia, Platt; Addy, Sammut; Scruton, Diskin, Manuokafoa, Walker, Whitehead, Donaldson.Substitutes used Gale, L'Estrange, Langley, Sidlow.

Wigan S Tomkins; Charnley, Thornley, Hughes, Richards; Green, Smith; Crosby, McIlorum, Mossop, Farrell, Burke, O'Loughlin. Substitutes used: Hansen, Taylor, Dudson, L Tomkins.

Referee T Roby (St Helens).

BUY RUGBY WORLD CUP TICKETS

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

Join the tequila gold rush

The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
12 best statement wallpapers

12 best statement wallpapers

Make an impact and transform a room with a conversation-starting pattern
Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

Paul Scholes column

Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?