Warrington wilt after Hassan hat-trick
Dave Hadfield was a schoolboy convert to rugby league, the game which, one way or another, has dominated his life ever since. After working for newspapers in Shropshire and Blackpool (where he covered the fortunes of Blackpool Borough) he travelled the world, working mainly in Hong Kong and Sydney. He became The Independent's rugby league man in 1990 and has written five books on the game and broadcast extensively for Sky and the BBC. Dave played his last game at the age of 53 and would have set up a try if anyone could have been bothered supporting his break. When not writing about the sport, he now limits himself to a bit of tick and pass with his local club, the Bolton Mets. Family includes supporters - of varying degrees of dedication - of Salford, Wigan, Sheffield Eagles and St George Illawarra.
Thursday 21 December 1995
Three tries in the last seven minutes saw a depleted Bradford Bulls to an unlikely victory despite the dismissal of their centre Matt Calland in the first half.
Calland's sorry disciplinary record seemed to have decided this match, but a hat-trick from the former Fijian rugby union international, Carlos Hassan, kept the Bulls in touch.
Bradford took the lead within three minutes, a long striding run by Brian McDermott setting up the position and Calland going over. Paul Cook landed the conversion and then a penalty to give the Bulls an eight-point lead before Iestyn Harris's penalty got Warrington moving.
Robbie Paul's lovely chip-kick and catch set up Hassan for Bradford's second try, with Cook again on target, but in the 26th minute Calland was sent off for the third time this season after a high tackle which failed to prevent Lee Penny scoring.
Within three minutes, Harris's perfect pass had sent in Ian Knott as the game changed completely and a try by Chris Rudd on half-time put Warrington ahead for the first time.
Less than a minute after the restart, the improving Paul Scul- thorpe's break sent Harris over, Bradford replied with two more tries from Hassan to reclaim the lead, but another fine run by Scul- thorpe enabled Rudd to reclaim pole position for Warrington.
Penny forced his way over in the corner to increase Warrington's lead but tries from Gary Christie, Steve Pickles and Cook's 70-yard interception try and eighth goal finally won it for Bradford.
Warrington: Penny; Finau, Rudd, Currier (Mafi, 54), Thompson; Harris, Ford; Jones (Hilton, 35; Jones 67), Hough, King, Cullen, Knott (Barrow, 57), Sculthorpe.
Bradford: Graham; Christie, Calland, Hassan, Cook; Longo (Paul, 47), Paul (Simpson, 28); Ireland (Bourneville, 65), Pickles, Hamer, McDermott, Knox (Jowitt, 68), Medley.
Referee: S Cummings (Widnes).
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