Super League: Bradford Bulls upset odds against Wigan Warriors
Last Updated: 28/07/14 12:34am
Relegated Bradford handed head coach James Lowes his first win since taking charge as they upset reigning champions Wigan 16-8 at the Provident Stadium.
Tries from Danny Williams, Joe Arundel and Matty Blythe finally gave the Bulls' beleagured fans something to celebrate, as they had not triumphed since the beginning of June.
Bradford were confirmed as the second team to go down to the Championship, along with the London Broncos, after defeat to Huddersfield in the previous round of fixtures.
Dom Manfredi crossed twice in a losing cause for the Warriors, but their fifth defeat in West Yorkshire this season means they now trail leaders St Helens by four points with just four rounds of the regular season remaining.
Wigan even led after 10 minutes and were in complete control of the contest in the early stages, though that was about as good as it got for Shaune Wane's side all afternoon in terms of performance.
A smart pass from Matty Bowen put winger Manfredi away and he was simply too quick for the scrambling Bulls defence as he went over in the corner to break the deadlock.
From then on though, the rest of the first 40 minutes saw the Bulls battle back to take the lead by the break.
Despite losing full-back Brett Kearney to injury in an incident that saw Wigan skipper Sean O'Loughlin placed on report, they nudged in front when a slick passing move set up winger Williams to score his first try since joining from Salford.
Luke Gale's conversion edged Bradford into the lead and they moved further clear before the interval, Adam O'Brien producing an outstanding offload for Arundel, who flew in under the posts.
Wigan looked certain to hit back at the start of the second half when Josh Charnley found himself in acres of space after seizing on a loose ball, only for Lee Gaskell to produce an incredible tackle that not only denied the score but also led to a turnover.
Despite having to defend for long periods, the Bulls took a rare chance to put further daylight between themselves and the Warriors when Blythe finished excellently in the corner.
With time rapidly running out, the Warriors needed a quick response and six minutes later, Manfredi squeezed in for his second of the afternoon.
Matty Smith was unable to add the extras though, and an eight-point gap allowed Bradford to hold on and record just their fifth Super League win of a difficult campaign, both on and off the field.
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Thu 23rd Apr
Wakefield Wildcats22 - 40Wigan Warriors
Fri 24th Apr
Hull FC4 - 24Huddersfield Giants
Leeds Rhinos10 - 29Warrington Wolves
St Helens34 - 16Widnes Vikings
Sat 25th Apr
Catalans Dragons32 - 24Hull K R
Sun 26th Apr
Salford Red Devils20 - 22Castleford Tigers
Thu 30th Apr
Huddersfield GiantsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 1st May
Hull FC0 - 0Salford Red Devils
St Helens0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Wigan WarriorsvsHull K R
Sun 3rd May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 7th May
Hull K RvsWakefield Wildcats
Fri 8th May
Salford Red DevilsvsHuddersfield Giants
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Sat 9th May
Catalans DragonsvsSt Helens
Sun 10th May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Thu 21st May
Castleford TigersvsHuddersfield Giants
Fri 22nd May
Hull FC0 - 0St Helens
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull K R
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Sat 23rd May
Catalans DragonsvsWigan Warriors
Sun 24th May
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 30th May
Salford Red DevilsvsWidnes Vikings
Hull FCvsHull K R
Leeds RhinosvsWigan Warriors
Sun 31st May
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
St HelensvsWarrington Wolves
Castleford TigersvsWakefield Wildcats
Thu 4th Jun
Widnes VikingsvsHull FC
Fri 5th Jun
St Helens0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sun 7th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wigan Warriors
Hull K R0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 11th Jun
Leeds RhinosvsCastleford Tigers
Fri 12th Jun
St HelensvsWigan Warriors
Sat 13th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsHull FC
Sun 14th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Hull K R0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Thu 18th Jun
Castleford TigersvsSt Helens
Fri 19th Jun
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sat 20th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsWakefield Wildcats
Sun 21st Jun
Hull K R0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
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