Result from the DW Stadium
Wigan Warriors 22
T - Gelling, Murphy, Flower, Crosby
G - Charnley 3
57 McIlorum sent off
Bradford Bulls 30
T - Pryce 2, Kearney, Lulia, Whitehead
G - Gale 5
Wigan's thirteen game unbeaten run came to an end as Bradford Bulls ended a dramatic week off the field with two Super League points on it. Bradford ran out 22-30 winners at the DW Stadium on Friday night.
The home side were reduced to 12 men with 23 minutes remaining in the second half when McIlrorum was shown red, the man advantage proving decisive. Wigan started brightly to race into a 10-0 lead but from then on it was nip and tuck, the Bulls with a two point advantage at the break. Karl Pryce grabbed a brace as the Bulls outscored Wigan five tries to four. The only positive Warrington defeated at Salford and Wigan still three points clear at the top.
With Sam Tomkins ruled out with a dead leg young utility back Jack Murphy made his first team debut, the 20 year old who joined Wigan in 2008 from local Club Wigan St Judes. Elsewhere prop Ben Flower returned on the bench following a 12 game absence through injury. For the Bulls, Chev Walker returned to the side on the bench.
Wigan took the lead with just 5 minutes on the clock with their first spell of possession, Hock with the offload sending Carmont away down the left and Anthony Gelling was in space to race away for the try. Josh Charnley missed the extras , 4-0.
The home side should have extended their lead on 8 minutes, Farrell with a superb break from deep inside his own half, his pass to Goulding and the centre was tackled. Karl Pryce held on for an age and was sent to the sin bin by Tim Roby, a Wigan penalty but the Warriors unable to score, Hock unable to ground the ball from close range.
On 15 minutes a special moment for debutant Jack Murphy breaking through the Bulls line at pace to speed away, charging off a couple of defenders from around half way to dive over underneath the posts, a great individual effort, Charnley hit the extras, 10-0.
The Bulls grabbed their first points on 23 minutes, a quick move to the left and Pryce in space to score the try, Gale added the conversion, 10-6.
On 28, Wigan wasted another opportunity, again Farrell with a surging break after the Bulls were harshly penalised, Gelling should have taken the pass to score but knocked on with the line beckoning.
Wigan lost another player through injury as Darrell Goulding was unable to continue.
On 32 minutes, a Bulls break down the left, great hands sent Brett Kearney away for the try to the delight of a small band of Bradford fans in the East Stand, Gale added the goal and from being 10-0 down the Bulls led 10-12.
With four minutes of the half left Wigan edged ahead, a short O'Loughlin pass sent the returning Ben Flower in for Wigan's third try of the game,Charnley hit the goal, 16-12.
The lead lasted only a couple of minutes but there was more than a suspicion of a forward pass in the build up, the Bulls try from Lulia met with a round of boos from the home fans, gale hit the extras, 16-18 at the break to the visitors.
Wigan started the second period forcing two goal line drop outs in quick succession and the pressure eventually told on 52 minutes, Finch with a perfect short pass to send in Dom Crosby for the try. Josh Charnley added an easy goal, 22-18.
Wigan were reduced to 12 men when McIlorum was sent off after an incident with Bateman following a push and shove with 57 minutes on the clock.
With thirteen minutes left and the visitors a man to the good, Wigan lost the ball under pressure in the tackle and Elliott Whitehead was able to stretch over to level the scores at 22 all, Gale hit the goal, drama at 22-24.
A kick to the corner on 33 minutes and Charnley lost the ball in the flight, Pryce diving on the loose ball, his second try of the game, Gale added the goal and the Bulls had a precious 8 point advantage, 22-30.
Bradford held on for the win and a rare defeat for Shaun Wane's men.
Wigan Warriors - Jack Murphy, Josh Charnley, Darrell Goulding, George Carmont, Anthony Gelling, Sean O'Loughlin, Brett Finch, Epalahame Lauaki, Michael McIlorum, Lee Mossop, Rhodri Lloyd, Gareth Hock, Liam Farrell
Replacements - Logan Tomkins, Jack Hughes, Dom Crosby, Ben Flower
Bradford Bulls - Brett Kearney, Shaun Ainscough, Michael Platt, Keith Lulia, Karl Pryce, Jarrod Sammut, Luke Gale, Olivier Elima, Heath L'Estrange, Manase Manuokafoa, John Batemen, Elliott Whitehead, Jamie Langley
Replacements - Tom Burgess, Chev Walker, Adam O'Brien, Tom Olbison
Referee - T Roby