Wigan have almost certainly put the final nail in Bradford’s play-off coffin with an hard-fought 20-14 victory at the Grattan Stadium.
The Bulls have seven games remaining and must realistically win all seven to stand any hope of scraping eighth place.
For Wigan though it was all about consolidation as they restored their position in the top five of the Super League, as they bid to cling onto their play-off place.
Joel Tomkins opened the scoring for the Warriors after 22 minutes, and Wigan looked to be cruising when Pat Richards crossed shortly after the half-time break.
But resilient Bradford showed great determination to fight back and restored parity thanks to youngster James Donaldson and centre Chris Nero, both tries converted by the ever-reliable Paul Deacon.
Deacon’s boot edged the home side in front with a penalty goal, but two tries in quick succession late on – Martin Gleeson and Amos Roberts the scorers – gave Wigan the all-important two points.