Bradford ended Wigan’s unbeaten start to the season with a dramatic second half comeback to win 22-20 at Grattan Stadium.
Michael Maguire’s men looked all set to make it five wins from five as they went in 20-0 in front at the break, but the Bulls completed a remarkable turnaround when Matt Orford converted Steve Hall‘s try in the final minute.
Orford was instrumental for the Bulls as they ended Maguire’s honeymoon start to life in the UK. The Warriors had taken a commanding lead with tries through Darrell Goulding, Harrison Hansen, Sam Tomkins and Pat Richards.
But Steve McNamara rallied his troops at the interval, and Brett Kearney got them on the board six minutes in to the second period, quickly followed by the first of Orford’s two tries to cut the deficit to eight.
With ten to play, the home side still needed two scores, but Orford’s second four pointer brought them within four points to set up a grandstand finish.
Hall’s try levelled things up at 20-20, and Orford kept his nerve to kick the conversion and earn Bradford their third successive victory.