A COMMANDING second-half performance from Andy Farrell strengthened Mike Gregory's claims for the Wigan coaching job as the Super League leaders lost for the first time in nine games.
Farrell made two tries and scored one as Wigan got the reward they deserved for some heroic defence. In the process they made themselves strong favourites for third place after extending their unbeaten run under Gregory's stewardship.
Wigan showed plenty of early enterprise and were denied a try when David Hodgson tackled Tevita Vaikona in the air before Terry Newton touched down. At the other end, Bradford went even closer, with only Brian Carney's leg preventing Shontayne Hape from grounding the ball.
When the breakthrough came, it was a rather messy try, Luke Robinson launching a high kick which eluded Vaikona and bounced off Brett Dallas's leg, before the Australian winger gathered the ball and crossed the line.
Martin Aspinwall protected Wigan's lead by hacking the ball clear just as Daniel Gartner was about to touchdown. There was also some desperate try-line defence from Kris Radlinski, in his comeback match, to keep out Jamie Peacock.
This was rugby league at its most uncompromising, with every point fought over relentlessly. Two minutes before half-time, Wigan strode further into the lead. Robinson, standing in for the …