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Bulls in Wembley charge; Bradford 30, Wakefield 18.

Bradford 30, Wakefield 18

BRADFORD Bulls reached the semi- finals of the Challenge Cup but were made to work hard in a game they seemed to have killed off early in the second half.

Three-try hero Sonny Whakarau, on loan from Keighley, led the Wakefield fightback when he grounded a Brad Davis kick which had the Bradford defence in sixes and sevens.

The touchdown followed a series of three successive penalties in front of the Bradford line which had the home crowd incensed with referee Colin Morris.

Four minutes later the Bradford line was under pressure again and Whakarau crossed to bring his team within 10 points of the Bradford score but the home team rallied.

Full-back Paul Cook landed a late penalty to calm the Bradford nerves.


Wakefield were never over-awed by their Super League opponents and took the lead in the second minute when Whakarau grabbed the first of his three tries.

It took Bradford 20 minutes to settle into the game but they got on the scoresheet when Aussie Graeme Bradley touched down to even the scores. A goal from Cook put them in front.

A powerful run from winger Jon Scales, who burst through to touch down after cutting inside, added four more points.

Then a perfect pass from scrum-half Robbie Paul sent centre Paul Loughlin through a gap to put Brian Smith's men firmly in the driving seat.

Stand-off Davis pulled a try back for brave Trinity just before half- time, but three tries in eight minutes from Simon Knox, substitute Paul Medley and hooker Jason Donohue put the game beyond Wakefield's reach.

Cook hit the post with three successive conversion attempts.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 26, 1996
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