Wigan's Carmont does away with Bradford on debut

Last updated at 17:13 20 January 2008

Samoa centre George Carmont got on the scoresheet on his first appearance for

Wigan as the Warriors came from 10-6 down to beat Bradford in the Paul Deacon

testimonial match at a rain-swept Odsal.

Wigan, who recovered a 24-point deficit to win 31-30 on their previous visit to Bradford in September, mastered the difficult conditions to register an

impressive victory ahead of the new Super League season.

Carmont, Wigan's latest signing from Newcastle Knights, demonstrated

exceptional power to claim the last of the visitors' five tries while teenage

winger Sean Ainscough touched down twice.

Bradford, who fielded all six of their close-season signings, faded after a

promising start and had second rower David Solomona carried off on a stretcher

after 44 minutes with a knee injury that looks likely to rule him out of the

season's opener at Wakefield on February 10.

Bulls' fans among the 5,036 crowd had the satisfaction of witnessing

encouraging performances from newcomers Chris Nero and Ben Jeffries both while

left winger Semi Tadulala scored a blockbusting try of which his predecessor

Lesley Vainikolo would have been proud, taking Deacon's kick on the full and

bouncing off two defenders to touch down at the corner.

Terry Newton and Mick Higham, the hookers at the centre of a proposed swap

deal, were both involved in the early action, the former setting up a try for

Sam Burgess after the Wigan man had sent Harrison Hansen over for the game's

first try.

Ainscough won the race to Thomas Leulua's grubber kick to score his first try

eight minutes before the break and Pat Richards' second goal edged the visitors

12-10 in front by half-time.

Wigan dominated the second half, with Ainscough touching down Trent Barrett's

kick for his second try and Thomas Leuluai breaking clear to send full-back

Richards over.

Carmont then made his mark before winger Dave Halley scored a consolation try

for the Bulls, with Deacon kicking his second goal.•