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Huddersfield

  • Faiumu, Lunt, Wardle,
    Goals: Faiumu, Grix (2),
18 - 43

Bradford

  • Kearney, Blythe, Sammut (3), O'Brien, Addy,
    Goals: Kearney, Foster (6),
    Drop goals: Sammut,
  • First Utility Super League
  • 3rd Mar 2013
  • KO 15:00
  • Att: 7,616

Super League match preview: Huddersfield Giants v Bradford Bulls

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Huddersfield Giants will be out to protect their 100 per cent start to the season when local rivals Bradford Bulls come to the John Smith's Stadium on Sunday.

The Giants made it four wins from four outings last weekend courtesy of a hard-fought 18-16 win over Wakefield Wildcats while the Bulls were put the sword at home by St Helens.

The match will be Wales international Craig Kopczak's first against Bradford since he infamously quits the Bulls last season on the eve of their Super League clash against Catalan Dragons.

The visiting teams claimed the spoils in league action in 2012 with Bradford securing a 34-12 win at the Giants after Huddersfield had previous emerged from Odsal with a 20-6 triumph.

Huddersfield prop Craig Kopczak returns to face his old club after recovering from a neck injury that forced him to sit out last Sunday's win at Wakefield.

He takes the place of Stuart Fielden while fellow front-rower Ukuma Ta'ai is in line to make his second appearance for the club.

Bradford are set to be unchanged, although hooker Adam O'Brien is standing by in case co-captain Matt Diskin fails to recover from the dead leg he sustained during last week's home defeat by St Helens.

Huddersfield Giants: Grix, George, Cudjoe, Wardle, McGillvary, Brough, Robinson, Crabtree, Lunt, Kopczak, Ferres, Faiumu, Patrick, Chan, Ta'ai, Murphy, Cording, Fairbank, Mullally.

Bradford Bulls: Donaldson, Sidlow, O'Brien, Manuokafoa, Langley, Diskin, Scruton, Kearney, L'Estrange, Blythe, Lulia, Whitehead, Kear, Sammut, Addy, Olbison, C. Walker, Murphy, Foster.

What they said...

Huddersfield Giants head coach Paul Anderson

"It would be great to get a good performance on Sunday and see the crowd buzzing again," he told the club's official website.

"We seem to rise to the big occasions and give our best performances on big stages and that is what the Bulls present to us."

Bradford Bulls head coach Francis Cummins

"We've just got to play our game and if there is a weakness somewhere then we've got to go and find it. That might not necessarily be Craig, it might be somebody else," Cummings said to the Bradford Telegraph and Argus.

"You can't hold grudges and, while there's definitely a bit of spice this weekend, I'm not into burning up any emotional energy."

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First Utility Super League Table

First Utility Super League Table - February 26 2015
Pos Team P Pts
1 Leeds Rhinos 3 6
2 St Helens 2 4
3 Wakefield Wildcats 2 4
4 Warrington Wolves 2 4
5 Wigan Warriors 2 3
6 Hull FC 2 2
7 Catalans Dragons 2 2
8 Widnes Vikings 2 1
9 Castleford Tigers 2 0
10 Hull K R 2 0
11 Huddersfield Giants 3 0
12 Salford Red Devils 2 0
Forthcoming First Utility Super League Fixtures
TimeFixture
First Utility Super League
Thursday 26th February
20:00Leeds vs Huddersfield
Friday 27th February
20:00St Helens vs Castleford
Saturday 28th February
14:00Catalans Dragons vs Warrington
19:30Salford vs Hull
Sunday 1st March
15:00Hull K R vs Wigan
15:00Widnes vs Wakefield
Thursday 5th March
20:00Hull vs Leeds
Friday 6th March
20:00Wakefield vs St Helens
20:00Huddersfield vs Widnes
20:00Castleford vs Wigan
Today's Results
TimeResult
First Utility Super League
Sunday 15th February
Wakefield 44 - 24 Hull K R
Saturday 14th February
Catalans Dragons 13 - 12 Castleford
Friday 13th February
Hull 6 - 7 Warrington
Leeds 38 - 6 Widnes
Wigan 24 - 16 Huddersfield
Thursday 12th February
Salford 6 - 52 St Helens
Sunday 8th February
Castleford 22 - 24 Wakefield
Huddersfield 0 - 19 Hull
Hull K R 30 - 40 Leeds
Saturday 7th February
Warrington 22 - 8 Salford

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