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Super League: No regrets for Huddersfield Giants coach Paul Anderson
Everybody has got knocks at this time of the year and it was a short turn-around. The scheduling hasn't helped that. If you look at the bigger picture, we had no choice but to do what we did today.
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Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson insisted he had no regrets over his decision to field a team of youngsters at Bradford.
With the league leaders' trophy safely tucked away in the Giants trophy cabinet, Anderson rested all but four of the team that beat Wakefield 40-0 last Sunday with Thursday's opening play-off tie against Wigan firmly at the forefront of his thoughts.
He opted to give debuts to four teenagers and run-outs to four other players with just four Super League appearances between them and watched on as they were crushed 58-6 by the Bulls.
"Everybody has got knocks at this time of the year and it was a short turn-around," Anderson said.
"The scheduling hasn't helped that. If you look at the bigger picture, we had no choice but to do what we did today.
"This was a bit of a dead rubber. The only thing it's hurt is our for and against but we are where we are.
"There were a lot of people out there who over the year had earned an opportunity to play. I thought one or two took it and one or two didn't.
"The scoreline was never a worry, it was all about people doing the right thing on the field and I don't think we consistently did that.
"You could tell they had a lot more Super League experience than we did."
Bradford coach Francis Cummins admited: "It was good to get some smiles back on our faces. We well and truly let ourselves down last week.
"I said to them that it would have been awful to end the season on that note. The players have showed a lot of character. They have worked really hard and it's pleasing to see them rewarded."
The game ended of a fitting note when Lulia, who is returning to Australia's NRL next season, scored the last of Bradford's 10 tries with the last touch of the match.
"I'm really pleased for Keith," Cummins said. "I'm just glad he finished on a high."
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Super League Table
|9||Hull K R||27||23|
|10||Salford Red Devils||27||23|
|13||Bradford Bulls *||27||10|
|First Utility Super League|
|Thursday 5th February|
|20:00||Widnes vs Wigan|
|Friday 6th February|
|20:00||St Helens vs Catalans Dragons|
|Saturday 7th February|
|15:00||Warrington Wolves vs Salford Red Devils|
|Sunday 8th February|
|15:00||Huddersfield vs Hull|
|15:00||Hull K R vs Leeds|
|15:30||Castleford vs Wakefield|
|Thursday 12th February|
|20:00||Salford vs St Helens|
|Friday 13th February|
|20:00||Hull vs Warrington|
|20:00||Leeds vs Widnes|
|20:00||Wigan vs Huddersfield|
|First Utility Super League|
|Saturday 11th October|
|St Helens 14 - 6 Wigan|
|Friday 3rd October|
|Wigan 16 - 12 Warrington|
|Thursday 2nd October|
|St Helens 30 - 12 Catalans Dragons|
|Friday 26th September|
|Huddersfield 16 - 18 Catalans Dragons|
|Thursday 25th September|
|Castleford 14 - 30 Warrington|
|Saturday 20th September|
|Leeds 20 - 24 Catalans Dragons|
|Warrington 22 - 19 Widnes|
|Friday 19th September|
|St Helens 41 - 0 Castleford|
|Thursday 18th September|
|Wigan 57 - 4 Huddersfield|
|Sunday 14th September|
|Wakefield 18 - 42 Hull K R|
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