Super League  Sunday 3rd March 2013  The John Smiths Stadium  Att: 7,616

Squad

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

Squad

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

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Shaun Lunt

David Faiumu

Joe Wardle

GOAL SCORERS:

Scott Grix

Scott Grix

David Faiumu

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Jarrod Sammut

Adam O'Brien

Jarrod Sammut

Brett Kearney

Danny Addy

Matty Blythe

Jarrod Sammut

GOAL SCORERS:

Jamie Foster

Jamie Foster

Jamie Foster

Brett Kearney

Jamie Foster

Jamie Foster

Jamie Foster

DROP GOAL SCORERS:

Jarrod Sammut

Full Report

Match Official: J Child

Stand-off Jarrod Sammut scored a hat-trick of tries as Bradford Bulls produced their best performance under new coach Francis Cummins to end Huddersfield Giants’ 100% Super League record.
 
The Giants stayed top of the table after Warrington Wolves lost at Hull KR but there was little else for the home fans to cheer after witnessing a woeful display by their team.
 
Huddersfield sorely lacked leadership and creativity in the absence of their skipper Danny Brough, who pulled out through illness, and never recovered from a shocking start in which they conceded two tries in the first nine minutes.
 
The Giants gave a full debut to Tongan international Ukuma Ta’ai but most eyes were on his fellow prop Craig Kopczak as he faced his old club for the first time since walking out on them on the eve of the final match of last season - and he quickly became the pantomime villain.

The Wales captain knocked on with his first touch and then conceded a penalty, much to the delight of the Bulls fans, who very soon had much more to cheer as the visitors got off to a dream start.

Scott Grix gifted Bradford their first score, fumbling Sammut’s grubber kick to allow the Australian half-back an easy try, while winger Elliot Kear palmed Danny Addy’s kick into the arms of centre Matty Blythe for the second.

Jamie Foster added both conversions to make it 12-0 and Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson’s response was to withdraw Ta’ai, who made an inauspicious opening to his first start for the club.

The Giants briefly rallied, cutting the gap to two points when former Bradford centre Joe Wardle took Luke Robinson’s short pass to crash over for a try before loose forward David Faiumu forced his way over from close range.

Bradford were in no mood to roll over, however, and extended their lead with two more tries in a 10-minute spell before half-time.

Addy took hooker Heath L’Estrange’s pass to go over and full-back Brett Kearney demonstrated his attacking flair to add a fourth try, with the accurate Foster once more adding both conversions.

Huddersfield pulled two points back on the stroke of half-time through the boot of Grix, who kicked a penalty to add to his earlier conversion, but they fell further behind within five minutes of the restart.

The unfortunate Grix, switching between stand-off and full-back, gathered Addy’s grubber kick behind his own line but had the ball stolen from him by the opportunistic Sammut for his second try.

Grix helped atone for his latest error by hoisting a kick that bounced awkwardly on the Bradford line and produced a try for hooker Shaun Lunt. He then grabbed a third goal to make it 30-18.

Replacement hooker Adam O’Brien, who got the call-up because of injury to Matt Diskin, then scored with his first touch to register his first Super League try and Foster kicked his sixth goal from as many attempts.

Sammut put over a drop goal on 63 minutes to strengthen his side’s hold on the game, which Huddersfield never looked capable of breaking. He then piled on the misery for the home side by completing his hat-trick in the last move of the match.

Match Action

  • 80m
    try

    Jarrod Sammut

    Bradford

  • 80m
    goal

    Jamie Foster

    Bradford

  • 66m
    dropgoal

    Jarrod Sammut

    Bradford

  • 55m
    try

    Adam O'Brien

    Bradford

  • 55m
    goal

    Jamie Foster

    Bradford

  • 53m
    interchange_on

    Adam O'Brien

    Bradford

  • 53m
    interchange_off

    Heath L'Estrange

    Bradford

  • 50m
    goal

    Scott Grix

    Huddersfield

  • 50m
    try

    Shaun Lunt

    Huddersfield

  • 46m
    goal

    Jamie Foster

    Bradford

  • 46m
    try

    Jarrod Sammut

    Bradford

  • 40m
    goal

    Scott Grix

    Huddersfield

  • 38m
    try

    Brett Kearney

    Bradford

  • 38m
    goal

    Brett Kearney

    Bradford

  • 34m
    interchange_on

    James Donaldson

    Bradford

  • 34m
    interchange_off

    Chev Walker

    Bradford

  • 32m
    interchange_off

    Eorl Crabtree

    Huddersfield

  • 32m
    interchange_on

    Jamie Cording

    Huddersfield

  • 32m
    interchange_off

    David Faiumu

    Huddersfield

  • 32m
    interchange_on

    Anthony Mullally

    Huddersfield

  • 29m
    interchange_off

    Craig Kopczak

    Huddersfield

  • 29m
    interchange_on

    Larne Patrick

    Huddersfield

  • 27m
    goal

    Jamie Foster

    Bradford

  • 27m
    try

    Danny Addy

    Bradford

  • 25m
    interchange_on

    Adam Sidlow

    Bradford

  • 25m
    interchange_off

    Nick Scruton

    Bradford

  • 24m
    try

    David Faiumu

    Huddersfield

  • 24m
    goal

    David Faiumu

    Huddersfield

  • 22m
    interchange_off

    Manase Manuokafoa

    Bradford

  • 22m
    interchange_on

    Jamie Langley

    Bradford

  • 20m
    try

    Joe Wardle

    Huddersfield

  • 13m
    interchange_off

    Ukuma Ta'ai

    Huddersfield

  • 13m
    interchange_on

    Shaun Lunt

    Huddersfield

  • 10m
    goal

    Jamie Foster

    Bradford

  • 10m
    try

    Matty Blythe

    Bradford

  • 3m
    goal

    Jamie Foster

    Bradford

  • 3m
    try

    Jarrod Sammut

    Bradford