Super League round 16: HUDDERSFIELD 42 BRADFORD 6 at Etihad Stadium, Manchester


HUDDERSFIELD coach Paul Anderson asserted his desire to play tough as his side kept the pressure on Wigan at the top of the table.
The Giants gave Bradford a lesson in defending as they romped home with a more-than-convincing seven-try win.
Back rower Dale Ferguson opened the floodgates with a comfortable effort in the 10th minute with fullback Scott Grix crossing the line three minutes later.
“This group are working very hard at the moment – we want to go through teams not around them. I’d be lying if I said i didn’t tell the players we owed them one,” said Anderson, in reference to a big Bradford win over thew Giants earlier this year.
Bradford’s hopes were lifted by a possible Elliott Kear try four minutes after the Grix touchdown but they were dashed when it was disallowed for offside.
Huddersfield - Paul AndersonBut the die was well and truly cast in the 24th minute as replacement Larne Patrick ducked through several Bulls defenders to find the corner, making the score 18-0 at halftime.
“Our performance was workmanlike and we created a lot of chances,” said Anderson. “Every time we decided to be direct, we created havoc.”
Another opportunity for Bradford was granted when Grix failed to catch an easy kick, but it was thwarted as Giants defenders forced Chev Walker to drop the ball.
A spectacular 40-20 from Danny Brough in the 42nd minute was wasted as Giants failed to convert.
Ferguson scored his second at 54 minutes by breaking through the Bulls defence, leaving in his way only Jamie Foster,who was easily floored to stretch the gap to 24-0.
The Bulls finally made it onto the board in the 61st minute as winger Kear grabbed a well placed kick and sent fullback Foster over in the corner, flanked by two defenders.
The try failed to stem the flow with Patrick, prop Craig Kopczak, centre Brett Ferres and replacement Anthony Mullally all making it over the line in the last 15 minutes to confirm their superiority.
Bulls boss Francis Cummins was left disappointed with the missed opportunity to pull three points clear of St Helens in the table but conceded the result was fair.
Cummins said: “It was a bad day at the office, but they were the better team. We have people missing and there were some below par performances in there.”

HUDDERSFIELD 42 (D Ferguson 2 S Grix L Patrick S Lunt B Ferres A Mullally tries D Brough 7 goals) bt BRADFORD 6 (Foster try goal) at Etihad Stadium. Referee: J Child.

Final team lists:
BRADFORD: Jamie Foster; Elliot Kear, Matty Blyth, Keith Lulia, Adrian Purtell; Danny Addy, Jarrod Sammut; Chev Walker, Elliot Whitehead, Tom Olbison, Jamie Langley, Heath L’Estrange, Nick Scruton. Res: Matt Diskin, James Donaldson, Ben Evans. Jacob Fairbank

HUDDERSFIELD: Scott Grix; Jermaine McGillvary, Leroy Cudjoe, Brett Ferres, Aaron Murphy; Danny Brough, Luke Robinson; Dale Ferguson, Jason Chan, Ukuma Ta’ai, Craig Kopczak, Shaun Lunt, Eorl Crabtree. Res: Larne Patrick, Jamie Cording, Anthony Mullally, Brad Dwyer.

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