Super League preview: Bradford Bulls v Huddersfield Giants

Last Updated: 16/03/14 12:20pm

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Huddersfield Giants will be out for revenge when they make the short trip to Bradford to take on the Bulls at Odsal on Sunday.

The Giants finished the 2013 regular season at Bradford and were dismantled 58-6 as head coach Paul Anderson fielded a much-changed line-up for the League Leaders' Shield winners.

The Bulls come into this weekend's clash having lost to Hull FC last Friday while the Giants were held to a 12-all draw by Leeds Rhinos on home soil.

Luke George has returned to the Bulls squad after being ruled out of contention for last Friday's trip to Hull FC, having suffered concussion against London Broncos.

The 26-year-old has been passed fit to feature this weekend, meaning George returns to contention to face his former Giants team-mates.

Injured loanee Greg Burke misses out, while Anthony Mullally is ineligible to feature against his parent club, paving the way for youngster Alex Mellor to feature in boss Cummins' pre-match squad.

"The boys remain confident coming into what is going to be a big game against Huddersfield," Bradford's Danny Addy told the Huddersfield Daily Examiner.

Tough encounter

"We know, on our day, that we are as good as anyone in the league and opponents don't really come much tougher than the Giants.

"They are a very good team. They are strong and well drilled but we know that if we do our own things right and play as well as we can do, we can match them."

Tongan forward Ukuma Ta'ia is in line for a recall for Huddersfield after being dropped for last week's game against Leeds for being late for training.

Winger Aaron Murphy stands by in case Jodie Broughton fails to recover from a knee injury sustained on his try-scoring debut in the draw with the Rhinos.

"If we don't turn up ready to play, we'll get rolled over, it's as simple as that," the Giants' 25-year-old Jermaine McGillvary winger told the Examiner.

"That happened to us at Widnes, and it could happen to us again at Bradford if we don't show the right attitude. In that respect, the Widnes game has taught us a pretty painful, but useful lesson.

"Just because we've got talented players throughout the squad and we won the Super League Leaders' Shield the other week, we can't expect to just turn up and win. It simply doesn't work like that in Super League."

Bradford Bulls: Donaldson, Henry, Walker, Purtell, Gale, Kear, Olbison, Sidlow, Bridge, Mellor, Sutcliffe, Wood, Roberts, Manuokafoa, Addy, Foster, Diskin, Kearney, O'Brien.

Huddersfield Giants: Grix, McGillvary, Cudjoe, Wardle, Murphy, Brough, Robinson, Crabtree, Kopczak, Ferres, Chan, Bailey, Lawrence, Faiumu, Ta'ai, Wood, Broughton, Kaufusi, Fairbank.

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