Super League match preview: Huddersfield Giants v Bradford Bulls
Last Updated: 03/03/13 2:35pm
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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Thu 26th Mar
Salford Red Devils36 - 8Widnes Vikings
Fri 27th Mar
Castleford Tigers20 - 14Hull FC
Hull K R24 - 22St Helens
Warrington Wolves10 - 29Huddersfield Giants
Wigan Warriors52 - 10Wakefield Wildcats
Sat 28th Mar
Catalans Dragons22 - 38Leeds Rhinos
Thu 2nd Apr
Hull FCvsHull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Fri 3rd Apr
Castleford TigersvsLeeds Rhinos
Wigan WarriorsvsSt Helens
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Mon 6th Apr
Warrington WolvesvsCastleford Tigers
Hull K R0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Wigan Warriors
St Helens0 - 0Hull FC
Catalans DragonsvsWidnes Vikings
Fri 10th Apr
Hull FCvsWidnes Vikings
Sat 11th Apr
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Castleford TigersvsHull K R
Sun 12th Apr
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0St Helens
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 16th Apr
Wigan WarriorsvsWarrington Wolves
Fri 17th Apr
St HelensvsLeeds Rhinos
Sun 19th Apr
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Apr
Wakefield WildcatsvsWigan Warriors
Fri 24th Apr
Hull FC0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Leeds RhinosvsWarrington Wolves
St Helens0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 25th Apr
Catalans DragonsvsHull K R
Sun 26th Apr
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 30th Apr
Huddersfield GiantsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 1st May
Hull FC0 - 0Salford Red Devils
St Helens0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 3rd May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 7th May
Hull K RvsWakefield Wildcats
Fri 8th May
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Sat 9th May
Catalans DragonsvsSt Helens
Sun 10th May
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Thu 21st May
Castleford TigersvsHuddersfield Giants
Fri 22nd May
Hull FC0 - 0St Helens
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull K R
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Sat 23rd May
Catalans DragonsvsWigan Warriors
Sun 24th May
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Widnes Vikings
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- Broncos run wild at Salford
- Rhinos storm Langtree Park
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