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."
First Utility Super League
Tue 30th Jun
Hull K R34 - 28Salford Red Devils
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield Wildcats26 - 16Hull FC
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington WolvesvsWigan Warriors
Fri 3rd Jul
Leeds RhinosvsSt Helens
Sun 5th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Hull K R
Hull FC0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Thu 9th Jul
Wigan WarriorsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 10th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Sun 12th Jul
Hull FC0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Hull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 16th Jul
Warrington WolvesvsSt Helens
Fri 17th Jul
Hull K RvsHull FC
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 18th Jul
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 19th Jul
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Jul
Hull FCvsWigan Warriors
Fri 24th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 26th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Super League 2013, round five
Jamie Heaslip insists he is enjoying being captain of Ireland despite the added pressure and responsibility.
Rod Studd and Stevo look at the all the headlines from the past seven days in rugby league. This week, they are joined by Chris Irvine and Danny Lockwood.
Round five saw the end of Huddersfield's perfect record and the first coaching casualty of the season.
- Craig 'keeping feet on ground'
- Anderson: We were embarrassing
- Last-gasp Tuson denies Tigers
- Bulls cut Giants down to size
- Rovers roll past Wolves
- Frayssinous still frustrated
- Betts plays down injury fears
- Bittersweet win for Vikings
- Dragons singe unlucky Cats
- Brown: It will get better
- Veivers: Wrong decisions made
- Broncos run wild at Salford
- Rhinos storm Langtree Park
- Tigers v Warriors: Teams
- Week off 'energises' Vikings
- Vikings v Hull FC: Teams
- Dragons v Wildcats: Teams
- Fiddes' Cent
- Saints v Rhinos: Teams
- City Reds v Broncos: Teams
- Vikings boosted by Brown