Super League: Bradford Bulls hand Huddersfield Giants a first loss
Last Updated: 03/03/13 7:55pm
Bradford put paid to Huddersfield's perfect start to the season in emphatic fashion, thrashing their Yorkshire rivals 43-18 at John Smith's Stadium.
Stand-off Jarrod Sammut scored a hat-trick of tries, the last of them coming just before the final hooter, as the Bulls bounced back from a home defeat to St Helens in fine style.
Huddersfield's cause was not helped by the absence of skipper Danny Brough, who pulled out through illness, though they still remain on top of the table due to Warrington's equally-surprising loss at the hands of Hull KR.
The Giants simply never managed to recover from a disastrous start that saw them concede two tries in the opening nine minutes of the derby battle.
Scott Grix gifted Bradford their first, fumbling Sammut's grubber kick to allow the Australian an easy try, while winger Elliot Kear palmed Danny Addy's kick into the arms of centre Matty Blythe for the second.
The hosts briefly rallied, cutting the gap to two points when ex-Bradford centre Joe Wardle took Luke Robinson's short pass to crash over before loose forward David Faiumu scored from close range.
Yet their defensive line was to be breached on two more occasions before the end of the opening half, Addy and Brett Kearney both notching tries that Jamie Foster successfully converted.
A Grix penalty meant it was 24-12 at the break, only for the full-back to then allow Sammut to steal the ball from him at the start of the second half for an opportunistic try.
Although hooker Shaun Lunt went over to keep Huddersfield in the hunt, the Bulls - who came up against former prop Craig Kopczak for the first time since he walked out on the club - were in no mood to let slip a winning position.
Replacement hooker Adam O'Brien, who was only drafted into the matchday 17 because of an injury to Matt Diskin, made an immediate impact off the bench with his first Super League try on 55 minutes.
Sammut put over a drop goal soon after, then completed his treble in the last move of the match. Foster added his sixth goal to round out the scoring and complete a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon for Francis Cummins' side.
First Utility Super League
Tue 30th Jun
Hull K RvsSalford Red Devils
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield WildcatsvsHull 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
- 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
- Giants v Bulls: Teams
- 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