Super League match preview: Bradford Bulls v Huddersfield Giants
Last Updated: 26/05/13 5:13pm
Huddersfield Giants will be out for revenge against Yorkshire rivals Bradford Bulls when the duo meet at the Magic Weekend on Sunday.
Francis Cummins' Bulls have already secured an impressive 43-18 triumph over Paul Anderson's side, who currently sit second in the table three points behind leaders Wigan, this season.
Yet while the Giants have won five of their last six Super League outings, the Bulls put an end to a three-game losing streak last Friday courtesy of a 28-7 success over the Salford City Reds.
The match holds special meaning for Bradford's Adrian Purtell as it was a year ago in Manchester he suffered a heart attack following the defeat to Leeds.
Bradford welcome back goal-kicking winger Jamie Foster to their 19-man squad for the match at the Etihad Stadium.
The former St Helens man tore his pectoral muscle in the game at Rochdale in the Tetley's Challenge Cup but is now fit to play after initial fears suggested he could miss twelve weeks of action.
Loan signing Jacob Fairbank is also included for the game against his parent club but there is no place for Adam Sidlow, who missed the Salford game with a shoulder injury. Michael Platt is also not in the 19-man party.
Giants head coach Paul Anderson has made just one change to his squad that eased past the Widnes Vikings 36-22 last time out.
Ben Blackmore has come in for Matty Dawson while Joe Wardle serves the final match of his two-game ban for punching in their Challenge Cup win over Leeds Rhinos.
"It is certainly the case that they came and embarrassed us on our home ground in round five of the competition. Now we are in round 16 and we can go and put that right," Anderson told the Huddersfield Daily Examiner.
"But we don't use revenge as motivation in our preparation and, while some people might think that we owe them one, we have to concentrate on going out and doing our job.
"But if for some of the players putting the record straight does play a part in our winning the game then so be it!"
Bradford: Donaldson, Foster, Olbison, Fairbank, Gale, Kear, Scruton, Bateman, L'Estrange, Purtell, Lulia, Whitehead, Diskin, Sammut, Addy, Langley, Walker, Blythe, Evans.
Huddersfield: Grix, Cudjoe, McGillvary, Brough, Robinson, Crabtree, Lunt, Kopczak, Ferres, Faiumu, Patrick, Chan, Ta'ai, Murphy, Cording, Ferguson, Mullally, Blackmore, Dwyer.
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Thu 16th Apr
Wigan Warriors30 - 20Warrington Wolves
Fri 17th Apr
St Helens16 - 41Leeds Rhinos
Sun 19th Apr
Huddersfield Giants38 - 14Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings46 - 16Castleford 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
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Sat 9th May
Catalans DragonsvsSt Helens
Sun 10th May
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
Sat 30th May
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Hull FC0 - 0Hull K R
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Wigan Warriors
Sun 31st May
Catalans Dragons0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
St Helens0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Thu 4th Jun
Widnes VikingsvsHull FC
Fri 5th Jun
St Helens0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sun 7th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wigan Warriors
Hull K R0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 11th Jun
Leeds RhinosvsCastleford Tigers
Fri 12th Jun
St HelensvsWigan Warriors
Sat 13th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsHull FC
Sun 14th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Hull K R0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Thu 18th Jun
Castleford TigersvsSt Helens
Magic Weekend 2013
The best of Sunday's action from Super League's Magic Weekend at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester.
Leeds coach Brian McDermott felt his side had a late try harshly ruled out in their 20-16 defeat to Wigan.
Wigan put an end to Leeds' perfect record at Magic Weekend with a hard-fought 20-16 triumph at the Etihad Stadium.
- Anderson: We owed them one
- Seven-try Giants tame Bulls
- Noble: Let's build on victory
- James double sinks Vikings
- Magic musings
- Smith thrilled for Morley
- Wolves rip Saints to shreds
- Hull hit back to stun Rovers
- Powell hopeful following win
- Tigers annihilate Wildcats
- Dureau thrilled with comeback
- Dragons too hot for Broncos
- Wane wants revenge on Leeds
- McDermott: No Leeds crisis
- Every angle covered
- City Reds v Vikings: Teams
- Rhinos v Warriors: Teams
- Powell ready for crucial test
- Wellens: Saints need to build
- Gentle aiming to end hoodoo
- Dragons v Broncos: Teams
- Hull FC v Hull KR: Teams
- Saints v Wolves: Teams
- Tigers v Wildcats: Teams
- Fiddes' Cent