Super League: Bradford Bulls relegated by Huddersfield Giants
Last Updated: 20/07/14 9:10pm
Bradford’s relegation from Super League was confirmed on Sunday afternoon at Huddersfield.
Bradford’s relegation from Super League was confirmed on Sunday afternoon when they suffered a 52-26 defeat at the hands of Huddersfield.
The Bulls actually led 10-4 after the first quarter against their Yorkshire rivals but then found themselves trailing 26-16 at the John Smith’s Stadium, their cause not helped by conceding two tries in as many minutes before the break.
Bradford full-back Brett Kearney touched down straight after the re-start to close the gap to six, but winger Jermaine McGilvary went on to complete a hat-trick for the Giants, who return to winning ways after suffering back-to-back defeats at the start of July.
For their opponents, though, the outcome looks certain to consign them to the drop alongside London Broncos, meaning they will start next season outside the top tier for the first time in 40 years.
There is yet the possibility they could win back the six points they were docked for going into administration via High-Court action, but even then they would be still well adrift of safety and have already failed with one appeal.
At least the Bulls went down fighting - three times taking the lead in an error-strewn first half - before the Giants ran away with the game as the match wore on.
Former Huddersfield winger Luke George touched down twice in the opening 40 minutes, scrum-half Luke Gale creating his team-mate's opener and then also setting up another for hooker Adam O'Brien as Bradford were 16-10 ahead with 24 minutes gone.
However, Huddersfield - who had seen Jake Connor mark his home debut with a try before second rower Ukuma Ta'ai pounced on a blunder by Kearney - responded by scoring 16 points without reply before the interval.
After Leroy Cudjoe's long-range break created a score for scrum-half Luke Robinson, substitute Chris Bailey and McGillvary both crossed in a quick-fire double that gave the Giants a double-figure cushion.
Kearney benefited from a handling error to get a fourth try for Bradford early in the second half, though Jamie Foster's conversion rebounded off an upright to leave it at a six-point deficit.
Brett Ferres, who began his professional career at Bradford, forced his way over from close range and there was no way back for the Bulls when another of their former players, centre Joe Wardle, stole the ball in a one-on-one tackle from George to sprint 70 metres to the line.
As the Bulls wilted, McGillvary touched down twice in eight minutes to complete his hat-trick and Ta'ai helped himself to a second, with Cudjoe taking his goal tally to six from 10 attempts.
Kearney grabbed a consolation effort - his second of the afternoon - in the closing minutes but there was little for the beleagured Bulls to celebrate.
They must now prepare themselves for life in the Championship under new head coach James Lowes, a fate that seemed a certainty once they were punished with a points deduction following their financial issues.
First Utility Super League
Tue 30th Jun
Hull K R34 - 28Salford Red Devils
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield Wildcats26 - 16Hull FC
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington Wolves17 - 6Wigan Warriors
Fri 3rd Jul
Leeds Rhinos46 - 18St 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
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