Super League preview: Bradford Bulls v Huddersfield Giants
Last Updated: 16/03/14 12:20pm
Huddersfield Giants will be out for revenge when they make the short trip to Bradford to take on the Bulls at Odsal on Sunday.
The Giants finished the 2013 regular season at Bradford and were dismantled 58-6 as head coach Paul Anderson fielded a much-changed line-up for the League Leaders' Shield winners.
The Bulls come into this weekend's clash having lost to Hull FC last Friday while the Giants were held to a 12-all draw by Leeds Rhinos on home soil.
Luke George has returned to the Bulls squad after being ruled out of contention for last Friday's trip to Hull FC, having suffered concussion against London Broncos.
The 26-year-old has been passed fit to feature this weekend, meaning George returns to contention to face his former Giants team-mates.
Injured loanee Greg Burke misses out, while Anthony Mullally is ineligible to feature against his parent club, paving the way for youngster Alex Mellor to feature in boss Cummins' pre-match squad.
"The boys remain confident coming into what is going to be a big game against Huddersfield," Bradford's Danny Addy told the Huddersfield Daily Examiner.
"We know, on our day, that we are as good as anyone in the league and opponents don't really come much tougher than the Giants.
"They are a very good team. They are strong and well drilled but we know that if we do our own things right and play as well as we can do, we can match them."
Tongan forward Ukuma Ta'ia is in line for a recall for Huddersfield after being dropped for last week's game against Leeds for being late for training.
Winger Aaron Murphy stands by in case Jodie Broughton fails to recover from a knee injury sustained on his try-scoring debut in the draw with the Rhinos.
"If we don't turn up ready to play, we'll get rolled over, it's as simple as that," the Giants' 25-year-old Jermaine McGillvary winger told the Examiner.
"That happened to us at Widnes, and it could happen to us again at Bradford if we don't show the right attitude. In that respect, the Widnes game has taught us a pretty painful, but useful lesson.
"Just because we've got talented players throughout the squad and we won the Super League Leaders' Shield the other week, we can't expect to just turn up and win. It simply doesn't work like that in Super League."
Bradford Bulls: Donaldson, Henry, Walker, Purtell, Gale, Kear, Olbison, Sidlow, Bridge, Mellor, Sutcliffe, Wood, Roberts, Manuokafoa, Addy, Foster, Diskin, Kearney, O'Brien.
Huddersfield Giants: Grix, McGillvary, Cudjoe, Wardle, Murphy, Brough, Robinson, Crabtree, Kopczak, Ferres, Chan, Bailey, Lawrence, Faiumu, Ta'ai, Wood, Broughton, Kaufusi, Fairbank.
First Utility Super League
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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