Super League: Huddersfield Giants v Bradford Bulls preview
Last Updated: 17/05/14 2:24pm
Huddersfield Giants will be looking to maintain their fine form when they come up against local rivals Bradford Bulls at the Magic Weekend on Sunday.
Paul Anderson's Giants are starting to show the form that saw them crowned League Leaders' Shield winners last season following a run of four straight league wins.
The Bulls had been showing signs of life themselves recently, although an emphatic 50-0 home defeat to St Helens last time out has halted their progress.
The defeat means the relegation-threatened Bulls are eight points behind third-from-bottom behind Wakefield Wildcats with 12 games of Super League played.
Brett Ferres returns to the Giants' 19-man squad following a five-game suspension for a dangerous tackle on Jonny Lomax. Scott Grix also returns.
The pair are back in place of winger Jermaine McGillvary and Jake Connor who were both injured in the 30-16 win against London Broncos last weekend.
"Bradford are dangerous and they're wounded at the moment. Obviously they've played well in some games and not so well in others," Anderson told the club's official website.
"What they managed to do last time is turn an 80 point loss into a big win so hopefully we're going to arrest that trend, as we don't want them to turn a 50 point loss into a win against us this weekend."
Bradford's vice-captain Luke Gale is in-line to make his return this weekend after missing their defeat to Saints with a hamstring injury.
Back-rower James Donaldson is also back in contention, having shaken off an ankle injury which has kept him sidelined for the past three weeks.
Young hooker Nathan Conroy has also been included, though prop Manase Manuokafoa (hamstring) misses out.
Huddersfield Giants: Grix, Cudjoe, Wardle, Murphy, Brough, Robinson, Crabtree, Lunt, Kopczak, Ferres, Chan, Bailey, Lawrence, Patrick, Faiumu, Ta'ai, Wood, Broughton, Mullally
Bradford Bulls: Addy, Arundel, Conroy, Diskin, Donaldson, Foster, Gale, Gaskell, Luke George, Henry, Kear, O'Brien, Olbison, Mellor, Pitts, Purtell, Sidlow, Walker, Wood.
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
Magic Weekend 2014, round 13
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Highlights from Sunday's Magic Weekend matches including Huddersfield's win over Bradford.
- Wellens upset with loss
- Warrington back to their best
- Ferres return thrills Anderson
- Giants run riot against Bulls
- Tigers in talks over Sneyd
- Cas thrash woeful Wildcats
- Wane hails wounded Warriors
- Warriors battle past Rhinos
- Rovers claim bragging rights
- Betts: We showed character
- Vikings too strong for Salford
- London boss defends Drinkwater
- London edged out by Catalan
- Flanagan targets league shield
- Wildcats v Tigers: Teams
- Wolves v Saints: Teams
- Morley - Red Devils improving
- Vikings v Red Devils: Teams
- Wildcats grab Tiger Owen
- Jones-Buchanan: Leeds firing
- Grima still upbeat on survival
- Shenton seeks magic formula
- Returning Ferres fired up
- Radford: Rovers the favourites