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Last Updated: Sunday, 10 June 2007, 14:57 GMT 15:57 UK
Bradford 52-20 Huddersfield
Bradford's Michael Platt
Bradford's strong start set them up for victory

Bradford: (24) 52
Tries: B Harris (2), Solomona, Henderson, St Hilaire, Burgess, Tupou (2), Newton
Goals: Deacon (8)

Huddersfield: (4) 20
Tries: Nero, Lolesi, Paul, Hudson
Goals: Drew (2)

Bradford turned on the style as they crushed Huddersfield to reach the last four of the Challenge Cup.

Tries by Ben Harris, David Solomona and Ian Henderson put the Bulls ahead before Chris Nero pulled a score back.

Tries either side of the break by Marcus St Hilaire, Sam Burgess and Harris put the Bulls out of reach.

Tame Tupou (2) and Terry Newton also scored before a late flurry including tries by Jamahl Lolesi, Robbie Paul and Ryan Hudson restored Giants' pride.

Ben Harris had already put Bradford ahead before Huddersfield paid a heavy price when Lolesi was sin-binned for a blatant late challenge on Paul Deacon.

As well as losing the player, from the resulting penalty Solomona bulldozed through several tackles to score a try.

Henderson further stretched the lead when Chris Thorman stepped out of his defensive position on the Giants' line to allow the hooker to touch down.

606: DEBATE

But St Hilaire's 100th career try rounded off a superb first half for Bradford, and they began the second in similarly impressive fashion as Henderson set up Burgess to score.

Harris twisted over to claim his second try and Bradford 30 points clear with more than a quarter of the game to go, a Giants revival looked unlikely.

The defence stood waiting for a forward pass to be called as Tupou went over, and Newton got in on the act when he sprinted through and his momentum took him over the line.

Lohlesi, Paul and Hudson scored breakaway tries as Bradford took their foot off the gas but it was too little too late to have any impact on the outcome of the game.


  • Bradford coach Steve McNamara on Tame Tupou:
  • "His physical presence opened our eyes and, although he's short of fitness, I'm pleased he's settled in.

    "We were a pretty determined bunch. We started very strongly. I thought we were efficient and effective.

    "We were pretty dominant for 70 minutes before we clocked off, which we are slightly disappointed with."

  • Huddersfield coach Jon Sharp:
  • "I thought they were tremendous and would have beaten any side in Super League today.

    "It's the second time we've conceded more than 20 points this season. Defensively, we didn't look to be at the races.

    "Bradford had a better attitude than us. They looked more determined and aggressive, which is disappointing.


    Bradford: Platt, St Hilaire, B. Harris, McAvoy, Vainikolo, I Harris, Deacon, Vagana, Newton, Lynch, Solomona, McKenna, Morrison. Replacements: Tupou, Langley, Henderson, Burgess.

    Huddersfield: Thorman, Reilly, Lolesi, Nero, Aspinwall, Brown, Drew, Mason, Hudson, Skandalis, Snitch, Wild, Crabtree. Replacements: Paul, Jackson, Jensen, Griffin.

    Referee: Phil Bentham (Castleford)

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