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Huddersfield 24-12 Bradford

Hudderfield (16) 24
Tries: Cudjoe 2, Lunt, Fa' alogo Goals: B Hodgson 4

Bradford (8) 12
Tries: Reardon 2, Sheriffe

Leroy Cudjoe
Cudjoe's brace gave the Giants a lead they maintained throughout the clash

Huddersfield Giants' dogged defence provided the backbone to a convincing opening Super League win over Bradford Bulls at the Galpharm Stadium.

Leroy Cudjoe scored twice early on and Shaun Lunt added a third as the Giants dominated the first half hour.

Bulls hit back through Stuart Reardon and Rikki Sheriffe in quick succession to end the half in touching distance.

David Fa'alogo crossed early after the break but sustained Bulls pressure saw Reardon add a second for himself.

Bradford started the game strongly, dominating the early exchanges.

But handling errors by the Bulls handed the momentum to the home side and Cudjoe finished off a polished play in the right corner on six minutes.

A minute and a half later the wing went over again in the same corner as he gathered a neat chip from full-back Brett Hodgson, who added the conversion.

Huddersfield were now rampant and sustained pressure on the Bulls line saw Lunt squirm over from dummy half as Hodgson again added the extras.


Bradford's first attack on the home side's line for half an hour resulted in a try for Stuart Reardon but the touchline conversion was missed by Paul Sykes.

Some smart off-loading by Bradford saw them find holes in the otherwise resolute Giants defence.

And after Matt Orford's chip was gathered by Sykes he had only to find Sheriffe outside him to put the Bulls back in game on half time.

Huddersfield struck first after the break as Fa'alogo exploited some ponderous Bulls defending.

But poor discipline from the home side saw them twice drop to 12 men as Luke Robinson and Lee Gilmour were sin-binned.

Reardon was judged to have scored a second after Cudjoe bundled him into touch in the left corner.

Bradford pounded the Giants line for the final 20 minutes but their admirable defence held firm to deny the visitors any further scores.

Huddersfield head coach Nathan Brown:
"I'm delighted to have started off with a win and I thought our effort, especially with 12 men for a lot of the game, was there for all to see.

"We built last year on effort and commitment for each other and it was there again tonight."

On Brett Hodgson's performance:
"He played great and everybody knows what type of player he is and how important he is to the team.

"He does that on the back of some guys working really hard."

Bradford coach Steve McNamara:
"I thought we probably missed an opportunity in some regards.

"I thought Huddersfield were good in certain areas - defensively - and we had to work very hard to score some points there.

"After starting the game brightly you find yourself 16-0 down. There were some things in that first half that by our own admission were unacceptable.

"We were made to pay the price, we were chasing the game after that."

Huddersfield: B. Hodgson, Cudjoe, Lolesi, Lawrence, D. Hodgson, Brown, Robinson, D. Griffin, Lunt, Mason, Gilmour, Horne, Faiumu.
Replacements: Crabtree, Grix, Fa'alogo, Raleigh.

Bradford: Halley, Sheriffe, Sykes, Nero, Reardon, Kearney, Orford, Scruton, L'Estrange, Lynch, Hall, Langley, Menzies.
Replacements: Godwin, Worrincy, Kopczak, Donaldson.

Referee: S Ganson (St Helens)

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