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Bradford 6-52 Huddersfield

Bradford (0) 6
Tries:Menzies Goals: Sykes

Huddersfield (28) 52
Tries: Gilmour, D Hodgson 2, McGillvary 2, Cudjoe, Robinson, B Hodgson, Griffin Goals: B Hodgson 8

Brett Hodgson
Brett Hodgson racked up 20 points to top the Super League scoring list

Huddersfield ran in nine tries past Bradford to leapfrog their local rivals to sixth in the Super League table.

Giants were in complete control from the outset, running in five unanswered tries in the first-half.

They continued to bombard a lacklustre Bradford side as debutant Jermaine McGillvary and David Hodgson both crossed the line twice.

Brett Hodgson went over and converted eight but Bulls could only manage a late consolation from Steve Menzies.

Second row Lee Gilmour opened the scoring after just three minutes and it was one-way traffic from then on.

Three tries in five minutes left Bradford stunned, David Hodgson's well-rehearsed move went over before Leroy Cudjoe found an unmarked McGillvary to hand the winger his first score in a Huddersfield shirt.


Cudjoe then supported Kevin Brown's clean break through the middle to touch down before McGillvary demonstrated exceptional pace to run over Brett Hodgson's kick.

Bradford's only decent chance fell to Paul Sykes but he lost the ball over the line.

After the break, Giants kept up the pressure, Danny Brough's high kick eluded Rikki Sheriffe to gift a try to Luke Robinson.

Brett Hodgson bemused the home defence with a weaving run to touch down before Bradford pulled a consolation try back through ever-willing back row forward Menzies, goaled by Sykes.

As the rain descended the game slowed down, but Huddersfield added to their try tally when prop Darrell Griffin forced his way over from close range and David Hodgson took another incisive pass from his namesake Brett to score his second, and complete his 20-point haul.

Bradford Bulls coach Steve McNamara:

"We're hugely disappointed with our efforts, it's not acceptable to come up with a score line like that.

"There was a big gulf in the two sides today. You could see the difference in energy levels right from the start.

"Obviously we invested a lot physically and emotionally last week but that's not an excuse at all.

"I have to say I thought Huddersfield were very good. Their kicking game was superb, they kept us in our own half and took nearly all the opportunities that came their way."

Huddersfield coach Nathan Brown:

"If you watch all the sides that played in the [Challenge Cup] quarter-finals last week, I don't think any of them came out and played their best this week.

"Obviously, the quarters are emotionally-charged games. We came in off the back of a week off and we were definitely fresh.

"Any time you can score 50 and keep the opposition to six, you can feel you've done well.

"We really just did the basics well and our discipline was much better this week. We didn't give the referees many reasons to penalise us."

Bradford: Halley, Sheriffe, Platt, Nero, Reardon, Sykes, L'Estrange, Scruton, Godwin, Lynch, Whitehead, Hall, Menzies.
Replacements: Wardle, Worrincy, Addy, Kopczak.

Huddersfield: B. Hodgson, McGillvary, Cudjoe, Lawrence, D. Hodgson, Brown, Brough, Crabtree, Robinson, Mason, Gilmour, Wild, Faiumu.
Replacements: Patrick, D. Griffin, Fa'alogo, Lunt.

Referee: James Child (Dewsbury)

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