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Cummins also revealed Danny Addy suffered a bang to the head and Manase Manuokafoa a knock to the shoulder. Neither sounds too serious but will be assessed.
Bulls coach Francis Cummins said after the game: “We know what sort of team we are and we’ve got to have everybody one hundred per cent sticking to what we do.
“When we do that we can cause teams trouble and I thought we did that today.
“I’m really proud of them and how hard they worked.”
Huddersfield Giants 18, Bradford Bulls 43
Jarrod Sammut grabbed a hat-trick as the Bulls produced their best performance of the season to destroy Craig Kopczak’s Huddersfield this afternoon.
The Aussie half-back scored three opportunist tries and added a second-half drop-goal as the Bulls made a mockery of the Giants’ early-season form.
Paul Anderson’s men went into the game on the back of four straight wins which had lifted them to the top of the table.
Furthermore, the Giants had not conceded more than three tries in a game before today but Bradford breached their line seven times this afternoon.
They fizzed with vibrancy throughout in Kopczak’s first outing against the Bulls since his controversial departure last September.
Coach Francis Cummins saw his men lead through Sammut’s third-minute try and Matty Blythe soon added a second in the right corner.
Huddersfield responded through former Bulls academy player Joe Wardle and David Faiumu but further tries from Danny Addy and Brett Kearney put the Bulls 24-12 up at the break.
Sammut added his second in the 46th minute and Shaun Lunt touched down for Huddersfield before replacement hooker Adam O’Brien added a fifth with his first touch in the 55th minute.
Sammut then added a drop goal and touched down again after the final hooter as the Bulls won at Huddersfield in exhilarating fashion for the second season running.
FINAL SCORE... Huddersfield 18 Bulls 43. One word. AMAZING.
SAMMUT hat-trick!!! This is simply amazing. Right on the hooter.
L'Estrange and Addy also looked to have picked up injuries...
Manuokafoa going off with a knock.... worrying.
Just playing out time now... not long left... Omar Khan has stood up to salute the Bulls fans... pure theatre.
ADDY off after taking a heavy knock LANGLEY on.. 10 mins remaining... Bulls lead 37-18....
67 - Foster denied a try in the left corner....forward pass by the looks of it...
65 - SAMMUT drop-goal.. keeps the scoreboard ticking over.... Now Bulls 37 Huddersfield 18...
62 - WALKER on LANGLEY off... still 36-18... game growing a bit scrappy now...
DONALDSON off MANUOKAFOA on... still 36-18...
Great work Adam O'Brien try on debut... No nude run!!— @snozzer_gale 03 March 2013
"Stand up if you hate Kopczak" and "Kopczak, Kopczak, what's the score?" are the chants ringing out from the away end... can the Bulls see the game out?
Foster's conversion puts the Bulls 36-18 up.
It was the 19-year-old's first touch!! Amazing.
53 - TRY!!! ADAM O'BRIEN!!
Lunt's try has brought the Giants back into the game. Grix's conversions leaves the scores at 30-18 in Bradford's favour...
Foster converts again. It's now Bulls 30, Giants 12... This could be a massive result. Over 30 mins to go...
Bulls TRY!!! Sammut touches down after pilfering possession from Scott Grix!!!
Craig Kopczak warming up on the sidelines as he prepares for his next shift. #rugbyleague http://t.co/9omHsIvwrx— @rosshtanda 03 March 2013
The second half is now underway....
Half-time is Huddersfield 12, Bulls 24. Big second-half performance needed though if victory is to be secured...
Grix kicks a penalty on the stroke of half-time to make it Huddersfield 12 Bulls 24 at the break...
Foster's conversion puts the Bulls 24-10 up!!! Almost half-time. This is no more than the Bulls deserve for their vibrancy during the opening 40 minutes.
NB - It's the first time in five games this season that Huddersfield have conceded four tries in one game.
TRY!!! Brett Kearney finishes off some slick passing to score the Bulls' FOURTH of the afternoon!!
DONALDSON on WALKER off...
Bulls now aiming to preserve their lead heading into half-time... still 18-10...
Nice inter-passing between Kearney and L'Estrange with the latter sending Addy diving over from close range!! Foster converts to make it 18-10 with 25 minutes played...
BULLS try!!! ADDY!!!
SIDLOW on... SCRUTON off...
GIANTS score again.. this time David Faiumu goes over from Shaun Lunt, who has livened things up for Huddersfield since his introduction... Grix's conversion makes it 12-10...
Scott Grix misses conversion... 12-4 to the Bulls...
22 - GIANTS try... Joe Wardle cross in the left corner from Luke Robinson's pass.... 4-12 with kick to come...
Bulls fans loving this... 12-0 up and cruising at the moment but a long, long way to go....
Foster converts to put the Bulls 12-0 up!!
09... The Bulls have scored again!! Addy kicks to the right corner, Kear palms the ball back and Matty Blythe scores!!!
Nice try from Sammut as he collected his own short grubber kick to score from close range. Jamie Foster converts to make it 6-0 to the Bulls!!!
03 TRY for JARROD SAMMUT!!
That has put Bulls on the front foot...
Kopczak knocks on horribly with his first touch... and then he gives a penalty away for holding down...
Jamie Foster kicks off to get the game underway...
The @OfficialBullsRL team is out first. #COYB http://t.co/NhV8kSaj0J— @rosshtanda 03 March 2013
RFL supremo Nigel Wood also in attendance today....
Our very own @bullschairman, @simonkenny2, @ryanwhitcut, @vipinjoshi97 and @GSutcliffeMP have just taken their seats in the main stand.— @OfficialBullsRL 03 March 2013
There's a loud chorus of boos from the @OfficialBullsRL supporters as the @Giantsrl PA announcer reads out Craig Kopczak's name.— @OfficialBullsRL 03 March 2013
Craig Kopczak's name is roundly booed by the Bulls supporters as it is read out over the Tannoy... a sign of things to come, you feel.
Former Bradford directors; Roland Agar, Stephen Colby and Andrew Bennett are all sat in the main stand at Huddersfield this afternoon.— @TheGameCaller 03 March 2013
Huddersfield Giants v Bradford Bulls team sheet. No Matt Diskin or Danny Brough. #RugbyLeague http://t.co/JmA3JWXS8r— @TheGameCaller 03 March 2013
Huddersfield were also looking to clock up a club record-extending run of successive wins at the start of a Super League season. Victory today would take them to five.
Craig Kopczak was named in Huddersfield's starting line-up as he prepared to face the Bulls for the first time since his controversial departure last year.
The homegrown prop progressed through the ranks at Bradford but terminated his contract shortly before the trip to Catalan Dragons last September.
He joined Huddersfield after a settlement fee between the clubs was agreed and was set to face a hot reception from the large contingent of Bulls fans.
Kopczak made the starting line-up along with two former Bulls in Joe Wardle and Brett Ferres, while Larne Patrick was named among the replacements.
The Bulls were missing injured joint-captain Matt Diskin after he suffered a severe dead leg in last weekend's home defeat to St Helens.
That meant Heath L'Estrange lined up as the Bulls' starting hooker, with 19-year-old Adam O'Brien making his first Super League appearance of the season off the bench.
Bulls fans beginning to fill the away end now. Just under half an hour to kick-off. #rugbyleague http://t.co/NADolQB4mG— @rosshtanda 03 March 2013
Referee: Mr James Child
Huddersfield replacements: Lunt, Patrick, Cording, Mullally
Bulls replacements: O'Brien, Sidlow, Langley, Donaldson
Bulls: Kearney, Kear, Blythe, Lulia, Foster, Sammut, Addy, Scruton, L'Estrange, Manuokafoa, Olbison, Whitehead, Walker
The last time Bulls played here they produced a fantastic performance which harvested one of their best wins of 2012. http://t.co/tV7c9PyPBe— @rosshtanda 03 March 2013
Huddersfield: Murphy, McGillvary, Cudjoe, Wardle, George, Grix, Robinson, Crabtree, Faiumu, Kopczak, Ferres, Chan, Ta'ai.
It has been confirmed that Danny Brough misses out through illness today....
Also hearing that Danny Brough is not playing for the Giants today... teamsheets due any minute...
@OfficialBullsRL coach Francis Cummins now conducting an interview pitchside for @SkySports #rugbyleague http://t.co/ngKFX4E82M— @rosshtanda 03 March 2013
Music blaring, drinking in the car on way to Hudds with @Lukebeadle @Sammy_Swales @Vicky_Swales #awaydays #COYB 🏉🍻— @GooGooDoll88 03 March 2013
Some of the @Fat_Dogs http://t.co/aplOi8rqxN— @Vicky_Swales 03 March 2013
O'Brien coming in for Diskin is set to be the only change to the 17 from last weekend....
Am hearing that Adam O'Brien will come in for the injured Matt Diskin today.... awaiting confirmation...
Two-page piece on the Bulls by myself in today's official matchday programme. Worth a read. :-) #rugbyleague http://t.co/WrkNUjKTly— @rosshtanda 03 March 2013
“@rosshtanda: Latest Jamie Foster column in today's T&A... http://t.co/sPeawJvfnY #rugbyleague” Read my latest Column here.— @jamiefoster22 02 March 2013
Talk in the Huddersfield press box and among players pitchside is of the news that Salford head coach Phil Veivers - a former Bulls assistant coach - has been sacked today.
The John Smith's Stadium is empty right now. It should be fairly lively come 3pm. #rugbyleague http://t.co/7Ir79mFv4A— @rosshtanda 03 March 2013
Good afternoon from the John Smith's Stadium as the Bulls prepare to face Super League leaders Huddersfield Giants...