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Bradford Bulls 58 Huddersfield Giants 6
Jarrod Sammut grabbed an impressive four-try haul as the Bulls ended the season with their biggest win of the campaign.
The 26-year-old stand off had proved Huddersfield’s nemesis with a hat-trick in the Bulls’ 43-18 at the John Smith’s Stadium in March.
And he was at it again this evening, opening the scoring with a brilliant length-of-the-field effort before grabbing three second-half scores.
Giants boss Paul Anderson rested most of his first-choice players with the League Leaders’ Shield already secured and a home play-off clash with Wigan looming on Thursday.
But it was an excellent performance from a youthful Bulls side featuring debutants Curtis Naughton, who enjoyed a superb game at full back, and Nathan Conroy.
Keith Lulia marked his farewell appearance with a clinical hat-trick to give him a tally of eight tries in his last five appearances.
The Cook Islands centre will now leave the club along with stalwarts Jamie Langley and Michael Platt and rookie Jobe Murphy.
Sammut collected a kick from Huddersfield’s Kyle Wood to race 95 metres to opening the scoring.
Then it was the turn of Lulia to take centre stage with two clinical finishes in the left corner.
Danny Addy then bustled over from close range before creating a try for Jamie Foster in the left corner to make it 28-0 at the break.
Foster’s fine pass then ushered Sammut clear for his second before Huddersfield replied through the highly-rated Jake Connor.
Sammut then scored twice more before Elliot Kear went over in the right corner and Lulia completed his hat-trick shortly before the final whistle.
Final score: Bulls 58 Huddersfield 6 - Biggest win of the season.
78 mins... TRY and hat-trick for Lulia...
72 mins... TRY for Elliot Kear in the right corner...
67 mins... TRY for Jarrod Sammut from Jamie Foster's kick...
60 mins... TRY... Jarrod Sammut goes over for his hat-trick score....
Jack Miller converts to make it 34-6....
48 mins... Jack Connor scores a fine try for Huddersfield...
Former Bulls loanee Jacob Fairbank goes close for Huddersfield twice in quick succession but some stout defending keeps him at bay... still 34-0...
41 mins... TRY for Jarrod Sammut as he takes Jamie Foster's fine inside pass to score his second of the match...
Great first half from the Bulls. 28-0 up...
Luke Gale has moved to the left wing after a number of tries were scored down his side...
Foster fails to convert but it's 28-0 and game over. Surely. Five minutes to half-time...
Neat move involving O'Brien, Gale, Kear and Wood comes to nothing but the Bulls keep the ball moving and Jamie Foster scores in the left-hand corner...
Alex Mellor has taken a knock and been replaced...
31 mins... TRY for Danny Addy who crashes over the line from close range... Foster 4/4 to make it 24-0...
Moments before Lulia scored his second try, Michael Platt and Adam O'Brien came on for Ben Evans and Matt Diskin...
Keith Lulia is finishing the season with a flourish. He now has seven tries from his last five appearances...
Foster adds the extras to make it 18-0...
26 mins.... TRY for the Bulls as Keith Lulia grabs his second in the left corner...
Curtis Naughton showing no sign of nerves on his first-team debut... very confident when running the ball out from the back...
22 mins... Matt Diskin goes close but is unable to finish from close range... still 12-0 to the Bulls...
21 mins... Alex Mellor on for Manase Manuokafoa...
That second try has poured confidence into the Bulls and they are now pushing hard for a third...
Ben Blackmore boots a Luke Gale grubber kick clear at the expense of a goal-line drop-out...
18 mins... Great run from Danny Addy takes him past halfway...
Foster converts and the Bulls are 12-0 up and in total control...
15 mins... TRY for the departing Keith Lulia in the left corner after fine work from Elliot Kear and Danny Addy....
14 mins... Jarrod Sammut with a brilliant weaving run which earns the Bulls a penalty...
The ground has filled up a bit from earlier too...
That try has steadied the Bulls and given them a platform to build on...
Sammut caught Kyle Wood's chipped kick and showing outstanding pace to run the length of the field to score under the posts ... Foster converts to make it 6-0...
06 mins... TRY for Jarrod Sammut after collecting a kick and racing clear from 90 metres...
05 mins... Bulls forced to drop-out after period of Giants pressure...
Giants have started the match on the front foot...
Subs: Aspinall, Mason, Leeming, Blagbrough
Giants: Connor, Blackmore, Lawrence, George, Dawson, Miller, Wood, Mullally, Faiumu, Johnson, Ta'ai, Cording, Fairbank
Just got to my position with @mercedes8188, a very young looking giants side tonight. http://t.co/UMl62ZjwFn— @Pmarch7 07 September 2013
Suns out, pitch looks amazing, lets go @OfficialBullsRL #COYB http://t.co/LgjsXlWDI5— @sarahlou1390 07 September 2013
@katehardcastle taking centre stage on the pitch singing 'Aint no mountain high enough' #rugbyleague http://t.co/uVSySsSJAn— @rosshtanda 07 September 2013
Interchange: Platt, O'Brien, Mellor, Conroy.
Bulls starting line-up: Naughton, Kear, Wood, Lulia, Foster, Sammut, Gale, Evans, Diskin, Manuokafoa, Olbison, Addy, Donaldson.
Jamie Langley is not playing... he was knocked out during last weekend's defeat to London and failed a head test yesterday...
Curtis Naughton and Nathan Conroy make their Super League debuts....
Relaxing at home watching TV with the lil guy before my last game with the Bulls!! http://t.co/BcvIsUuc5G— @KLulia 07 September 2013
Thanks everyone for the well wishes and support over the 2 years I've been here at the Bulls. Lets make this last game 1 to remember! #bully— @KLulia 07 September 2013
“@mikeplatty: Cud b an emotional day 4 me, any way 2 points first an I'll leave the tweeting 4 after the game. gud luck cuz!— @jaystapley22 07 September 2013
We have few lads leaving too @mikeplatty @KLulia @JamieLangley13 @Jobe_Murphy it's been a pleasure boys!— @snozzer_gale 07 September 2013
Sad to see @JamieLangley13 @mikeplatty & @KLulia leave today! I hope they get the sending off the deserve! Good Luck in the game today!! 😊— @Sammy_Swales 07 September 2013
Good Luck to an absolute Bulls Club Legend today. Made me feel very welcome 4 years ago. Thanks old cock!!!!!#gutted @JamieLangley13— @HeathLEstrange 07 September 2013
Good luck too 3 off the boys who depart today in @JamieLangley13 @KLulia @mikeplatty ,have a good one fellas, it's been ace playing together— @johnbateman1 07 September 2013
Team news to follow in the next hour or so as Francis Cummins' men look to end the season on a high...
Jobe Murphy will also leave the club at the end of the season...
The match promises to be an emotional affair as the Bulls bid farewell to Jamie Langley, Michael Platt and Keith Lulia...
Welcome to the Provident Stadium as the Bulls host Huddersfield Giants in the final game of the regular Super League season...
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