Super League  Sunday 20th July 2014  The John Smith's Stadium  Att: 6,145

Squad

McGillvary, Cudjoe, Wardle, Brough, Robinson, Crabtree, Kopczak, Ferres, Bailey, Lawrence, Patrick, Ta'ai, Wood, Broughton, Kaufusi, Mullally, Johnson, Connor, Leeming.

Squad

Blythe, Pitts, Olbison, Purtell, Gale, George, Donaldson, O'Brien, Mellor, Henry, Walker, Arundel, Kearney, Foster, Addy, Gaskell, Sidlow, Manuokafoa, Fakir.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Ukuma Ta'ai

Jermaine McGillvary

Jermaine McGillvary

Joe Wardle

Brett Ferres

Jermaine McGillvary

Chris Bailey

Luke Robinson

Ukuma Ta'ai

Jake Connor

GOAL SCORERS:

Leroy Cudjoe

Leroy Cudjoe

Leroy Cudjoe

Leroy Cudjoe

Leroy Cudjoe

Leroy Cudjoe

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Brett Kearney

Brett Kearney

Luke George

Adam O'Brien

Luke George

GOAL SCORERS:

Jamie Foster

Jamie Foster

Jamie Foster

Full Report

Match Official: C Leatherbarrow

Bradford Bulls' relegation from First Utility Super League was all but confirmed when they suffered a sixth straight defeat in a scrappy, high-scoring derby at Huddersfield Giants.

A 52-26 loss at the John Smith's Stadium leaves the Bulls 13 points from safety with just six matches left and effectively ends their 40-year stay in the top flight of rugby league.

Eternal optimists might cling to the hope that the four-times Super League champions will yet win back the six points they were docked for going into administration via High-Court action but the look of resignation on the faces of the players told its own tale.

Bradford are the second founder members of Super League to be relegated after London Broncos' drop into the Kingstone Press Championship was confirmed a week ago, completing a stunning fall from grace eight years after they were crowned world club champions for the third time.

Today's result merely confirmed the inevitable and the Bulls received no sympathy from former player Paul Anderson, whose Huddersfield team got their top-six campaign back on track after back-to-back defeats, with winger Jermaine McGillvary scoring three of their 10 tries.

At least the Bulls went down fighting - three times taking the lead in an error-strewn first half - before the Giants ran away with the game after the break.

There was a hint of a stay of execution when former Huddersfield winger Luke George grabbed two first-half tries to help Bradford establish a 16-10 lead after 24 minutes.

Scrum-half Luke Gale got George over for his first and also created one for hooker Adam O'Brien before the winger collected Lee Gaskell's high kick to claim his second.

Neither side was able to get to their kick on the last tackle and Huddersfield demonstrated the more clinical finishing to lead 26-16 at the break.

Teenage full-back Jake Connor marked his home debut by scoring the Giants' first try, second rower Ukuma Ta'ai pounced on a blunder by Bradford full-back Brett Kearney to touch down and Leroy Cudjoe's long-range break created a score for scrum-half Luke Robinson.

The home side looked to have gained a grip on the game when skipper Danny Brough and second rower Brett Ferres combined to get substitute Chris Bailey over and Cudjoe palmed the ball back from Brough's kick to send McGillvary over for his first try.

But another handling error, this time from substitute Larne Patrick - within a minute of the re-start - gifted Bradford a glorious attacking position and they made the most of it, with Gaskell sending Kearney over for their fourth try.

However, Jamie Foster's conversion rebounded off an upright, leaving him with a tally of two successes from four attempts and his side trailing by six points.

Ferres, who began his professional career with the Bulls, forced his way over from close range for Huddersfield's sixth try and there was no way back for the visitors when another ex-Bradford man, centre Joe Wardle, stole the ball in a one-on-one tackle from George to sprint 70 metres for an opportunist score.

As the Bulls wilted in the warm sunshine, McGillvary touched down twice in eight minutes to complete his hat-trick and Ta'ai scored a second, with Cudjoe taking his goal tally to six from 10 attempts, although Kearney grabbed a consolation try for the visitors.

Match Action

  • 80m
    try

    Ukuma Ta'ai

    Huddersfield

  • 78m
    goal

    Jamie Foster

    Bradford

  • 78m
    try

    Brett Kearney

    Bradford

  • 75m
    try

    Jermaine McGillvary

    Huddersfield

  • 67m
    goal

    Leroy Cudjoe

    Huddersfield

  • 67m
    try

    Jermaine McGillvary

    Huddersfield

  • 64m
    try

    Joe Wardle

    Huddersfield

  • 64m
    goal

    Leroy Cudjoe

    Huddersfield

  • 57m
    interchange_off

    Adrian Purtell

    Bradford

  • 57m
    interchange_on

    Alex Mellor

    Bradford

  • 48m
    goal

    Leroy Cudjoe

    Huddersfield

  • 48m
    try

    Brett Ferres

    Huddersfield

  • 41m
    try

    Brett Kearney

    Bradford

  • 40m
    try

    Jermaine McGillvary

    Huddersfield

  • 39m
    try

    Chris Bailey

    Huddersfield

  • 39m
    goal

    Leroy Cudjoe

    Huddersfield

  • 36m
    interchange_on

    Chris Bailey

    Huddersfield

  • 36m
    interchange_off

    Kyle Wood

    Huddersfield

  • 30m
    try

    Luke Robinson

    Huddersfield

  • 30m
    goal

    Leroy Cudjoe

    Huddersfield

  • 29m
    interchange_off

    Kyle Wood

    Huddersfield

  • 29m
    interchange_on

    Chris Bailey

    Huddersfield

  • 26m
    goal

    Jamie Foster

    Bradford

  • 26m
    try

    Luke George

    Bradford

  • 23m
    interchange_off

    Chev Walker

    Bradford

  • 23m
    interchange_on

    Anthony Mullally

    Huddersfield

  • 23m
    interchange_off

    Eorl Crabtree

    Huddersfield

  • 23m
    interchange_on

    Jay Pitts

    Bradford

  • 21m
    goal

    Leroy Cudjoe

    Huddersfield

  • 21m
    try

    Ukuma Ta'ai

    Huddersfield

  • 18m
    interchange_on

    Craig Kopczak

    Huddersfield

  • 18m
    interchange_off

    Antonio Kaufusi

    Huddersfield

  • 17m
    interchange_off

    Jamal Fakir

    Bradford

  • 17m
    interchange_on

    Danny Addy

    Bradford

  • 17m
    interchange_on

    Adam Sidlow

    Bradford

  • 17m
    interchange_off

    Manase Manuokafoa

    Bradford

  • 17m
    goal

    Jamie Foster

    Bradford

  • 17m
    try

    Adam O'Brien

    Bradford

  • 9m
    try

    Jake Connor

    Huddersfield

  • 7m
    try

    Luke George

    Bradford