Saturday 7th September 2013, 17:45
Super League - Round: 27
Jarrod Sammut 4, Keith Lulia 3, Danny Addy, Jamie Foster, Elliot Kear,
Jamie Foster 9,
Attendance: 8,348 Official: B Thaler Venue: Provident Stadium, Odsal
Full Time Report
Bradford Bulls 58 Huddersfield Giants 6
Jarrod Sammut scored four as the Bulls battered League Leader’s Shield winners’ Huddersfield to end their season on a high.
It was the second time that the Bulls have heavily out-scored the Giants this season.
They claimed a 34-18 victory at the John Smith’s Stadium in April, with Sammut going over three times in that fixture.
Keith Lulia also went in for a hat-trick as he played a perfect final game in the red amber and black before he heads back home to Australia
Michael Platt also featured off the bench for his last game in a Bulls shirt after seven years of loyal service, with Jamie Langley missing out through injury to deny him a final appearance in his 12th and last campaign.
Francis Cummin’s handed debut to Curtis Naughton in place of Brett Kearney at fullback, with Nathan Conroy named among the substitutes against a weakened Huddersfield.
Giants started the game the brighter but it was the home outfit that opened the scoring against the run of play.
The end of the visitors’ fourth set on the bounce saw Kyle Wood put in a cross-field kick, which Sammut latched onto and then raced 95 metres to cross. Jamie Foster booting the conversion to make it 6-0 and the Bulls then went over again just over 10 minutes later.
Danny Addy fed in Lulia down the left edge as the Bulls assumed control of the game. Foster once again converting and Lulia was then in again for the next score.
This time the Cook Islands international was the beneficiary of Adam O’Brien and Luke Gale combing effectively down the left channel once more. Foster then putting the Bulls 18 up.
Jarrod Sammut was then on hand to set the platform for the home side’s next score.
The Bulls standoff’s magnificent 40-20 saw Gale once again take full advantage, seeing the former London halfback put Addy over. Foster adding the extras and the winger then crossed over for a try of his own just before half-time.
Sammut’s swirling ball out-wide saw the former St Helens man touchdown inches from the touchline chalk making it 28-0 at the break.
The Bulls then started the second-half like they finished the first. Lulia put Foster into space, who in turn then played in Sammut back on the inside for his second. Foster booting the two.
Huddersfield then managed to get themselves a foothold in the game with the Bulls initially holding strong.
But the pressure on their line eventually took its toll, with debutant Jake Connor evading a clutch of defenders to cross. Jack Miller slotting over the conversion
But the Bulls retook the initiative as Gale and Sammut dovetailed beautifully to see the Aussie in for his hat-trick. He was not finished there.
Gale’s looping pass went to Foster, who showed his soccer-skills to kick the ball to Sammut for his final try.
Elliot Kear then went over after some neat play from O’Brien out of dummy half and it was a fairytale finish for Lulia, as he scored on the final hooter. Foster goaling both to end a fine Bulls performance.
Naughton; Kear, Wood, Lulia, Foster; Sammut, Gale; Evans, Diskin, Manuokafoa, Olbison, Addy, Donaldson. Subs: Platt, O’Brien, Mellor, Conroy.
Connor; Blackmore, George, Lawrence, Dawson; Wood, Miller; Mullally, Faiumu, Johnson, Ta’ai, Cording, Fairbank. Subs: Leeming, Aspinall, Leeming