Match Report

Pre-Season 2017
Sunday 22nd January 2017, 15:00
Pre-Season 2017 - Round: 1
Pre-Season 2017
Huddersfield Giants

Huddersfield Giants

(16) 28


Bradford Bulls

(0) 10

Bradford Bulls


Ikahihifo (2), Simpson, Roberts (2)



Keyes, Oakes


Brough (2), Brierley, Farrell






D Goals


Attendance: 2,629  Official:   Venue: The John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield

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Full Time Report

Huddersfield Giants began their preparations for the start of the 2017 Betfred Super League season with a 28-10 win over Bradford Bulls at The John Smith’s Stadium for Luke Robinson’s Testimonial.

Head Coach Rick Stone fielded a mixed squad of both youth and experience for the friendly, with new signings Adam O’Brien and Alex Mellor featuring as they faced their former club for the first time. The two former Bradford players made their home debuts for the Giants in front of the Claret and Gold faithful.

Sebastine Ikahihifo got on the end of a stunning and well timed pass from Danny Brough and then scored through a struggling Bradford defence. Ikahihifo flew over the whitewash and touched down to get the Claret and Gold off the mark. Brough added the extras to make the score 6-0.

As the clock ticked down, both teams engaged in a lot of physical battles up and down the pitch. As the Claret and Gold advanced towards the try line, Brough chipped the ball into the air as Jared Simpson collected to touch down for a try, later disallowed be the referee.

With less than five minutes remaining until half time, Ikahihifo doubled the Giants advantage. The prop stormed his way through Bradford’s defence as he crossed the line for the second time. Again, Brough added the extras to leave the score at 12-0.

This score only lasted for a few minutes longer as Adam O’Brien threw a long pass over to an unmarked Jared Simpson. The winger, darted through a gap in the stretched Bradford defence to fly over the whitewash and extend the Giants advantage right on the halftime hooter. On this occasion, Brough’s boot missed the mark to leave the score at 16-0 at the break.

As the second half got underway, it was Bradford who struck first, making an instant impact on the game from the whistle. Scrum half Joe Keyes made a dummy pass close to the whitewash before forcing his way through the Giants defence to get Bradford on the scoreboard. Keyes calmly converted his own try to make the score 16-6.

Several errors from Bradford gifted the Claret and Gold some momentum which Oliver Roberts used to his advantage. Ryan Brierley sent a swooping kick over to the left which bounced into the hand of Roberts, who sidestepped his way to touching down over the whitewash. Brierley, who took over the kicking duties from Brough, put the ball through the sticks to leave the score at 22-6.

Despite the score line, Bradford still had some fight left in them. With ten minutes left on the clock, Bradford came extremely close to the line only to be stopped by a wall of Giants defenders. However, Reiss Butterworth passed the ball for Ross Oakes to dive onto it to score and narrow the deficit. This time, Keyes missed his conversion to leave the score at 22-10.

With four minutes remaining, Roberts crossed to score his second try of the game. The second rower shocked the Bradford defence by barging through to cross the whitewash. Izaac Farrell kept the scoreboard ticking over as he added the extras from close range to make the score 28-10. The score remained the same until the full-time hooter sounded.

Huddersfield Giants play Workington Town on Saturday the 28th January at The John Smith’s Stadium. Kick-off is at 3pm. More Information about this fixture can be found at

Giants: McIntosh, Ormsby, A. Mellor, Wood, Simpson, Brough, Brierley, Ikahihifo, Leeming, Mason, Roberts, Johnson, Smith.

Interchanges: O’Brien, Farrell, Dickinson, English, Hayes, Kirby, Pinder, T. Mellor, Hewitt, Woollard.

Tries: Ikahihifo (2), Simpson, Roberts (2).

Goals: Brough (2), Brierley, Farrell.


Bradford: Campbell, Caro, Mendeika, Oakes, Macani, Pickersgill, Keyes, Kirk, Lumb, Pelltier, Roche, Bentley, Wilkinson.

Interchanges: Halafihi, Rickett, Tomlinson, Butterworth, Hodgson, Vaznys, Magrin.

Tries: Keyes, Oakes.

Goals: Keyes (1) 


Referee: Mr N Woodward.

Attendance: 2,629


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