OVER the past few seasons, the Giants have secured some memorable victories over tomorrow’s opponents Bradford Bulls.
Included in those was a Galpharm Stadium classic on July 8, 2008 when a Chris Thorman drop goal sealed a thrilling 25-24 triumph.
It proved to be one of the most memorable Huddersfield Super League clashes staged at the stadium, with the Giants now re-living some of the best Galpharm encounters in the build-up to the ‘homecoming’ fixture against Hull KR on July 31.
Huddersfield have spent the past two months playing out of town to enable the Galpharm pitch to be re-laid, with club officials hoping there will be many more memorable fixtures just around the corner.
But there’s no doubt the Giants v Bulls clash of 2008 will take some beating.
The year itself had proved to be difficult, with head coach Jon Sharp departing mid-season following a series of disappointing results and current Giants No2 Paul Anderson and Kieron Purtill charged with the task of taking temporary control for the the remainder of the campaign.
And the Bradford game was one of their finest hours.
Played in front of a crowd of 10,786, the game ebbed and flowed throughout, with no lack of incident, including four yellow cards, three Bulls placed on report, a last-minute penalty and a drop goal in injury-time.
The opening few minutes didn’t look promising for the Giants when after four minutes full-back Michael Platt crosse for a solo effort.
Initial worries were calmed when ‘Rocket’ Rod Jensen intercepted a pass from Iestyn Harris and ran 40m to score a try two minutes later.
This lead was shortlived, however, when the home side conceded a try to Terry Newton to make it 12-6
The controversy started when Giants’ ill-discipline resulted in referee Steve Ganson sending Leroy Cudjoe and Ryan Hudson to the sin-bin for professional fouls.
The Bulls made the most of the numerical advantage when Andy Lynch forced his way over in the 27th minute to make it 16-6.
Paul Jackson gave the Giants renewed hope when he supported Danny Kirmond to grab a try just before the interval.
The Giants dominated in the second half, after James Evans was sin-binned for slowing the play.
Initially, that made no impact as Simon Finnigan, who would eventually join the claret and gold, scored the Bulls’ fourth try.
But Ben Jefferies was then the fourth man to be given the yellow card for dissent.
The excitement continued when captain Thorman managed to convert his own try in the 65th minute to cut the deficit.
A try from Jensen brought the Giants level and Thorman added the conversion to give the home side a 24-22 lead.
The drama of this game was far from over, however, when a 79th minute penalty was awarded to the Bulls and Harris managed to keep his nerve and kicked the penalty to once again level the scores.
The addition of four minutes injury time allowed the Giants to make one last assault on the Bulls line and skipper Thorman placed himself perfectly to land a drop goal just seconds from the final hooter.
The atmosphere inside the Galpharm was at fever pitch as a 25-24 victory was confirmed.