Brown: Preparation was key
Huddersfield head coach Nathan Brown claimed that pre-match preparation was vital as his side overcame Bradford Bulls 20-6 on Sunday.
The Giants were twice behind during the first half but eventually ran out comfortable winners, even weathering the loss for 10 minutes of sin-binned second row forward Luke O'Donnell after a mass brawl just after the hour mark.
Danny Brough was outstanding and repeatedly kicked Bradford backwards with unerring accuracy, while finishing with a personal haul of 12 points through a late try and four vital goals ensurd the Giants remained on top of Super League.
But Brown, whose side have now won their last four league matches and lost only once in 10 games in all competitions, said that the seeds of victory had been planted midway through last week.
The Giants had been thrashed 36-0 by the Bulls at a similarly wet Odsal just nine months previously and Brown said: "We started preparing on Wednesday for a game like this. We picked our team around it (the conditions) and made a few positional changes with a bigger pack - probably the biggest pack we've had this season.
"If it hadn't have been wet, Potsy (Bradford coach Mick Potter) probably would have had the fire brigade down here watering it!
"We prepared all week for a tough wet-weather game and Bradford play good wet weather football.
"He coaches them to play very good wet weather football - some people under-rate them but they have a very good pack of forwards who are probably as good as any in the competition.
"We knew it was going to be a hard game and we didn't care how we won - how ugly it was - as long as we came off the field with the two points."
Bradford began enthusiastically and went ahead after just seven minutes through a Danny Addy penalty but a wonderfully placed Brough kick allowed winger Jermaine McGillvary to race into the corner and give the Giants a narrow advantage shortly after.
The Bulls responded positively and Michael Platt restored their two-point lead with a try five minutes before half-time, although Addy was unable to add the touchline conversion.
Again the Giants reply was swift, prolific scoring winger Luke George running almost 70 metres to touchdown a minute before the break and Brough adding the conversion to give the Giants a 10-6 advantage.
Bradford could not improve their score as the Brough-inspired Giants dominated more and more after the interval.
Brough added two penalties before O'Donnell was shown a yellow card following a melee involving almost everyone.
But Huddersfield defended gallantly in his absence and added a killer try from Brough four minutes from the end.
Bradford boss Potter had no complaints about the result, saying: "The other team handled the conditions better than us.
"They kicked the ball better than us and kicked at the right time.
"Nothing changed in the second half, just the energy levels drained out of us while their energy levels got better and better.
"There's more to it than just Danny Brough - the chase was good too and the timing of the kicks and chase has a lot to do with it."
Bradford chairman Peter Hood announced in his programme notes that this was likely to be his last home match at the helm, with an extraordinary general meeting called for next month.
Potter said: "The club needs to keep moving on and we have to keep rolling if the club wants to be in Super League so, if something has to change, I hope it's for the better of the club.
"Peter does love the club and he loves being associated with the club and for the moment he's chairman and has got my support."