HUDDERSFIELD Giants strolled into the semi-final of the Challenge Cup after disposing of London Broncos with the minimum of fuss.
For much of the game the Giants appeared to be going through the motions as they rattled up nine tries to reach the last four for the fourth time in eight years.
And there’s no denying the quarter-final wins in 2004, 2006 and 2009 were far more challenging than this, with the Broncos showing why they’re struggling at the foot of the Super League table.
But at least their semi-final tie against Warrington will be a far more competitive affair as the Giants bid to gain revenge for their Wembley final defeat at the hands of the Wolves three years ago.
The Giants were forced to make two late changes to their line-up, with the Lukes, George and O'Donnell, both withdrawing on the eve of the contest.
Winger George had to miss through illness, while former Australia Test back-rower O’Donnell picked up a hamstring strain in training.
But there was still more than enough firepower in the home side’s ranks to make a make a massive impact against their opponents from the capital – although it wasn’t all that apparent early on.
In fact, it was the Broncos who drew first blood, taking the lead after seven minutes when David Howell shot through a hole and fed Kieran Dixon to score in the corner, too wide out for Michael Witt to add the extras.
It was just the wake-up call the Giants needed after they had made the loosest of starts, giving the impression they simply needed to go through the motions to get the job done.
Straight from the re-start they gained possession when Michael Lawrence superbly collected Danny Brough’s kick-off and within moments Kevin Brown and Joe Wardle had combined to send Aaron Murphy over for an unconverted try to level the scores.
And three minutes later the Giants were ahead for the first time when Greg Eden collected 20m from the Broncos line and simply stepped through the defence and stretched over for a fine individual try, which Brough this time converted.
At that stage, the hosts looked to be in total control.
But despite looking by far the better side, they failed to cut loose and in the 27th minute the visitors cut the deficit to two points.